All practically unseen. How many have done that before? I wasn't even sure how many I had till the late night before they arrived. . . . .
Redunculous, you say? Not ridiculous. Redunculous.
Sometimes the right thing to do doesn't make the most sense on paper.
But let's back up a few weeks to see how I got here. I generally never go looking for a pet- they somehow find me- puppy that no one wants, parvo puppy that lives but can't find a home, dog tied to the porch, kittens in a box. That sort of thing. So I rarely go looking for a pet at the pound or animal shelter. I don't have an issue if people want to buy a purebred dog. If that is what you want, go for it. Purebred dogs end up in shelters too, so I always encourage people to check there first. Petfinder is great for that. I just feel that I shouldn't buy a dog, when so many are looking for a home.
On Facebook, there are a few animal pages that I follow. And I saw where a shelter, was constantly asking for people to adopt, foster, or pay to send dogs to rescue groups all to keep them from being euthanized. And the pleas were never ending. So I offered for several weeks to adopt of foster someone if they were having so much trouble. I contacted them several times and didn't hear much back. Two weeks ago, from this past Thursday, I called. I explained to the shelter director that I was 5 hours away, and could only drive over on a Saturday, and left a number for someone to call me back. Thursday and Friday, I heard nothing, so I drive over to the shelter. Turns out, one can't adopt a dog from the shelter without contacting someone in New Jersey. So I look around, can't decide who to save, fill out paperwork for 1, and drive back home.
Monday comes around and I call back to the shelter and inquire about another little dog that was scared of her own shadow. And I wait. Several days go by and I hear nothing.
So I read on Hope's page that Shane had gotten the City of Macon Animal Shelter to agree to pardon all the animals for a week. (In total with a few extensions, it ended up being about 11-12 days). No one gets put to sleep for a space and without a chance. This had been going on for a few days, and several had gotten adopted but there were several more to go. And the days were winding down. Since it had been almost a week with no word from South Carolina, I thought, "Well, they may not need my help, but maybe here is a shelter that does even though I am not exactly close to Macon." I am about 2 1/2- 3 hours away.
So I got in touch with the people in charge, and told them that I thought the Pardon was a great and wanted to help anyway I could. While it's great that any dog gets adopted from a shelter, I felt this needed to be ALL or Nothing thing. Getting some out, leaving some behind, would not be as such a success as getting everyone out. About 60 dogs and cats. I didn't care who I helped as long as I helped someone out. And if could help out more than one, that would be fine too. While my kennels are not designed for permanent living, they also aren't full all time either.
So the first dog they called about was Jimmy. Sort of a Shepherd Mix, type of a dog. Click on the photos and they should enlarge a little bit- I am fairly sure the ones I took, will. Not sure about the screen shots.
So when they called about Jimmy, I asked, "Really? Are you sure? Because I don't care who I help, and if people want Jimmy, I'll take someone else. I just don't want to see someone left behind." And when they explained how Jimmy was in person, I realized that he isn't your typical shelter dog. Jimmy was brought into animal control in a trap. He's sorta feral. While he pretty much is unadoptable in his present state, it doesn't mean that he needs to be euthanized because of it, either.
You wouldn't want him in you house at this point. If he thought he could get away, he would chew through your drywall, insulation, and siding to try and get out. Or chew into your couch just to have a place to hide. You can't put a leash on him yet. He chews through it.
I originally said I could adopt someone and foster someone. They asked about this girl a little later. A SharPei? Shepherd? something mix? They said they were worried about her, as she was almost as scared as Jimmy. I have to tell you though, I wasn't sure- From her photo, I thought she was a lot larger than she really is. And Shepherds and Shar Peis aren't my favorite breeds. Not that there is anything wrong with them. I see a few as patients, and they are great.
And I am so glad I agreed to take her too. Maybe more than Jimmy. She has not had an easy life. She's small. She only weighs 30 lbs. Probably should weigh 40-45 lbs. She is timid, but in a different way than Jimmy. She just wants to curl up in a ball and hide. They were dropped off at the office, Friday night. And she curled up next to the wall, not sure what to do. In the waiting room, there are 2 wooden chairs and a wooden bench for clients to sit on. She crawled under the bench and hung out there. Just looking for a safe place to hide. Her name is Ginger.
The next day, I kept looking at the list of dogs still available for adoption. And there were lots of of black dogs, bull dog mixes, etc. I told them I could take up to 4 if some didn't get adopted, and if it would help to just get the pardoned ones out of there. I have a few holiday boarders, but still have some empty cages. I can spay or neuter them, rephotograph them, teach them the basics of walking on a leash, and put them on petfinder. Basically give them more time to find their home.
So I said I want this guy if he doesn't get adopted.
Isn't he lovely? I said I think he has character and personality. Yep, from that photo. He could have been Cujo. I would take him if he wasn't adopted. I nicknamed him Bert.
So that are the 4 dogs that arrived from the Macon pound on Friday night. Jimmy, Ginger, Bert, and Rosie. None of them would have made it out of the shelter if it weren't for Shane and Janet Smith.
So Saturday , Rosie, Ginger, and Bert all got checked for intestinal worms, got their vaccines, checked for heartworms, and got a bath. I am guessing they are young adults, 1 1/2- 2 years old from looking at their teeth. Ginger's front teeth are worn down, not sure what she has been chewing on.
They all three tested positive for heartworms. Which was a possibility with any dog, other than a puppy. I sort of forgot about that as the medication to get rid of heartworms isn't inexpensive. It's possible that Jimmy has them as well.
Here are the photos of Rosie. She seems to be "really" interested in the cats. Bert didn't pay as much attention to them.
Here are the photos of Bert.
Bert was loaded with hookworms and whipworms.
Bert also has some old scrapes and scars on his feet.
I took a few photos of Jimmy on Saturday.
Here's a short video I shot Sunday morning of Jimmy taking a treat out of my hand. He wouldn't do that in the afternoon. Bert was barking. He did eat one when I left it next to him.
and then there is Ginger. She has an scrape over her right eye. And an entropion with her lower left eyelid. That is where the eyelid rolls inward and her eyelashes and fur are rubbing her eye. More common in dogs like SharPeis, Rottweilers, Chows, but any dog can have one, cats too. Hers might have developed from being so underweight. The entropion can be corrected surgically when she is spayed, with a little eyelid tuck if needed. She needs a lot of TLC to get her confidence back.
Notice that you don't see her standing in any photos. She will get up to go outside and she does walk on a leash. Sort of. She like to walk behind you and over to the side where you can't see her or be real close to her. She also seems to be a little bothered by open spaces. I tried to get her to go for a walk in an open field and she wanted to hover around the edge next to the bushes and the trees. She doesn't like to be picked up and she readily jumps back up into her cage. The cage is small and closed in on both sides, so she feels safe there I think.
This is her after her bath. She hasn't had many of those either, I'm guessing. Bert on the other hand, seemed to love his bath.
My Christmas letter to Santa this year reads like this-
I have been very good this year. Flossing occasionally and taking my cholesterol medication.
For Christmas this year I would like some
1. Donut House brand coffee for the Keurig. Anything named after a doughnut has to be good.
2. Courage for Jimmy.
3. 6 pack abs.
4. Confidence for Ginger.
PS. and please tell Rosie that cats aren't Little Debbie Snack Cakes on Legs.