2018 has been challenging. More dogs than kennel space, more medical needs than funds, and the list goes on. As we celebrate the holidays with our families, our minds are somewhere else. How can we plan for 2019? Especially when the year isn’t over and there are more in need now than ever before. This year, the shelters were already full when disaster and tragedy began to hit. Already full shelters quickly became packed to overflowing and rescues are doing everything in their power to help those in need.
We need your help. Last week when a shelter called we said we would do everything we could to pick up as many as we could. We were able to rescue three. As the volunteer walked through the shelter, passing each one, he was already trying to find a way to come back and help more. Three got their second chance that day. 12 were left behind. He did his best to find a way to help a little big boy who had especially touched his heart. He worked for days to find a foster home so he could get him. That little big boy got his second chance, and a name, Dewey. Eleven were left behind, and as he was leaving, two more arrived at the shelter. Yes, 13 are waiting, and that is only one of many shelters begging for help.
We are doing our best to find a way to help as many as we can while we also focus on the year to come. In rescue, there is no pause for planning. There are too many lives that depend on us. For every life we’ve saved, for every gorgeous shepherd in their pretty picture that we love to send out and all enjoy, there is a German Shepherd waiting in a shelter, the last picture not in front of a beautiful tree or field of green, but tied to a desk or a door, or some with fear in their eyes, others with just the look of loss and being lost, hoping to get a chance for their pretty picture. The four above with Mac are just four of those waiting.
In the years past we have selected the 12 Dogs of Christmas from dogs who have been long-time residents of the rescue, dogs who were more difficult to find homes for. This year, the 12 Dogs of Christmas have not joined us yet.They are still waiting for a second chance, waiting for their very own pretty picture. We are hoping to be able to introduce you to each and every one very soon. Maybe this year there will be 13.
We need your help with fostering, with walking the dogs at the kennel, but most of all, we need your help in reaching our fundraising goal. When we try to understand the reason for all of the sadness, all of the neglect and abuse, especially at this time of year, to understand how a family could drop off an old dog at the shelter on their way to get a new puppy, we have to give up. We will never understand the reason, but there is one thing we know for sure. We could not help the dogs we help, the young or the old, without you.