Meet Lorelai and Fuse. They came from two different animal control facilities, and their stories are not unusual. Lorelai is just a baby - hardly a year old and only 29 pounds. Her owner surrendered her to a kill shelter because she could not feed her anymore. She is happy and playful and small and cute - not a thing wrong with her. When you meet Fuse your heart will break. He was at the kill shelter for more than six months - no one on the staff wanted to put him to sleep. He had been stray and no owner came to reclaim him. He wags when you even look at him, and then even more when you say his name or speak to him. He creeps toward you, gently sniffing your extended hand, but shies away if you reach toward his collar. If you try to move him he lays down flat. Probably someone was impatient with him being slow and scared, and handled him roughly, or never bothered with him at all. He wants to love people and be loved, but he can't be sure you're nice, so he shrinks away until he knows for sure. Gentle boy is good with everyone. In his world, he is not the scary one - people are.
If you can't ADOPT, here's how you can help:
FOSTER. Learn more about this no-cost, short-term commitment. Fosters save lives by just offering a little space and care. Remember that these animals are living in tiny metal and concrete prisons, so no matter how small your place is that you can offer, or how many hours you work, it's better than where they are now. Your offer to foster will be the primary reason why one more animal lives - it's that easy, and the feeling you'll get from knowing YOU are the reason why that animal is alive is so amazing!
DONATE. We want to save more animals but cannot always afford it. Rescue is only responsible when we are financially prepared to give each animal everything it needs to successfully prepare it for adoption. If you prefer, give to your local rescue, or pledge to a death-row animal online. Give in kind (food, supplies, blankets and towels.) Give your time at adoption events, fundraisers, transports. Email me for more information.
NETWORK. You don't need to plaster your facebook page with hundreds of sad dog faces. Just pick one animal online or at your local shelter or rescue and share it with people you know who might be interested or might know someone who is. One animal at a time.