Over the past 3 years, we’ve rescued more than 3,700 homeless pets.
And, once in a while you get one that tugs at your heartstrings.
Ellie – the little, deformed gal in the picture is one of them.
She was dumped at a shelter and the employees were told to euthanize her because she was no longer of value to the breeder.
That, alone, makes me see red.
But then when you look at Ellie, you realize she spent her whole life in a cage so small that she’s deformed.
And her eyes were scratched and swollen because they were pushing against the cage door.
Yet, every time she came into heat she was bred, took care of her puppies and waited.
There’s a link between spousal, elder, child and animal abuse.
Somehow, if you desensitize yourself to hurting a person or animal, then it becomes a pattern to follow whenever you’re frustrated, mad or just because.
The LINK Coalition provides excellent information, each month.
Miss Ruby, our first rescue, had been abused.
Her teeth had been filed down, her body was scarred and, pregnant at the time, we also learned she’d had multiple litters when she was spayed.
Kaia came to us from an abuse case. A beautiful German Shepherd we nursed back to health, then had to return to the original owners.
It wasn’t an easy day for any of us.
Most recently, Bubba came to us from another town’s police department.
He was skin and bones, terrified, snapping at everyone and everything.
Down deep we discovered a good dog who just needed a chance to trust again (and be well fed, bathed, flea and tick free) – the basic necessities for a good life.
In fact, he now follows Mike, our dog whisperer, every place he goes – – and cries when he can’t see him.
Working in rescue isn’t for everyone and some days we all want to run away.
Fortunately, it’s never on the same day – so we go home – – pull ourselves together – and save more dogs and cats.
Ellie, Miss Ruby, Kaia, and Bubba – – we get it. It’s why we’re here.