Those posts that make you think....why the hell doesn't somebody do something about that? or those stories in the news....that make you say out loud "Someone stop them!" Well....I am that SOMEONE! I personally got tired of seeing those haunting images of hurting animals and I chose to do what I could to stop those images to continue. In the beginning, I would share posts on social media, spoke about my outrage and the need to change laws, opinions, and ways to communicate to others. At a certain point, I still didn't feel like I was doing anything to help change things....I wanted to do more!
Foster homes take in some of society’s harder cases -- the ones that come to us so broken inside, with diseases, with injuries, and with no hope. They spend time with them, they heal the animal from the inside out. These people spend weeks, and sometimes, months with the dogs in their home. The dogs are given love, trust, a chance at a family, they learn to be a dog again -- sometimes they learn to be a heart dog! What do I mean about learning to be a dog again? Well, picture yourself fighting for your food on a daily basis, going hungry, running away from people or other animals to stay alive -- do you think you would be a social human being? No would be the answer -- now image that through an dog's eyes. Different view right?
A heart dog? Those are the special dogs that come into our lives that changes something in you....you fight harder for them to heal, for them to give a damn at life and in turn, they truly steal your heart!
Not everyone can be do rescue, but everyone can make a difference in the rescue world!
There are many facets to the Rescue world: Rescue is made up of the Adopters, Foster homes, Volunteers, Donations, and education. Each person has it in them to assist these animals in one move or another.
Adopt -- when thinking about adding to your family, please consider adopting from a rescue instead of shopping from a breeder. Rescue animals are really the best choice! Rescue animals will be the most loving, loyal, and the most attentive! They will bring you such joy and comfort. They will be your best friend!
Foster -- this is a true family affair! It brings a family together to be able to share in no only the responsibilities of caring for an animal, but to share in the joys of watching the animal to blossom under your care.
Volunteer, share, talk, do -- You can volunteer by helping at an adoption event, taking the dogs for a walk, grooming, putting up posters, talking to your friends about the rescue dogs you have met, etc It takes so little time to help out an animal in need. Share our posts. Cross posting our need from foster homes, donations, or even being someone who helps to share in our successes. We need you just as much as we need foster homes. You are the ones that are helping us to focus on the real need in this world.
And this brings us to donate -- donations come in so many forms, not all monetary. Donations of warm blankets, or toys helps the well being of an animal, as does the cost of a bag of dog food. It does cost a lot to bring a dog into a healthy state....and as much as I would personally like to say that the adoption fees covers it, it sadly doesn't.
It costs a rescue close to $250 to $300 to get a dog to adoption.....vaccinations, health checks, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, and microchipping cost as well the veterinary clinics as they absorb a lot of the costs. We only ask for a small amount to help us to continue to rescue our dogs. Sometime we get hit with emergency cases -- injuries, illnesses, special diets, etc that cause us to ask for more support.
This year, Sundance brought in 10 puppies that were infected with Parvovirus and the cost to save each life is close to $1000.00. We unfortunately were too late for 2 of those puppies, but that still left us with 8 puppies to bring to health. We are still trying to pay that bill and continue to support the other dogs in our care. The good news is that our rescue does not have a large overhead expenses as we have incredible volunteers that shoulder most of those costs. The bad news is that it does stop us from being able to help more.
Please consider donating to assist these amazing, loving animals to find their furever homes.....
My name is Debby.....I am the President of Sundance Canine Rescue Society and I am very proud to know that I am somebody -- I can make a difference.