It is hard to believe that you might not be able to trust an animal rescue organization to care for the animals in their charge, but when a shelter in Virginia is caught keeping 46 dogs locked in cramped cages inside a hot barn, it is easy to become disillusioned.
Last Saturday (7/25/15), the Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue was notified about a nearby barn that was housing dozens of dogs, keeping them in abhorrent conditions. When they reached the barn in question, the conditions were worse than they could have imagined.
They threw the barn doors open, and were immediately met with a wall of hot, stale air and an odor that could choke a canary. The room was packed with crates, each containing a dog that was “rescued” by the Heart to Heart Rescue. These dogs were visibly distressed, panting furiously and wallowing in their own filth.
The volunteers at the OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue quickly leapt into action, giving these 46 neglected dogs some much needed water and exercise once they were brought back to their more canine-friendly facilities. Now calling this massive rescue “Freedom 46,” the OGB is looking for outside help to ensure that these dogs are going to be adequately cared for.
Freedom 46 and You
The wonderful people at Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue were more than willing to take up the mantel for these 46 dogs in need, wanting to provide these disregarded dogs with adequate living conditions. However, taking in nearly 50 dogs can be seriously draining on a shelter’s resources.
That is where you come in. The Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue is asking for your help. Please visit this page to see how you can sign up to foster one of these dogs in need, or make a monetary contribution.
Currently, the OBG is still holding on to 39 of the rescued dogs, having identified and returned 7 of the dogs taken in. With a little bit of help, all these remaining dogs can be fostered and eventually adopted. Please help.
Know Your Shelter
It can be easy to assume that any organization that takes in animals off the streets has their heart in the right place. But then you come across an shelter like Heart to Heart Rescue and see that, just like in many other facets of life, there is always the exception that proves the rule. To be fair, this is not a condemnation of the entire organization. The rescued dogs were found at the home of two of the board members, but many of the volunteers and people associated with H2H were completely unaware that this was happening.
However, these events still prove that you need to make sure you know exactly who you are working with before you lend your support. Before returning a lost pet to a shelter, adopting from one, or making a donation, these are some questions to ask.
- Where are the pets you rescue kept? If on premises, can I take a tour of the facility?
- How often are the pets getting human attention?
- Are you socializing the pets you rescue (i.e., letting them play with one another, behavior training)?
- How large is your facility and how many rescue pets do you have?
- Do you have a vet on staff?
PetPlus + (Your Shelter)
PetPlus is working with amazing shelters all across America with the hopes of increasing adoption rates and taking some of the burden off the shelters themselves. So if you know of a shelter that is doing great work, we would love to know about it! Share them with us here and we will reach out to them.