The original plan for Sunday was to have a casual day with our Georgia friends, have brunch and some cocktails. However, the urgent 8 had other plans for us. First, Douglas Charles III became lethargic and vomited so we rushed him to the vet first thing Sunday morning. We were relieved to find out that he just had hookworms, but they can make puppies very sick if left untreated and he was already dehydrated when we rescued him. For 36 hours we gave him subcutaneous fluids and medication after which he made a dramatic turnaround and was a whole new pup. While we were administering fluids on Sunday, we were also (with the help of Partners for Pets) feeding and potty-ing 7 puppies and getting them ready for their flight. Thankfully every other puppy was in perfect health and had passed their health exams! Daisy was our only other puppy at around 10 months of age that was in perfect health and also ready for her flight. Amy Adams of Partners for Pets and I (Mia of GP) drove to the airport and unloaded the group of pups. We were SO happy to make the flight after driving very fast through a big storm. After the crazy events related to the urgent 8, we finally relaxed on the porch and had some wine. I think this was our first moment of what might be called relaxation!
Monday started early with a goal to do more temperament testing and pictures at the shelter in hopes that we could get some more dogs rescued. Tuesday and Fridays are euthanasia days at Clayton County so the day before is generally very hectic as the volunteers try to get rescue for dogs and open kennels for space. Usually, they do not have help for potential adopters that visit. However, with the GP crew present, we were able to engage with potential adopters and Katie and Peggy single handedly found homes for two lovely dogs that had been owner surrenders. One dog was a 7 year old chocolate lab that broke all of our hearts. But with customer service and some information on the dog history they helped get these dogs to safety with solid adopters. One of the adopters actually emailed in order to specifically say thank you for pointing such a good dog out for him! We decided early in the day that we would pick 3 more dogs to open up some kennels and allow room so we could attempt to have a “no kill” day on Tuesday. We decided to take Frank (I also call him Teddy Bear), Junebug (sweet girl that likes belly rubs) and Rowdy (cutest puppy ever). After that we focused on getting pictures for the Partners with Clayton County FB page and networking for any larger dogs that needed rescue so we could have enough open kennels in the morning.
I would like to take a moment to talk about Partners for Pets (group of volunteers associated with Clayton County Animal Control). We were so impressed with how hard they work and how much they care for the animals. Maria Dorough and Amy Adams are at the shelter nearly every day to photograph animals and network for them to get rescued as well as advocate for the sick animals that enter the shelter doors routinely. When Maria first came to volunteer the live release rate was around 10%, so put another way about 90% of the dogs entering the shelter doors were euthanized. That number has decreased dramatically. Yet it is a thankless job and I often see that they are harassed on Facebook by people that aren’t even at the shelter to see what they do every day. Imagine if most days of the week you had to look into the eyes of a dog for which you cannot, no matter how hard you try, get a rescue or an adopter. Now imagine going back every day regardless and continuing to advocate for other surviving dogs in the face of this loss. There are not many people that can do this work. Albert Schweitzer said, “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” Many animal lovers spare themselves this sight, and do not wish to see or hear about what happens in the shelters because it is too much to bear emotionally. We should therefore thank people like Partners for Pets who do not spare themselves and directly look at the problem regardless of the heartache and helplessness they feel daily. Because of their willingness to bravely confront the problem, they are making positive changes one dog at a time.
This article was written by peachpuppies