Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Saving them one at a time (or in this case, five)
This photo is of a dog named Dakin. She came in to an already over-crowded county animal control facility with four newborn puppies. She had no place to go and no one to call a family. When the call went out for a rescue for her, Satchel's Last Resort, like so many other times, answered the call. The thought that a mommy dog and her puppies might lose their life because of crowded conditions is simply appalling to those of us in rescue.
On top of the fact she was in danger, she was very underweight and heartworm positive. Satchel's scrambled and found a foster home where she and the puppies could flourish, she could gain some weight and then after the puppies had found homes, could begin her heartworm treatment.
As is so common in Florida, Dakin was sniffing around in the yard on Saturday and was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake. She was rushed to the emergency vet and was treated for snakebite. The photo above was taken yesterday. She is doing okay, no side effects except swelling, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Unfortunately, all of this treatment was expensive but we think she and her puppies are worth it.
Shelters are all existing on a wing and a prayer right now. They are all bursting at the seams with unwanted dogs and cats who have been dumped or relinquished by their owners. Some are part of cruelty cases and must be housed until the case goes to court.
We all talk about going no-kill but we need our community to step up and help us. People wring their hands, roll their eyes and speak with disgust when an animal has to be euthanized but don't adopt, don't volunteer, don't donate and leave rescues and animal agencies hanging out to dry.
I am asking for donations for Satchel's Last Resort to help with the care of Dakin and almost seventy other last chance animals. You can click on the link above if you want to do a Paypal donation or you can mail a check to Satchel's Last Resort, 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, FL 34241 if you prefer. Satchel's is a 501(c)3 so your donations are tax deductible and every donation helps. It helps us continue to save dogs like Dakin who just need a little help and a second chance.