Friday, June 05, 2009

DETAILING MORE ON RESCUE (FOR DOGGIES) GROUPS.

DETAILING MORE ON RESCUE(FOR DOGGIES) GROUPS.
We're searching for a "companion animal for our companion animal."(He's a nearly-12-year-old-Golden Retriever-mix named "Louie", who we adopted from foster-care, from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta(GRRA) back in 1998.
Please consider Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta(they offer Labradors and mixes, too), as well as Petfinder's resources, and if you live in Georgia, please please please, consider rescuing a dog (or cat) from the Animal Control in your county--or rescue from another county. Several in Georgia are known as "high-kill" shelters.Try: Dekalb County Animal Control,Clayton County Animal Control, Gwinnett County Animal Control, Henry County Animal Control.
The dedicated people who work in Animal Control receive death threats from folks who aim their anger at the people trying their best to reduce the number of companion animals they must euthanize to relieve overcrowded conditions.At Clayton County Animal Control, which I visited on Tuesday, the man in charge told me, and his voice broke as he said this: "Every one of us has adopted at least one dog from here....We hate having to euthanize, but we have no choice."
Anger at dogs and cats being killed simply because they exist, is understandable. But aim your anger where it belongs: at irresponsible owners who refuse to spay or neuter their companion animals, and/or "surrender" their pets simply because they grew larger, or older.
If you cannot commit to providing a "forever home", consider "fostering" a dog for a no-kill shelter, or rescue group, until a match for the dog, a "forever home", is found.
You'll never be sorry you helped. And by fostering, you actually help save more than one dog, because you make room for more dogs to be cared for!
I talk a lot about working towards peace, and performing acts of peace. A simple way to offer more peace, is to offer peace to the most deserving of creatures: a defenseless animal, who wants only to offer her/his love in return for your care and the hope you offer her/him.
Blessings to you all.
Look for links to various rescues, to the right of this column, under "Poets, Bloggers, and Others".
Peace, kids.

6 comments:

an average patriot said...

If I was going to get another dog it would be from a shelter. I have always been a dog man but have turned into a cat man.

After my last son went it the military I had to let my dog go because at 1 year and 110 pounds he was too big for me to handle. He was so friendly he let all the kids ride him around the neighborhood when they weren't torturing him.

I'll tell you what, I had to put one of my dogs to sleep as he was old. I never got over either and if I was ever in that position I would be opening a shelter.

Lisa Allender said...

Average Patriot--Hi there. Thank you for sharing your story.
I belong to "Alley Cat Allies", too. Though I am very allergic to cats, I definitely support adoption of these sweet creatures. I hope your son's dog found a great home. And I'm sorry for your loss of your older dog. Sounds like your kitty(ies) have a great home!

an average patriot said...

Lisa
I have to laugh! I guess a guy has to mature into liking cat. It's funny but if you are lucky they pick you to take care of them. It is there house they just let you live there to take care of them. I will never put a dog down again it is the hardest thing I ever did.

Lisa Allender said...

Average Patriot--
"...a guy has to mature into liking cats."
Never thought of it that way--that's pretty astute, because although I love ALL creatures(okay, I'm not-so-fond of insects and reptiles), most folks only like animals that "obey" them, and cats don't do "obedience"--they serve only themselves!
Don't keep feeling so bad about "putting down" your elder-dog. I posted at this blog about the incredibly painful decision I had to make, when "Frisco", our Aussie was stricken with inoperable Spleen Cancer.
You can find it(there are 3 posts on her: her death, her life, her cremation--in that order.) in the Feburary 2008 blog posts here at Lisa Allender Writes, under "Archives". Peace, man, and I hope you all are feeling well these days.

an average patriot said...

Hi Lisa
It is funny! I have a childhood friend that rescues animals around the country. Last she spoke it was thousands of parakeets she flew to get. She ends up with many of them and has many of everything at her house.
I told her about my cat Kitty and how I whistle and he comes running. she said cats don't do that. I trained him the same as I would a dog. I found out they are pretty smart and like a dog or kid will respond to the proper action.
One of my sons was here yesterday and I always tell him kitty thinks he is a dog but yesterday affirmed it for him.
He follows me everywhere! When I was outside working around the yard he would come with me and just lie beside me while I worked
When I move on he does too. Bill sat down on the front veranda and kitty lied down on the ground at his feet. He is a big cat too. When we went in I whistled and he followed. Pretty cool!

Lisa Allender said...

I know cats are smart, but I did not give them proper credit for "train-ability"....I know of a few exceptions, but your Kitty sounds like the A+ student!
How sweet that she follows you around!
My sis, Tina, has a cat that mews AT THE FRONT DOOR, when she'd like to be "let out"(!)