Phone calls come in constantly…not necessarily from people looking to place their dogs but seeking advice. Questions are related to feeding, skin issues, allergies, rehabilitating various surgeries, training, choice of veterinarian, and choice of groomer. We spend countless hours talking to people every week…and we don’t mind a bit! We are so happy to help the people and their dogs!
Change in family structure, not necessarily economic hardship, has recently forced some re-homing of dogs. Our volunteers kindly go meet the dog…if the evaluation is positive and all vetting is current, we may make a placement where our volunteer deals with the home giving up the dog, working to make the experience as comfortable as possible for them. The volunteer then picks up the dog, brings the dog to the new home, not only working with the new owner to get the dog acclimated and comfortable but offering moral support around the clock until both the new owner and the dog are settled. This commitment takes an extraordinary amount of time.
Short term success is measured not only by the number of dogs and people who are helped each year but also by the quality of that help. Great pride is taken in ensuring that proper placements are made. Dogs who are placed and stay in the new home until they are old and pass is a long term measure of success complimented only by former adopters returning for another dog from the organization. As former rescue volunteers for other organizations for decades, the long term measure is indicative of true success!