2012 July 05
San Bernardino, CA
San Bernardino County, California. Most famous among animals rescuers for having the highest-kill animal "shelters" (NOT!) around. Every day a hundred or more new animals come in, and about that many seem to be killed every night. There are tireless angels of rescue who are there every day, pulling animals from death at the last minute, thanks to offers of $20 here and $15 there to put them in boarding somewhere to give these animals another day or two to be rescued. They faithfully send out emails to hundreds of other rescuers every day, with photos and descriptions of the dogs and sometimes also cats, horses, bunnies, and other animals whose brief period of "help" has ended. These emails are heart-wrenching, because the animals in those photos are beautiful, some young and highly adoptable, some senior and mellow and just as pleasant and well-behaved as can be. Their eyes show that they know the horror that surrounds and awaits them.
We look at these emails, we try to select animals that we think are excellent candidates for people and other rescue organizations we know, and we network them with all our might, just like so many other rescues do. On some occasions when we can, we pull the animals and foster or place them ourselves. But we are the proverbial drop in the bucket. Leave it for another note to describe some solutions we have pondered long and are acting upon. This story is to show you that some animals DO get out of these places, and happily-ever-afters really do happen.
This email came around with "URGENT URGENT PLEASE HELP" all over it in bold red capital letters. A young female german shepherd with her seven puppies was there, and their time was up. No ID chip in her, no signs of any ownership but only the obvious signs that while she had been feeding and tending her puppies devotedly, she herself was starving. We were out of town and couldn't pull her or the pups ourselves, and at the time we had no means of keeping the pups. But the mom? Hmmm, the wheels turned.
Read the story of what happened, and see the photos here!