Another spring has come and gone and we at ARF of MS, as so for many other rescue groups, have been innundated with puppies (and kittens). We have been very lucky in that we have been able to partner with some amazing rescue groups in the New England area of the country where the plethora of puppies is not as exteme. We also have built our image locally and have been successful in placing many of our young animals left at our doorstep. However, the cycle never ends it seems.
Until we in the southern United States do something to stop the on-going and never ending cycle of pro-creation of animals, our plight will not end.
ARF of MS has partnered up with a sister shelter in the area and are working to implement an educational arm of our services. We have named our program SNIP (Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership), the plan for SNIP is to enact change in the mindset of the area, provide education as to the need for responsible pet ownership, to assist in low cost spay neuter and to turn the tide for the over population of companion animals in our area.
We ask for your support in our efforts to help end the cycle, because no matter how great we are, no matter how hard we work, until we can stop the cycle, there will be unwanted dogs and cats born into a world that can not help them all.
While it is uplifting that the general population seems to be turning against the negative campaign that the media delights in promoting, locally, pibbles are being descriminated against faster and faster.
A local municipality for our area spends on average $37,000 on breed discrimination. $37,000!. Annually. Let that sit for just a moment. One small city in our geographic area of operation spends $37,000 to try to control the erradication of bully breed dogs in their town.
When we were in our previous location, we had breed discrimination in the county of our occupancy and the local animal control officer had no idea of which of our dogs were of the bully breed. He came out to our location and ordered us to vacate the dogs he considered bully breeds within 24 hours. Funny thing is that of the dogs he considered bully breeds, according to our vet and other experts, only one of the 29 dogs we had to relocate within 24 hours to save them from euthanasia, only 2 were bully breed dogs. Any animal with a large head and block nose is considered a bully, while most have any number of variety of heritage. Yet this officer of the law, supposedly trained in animal welfare claimed 29 of our dogs were bully breeds and had we not successfully relocated those dogs, they would have all been killed because of breed descrimination. Paid for by the public in their taxes. We successfully relocated the dogs, of that number 25 have been adopted into homes and are now living wonderful lives with families who love and protect them.
Recently we participated with Animal Rescue Corp in the busting of a breeding and fighting training compound for bullys and are proud of helping to save these wonderful animals, getting them off of chains and into safety.
We at ARF of MS understand that there are many hills to climb to help educate the public and change the perception against the breed, meanwhile we will continue to help assist in the shelter and sanctuary of these dogs, placing them in homes where they will be loved, appreciated and protected.
We moved into our new location in January 2013. Here it is summer of 2014 and it seems like we are still unpacking our bags.
While we are in our new location, there is still so much we need to do to make our new digs great for our animals living in sanctuary whilst they await adoption with us.
We have had so many wonderful achievements; many of our long term residents have found their homes with families and are so loving living life large in homes rather in sanctuary.
Our adoptions have doubled from the year prior, and those had doubled from the year prior to that!
Our volunteerism has increased dramatically and our community support in Jackson is phenonomal.
BUT! We still need your help. We have play yards to build, we have building improvements to construct, we have visitor areas to install, and we need to be able to help so many more animals who are homeless, abandoned and abused.
We have partnered up with a sister shelter and implemented a program named SNIP (Spay Neuter Iniative Partnership) whereby we intend to educate the public as to the need for responsible pet ownership with a focus on spay/neuter of companion animals. Until we change the mindset of the community as to the need to stop the cycle, we will all be working to over come the over population of companion animals and searching for ways to fund the need for their care. Please help us end the cycle, but until we end the abundance, we need to care for the homeless animals under our care. We need your help with their care, and we need your help in ending the cycle.