What a long way we have come since we started! From an abandoned, empty warehouse in 2012 to a growing and thriving rescue facility in early 2014.
With the continued support of so many, we have rescued, rehabilitated, provided sanctuary for and rehomed so many companion animals! But, we have such a long ways to go to build the dream of what we can provide these animals. Through the ongoing support of Global Giving and supporters our mission is continuing to thrive and blossom.
We have in the last year built play yards, gotten electricity upgraded and run to various areas where it was lacking previously, we have installed heating and cooling in our future puppy room, built two puppy play yards off the puppy room with plans to add more.
We are currently building more play/exercise training yards and have had 15 loads of dirt delivered so we can build 8 more exercise/training/play yards.
Some of our on-going long term needs are to build more cinderblock pens in-order to have large, safe kennels for the dogs. We are also building a sanitorium onto the cat rooms allowing the cats to go outside and enjoy sunshine, butterflies and bird watching.
Spring - buds bloom, leaves return to the the trees and puppies and kittens arrive at our doors.
The abundance of homeless animals in the south is something that most of the rest of the country has a tough time comprehending. Our numbers grow exponentially - and unless our region grasps the understanding of the need for spay/neuter laws for responsible pet ownership, the cycle will continue for us at ARF of MS.
We dread spring because of the shear numbers we face of unwanted puppies and kittens. The fact that there are so many, and so few resources, we are strained beyond belief. Spring has just arrived and we have already faced the intake of 30 puppies! Each of these puppies represents to us an initial cost of $1,500 for spay/neuter; $1,000 in vaccinations; $300 in rabies vaccines, and $1,800 a week in food! This does not include all the ancellary costs of housing animals long term in our no-kill kennel.
We know there will be others coming to our door because spring has just sprung. These precious animals did not ask to be placed on this earth, but we feel it is our duty as stewards of this earth to help where we can, when we can with all our abilities - your support helps us in this mission.
We in the rescue world always have a sense of dread for spring. Granted, we too love the warmer weather and an end to the bone chilling winds of winter, but spring always means PUPPIES.
In the south, there is a lack of understanding of the need for responsible pet owners and the importance of spay/neuter of pets. Therefore, true no-kill rescue groups are always anticipating spring bringing forth an abundance of puppies and kitties. Since we also have an abundance of bully breed dogs wandering our streets, there is a very good chance that our influx will be mostly bullies of some shape, form or fashion.
We received our first spring intake a week ago, a person came driving in with two dogs he wanted us to take, we were discussing the dogs when he opened the trunk of his car and there were two bully breed dogs in his trunk, to make matters worse, one was pregnant and had delivered one puppy on the way to our shelter, and one was birthed right in front of us as we were preparing to get her out of the trunk of his car! There is no reason to go into the glaringly wrong issue of driving dogs to us in the trunk of a car; because that is an issue for another day. We had to gather mama and her girlfriend out of the trunk, get mama settled in a safe area to continue her process of delivering and get the other dog settled and isolated for intake.
The mother dog proceeded to have 12 puppies thereby adding to our pibble collection. Our campaign - Praise for Pibbles has many facets due to the various aspects of being a rescue in a true no-kill shelter. We work to educate the community as to the love these dogs can give and to change the misconception the press and community has come to expect of the breed, we spay and neuter our pibbles - the number has just grown in our facilty by these intakes We provide long term care of the pibbles because we have to provide an extra level of discernment in placing these residents of ours so they will be given the security of having a safe and loving home with no chance of being placed in a dangerous situation. And we provide much needed medical care for the residents in our care. Many have had little or no medical care, come to us with lingering health issues and most all have heartworms which need to be treated.
We are so very grateful to be able to report that two of our pibbles have found their way into loving and safe homes and are being an intrigal part of a family. Mr. Bojangles and Jerry Jeff Walker found their way into hearts and homes in this last quarter and that is due in part to the continued support financial donors provide in order to sustain our mission - your support. For this support, we thank you. Please help us continue to provide these great dogs all the love, security and health we can so they too can one day have a family to love and be loved, safe and forever off the streets.