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.
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.
Dogs come and go, but there's always plenty of puppies at ARF! Just as a bunch grow and move on, get adopted and whole new group comes in. We don't complain though because who doesn't like puppies? We've recently had some wonderful successful puppy adoption stories and we couldn't be happier. Every few months we have a completely different group. With each new group, our puppy area grows more and more into the dream that we have for it.
With the overall care of the shelter in need constantly, growth and progress can sometimes be slow, but we always keep pushing forward. We have an outstanding group of volunteers who donate their time and help build it into something truly unique and special. In our puppy room, more and more hardy hand-made pens have been built. The most exciting news though, is the separate puppy play yard that has been finished. It is in a nice quiet corner of the back of the shelter, isolated and perfect for puppies to socialize, play and grow. The posts have also been put in for our puppy runs. This will give them the opportunity to exercise and play even more in an appropriate and safe environment.
This project has helped continue our dream of having the best puppy section any shelter has ever seen. In that, we stand out from the rest and because of that, we thank you. Letting puppies grow in this kind of environment with these advantages helps prepare them and get them even more ready for adoption. I believe it is because of this that our puppy adoption rate has increased greatly. Thank you! Just think of all the puppies you have helped get adopted. With your continued support we can keep this puppy prosperty growing!
Life at ARF never stops and neither does the flow of puppies being dropped off at the shelter. At any given time we always have at least several litters. Some days are spent rescuing a litter that is stuck somewhere or has lost their mother. Some long days and nights are spent nursing pups back to life, staying with them, comforting them, feeding them and worrying over them each and every hour. Some days are spent having to turn people away with puppies because we just do not have the funds or space. A few wonderful days are spent matching up our wonderful fosters with a group of pups or better yet their forever home.
We have had some great puppy adoptions recently. People always love the puppies so they are somewhat easier to get adopted then the older dogs. We spend our weekends showing them off at various adoption events and promoting them online. We've also spent a lot of time rescuing puppies though. It is so important to spay and neuter to help prevent litter after litter of unwanted pups. Some of them come to the shelter in such bad shape that we barely have them for 24 hours before they pass over the rainbow bridge. This is one of the hardest times for us because we love each and every one and it breaks our heart that we could not help them more.
Donations have been extremely low lately and all projects have had to be put on hold. We have many wonderful ideas we would love to see come to life but as of right now, we are focusing stricly on keeping the shelter running. Hopefully donations and support will pick up soon and we can continue moving forward. We are currently working on renivating the puppy room. It is a room separate from the rest of the shelter to keep the puppies isolated from other dogs and be around pups of the same age. This is beneficial to their health, growth and social development. We hope to create secure concrete pens for all of them and with more donations we will be able to finish this soon. After the puppy room is complete our next task is to complete the outdoor puppy play yard and runs. This will give them a safe area all to themselves to get fresh air, play and exercise.
It is so important to give them the best opportunities possible because the more healthy and better adjusted they are, the easier it is to get them adopted. Once they grow and become adults their chance of adoption drops drastically. As donations increase, we will be able to provide a better environment for them to grow and thus be ready for that special someone. Thank you very much for your continued support.
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