I think I woulda named her Pinky, but alas, her name is Joey and she is a WHBR alum, along with her siblings. It went like this... we saved her Mum, Olive, from an uncertain future and while in her foster-to-adopt home we realized she came with a surprise(s). A few months later Joey and her siblings arrived. All have been adopted and are snug as little bugs in their new homes. Keep these tootsies in mind as you read further.
In preparation for this report, I searched for data on how many dogs are euthanized a day. I know! What a somber, bummer way to start out a report, Stacy! 56% 56% of dogs entering shelters are euthanized
Well gezzz, as we approach Black Friday all I can think of is how many dogs will die on Black Friday. Their day will be forever black, their last walk will be to their death. We might as well say it, we know it happens and ignoring it will NOT help. (Stay with me, I’ll lighten up in a minute.) CNBC reported America spent $59.6 billion dollars on Black Friday in 2018.
Approximately 52% of people have purchased something on sale that they later regretted.
I just caught myself shaking my head. Yaya I have gifts to buy, I like to find a good deal, but I also know we, WHBR, have to work hard to raise donations. Rescues and shelters across the nation are working with nearly empty accounts while Americans will no doubt spend nearly $87 billion dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone this year. How many of those purchases will be followed with regret by the buyer?
I CAN’T IMAGINE A SINGLE ONE OF YOU, or your friends WOULD REGRET SAVING A PUP FROM IT’S LAST WALK OR HELPING WITH THE MEDICAL CARE OF ONE WHO HAS SUFFERED ABUSE.
(Boy am I on a roll or what? Come on, stick with me. You want to know about EmmyLou and Danica, don’t you?)
Gosh, we have the voice, and the ever necessary thumbs, to help abused and neglected pups. They don’t have either! (I know, I know, I didn’t need to tell you that but I did because I’m on a roll!) Spread the word of rescue, of adopting and STOP buying from backyard breeders! Use those thumbs to write a check, send off an online donation, share information re rescue in letters and on line. Try out assisting with a transport of a pup to its foster home. The list goes on, you will be shocked what your thumbs can do for a pup!
When we work together we can elevate society in a number of ways from laws regarding animal rights to creating joyful memories for many a person and family. You can be a part of this by donating, volunteering, sharing posts of pups needing homes, or educating your family and friends about rescue.
So, I guess I’m thinking I’d like to turn Black Friday into a different kinda day. Maybe folks can think along the lines of … giving 10% of their total Black Friday spending to rescue. 20%? Consider it? OR! OR! If you're going to go hog wild do it with Amazon Smile and make us your charity of choice. BOOM fun for you and funds for the pups! I know donating doesn't result in something shiny and new for you to admire/use but what it will do is help prevent a last walk. A day that goes forever dark. Think of saving more pink tootsies.
Ok, Right here is where I’m going to lighten up! < < < <
Who are EmmyLou-Who and Danica? A couple of sad gals who, although we do not know their history, their body language and scars don’t speak to a life of cushy beds and soft pats on their heads.
EmmyLou arrived clearly having just had pups and no one knows where they are but they were taken too soon. She is also missing most of a rear paw and although a sweet, lovey gal she is terrified of people and new experiences. We got her a pretty new boot to help her walk and feel girly again. What gal doesn’t like a new shoe? EmmyLou is in the capable hands of loving and experienced foster parents who are giving her the time she needs to decompress. (I wish I could put her picture here with her write up but alas the system doesn’t work that way. Photos below)
Danica, also with experienced foster parents, has shown the same behavior. She has many a fur foster sib to keep her company as she adjusts to a new life of regular food, baths, and returning health. (Photo below)
Looking at their intake pictures, how many people do you think would have walked through a shelter and given either of them a chance? Most people want a bright-eyed, ‘pretty’, dog. These were hard looking gals but they are coming into their own thanks to our volunteers and supporters. The next report will show you how they have blossomed and tell you a bit about their path to a new life.
We have celebrated a lot of adoptions in the last several weeks and are thrilled to see our Adoptive family group grow. Lots of adoptions mean pups saved and room for more to come in. Woo Hooo
As always, we are so glad you have chosen to support us in the past. We hope you have continued faith in our Organization to continue that support. I am including a link to Shelter Animals Count where you can find our statistics as well that of other organizations, state, and National. I am proud our organization finds it important and participates. This means keeping tight records on all of our intakes. Along with being dedicated to honest handling of donations we believe in being a part of the bigger picture.
I normally sign off by saying Hank and I are headed out the door for a walk or such but alas, I lost my Hank almost a month ago. I started to say a couple of weeks ago because I guess that’s how it feels, but then I looked at today’s date. It’s still raw and I’m sure many of you know the feeling. He might have barked ten times in his 14 years so that’s not what’s missing that makes the house so deafeningly quiet. It's when I get my keys and he doesn’t jump up. When I wake in the morning to find him eagerly awaiting my eyes to open. Or when I go down the road and roll the back window down for him only to realize he isn’t there. Gulk. Hank was my third boxer and a rescue. He was a big boy who was thought to be Boxer/Dane but a couple of DNA tests a few months ago returned with Boxer/Pit/Irish Wolfhound. Boxer explains his playful, happy, giddy self. Pit his head shape and Wolfhound his size and nose. Boy did he have a nose. I was lucky my vet would come to my home allowing me to lay with him in his bed. A part of us goes with each of them. doesn't it.
Time to go, can’t see the screen
Danica (notice the home cut job on her ears)
EmmyLou and Danica on transport day
Sir Hank of Panky
Bored at an adoption event
Adoption event. Great group of volunteers on hand
Annual volunteer get together, big fun
WHBR Founder and President, DeAnn King