by Meredith, CDR Director
Earlier this year, I came across Rex’s photo online. Rex had stunning eyes with a warm soul that stayed with me. This was in January of 2013 and I emailed Deanna an advocate for Rex at the Pocahontas County, WV shelter. Deanna told me Rex had been waiting ages to get out and he had been given many reprieves because of his great personality. Deanna works with a group called Coonhound Companions, which aims to promote hounds. As you may know, hounds have a hard time finding homes and there is an abundance of these loving dogs in shelters, especially after hunting season.
Rex arrived to the shelter in October 2012 starving and barely alive. The wonderful people there fell in love with Rex and nursed him back to health. His charm saved him from euthanasia as everyone held out hope that Rex would be rescued or adopted. After many months in the shelter, many dogs become depressed and despondent, but it was clear that Rex never gave up. He continued to trust and love humans and canines.
City Dogs Rescue committed to rescue Rex if a foster could be found. We posted online for a foster, but none worked out. Deanna emailed every few weeks to see if anyone had volunteered to foster Rex. Four months later, Tanya of Silver Spring, Maryland saw the call for a foster and stepped up to save him! We couldn’t be more thrilled that Rex was one step closer to finding his forever home.
The volunteers in WV prepped Rex for his journey to Washington, DC and they noticed an extra spring in his step. Tanya’s family eagerly awaited his arrival.
Rex was all of the great things everyone said and more! Rex is truly a gentle, loving dog with the typical goofy hound personality.
Within one week of arrival to Washington, DC, Rex was adopted by the Redpath’s, a great family in Maryland who felt the same connection many of us did when we saw his photos and videos. This is yet another example of why we rescue. Congratulations Rex!
Top Row: 1-3. Rex upon arrival to the shelter
Middle Row: 4. Rex at the shelter, 5. Rex at the vet, 6. Rex on his way to DC
Bottom Row: 5. Rex meets Tanya at the transport, 6. Rex explores DC, 7. Rex gets adopted!
CDR supporters raised $3,000 for vaccinations for Cleveland County shelter animals. A huge thank you to all of our supporters!
Last Summer, City Dogs Rescue, joined with several other organizations to encourage Cleveland County Animal Control to drastically change its adoption policies and practices and to end the gassing of unwanted pets. City Dogs Rescue experienced a number of difficulties with working with CCAC at the time, including one particular incident involving CDR's unsuccessful attempts to rescue a sweet dog named Luna. After this incident, CDR submitted a presentation to the County Commissioners outlining our concerns and suggested actions (see Blog Post). After reviewing the presentation, County Commissioner Susan Allen reached out to us and has been very responsive to our concerns. Based upon Commissioner Allen's review of the situation with Luna and similar situations involving other rescues, the Commissioners determined that changes were needed at the shelter. Commissioner Allen expressed a sincere interest in having the shelter be more accessible to rescue and in reducing the shelter's euthanasia rate.
A number of changes were implemented immediately:
1. CCAC hired an internal rescue coordinator.
2. CCAC implemented several safeguards to try to prevent breakdowns in communication from occurring.
As a result of these changes, CDR continued to rescue dogs from CCAC but at an increased rate. Since May 2013, CDR rescued over 80 dogs from CCAC, including the sweet Dixie pictured above (who is still available for adoption at http://www.citydogsrescuedc.org/dogs.html#.U0sdPcdqnv4). Many other rescues worked to get dogs as well. (Since CCAC is a rural county, it must rely on rescues rather than internal adoptions for the bulk of its animals to be saved).
CCAC just released its euthanasia statistics, and boy what a change one year makes!
Animal shelter statistics in 2012 vs. 2013
Animals adopted: 6%, 8%
Animals rescued: 8%, 46%
Total cats saved: 3.5%, 37.5%
Total dogs saved: 31%, 80%
Total animals saved: 18%, 59%
Total animals euthanized: 79%, 37% (a 42% decrease)
Animals euthanized by carbon monoxide: 64%, 36%
Animals euthanized by injection: 36%, 64%
Now, with even more exciting news, CCAC has agreed to remove the gas chamber by June 30, 2014 and increase adoption hours! This is absolutely huge and we could not be more thrilled to see the end to this inhumane method of killing unwanted animals. See Shelby Star Article and the video below.
But CCAC has not stopped there! It also wants to adopt a program to vaccinate dogs and cats upon intake. By doing so, it can potentially eliminate the unnecessary suffering and death of animals from Parvo, Distempter, and other easily preventable diseases. CCAC estimates that the cost to provide these vaccinations is $44,970.26 on an annual basis (see breakdown of costs under "Photos Section"), but it does not have these expenses in its budget. As a THANK YOU to CCAC for implementing these wonderful changes and to prevent unnecessary suffering and death, CDR wants to raise at least $2500 so we can to help these animals get vaccinated. Vaccinations for Rabies, Parvo, and Distemper that are administered at the shelter can prevent unnecessary suffering and death. Sadly, City Dogs Rescue has had several of our dogs, including Jett, Sunshine, Octavio, Shotgun, Woodstock, and Vince, succumb to diseases that could have been prevented if vaccinations were available at the shelter.
City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties volunteers.