Post # 1
Hi Bees, I’ve got a story. It’s long.
I got a pup and took her to puppy kindergarten. The trainers were new to the area, but they’ve been dealing with dogs all their lives. They also didn’t discriminate against my pittie, as well as the only other dog in our class for the first few weeks, Odin. They were best friends in puppy kindergarten. He showed her so much.
My pup and Odin finish puppy class together. I thought about having the trainers keep on, but I joined a canine search and rescue group which took up most of my time. A lot of that decision was because of the trainers, who treated my pup with so much respect and love that I can’t thank them enough.
Fast forward a few months. Odin is now 10 months. Mine is 7. I browse adoption ads (I volunteer for some rescues) and suddenly see him. I’m hurt but not completely shocked. I never met Odin’s owner. The people who took him to school were his grandparents.
I start getting to work on getting him out of a very high kill shelter. I cry through the process. I even go visit him today and let the shelter know that the trainers are willing to give free classes to the pup because he was in the middle of getting his Good Canine Citizenship. I feel so angry and pathetic because here I am volunteering for all these rescue groups and I can’t even save this guy. I beg my family to make a little room, but we can’t take him.
I try to recruit as many people to help but I realize that so many animals are in need of homes. I feel like I’ve fallen short…and Odin’s just but one story out there.
I feel deflated, bees. What can I do to lift up my spirits? I’ve been making as many calls, all met with people saying that they’re full (I don’t blame them), and passed out flyers…made shouts on Facebook…what else could I do?
Post # 3
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Oh gosh, I don’t have any advice except for good for you for trying to help this poor dog. I really hope that you find a loving family to take him into a forever home. Good luck!!
Post # 4
I’ve really been wanting to start volunteering on a regular basis for a rescue group but am afraid of going through exactly what you are! I would get way too attached and upset if something didn’t work out.
On behalf of the animals, thank you for the work you do!
Post # 5
Would the shelter he’s at now be open to letting you foster him? I know you said your family can’t take him, but perhaps they would be open if they knew it was only a temporary situation? Usually high kill shelters do that because of space and resource issues, so maybe if he was at your house but still up for adoption they would allow it? Or maybe they would let someone else foster if you set it up, if you’re unable to take him yourself?
Also, try searching specifically for “open admission” shelters, even if they are a bit out of your aread. These are a bit different than ones that are called “no kill” becuase they will literally take any animal that shows up, where as a lot of no kill are limited to what they have room for or dogs that can be adopted (no health or behavior issues, etc.). If it’s a species they don’t do or if they don’t have room they’ll take them in and find another shelter for them. They don’t put animals down due to space or time, only for extreme health or behavior issues (even with behavior issues they will still try to find a resuse that specializes for them). I volunteer at a shelter like this and they sometimes get animals from shelters 2-3 states away.
It’s a terrible situation, but at least the little guy has a great advocate like you.
Post # 6
Keep trying. There was a story about a little boy who was walking along the beach and picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean, and when it was pointed out to him that there are thousands of starfish on the beach and he couldn’t possibly make a difference, he picked one up, threw it in the ocean and said “I made a difference to that one.”
I know you can’t save all the dogs, but to those you can help, I’ll bet it makes a world of difference to them 🙂
I agree with PPs to contact local no-kill shelters or even breed specific rescue groups. Check with local veterinary clinics to see if they are ‘in the know’ about anyone with a foster spot available in their homes. Don’t give up on this little guy, he’s lucky to have crossed paths with you.
Post # 7
Post him on CL. Someone might see him and adopt him.
Put his picture in an email, explain his situation and send that email to all the rescue groups you know. In the email say “FEEL FREE TO CROSS POST SO WE CAN SAVE HIM” They will forward to all their rescue contacts. If you are willing to make a forever long drive to deliver him to a rescue include that on your email- “I WILL TRANSPORT HIM TO THE RECEVING RESCUE”
If you can donate money you can be his sponsor- you can also get other people sponsor. Rescue groups are more likely to take on a dog if they get say 500 dollars with the dog.
Ultimately the best thing you can do is find a foster. Beg, plead, cry, just because a rescue said no to you once doesn’t mean you can’t bug them again.
Post # 8
You could always do what my husband did and just bring him home. Your family would learn to love him.
Obviously that’s a terrible idea but I know how you feel. Dogs have my heart and I would do anything to help a loving dog be killed for no reason at all. We have three and as soon as we get a house with some land we will have many more. Good luck.