Hard Times

While the fur-girls were sliding on the ice on Tuesday, our mail carrier stopped by.  She did indeed have the mail, but she also wanted to chat with me about her cause – an animal shelter in a neighboring county.  Like every shelter I’ve heard anything about recently, they’re out of room and the situation is desperate.  They are not a no-kill shelter, and while they do what they can to turn over purebreds to breed-specific rescues and they work closely with a no-kill organization in the area, but it’s not enough to keep up.

Frankly, what they need are fosters and adopters.  We can’t do either.  They don’t really need the food I thought I’d donate, nor do they need the crate pads.  I want to help, but a big part of being helpful is actually doing something that needs to be done!  I’m sad and frustrated, so if you have any ideas, let me know.

In the meantime, enjoy the fur-girls playing on the ice.  I’m now almost rabid for snow; they’d love it!  I’m also pretty sure Gretchen will love the ocean and play fetch with the Knight in the surf, no matter how cold it is.  Not that we’ll find out any time soon, but maybe February will surprise me.

Sissy digging the ice & the garden, while Gretchen just looks on

Sissy digging the ice & the garden, while Gretchen just looks on

Don’t forget to swing by the Dogs on Thursday blog, and all the other doggies on there.  Happy little friday!

17 comments on “Hard Times

  1. Dianne says:

    I share your frustration. I wish I could foster…I really do. I just know that I would never be able to let a dog go to its new home, no matter how good the home might be. It’s so very sad. I can’t imagine turning one of my babes over to a shelter. Soooo sad.

  2. Marjie says:

    The three boys will be going out to play in the snow in a bit, when the temp reaches 25 – it’s sunny today! Thor loves to romp in the snow, and it’s a hoot to watch it puff up under his feet!

  3. Dawn says:

    Oh man, I could never foster animals nor kids. I get way, way to attached. It would break my heart and be so painful. I’ve done it a couple of times with dogs and it just about kills you even though you know they’re going to a good home…and I still think of them. Have a great DOT!

  4. nichole says:

    Cute pics! 🙂 I love Gretch in her hot pink coat.

  5. Sue says:

    Fostering is hard, but it’s so necessary. All the shelters here are in the same boat. People can’t afford to keep their pets.

    My kids are loving the snow, although it’s becoming a bit crusty.

  6. Bubblesknits says:

    I recently heard the same thing from one of our local vets. I was asking about donations and such and possibly bringing food to a shelter and they told me that what they really needed help with was adoptions and fostering. 😦 It makes you feel sad and awful that unless you can take in another pet, there’s basically not a whole lot you can do.

  7. sonya says:

    I wish I was able to foster dogs. Someday after I win the lottery I will have acres and acres for all the dogs I want to come live with us.

  8. gaylen says:

    I don’t foster because I have too many dogs of my own. Can you arrange your schedule to make a weekly walking/play date with the shelter dogs. Won’t help with their fullness, but will help the dogs. 🙂 g

  9. Natalie says:

    It’s so hard not to be able help more! Love the puppy pictures! 🙂

  10. Missy Sissy isn’t wearing her ear warmer cowl. Does that mean she is being stubborn about it?

  11. Anita says:

    It is indeed sad. 😦
    So many need good homes.

    Super cute photos! Where is Sissy’s cowl? She sould be wearing it if she’s gonna dig in ice!! LOL

  12. anniebananie says:

    Our shelter is full up as well. People are dropping off their animals because they can no longer afford to feed them. It’s all very, very sad….

    I do love the pictures of the fur girls, and like everyone else, where is Sissy’s cowl?

  13. grace says:

    we had a second day of ice and tom wound up home again today, so I had little computer time, just wanted to drop in and say HI!

  14. Sue J. says:

    We have the same situation out here, Chan. Our local no kill shelter has had to close because of high demand and low funding. Breaks my heart, too. We have thought about fostering so many times. But, I know me. I would never be able to part with the pups we would foster. We do what we can with supplies and money, but I just have stop somewhere, or we would have a houseful of pups. God, I hate this! Why isn’t there a loving home for every dog in the world?

  15. p3knitter says:

    I LOVE her pink doggy coat!!!

  16. splnotebook says:

    Look at the girls…love Gretchen’s pink coat, she’s so stylin’!

  17. Kathy says:

    I wish I could open my own shelter and just take ’em all. It’s tough right now for so many folks and you just don’t know what to do.

    I have a question on a lighter note: Who bent the flag pole and just what has captured Sissy’s attention? LOL

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