Thursday, August 14, 2008

Weekly Update for August 14, 2008

Longtime friend of Hope Sanctuary and Doll,
Debbie Young, stopped by with her grandson, Austin.
The dogs were thrilled.

From Doll:

I'm on my way to Washington, DC for the AR2008 Conference, so here's a brief update and I will send photos and a bit more to everyone when I can.

We spent much of the week preparing for our transport to Denver over the weekend. In addition to caring for our animals, responding to the needs and requests of people seeking aid for animals, and the myriad of other daily tasks we made sure our 26 dogs and 23 cats heading for Every Creature Counts (ECC) were ready.

All but 1 puppy and 5 kittens were altered. The 6 were males who hadn't developed enough for surgery. ECC will ensure they are altered when they are ready before they are made available for adoption.

All the animals had shots, parasite prevention, and had received weeks of care to recover from the horrid condition most of them were in when they arrived. Most of the kittens had been through a series of antibiotics. The cleanliness of the our cattery is always a priority, but when most of your cats have come in sick within days of each other maintaining a healthful environment is a real task.

As always we'd fallen in love with the animals we cared for and parting was emotional. With that said, we express our highest regard and appreciation for the wonderful folks at ECC for making our dreams come true for the precious animals we've cared for. Their partnership for the placement of the animals we both are working so hard to save is truly making a world of difference in our ability to aid the animals we rescue.

Chele Whitehead and I left for Colorado early Friday morning. As we neared the Arkansas boarder with Oklahoma the Hope Sanctuary van experienced electrical problems. I called Eric who immediately contacted the nearest Enterprise Car Rental. The manager, Mack, was closing the office for the day, but answered the phone and went above and beyond to help us. Mack drove out to pick me up off the interstate and even contacted a towing service for us who rushed out to retrieve our stranded van. Once we got everyone resettled in the new Enterprise van, we were off and had only lost about 3 hours, which, considering the circumstances, was pretty amazing.

We arrived at ECC Saturday morning and off loaded our precious cargo. We stopped by my step-daughter's house for a bite to eat and some much need rest before hitting the road back to Mississippi.

We arrived back at Hope Sanctuary around 11 p.m. Sunday night. By Monday afternoon the electrical problem in our van was fixed and so I headed back toward Ft. Smith, AR to retrieve it and return the rental.

Lauren and Phillip held down the fort and new volunteer, Joe Johnson, helped with cutting the grass and maintaining the grounds.

Well, that's it for now. As I said, more later and photos when I have time.


Friday, August 8, 2008

Transport Underway

Doll and Chele left this morning on a transport to Every Creature Counts in Denver. It's a 24 hour drive to and from, so they've got quite a long weekend ahead of them. This is a trip they've both done several times before, so they are all to familiar with the route.

Included on this transport are 26 puppies, 24 kittens and one young adult lab. Here are just a few of the puppies and kittens on their way to a new life and new home in Denver.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weekly Report for August 7, 2008

From Doll:

We are again preparing for a trip to take our puppies and kittens to be placed through our friends at Every Creature Counts (ECC). This transport will include over 50 puppies and kittens who will all have a better chance at finding a good home at ECC.

Brittany, our 12-year-old volunteer is back. She's returned after traveling with her family during for the summer. Brittany is as helpful as she is delightful.

One of the young surgeons poses for us after completing the last of the days surgeries. Again we are indebted to Dr. Bushby and his team. They have afforded our animals the surgeries required for our transports and freed our budget from the burden of costly surgeries.

Lauren aids Ossie Alderman with his mother dog. She came along for the day while her pups were being spayed. We trimmed her nails and kept her comfortable. At the end of the day she returned home with the Aldermans and one of her puppies that was promised a local home. Her other 3 pups will be included on our transport.

Mr. Peabody will make the trip to CO in the near future. He is recovering from a serious case of mite infestation. A dear woman saw him at a rabbit breeders and begged to be allowed to bring him to us. Brittany noted, "he's a meat rabbit", to which I responded that he was no meat rabbit now.

Cookie ponders the possibility of opening one of the emu's feed bags before we can close the storage door. He quickly moves on when the watermelon party starts.

Biscuit, the handsome gray tabby with Lauren is home. He had a stay at the vets to determine what might be causing his upset stomach. The diagnosis is a probable food allergy. Lauren is happy to have back 'the biscuit maker'.

Lauren and I spent an early evening trapping pups at a truck stop in Vaiden, MS. Montana, Nevada and Cheyenne have all been rescued. Back at the Sanctuary Nevada wondered from the safety of the porch and when he found himself alone in the trees he began to howl. I was already on his trail.

Here's a photo of me with Elaine Adair, president of MS SPAN, at this weekend's conference in Jackson, MS. The conference was well attended by rescuers and humane representatives from across the state. MS SPAN will be opening a high volume, low cost spay/neuter clinic in the fall.

Cindy Bailey poses with Rapunzel. Cindy is a longtime friend of Hope Sanctuary and is fostering our little Rapunzel.

Finally, these 3 horses are the subject of an ongoing cruelty investigation. In this photo they're dusting the dirt in search of any morsel to eat. We're working with local law enforcement to seize them.


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