A rescuer, tasked with the job of caring for 10 dogs with difficult behavioral issues, is facing an impossible decision. The dog are unable to live with other pets, and some have human bite history, so they can’t be adopted to most households and there are few foster options to keep them in a home.
Six of the dogs live in boarding, and the others are in foster homes – and the cost associated with their care has hit the tipping point where difficult, make that impossible, choices must be made. Frustration and despair are apparent in the rescuer’s recent social media post, which explains the situation:
This is the one post I wish I NEVER had to write. After 2+ years fighting a losing battle, our fight to keep the 10 hard to place dogs alive and happy has to come to end.
We have received a 30 day notice on the 26th. I had to build my strength to write this post, because I knew there are tons of judgmental people in the rescue.
And detailing what must happen to keep the dogs alive:
We thank all of you for the support we have received these past 3 years; big or small. We are sorry we can’t do much of anything without a MIRACLE. We need PLEDGES from 500 willing & caring PEOPLE @$75 each (translate to a $25 payment for 3 consecutive weeks).
That’s the kind of miracle we need to save these dogs from being euthanized. We need those pledges to be put in here starting this weekend; if that’s even possible.
Various efforts have been made to raise the necessary funds, from dog artwork to auctions, but nothing has resulted in enough to keep things afloat.
For those who want to know about the dogs’ quality of life, please read the lengthy explanation below:
One of those echos that keeps resurfacing this week:
“How do they live a quality life in boarding?”
Since we consider this question, has a very legitimate concern (thank you), we feel it necessary to (once again) share the details on HOW we run our volunteer-based rescue here. We are not like those “rescues” you may encountered prior to read our appeal for help.
For instance, we have a policy, that NO dog will stay 7 consecutive days in a boarding facility. We have friends & colleagues that have agreed to host every single dog in a home setting on the weekends. The main reason why they can’t stay with these wonderful people on the weekdays: because those people work full time jobs & they have pets. Our dogs must be the only pet in the house at the time. With that being said, without homeowners being home, then no one can rotate the dogs to make sure no one gets tangled up with any doggie arguments. Another reason: we prefer our dogs to not be forced to hold their bladder for more than 5 hours; therefore crating them while homeowners are at work for 8-10 hours, is not an acceptable option for us.
At the boarding facility, every dog, gets play time for a total of 30 minutes every 3 hours, outside their potty break time, which is our very specific requirement to the boarding kennel staff & our founder is known for sneaking out from her lunch breaks, visiting them unannounced. So, Mon thru Fri 3 times a day, these dogs get to play fetch, run around in a secured fenced yard, or just chill with their caretaker, enjoying their toys from Barkbox (thanks to our supporters here).
They are being fed twice a day; breakfast & dinner; which also gives them the opportunity to get a short potty break right after each meal.
Two out of six dogs that stay at the boarding, are lucky enough to get to go to work Mon thru Fri with our 2 wonderful volunteers. These two get to enjoy riding in the car, meeting more people, and enjoying a short walk within the office building premises during lunch breaks. The other 4 that stay at boarding, get the 30 to 60 minutes walk after work, done by our assigned volunteers.
Take into consideration, we pay $28 a day for each dog to stay at the boarding, not to live a miserable life. To be honest, they probably live a better life than some lonely dogs out there that maybe just see their owners for a very short time before they leave for work & come home late after hanging out with friends after work. These dogs may not have homes, BUT they have all their necessities & attention they need to be happy & healthy. So, we must say, yes they do live a quality life.
There are undoubtedly many questions about the dogs – where they came from and what their issues are. You can click this link to Facebook to find the FAQ which explains the dogs’ history.
Questions or issues with any of the links and/or donation options? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Note: Dogs are located in Oregon