Most of you know that I’m a big dog lover. Dogs have always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. So far in my adult life I have raised 6 dogs and 5 were rescues. Did you know that over 250,000 shelter animals are euthanized each year in the State of Georgia because of overpopulation? That is a sad statistic about the state I live in.
Why does this matter? When you choose a rescue pet, you have saved a life and do your part in combating pet overpopulation. Rescues can be wonderful, life-long companions if only given the chance. People often think rescue organizations only take in pets who have health or behaviorial problem. This is simply not true. Rescues are filled with dogs (and cats) who would like nothing more than a chance at a happy life and their own family to share it with.
Road Trip Home Animal Rescue is a new non-profit organization based in Acworth, GA. Their mission is “to become the best pet transportor in the State of Georgia with a goal of saving companion animals from life threatening situations and transporting them to new ‘no kill’ shelters in the Midwest or Northeast where they can be adopted and begin new safe lives.” These states also require pets to be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.
I learned about Road Trip Home through my oldest son. He works part-time at a local veternarian office and helps take care of some of these animals that are rescued for the purpose of being transported out of state. He always had a big heart for animals too. You can check their site out at http://www.roadtriphome.org/
My most recent adoption is Deke the chocolate labrador retriever. We aren’t sure how old he is, but we’ve had him for 4 years now. He’s always at my side and a great running companion too. Deke gets along great with people and other animals, especially his ‘sister’ Bebe the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Our adoption mattered.
It Matters to this One
As I walked along the seashore, this young boy greeted me. He was tossing stranded starfish back to the deep blue sea.
I said, “Tell me why you bother, why you waste your time this way. There’s a million stranded starfish, does it matter anyway.”
And he said, “It matters to this one. It deserves a chance to grow. It matters to this one, I can’t save them all I know. But it matters to this one, I’ll return it to the sea. It matters to this one, and it matters to me.”