Friday, January 30, 2015

What a week!!!!

I am getting way too old for many weeks like this!  We had 5 home visits, 6 vet visits, and one cruelty call.  Since I live way out in the sticks, it takes an hour to get anywhere.  Thank goodness the gas prices are reasonable these days.  I don't like being away from home to begin with and with all the runs this week adjustments had to be made to the work schedule.  Notice the headlamp!!!  Well, with the long days, the outside kennel runs and the farm animals sometimes had to be tended to after dark.  I bought a couple of these for my hurricane supplies a few years ago and have fallen in love with them.  Both of my hands can be free and since I don't see well at night it provides the necessary safety I need for maneuvering about in the dark.
Our little goat is still pregnant.  We decided to wait and let nature take over.  We are unsure of her due date because she was pasture bred when we weren't paying attention. 
Poor baby can barely walk. 
Fortunately all 8 of the poodles from the backyard breeder have found either rescues or foster homes.  We are so blessed to have a great working relationship with other rescues in our area.  A huge thank you goes to APAWS' Kelly Parrish for taking 4 of these poor dogs.  We also have two going to a breed specific rescue in Florida and two will remain in our adoption program and will be foster by one our great foster moms, Diania!  For all of those folks who offered to help just because we don't have a poodle left, doesn't mean we don't need you!  We have other dogs that need a foster home.
Just a reminder!!!  The Krewe of Tickfaw's Mardi Gras ball is on 2/7.  Get your tickets now!  We have some great silent auction items.  Tin Lizzy's is a great venue.  Please join us.

Monday, January 26, 2015

I'm Back to Blogging

Wow, we had a busy 2014 and my goal for 2015 is to get back to blogging.  While I love the instant nature of Facebook, it does not always allow me to fully express what is going on.  Please continue to follow our facebook page because it has the most up to date information.  But I hope to use this forum to educate and inform.

We had a successful year.  We found homes for 75 dogs.  We put 12 young dogs on transports to out of state adoptions and we managed to help countless residents with various dog "issues". 

Our financial status is always an issue. We are always broke and my retirement fund has bailed us out more than once.  Our vet bills were slightly over $37,000.  Adoptions and donations covered all but $14,000.

Our focus has changed somewhat.  As I get older and cannot manhandle the big boys, we have transitioned to a small breed special needs rescue.  Of course we accept young dogs, but we won't turn away an older dog because it may be viewed as less adoptable.  Our protocol is that all dogs come here to my foster home before going to other foster homes.  This gives me time to totally vet the dog and understand it's personality before we place it in any home. 

Our sanctuary dogs are truly remarkable.  We have 5 blind dogs and 1 that is blind and deaf.  They all manage to get along and for the most part they just sleep, eat, wander around a little bit and start the process all over again.  At this time, all of our sanctuary spots are full.

Two of our little Chihuahuas are seeing the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow.  Both of the little ones have bad knees!

Next week we are going to be busy with the Krewe of Tickfaw Mardi Gras Ball!  Swampy Paws has been selected as their charity of choice to receive the donations from this year's event.  The ball is on 2/7 and the boat parade is 2/14.  More to come in the days ahead........