What a week. It started with my usual 5:00 am email checking only to find an inbox full of pleas to help beagles in need. I start disecting them one by one, looking at where they are, what the current status is and if we can help. No, we can’t help them all..that’s a given. I know it well. It’s not fun to say no.
[dropcap3]T[/dropcap3]hen I saw them. “Brownie” (pictured above) and “L’il Girl” (pictured below). These two senior darlings were sitting in a very high kill shelter in Chesterfield, SC. They were so beat up it was heartbreaking. We have volunteers in many areas of the country so I started mapquesting the distance from this shelter to our nearest rescue angel, Carrie, in Charlotte, NC. But before I could even ask her if she was available to help, I got an urgent instant message from here, “Do I need to go them them?!” It was her birthday, too.
When she arrived to pick them up she was horrified at their degraded condition. We found out that the owner actually dumped these two off at the shelter because they were tired of them. Seriously? If only we could do the same favor to people who we’re tired of, huh? Especially those who neglect two beautiful beagles like these…for years and years. We now call them Chester & Sunny Fields. They have rotting, loose painful teeth, skin conditions and the female is heartworm positive, and probably has a cancerous nasal tumor. The cost of caring for dogs like this is incredible.
Enter God’s gift to the planet, my new friend in New Orleans. She swooped in and demanded to sponsor these two souls. She didn’t blink that they were in such need of such things like CT scans, biopsies, dental procedures, spays, neuters, and a $1,000 heartworm treatment. And even more, she didn’t hesitate even once due to their age. Both of these guys are over 10, but who’s counting? This, on top of all of the other dogs she is caring for…winning most, losing some and hardly stopping to take a breath. I am in awe of people like this. I have a vision of her sitting at her desk with a shiny halo.
I always say…In rescue we see the worst of people and the best of people. I encountered both in the same day. I do believe in the RA’s (Rescue Angels) ….and I met one today.
Keep on rescuing,