Living in my life with animal rescue is like living in a warzone. Even when im not out rescuing a pet or even have one around me. Every pet ive nursed back to health or have passed in my arms are still there, in the background.
I settled and sold my house for way under the housing market. I put in so much $ into my house in hopes I get more $ to put down on the land for the pet resort but no, no houses are being sold in my neighborhood so I lowered and lowered and lowered. I cant find people selling land to work with me. Why did I have to sell my house so far under market but the land owners wont do it for a great cause? I have a small mobile home picked out. They said they would get started on the process as soon as I find land and give them $500 to get started. I'm searching and searching. I cry all the time. I settled and did not get the funds I deserved for my house. It seems I cant get anywhere, I'm stuck all the time. All I want to do is have a beautiful backup place for rescue animals to go to and people to come adopt there as well. Give them the life they deserve. I know what its like to be thrown away from your loved ones. Animals have feelings too. I might not get the land right away like I planned on - with the funds from the selling of my house, but I will some day. I'm so used to having animals dumped at my house. One time about 7 dogs, several times baby kittens, numerous times foster parents couldn't keep them so I had to step up and take them. I live in a house, in a neighborhood. What would fix this issue of me getting all these animals at my house is having a pet resort. I know the risks of it as well but when I put my mind to something I know I will succeed. Life is a learning process and if you have a rescue pet resort I'm all ears.
Recently I had someone say she would love to see me run the rescue without a few specific people because she does not believe I can rise above it all. "I was good on my own that's the way it was".... remember that. I started this rescue and it will stay alive. This only gives me perseverance, and the drive to keep moving forward and show her and the rest of the world, family and all, LOOK AT WHAT'S COME OF YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT (sarcasm). I cant wait till I finally find that land and start building on it. I will make a video to all of those who didn't think I had it in me, with my arms wide open, hair blowing in the wind, pointing each direction, "LOOK THERE, LOOK THERE, AND THERE, now what you got to say" with the biggest smile on my face surrounded by love... and would love to see where they are in life after I've accomplished having a nice place for our rescue pets to go to. And it would bring much satisfaction to hear them asking if I can take in a pet for them, and if I can, I will, for the pet, not for them.
Just wait and see.
Rescue is hard work. Never said it was easy. But what a lot of people don't realize is its much harder on the founder/president. We have to make sure the rescue is run properly with proper protocol, taxes and keeping it going, finding more places for events. I'm always on the go, always on the phone, and it gets stressful. Sadly, I have put rescue first before my personal life. If I didn't, some of the people I hired for management would get upset. Family always comes first. ALWAYS. But not mine.. until now. I've put my food down. Taken control of my life again. What would fix it all... is getting this land and getting the project started.
We dont have the funds to hire people to search for the right kind of land. Ill leave it in Gods hands to provide it when he see's fit. Who knows. Maybe a miracle will happen.
I'm selling my house & moving on some land. All for our Diamonds in the rough. Once i get moved & settled in, ill need some help building a pet resort! If you can volunteer some of your time, if your a handy man or know someone that would like to help a great cause have them email us at email@example.com.
Were looking at putting some mini houses for our pets on the land. Of course once we get moved we will have to set up a fundraiser to help come up with the funds. This way we will always have a nice place for our pets to go when their fosters are on vacation, have family emergencies, etc. Pet resorts should not only be for the high class. The ones given a 2nd chance at life deserve it too. with a pool for exercise, lots of land to get their energy out. How will we pay for it? Have a Grooming facility, a little pet store & have boarding for the public. We will of course need lots of volunteers, maybe have some switch days to help.
Things will be changing fast in the next few months! Keep an eye open for our next fundraiser to help build the pet resort for our shelter, street & neglected babies!
As you can see from all his video's hes had a tough life. Just yesterday he got his left eye taken out due to it not healing and being so swollen it held too much pressure and if it were a human in his place you would be hospitalized. So we went ahead and got the surgery at one of our favorite vets. He is doing good. give him antibiotics along with pain medication. He will have to get his stitches out in a few weeks. This is him right after surgery when i picked him up at the vet. Poor little guy. He will be healed soon and up for adoption. He will make an excellent pet even with one eye.
and to think he came from this.... all these videos are of him healing. All his skin has grown back, its beautiful! He's so healthy. Nobody would of given him a chance because of the condition he was in. Everyone rather save more healthy ones... I will take in the ones that get passed by. But can only do so depending on the funds available.
There are two ways you can donate towards Little Man's care.
PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
or to his vet :
Little Man at Long Meadow Under Love At Last Pet Rescue
It is so hard running a 501c3 FOSTER based rescue. I absolutely LOVE those fosters who are committed, just as I am. I truly care for our volunteers & appreciate all the hard work they put into these pets that were just discarded at one point. But then there are those fosters who are quitters. I completely understand things happen in life which changes things & you can no longer foster, besides, fostering wasn't like you adopted. But sometimes you get fosters who can't handle giving medications- so it falls back on me, who have no patience- it falls back on me, who signed up for more then they could handle- it falls back on me, who do nothing to help the pet we saved so i take into my care to work on him/her or heal the pet. Those who can only foster for a few weeks but don't tell us that from the beginning. Those who say "ill foster these pets if you take into your rescue" but give up & it falls back on me, those who promise to pay for vetting but they never do - it fall's back on me, those who steal their foster pets or give/sell them - THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME & we the charity don't get any help from the police when this happens - so it falls on me.
SO, what are we going to do about this? Surely we can't live forever like this!
My childhood dream was to live on a farm with all the animals i could have! So, I'm working towards that dream, but with Love At Last being the top priority.
If your in the Houston or surrounding area and know if land for sale with a small house on it already or a barn on it, let me know! Im planning on selling my house & moving to the country.
Slowly but surely we will get to our goal. I don't want Love At Last Pet Rescue to be a shelter but more like a happy fun spot to play with your dog if choosing or a chill spot to drink a cup of tea & hang out with the dog you choose.
We have been looking at many different ways to have an extraordinary pet resort, not only for those who would like to drop off their dogs during work, but for the dogs in Love At Last! Ive never been a fan of boarding. So i want to make this feel to them as home as possible. A nice AC controlled barn with runs, daily exercise & a nice facility people can come adopt a pet! Not your ordinary shelter/pound, but a pet resort for our diamonds in the ruff!
And you can't forget about our new intake. If we had a few little houses with runs for them, just like these! We want to make every pet feel special, not like the new comer... but having a few of these will be perfect for keeping new intake separate from our healthy pets. Little Condos!
Of course, we would need to live on the premises. I would love our trusted board members to all live on the land so we could all work together with the pets.
This would be the only way to not rely on people to foster pets. We need our volunteer/members to be honest from the very beginning, to be committed & not give up on these pets. They were already discarded once before. Don't do it again. The only way around these people is to have our own facility where our trustworthy members can spend their time at loving & training the dogs. And it won't feel like a shelter when people come to see a pet, they can vouch to spend some time by the pool with their dog if choice, or relax in the sun or dining area with their potentially new family member.
and of course there will be a cattery! A cat condo! Can't forget about those purrrrssss!
If you would like to join the love at last team email email@example.com
If you would like to donate towards our pets you can do so on PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:
Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.
Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyrometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive system.
Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. (Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.)
Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.
Curbing bad behavior Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there's even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other males.
In both cats and dogs, the longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery not doing the trick because the behavior is so ingrained.
Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:
Cost cuttingWhen you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are clear (especially given the plethora of low-cost spay/neuter clincs).
Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or pyometra can easily run into the thousands of dollars—five to ten times as much as a routine spay surgery. Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.
Renewing your pet's license can be more expensive, too. Many counties have spay/neuter laws that require pets to be sterilized, or require people with unaltered pets to pay higher license renewal fees.
Spaying and neutering are good for rabbits, tooPart of being conscientious about the pet overpopulation problem is to spay or neuter your pet rabbits, too. Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and often end up in shelters, where they must be euthanized. Neutering male rabbits can reduce hormone-driven behavior such as lunging, mounting, spraying, and boxing.
And just as with dogs and cats, spayed female rabbits are less likely to get ovarian, mammary, and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in mature females.
Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian today and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same.
Love your pets and spay/neuter them before adding to the overpopulation we have here in Texas!
This little guy was attacked by a large dog & the people who found him couldn't take him to the vet due to the amount of money it would cost them. So a member of our team was alerted to this & we networked while she rushed him to the ER! They cleaned his wounds & kept him there for a few days under observation. At first this vet said his jaw could heal on its own but it be best if we took him home until his open wounds got some good tissue & healed enough to get stitched up. So we got him a foster that could stay home with him & be with him 24 hrs. Then came time to stitch up his wounds since his tissue was better. So he went to a regular vet instead of those high costs 24hr ones & they kept him over night saying he is in a lot of pain & his jaw will most likely need surgery. He called a specialist he knows & quoted us $2500. The next day he stitched up Moonlight's big open wound & sent him back home with our amazing foster. He's on antibiotics, pain releavers / anti-inflammatory meds. Our next step is getting his jaw healed. If you can donate to this $2500 Jaw Surgery you can donate at his fundraiser below or donate straight to our paypal at email@example.com
Today was my son's baptism at Bridge Point Bible Church right by Eldridge and I10. I'm so proud of my son for getting up there in front of everyone and telling them why he feels the need to get baptized! Such a brave boy! He said with such excitement he was waiting for this moment for 10 years! Ill never forget this day. Not only because it was the day my son got baptized and the day he promised to devote the rest of his life to Christ in front of everyone, but his special day brought a special person into my life to shed some light into this rescue life I'm living.
You can pretty much walk up to anybody in this church and talk to them. They are non-judgmental, and I guess I just feel at home there since I grew up with everyone. The church used to be in Spring Branch but moved to I10 and Eldridge and has grown tremendously. I've grown with everybody there since I was a little girl. When I moved out to Katy I tried other churches but none ever really made me feel comfortable like the Spring Branch now Bridge Point Bible church. I felt the urge to talk to someone and pray about some struggles I've been dealing with since I started Love At Last. So I went up to a woman who looked really familiar and asked who I could talk to and pray about some struggles I'm going through. She remembered me from when I was a little girl. All I had to say was Marlene's daughter and everybody was like "Oh, yeah! I remember you!" and so welcoming :)
She took me outside where my son had his baptism and we talked. I told her how I run a 501c3 non profit foster based animal rescue and animals have been in my life as a child and I feel like this is what God has set out for me to do... I told her how much it means to me to be there for these needy animals, dogs, cats, birds, all of Gods creatures :) but I struggle with how everybody in rescue is so judgmental. They criticize you for anything they feel is not right and try to tell you the "right" way to do things. They judge on everything. And I'm pretty sure I'm being judged right now because I wright my blogs and I'm not staying under the radar, and oh my gosh she is a Jesus lover! Please don't let my religion get in the way of the animals and what I'm here doing for them... Anyway, I told her I've been really thinking, and sometimes I feel like I don't want to go on with rescue because of the people involved in rescue. Not only have I been let down by a lot of people that I put my trust in, but I realize I cant trust anybody and I just cant have a mind like a child, like everybody is good and does no evil... no way. Most look down on me because I'm not there yet, where they are, with their own shelter for their rescued animals and have to have volunteers to foster these rescue's (which I rather one on one and the rescue pet living in a home setting then a shelter setting) and they think I'm in way over my head and I'm not a real rescue because I should have funds for emergency settings (which I do, for my own rescue animals and id use my own paycheck if I ever had to!), but sometimes I have to fundraise for the needy animals that come into my life and scream for help right out of nowhere. I basically told her people judge me because I just started this rescue this year and don't have thousands of dollars in the bank. I feel like people are discouraging me when they should be encouraging me. I feel like people want to see me fail and call me out on it instead of encourage me and watch me grow. People laugh when they hear about my plans in the future, as if everybody says that or they don't believe it will happen.
Let me explain something. I don't take in when I have limited funds left, no more fosters and I don't feel comfortable. I have to take care of the animals in my rescue that I have. Some of my volunteers need food, puppy pads, I supply heartworm preventative and treatment till healed and flea preventative. I buy microchips in bulk and vaccinations in bulk, deworming's, medicine's and all the necessities it takes to care for what I have FIRST. But sometimes there are emergencies for other animals that aren't in Love At Last that need help ASAP and I have to take into consideration everything for that needy animal. For example, Destiny. Our most recent intake. I had just told everyone in our rescue we are closed for intake till we get a lot of our babies adopted. But then Destiny just popped into my life... A volunteer works at an emergency vet where someone brings in this cute little Catahoula puppy, pretty blue eyes. Owner tells them to put her down because they don't have the funds to pay for her vetting. She was attacked by another dog while she was being walked and she has some broken ribs and some puncture wounds on her neck. As you all know, emergency vets can be pricey. So they opted to put her down. The vet said if they could find a rescue to take her, they will take 50% off the bill! So I was contacted, but I said no, I cant. Closed for intake. Posted her and networked her for another rescue to take her but nobody stepped up except for another rescue in San Antonio and they said they couldn't unless they raised funds to get her out because the vet wants the rescue to pay for her bill. By this time, so many people had said they would adopt her and how badly they wanted her, and people offering to donate towards her care, that I decided to give this little girl a chance. I sent over the 501c3, did a home check with the person who applied to foster her (we really like this girl too! she's a keeper!), made a fundraiser, got the funds to get her out of the vet and sent her to the vet to pick up Destiny... it was her Destiny to find Love At Last. It really was. I was criticized for making a fundraiser for $350 because a real rescue should be able to cover that. First off, let me explain, this is just the cost to get her OUT of that vet and not have her be put down. She has a long road ahead of her. She needs to heal and there are going to be some hurdles, but I am not the type of rescue that asks for thousands of dollars without knowing for sure that's what I'm getting into. I started off with $350 because that's what was needed right then and there. She has already had another emergency. Just 2 days after being let out of the vet, she was rushed to another 24 hr emergency vet near the fosters house because she had a big bump on her neck. The vet said it was because the cast is on her and her body was trying to swell but it had nowhere to go so it went to her neck. They took the bandage off, drained the bump and bandaged her back up and said we could take the bandage off the next day. I'm thinking we may be having a lot more emergencies with this little girl than we originally thought. So, we raise the funds on the fundraiser as needed in order to continue to care for her vet expenses. We know it is going to be a long road ahead till she is completely healed, but were not giving up on her, how could we when so many people want to adopt her and so many want to help! But I was frowned upon for taking her in and starting a fundraiser at $350.
I explained all of that to her and she asked me if I've told God all of this? Because he is the one who should be calling all the shots. If I feel like God wants me to be his advocate for all of his little creatures he's created, then nobody can tell me otherwise. If someone wants to donate to this little puppies fundraiser, then thank you! And God will provide! And if you don't want to, then so be it but leave your negativity to yourself. I don't have to listen or hear all the negative in rescue. God is running it, not the people who discourage me. I am very comfortable with where I am at in rescue, given my first year running it is almost over. I have found some AWESOME volunteers, who got my back, who are truly there for the animals. God will get me to what I see in my future. I've had visions and know where I'm headed and everything that I've ever said was going to happen, happened.. That is not a brag. That is because by the grace of God he's provided what I needed to get to where I am. There will be people who look down and criticize, but I need to look past that and focus on what I'm supposed to be focused on.
SO, WITH THAT SAID, IF YOU WANT TO DONATE TO DESTINY'S CARE, HER FUNDRAISER IS BELOW. IF YOU DONT LIKE THE FACT THAT IM RAISING FUNDS FOR THIS LITTLE GIRL AND THINK IM GOING ABOUT IT ALL WRONG, THEN KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF. IF YOUR NOT WANTING TO DONATE TO HER THEN THATS A-OK! BUT IF ANYBODY DOES, DONT CRITISIZE ME FOR TRYING TO HELP HER.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO SUPPORT DESTINY...
This whole year has been a struggle. I've been told the 1st year is always the hardest... it's the year you realize who you can count on. Who you can trust. When you learn the most... I've learned SO much. Rescue is drama. Scandalous.
I've come in contact with some very unethical rescues that try to act like they are the better rescue... When the truth is, we should all be in it for 1 reason. Some just don't see how selfish they are. I really encourage people to look into the rescue they are working with and really see if they are being ethical, truthful, doing the right thing, no matter what situation it is, don't let people pull you into what they think is right. You, sit & think about what is RIGHT... bc at the end of the day, you have to live with what you're dealing with. Can you?
I'm grateful to have volunteers that are my true friends & acknowledge my efforts. It took a year to build a team that I could count on... If ANY rescue tells you they started off perfect, they are liars & run away. The last thing you want to do is be affiliated with a rescue that lies. I'll be honest. I've had fosters try to steal animals in the rescue. I've even had a rescue try, still trying. It's like someone loosing their dog & they find out someonr has him but won't give him back. HORRIBLE! I try to help everyone I can WITHIN my means. And LALPR has helped over 80 animals in less than a year. I've had people attack me, & I've made great friends from those attacks too. You find out who people are. And who not to work with, and how careful you need to be. It took a year, to get a loyal, trustworthy team who understands what LALPR is all about. And I love you all so much because without you, we couldn't save innocent lives. It takes an army & that's what we are. A team that has each others back while taking care of all these beautiful animals.
Thank you for the weekend off, to give me & Frank some time to ourselves. Thank you for the card (it's true, if I leave the dog door open, my dachshund or cats will bring in a snake or a rat or bird :( so I keep it shut now at night lol), thank you for the gift card at red lobster. I LOVE THOSE BISCUITS! And the drinks :) and the room with the humongous jacoozi! You guys are awesome! I hope you realize how much we appreciate it & Frank, my personal chef says he will cook for you all! Party at my house!
On facebook, Go to this page & like it, then vote for Love at Last Pet Rescue on the pay it forward post! Our babies need the food!
Love At Last Pet Rescue is now accepting sponsors! If you'd like to donate to charities... while also helping your business... here's your chance! For more information about sponsorship spots, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been lucky to have several amazing people offer to sponsor my animal rescue efforts, and I'm so grateful for their kindness and generosity. Today, I'd like to feature my incredible sponsors, who have offered to donate to charities out of the goodness in their hearts! I'm asking each of you to support their work! In doing so, you'll also support my deserving rescue pets!
There are some that would like to stay anonymous but I will list the ones that would greatly appreciate it!
Katie Marceaux - I’ve recently been so touched the kindness and generosity of a truly incredible woman.
I am honestly blown away by the generosity her, as well as scentsy itself. Thanks to Katie, each of my rescue pets feels a little more special now, and I do too. If your looking for a smell to sooth and calm your pooch, rosemary and lavender work great and the scentsy products are beautiful!
Now, do me a favor and LIKE her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Katie-Marceaux-Independent-Scentsy-Consultant-Because-Pets-Lives-Matter-1639560159657802/timeline/
It is an open-house type party for a few weeks so there is nothing to attend physically! Just place your order under Love At Last Pet Rescue's party on her webpage, and she will donate a percentage of her commission from all resulting orders to Love At Last. That is it! Very simple! Links are posted below for easy ordering.
This is an open-house type event so you can order anytime from Thursday, October 1st to Thursday October 8th!
~To order from laptop or PC, click on this link, https://katiem.scentsy.us/Host/ScentsyParties
then click My Open Parties and choose Love At Last Pet Rescue.
~From a smart phone or tablet, click this link, https://katiem.scentsy.us/Host/ScentsyParties, tap her name Katie in the upper right corner, then choose Love At Last Pet Rescue to shop!
Star Tipton - My beautiful cousin and animal lover :) Im so lucky to have such a wonderful family that loves animals like me!
Do me a favor and LIKE her barefoot books fb page: https://www.facebook.com/StarsBarefootBooks
She is like me, a animal lover, photography lover and although i love music i admit, i cant sing like her! She's just awesome and whats even awesomer is shes giving back to the community by helping animals in need and children's minds to grow faster! Reading just six books with your child over a few months can help retain learning from the preceding year! Reading to your child in general or letting them be independent and read on their own is helpful as well! My own son likes to read on his own so I will start this off by buying some books for my own son, and she will start this fundraiser off by purchasing a scentsy product from Katy for the good of the rescue!
Go here: http://www.barefootbooks.com/events/view/12884/love-at-last-pet-rescue-fundraiser/?bf_affiliate_code=000-1oms-12884 to purchase some of her amazing childrens books and support these needy animals at the same time! Or you can click on the red middle picture above of Barefoot Books and it will take you straight to the page.
This year the rescue just took off. Never new id be running a rescue with over 80 animals in it at one time! I took a day for me today. I have been sick. I have hurt my back and I had to go to the doctor 2x in 2 weeks and still run the rescue and do my real job... so I decided to take ME time. So here I am reminiscing and thinking about the future. I remember little things like driving down Greenhouses rd on our way to church or at night and seeing frogs, tons of frogs everywhere and feeling so sorry for them because we were running them over! I will never forget that! Its etched in my brain forever! I remember driving in the truck with an ex and the jerk ran over a turtle! That's carved in my head forever and I will never forget it! Now, people look at me crazy because I stop traffic to pick up a turtle and put it in the ditch... Frogs and bugs were my friends when I was little. I remember Lefty. A cat my mom found on the road that got hit. She took it to the vet and they amputated her leg. We kept her and named her Lefty. My grandmother had horses so we would go to the stables and try to find our horses in all that land. Sunshine was our pony. He loved us little kids. Every time we would go with carrots and apples and we would feed him and our other horses, but Sunshine, he was so sweet. He would scream at us to come back every time we left. Horse language or course but I knew what he was saying! Its so funny because all us cousins were (don't laugh) half animal. Either half dog, half cat, half horse... of course I was half horse! Our child hood was filled with animals. I remember being put on a horse the first time in my life. On Casper... well he was very bad that day! Not in the mood. He took off with me on him, hit his forehead on the tree and I flew off into a pile of horse manure! Knocked me out! I know it sounds horrible! Gross!... maybe I should of left that part out. But as you can see, my childhood was filled with animals... the barn kitties, the frogs in the gutters, the strays my mom would bring home, the kittens I would bring home and hide in my room. The chickens, the ducks, the goats, the rabbits. Now here I am today working in the oilfield and running an animal rescue! Who would of thunk it! Every day I get emails asking for help, fb messages of pleads for help. I'm sorry if today I didn't get to write you back, but this has been one crazy month of sick kittens and doggies. One dog passed away, her frail body just couldn't handle life anymore (may Piper rest in peace), 4 kittens passed away (something's spreading widely at this shelter because the kittens are getting too sick, fast), I have a self mutilating kitten, two mangie doggies, two dogs that are unadoptable because their past haunts them so im working my hiney off to get funds to send them to professional training so they can live the rest of their life peacefully, loved forever. volunteers backing out for their own personal reasons and im thankful for their help when they could help and im thankful that some didn't just dump the animals on me like some have, but im still here trying to make up for the lack of volunteers that did dump the animals on me to fend for myself. So I felt like today, was a good day to take a load off and not worry about anything... until 8pm when someone comes over so I can give vaccinations and dewormer to a new doggy in our rescue.
So, yeah, I felt like taking a day to myself. Let my back heal, let my cough subside, and reminisce on our babies that passed, the ones that are struggling and praying that some care enough to donate towards them getting better. Good night all. Hello night time cold and flue.
Need a laugh today? Good. Here's some animal rescue humor, from my smart-ass mouth to you:
"I want to adopt a dog, because I want to save a life. However, that life must be a registered, purebred, female, Miniature Yorkie, who weighs exactly 2.5 pounds. The life cannot be more than 8 weeks old, and I expect her to be potty trained. I request specific markings, and details about the bloodline. If you do not have the puppy I desire, then please don't suggest another dog in-need. This is the only life I'm willing to save. And you're welcome"
"I need you to take this dog. He just showed up at my house. If this were any other dog, I'd be willing and happy to help him. But this one's a Pit Bull, so I cannot help this dog. That's where you come in. He seems to be pretty friendly... from what I can see through the screen door. I'll be damned if I'm gonna open it, for fear of my freaking life. He's wagging his tail real fast, so he's probably about to attack me. He's clearly starving to death, so you're gonna need to feed him... when I dump him at your place without permission. Oh, and I'm willing to donate 5 bucks. No need to thank me. It's the least I can do."
"Rose, I'd love to foster for you to save more lives! I've been in rescue forever! Hey Rose, I don't understand why I can't give away the rescues animals? Why can't I give them away to a stranger? These applications are ludicrous! Isn't the point to find them homes? Well I just gave your kitten away! I'm not giving him back to you! You can have the rest just not this one. Please call the cops because I'm scared for my life!"
"What is your problem with me Rose? I know I like to smile and act like BFFFFFFS when your around but I can't help it I REALLY can't help it I have this problem where I can't stop gossiping about you. No I won't tell everyone what I said was false but I just don't understand why you don't like the way I leaned up against your table & blocked your table at your meet & greet with all your accessories & tip jar after the last event I spread false accusations about you! I just don't understand why you have a problem with me giving you fake smiles & giving ugly looks when I'm with my rescue friends. Your in rescue! Your supposed to be used to people gossiping & telling lies. Aren't you supposed to just deal with that kind of stuff?.... "No!" Oh, So that's how it is! Then I want my $10 kiddy pool back that I said you could keep! I really liked your volunteers. I won't even have the decency to let you write me back. I know I'm a coward & blocked you before you could write back. I just wanted to look you up & waste my time to write you this really mature message with no communicating between the two of us at all", But clearly, I'm proud of what I have to say... and I'm not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I have nothing better to do with my time."
"Rose, I read your blog every single day, and I just want you to know how very much I hate every single thing you write. And I reeeally hate you. What the hell is a freaking CHARITY doing asking for DONATIONS?? You oughta be ashamed of yourself, girl! Asking people to donate toward a charitable cause that saves lives and provides a service to this community. What the hell is wrong with you? Seriously, why you always got to beg? Beg, beg, beg! You oughta bury your head in the sand, girl... wasting your life running a damn charity for a living. Grow up already! I'd really be ashamed if I was you. Your posts would be much more appealing if you weren't asking for a buck! You suck, Rose!"
AND ON THAT NOTE
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For animal lovers like me, animal rescue is the most incredible, rewarding job... in the history of ever.
At the same time... it's also the most heartbreaking...
The truth is...
You see a lot of things... you never thought you'd see.
You witness a level of cruelty... you didn't think was possible.
You feel a degree of helplessness... you never thought you'd know.
You stare at painful images... soon burned into your memory... that will haunt your thoughts forever.
You try to pick up the pieces... so many pieces... of the damage you didn't do.
You do everything in your power... but even still... you'll never reach them all.
You'll try to stay strong... but you'll mostly feel weak.
You'll build walls to protect your heart... but they'll never keep you safe.
You'll place barriers around your soul... but the pain will always reach you.
And no matter how hard you try to fight it... over time... here's the truth about what happens in animal rescue...
The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.
On a daily basis... your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded.
Your soul will be altered.
On a weekly basis... you'll question yourself.
You'll question your strength.
You'll question the world.
On a monthly basis... you'll fall down.
You'll get up.
You'll go on...
On a yearly basis... you'll look back...
You'll see faces...
You couldn't save them.
You'll learn to mourn.
You'll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You'll learn to try.
You'll learn to fail.
You'll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You'll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.
Then... at times... you'll forget why you matter.
You'll question what you're doing.
You'll wonder if it's worth it.
But... here's the good news...
When you forget...
When you question...
When you wonder...
All you have to do...
Is take a look around...
And you'll see them.
You'll see their faces.
You'll see their smiles.
You'll feel their love.
In their eyes, you'll see their journeys...
You'll remember their beginnings...
You'll know how far they've come...
You'll remember when they didn't know you...
When they didn't trust you...
When they'd given up.
You'll remember how you healed them...
How you loved them...
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back...
You'll want to move forward...
For them... and because of them.
In your darkest hours, you'll look around...
To find the differences made... the hope given... and the lives saved...
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes... every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant... in each of your hearts...
You both share the very same thought:
"Every bit of pain was worth it... for this moment here with you."
And honestly... no matter what else happens...
Those moments hold all the strength you need...
To keep going.
Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it... because they are worth it.
And that's the honest truth.
I'd like to believe that many good-hearted, caring people exist in this world. Well, let me rephrase that: Ido believe that the world is full of good people.
But... being "good" shouldn't simply mean that a person doesn't do bad things. That shouldn't be enough. There should always be an active, ongoing effort to do good things... to make a difference.
I guess that's where I get frustrated sometimes. I know so many amazing people, who are capable of so much good. Yet, there's so little motivation to actually do more with their time.To do more with their lives.
The reality is this: we're all just trying to make it in this crazy world. I get that, trust me. But if everyone just gave a little of themselves, then people like me wouldn't have to carry all the weight on our shoulders.
Why should the few people who care SO much... be expected to do it all? Sure, I care more about animals than the average person. And yes, I've made the decision to dedicate my life to saving them. I certainly don't expect everyone else to do the same; it's just not realistic. So of course I carry more of the burden than others. That's my choice.
But I can't do it all on my own; I need help, just like every other person who dedicates their life to a cause... also needs help. I do so much... and I do it, because I want to do it. But with more help, I could do even more. We could do more.
Everyone can do something. Every single person.But it's so disheartening when good people choose to do nothing. Each helping hand makes a huge difference.
Byt when the help isn't there, the entire burden falls on those like me, who are already overloaded and overwhelmed. Because we are the ones who care too much... to do nothing at all.
Instead of reaching out to lighten that load, a lot of people feel comforted... just knowing that people like me exist. So, when help is needed, they figure: "She'll take care of it." ... and those thoughts help them sleep at night.
It's good to be thankful for those who are out there fighting on the front-lines. But without support, here's what happens: the people who do it all... eventually reach a breaking point. It's inevitable... one person can only do so much. When that happens, everyone loses. The world loses.
This isn't my way of saying I've reached a breaking point. This is just my way of asking for help... for me, and for others like me. This is my way of encouraging all of the good people out there to act. To get involved, to make a difference, and to do something amazing with your life. Allow the goodness in your heart to drive your actions.
Just do something-- anything. . If you're a good person, prove it :)
When you die, what will others say about you? What good did you do with the time you were given? How was your life different... from all the other lives?
My hope is to inspire every truly good person to have solid answers to those questions. Otherwise... why are you here?
**YOU can do something amazing NOW! PLEASE DONATE!**
Not only are we a rescue that takes in unwanted animals, but we also are very active in TNR.
WHAT IS TNR?
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.
Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction.
Colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time!
Trap-Neuter-Return relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy.
Mating behaviors cease, like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting.
Cats’ physical health improves.
Cats are vaccinated against rabies.
Cats live long, healthy lives.
The population stabilizes—no new kittens!
Cats become better neighbors.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON TNR SEE THE LINK BELOW:
"I couldn't do what you do."
I despise hearing that statement. I think we all do. Those who "do what we do".
It is usually stated by an animal lover, when they learn about or discuss our animal rescue work. It is usually followed by "I would take them all home or I would keep them all."
The statement is said with good intentions and likely meant to be complimentary and caring. But it is a burr in my side when I hear it. That statement is not a "get out of jail free" card. It does not justify a person's inaction.
I usually remain quiet about it. I listen as they tell me that their spouse would divorce them if they took in one more animal, or that they would get kicked out of their house, or that they would need an acreage to maintain all the animals they would have, if they could have...
Again, it is said with good intentions but taking a homeless animal into your home temporarily or permanently is not the ONLY thing you can do to help us "do what we do". As a matter of fact, there are things that almost any shelter or rescue is in need of your help in doing, and it does not mandate you taking another animal into your home OR you writing a big check! (Although we would be most grateful if you did either!)
Every shelter/rescue has a wish list. A wish list is a compilation of things that a specific shelter needs in order to continue to thrive. Sometimes the item is something they do not have and would like to have in order to benefit the rescue. But most wish lists include items that they use frequently and could use your help in stocking up on those items. These items often include cleansers, bleach, pet food, paper towels, litter, printer paper. If you have a shelter/rescue in mind, check with them as some items might have a specific preference. For example, maybe they prefer a specific brand of food that the animals are used to eating, or a type of litter that works best in their environment. These items may mean you spend only $5 extra on your weekly shopping trip, but that $5 means so much more to our furry friends.
Even sharing links to the rescues pets on social media websites such as facebook and twitter, and many more ways you can help without spending a lot of money.
The point is, you do not have to "do what I do" in order to be an important part of animal rescue. But if you care about animals, remaining inactive is hurting those animals you claim you "wish" you could help.
Step up! Do what YOU can! I know you can do something. I know you can inspire friends to do something, too. But you cannot sit idle any more, because you become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Next time I see you, I want you to say, "I couldn't do what you do, but you have inspired me to do something more!" And what you are doing, is likely something that "I couldn't do".
I think I, too, will do something more. My response when I hear, "I couldn't do what you do", will now be "then what can you do?". Perhaps that small statement will lead to an enlightening conversation resulting in the christening of a new animal rescue volunteer. And that small statement won't cost me a dime, but the change could be priceless.
Please call in donations for Willie at Long Meadow Veterinary Clinic at 832-847-4170. Please remember to specify the donation is for Willie with Love At Last Pet Rescue.
WE WILL BE HAVING A MEET AND GREET ADOPTION EVENT AT CARTERS PET DEPOT ON MAY 23RD SO WE ARE SCRAMBLING TRYING TO HURRY AND GET OUR BUSINESS CARDS, BANNERS, STUFF TO SELL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR ANIMALS VETTING'S. IF YOU HAVE SOME GREAT IDEA'S FOR FUNDRAISING PLEASE LET US KNOW! WE ARE OPEN TO NEW OPTIONS!
OUR EVENT WILL BE AT CARTERS PET DEPOT, SEE LINK BELOW. COME SEE ALL OF OUR FURBABIES!
AS IV'E ALWAYS SAID: FOSTER, RESCUE, ADOPT, REPEAT!!!!!
LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!
I met a really nice person last week that helped me put together the foster form on the website. This was honestly the first time I got help from a rescuer, without having to ask. She told me how much she really liked what we were doing and how I could get more fosters faster by making it so people can fill out a foster application directly on the website instead of having to print, fill it out, scan, email it... and within hours of putting the form directly on the website, we got a foster! This is what we would like to see happen more often, rescue people reaching out and helping other rescuers. If it has anything to do with gossip or drama, leave us out of it, but if your wanting to help in some way or need our help to save some babies, count us in. This is not a competition. EVERY LIFE COUNTS! I love how she is helping many rescues and taking pictures of what REALLY is going on in shelters. It's not what we want to see, but many people think their "babies" will find a home if they take them to the shelter, they have no idea they are sending them to death row. She is helping us rescues network and find fosters for those that are to be put down. Check out her website and like her facebook and twitter pages.
We are taking off full blast and need your help! All of our rescue staff have full time jobs or go to school so everything is done either during our lunch breaks or after work and on weekends. We are always on the go, whether it be assisting people with help, networking to save animals from the EU list in shelters, constantly responding to plea's, rushing animals to the vet, updating our intake logs, websites, scheduling vaccinations, etc... the list goes on. We need some people to help us with our daily tasks. People who are compassionate about animals and willing to go out of their way just as we do. Someone who will VOLUNTEER to help us, to JOIN our revolution and make a difference. Email us why you think you should be a member of our team and let the recruitment begin! The more, the merrier :-)
We are going to start having meet & greets at stores like feed stores and other animal stores. Since we only do on line adoptions to really screen our adaptor's very well. We strive to have 0 returns and they live the rest of their life with their new family!. We think placing meet n greet dates at different locations would be a great way people who have already contacted us and filled out applications, contracts and passed home inspections could come meet the pet they are interested in and also get some more exposure from other people. We will not adopt out to people who first see our animals at these stores, only to approved adaptor's that we have already been approved. If a new person see's an animal they are interested in, they will have to go thru the same procedure that everybody else does and will not leave with the animal right then and there just based on an application. We only want the best for these babies! We think it will be a great way to get more fosters and volunteers as well!... In the next 3-4 months we look forward to saving more lives and helping shelters become no kill facilities! Stay tuned. Good things to come!
We are having a garage sale to raise funds for vetting expenses. If you would like to donate an item for our garage sale, comment below or email email@example.com.
I know it sounds kind of outrageous, but we have decided to create 3 email's! The original (out of control) email with all the dots . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org is no longer going to be used. All emails will be forwarded to the appropriate email.
We now have:
This is to keep bookkeeping more organized and to avoid having so many folders and sub folders. The original email was getting too much traffic and basically not enough time to go through and organize it all. At least with separate emails for volunteers (fosters, transporters etc), donations (all donors) and rescue’s (for general info, animal intakes, shelters, vets and everything else), we can have a general idea of what’s coming in and where to go for specific needs. It just makes life a lot easier!
Thus, if you would like to volunteer or donate, you know where to email us at :)
We are so excited we got our website up and running! So easy to add more animals as we intake! We look forward to whats to come and cant wait to see the outcome at the end of the year!... Now to find out if our website can somehow link to petfinder, rescue me & adopt a pet so we dont have to add all our animals to each sight individually. Would be nice if we only had to add to one place... hmmm... any computer savvy peeps out there?