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.
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