I've been busy the last couple days helping OFOSA intake 45+ dogs from high-kill shelters in CA. This is about a once monthly deal for the rescue, my first time helping them out and the first time that I felt I could define myself as a dog rescuer. It was amazing. Even though I've volunteered in shelters, at adoption events and fostered, these past few days were different. These dogs were on the brink of euthanasia down in CA and now they are safe!
Seeing the condition that these dogs came in opened my eyes to how terrible conditions must be in those high-kill shelters. Medical issues go untreated, dogs arrive with little or no paperwork and the rescue scrambles to unload, walk, feed, water, document, vaccinate and care for a great number of dogs in as short of a period of time as possible. I was assigned to the picture-taking team and helped with all the other tasks, including naming Piper the Pitbull puppy and Wilson the poodle mix.
When all was said and done, over 80 dogs were transported from northern CA. They spent almost 24 hours in a van the size of an airport shuttle. OFOSA took in about 45 of them with the rest going to several area shelters, including Columbia County Humane Society and Southwest Washington Humane Society. About 35 of the dogs we took in were puppies and after seeing that they only had foster families lined up for a small fraction of those dogs, I was worrying about whether I could stick with our decision to take a few weeks off from fostering...and our decision to try out a couple adult dogs next. It doesn't take much to forget about sleepless puppy nights. Especially when you have this guy needing a home. Meet Choco, our newest foster. He's a 4-5 month old Pitbull and Sadie's new BFF. I love Love LOVE the freckles on his nose!
I didn't even have to finish the question when I asked TJ if we could take him in. Didn't even need to fully explain why our home was needed. One look at my face and he said yes without hesitation. I have the best hubbie in the world!