The following story was published on Examiner.com by Denise Carey-Costa and is reposted here with the author’s permission.
Animal Welfare League was organized in 2008 and is comprised strictly of volunteers committed to helping homeless and needy animals in Washington County, Mississippi. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and are based in Greenville, Mississippi, sometimes referred to as “The Delta.”
Animal Welfare League is dedicated to eliminating the crisis of homeless, mistreated, and abused animals in Washington County by providing shelter, rescue, foster homes, adoption, and low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats, providing humane education to pet owners, and working to improve laws to end animal cruelty.
Linda Merideth, a volunteer for AWL was contacted by a person who was quite concerned about a large amount of animals living on Redman Rd. in Greenville, MS. The caller was a neighbor to an elderly woman who did not have the means to care for so many animals. She herself was living in a home with no lights, phone or gas and barely had food to feed herself.
Two AWL volunteers (Brenda & Carol) delivered bags of dog food to the woman and the AWL President (Bridget Flowers) and Secretary (retired veterinarian Dr. Amy Corbin) went to the woman’s trailer to assess the situation. What they found left them in shock and they could not find the words to adeqautely describe the scene.
They discovered 15 cats, 3 turkeys, 3 geese, chickens and rabbits, and 5 dogs The turkeys & geese were all crammed together in 1 small kennel The cats were thin but not emaciated. None had been neutered or spayed. The turkey was plucking at his tail feathers, which is a definite sign of stress. The trailer had holes in the walls and in the flooring of the porch. At this point, everyone knew they had to do everything possible to help cure this situation. They immediately spayed and neutered all of the cats and found a rescue to take two of the 5 dogs off the property. The woman was adamant about keeping her two indoor dogs with her.
One of the dogs that was left behind was named “Yellow” and was living in what could best be described as squalid conditions on a chain in the backyard. He was tethered to his doghouse with a length of chain maybe 8 ft. long under a few shade trees. There was no grass growing in his area, only dirt but he did have food and water and several dog toys around him. He appeared very attached to the woman and would play and wag his tail with her but would not allow the AWL volunteers to approach him. He was touched once on the head and growled at the volunteers then backed away and growled some more. When the woman was asked how he is with other people she said he would have to get used to other people. He has been with her since he was a puppy and she is all he knows.
Yellow’s owner appears to be a caring and kind woman that is in a situation she can’t get out of. She loves the animals and they are all very affectionate towards her. The truth of the matter is she is unable to care for them or for herself. She has agreed to allow AWL to find homes for some of the adult cats as well as Yellow. AWL is currently working very hard to remove them and place them in homes with better living conditions.
Yellow has been nicknamed “Redman” after the road where he lives with his owner. AWL has luckily found a rescuer who is willing to take him in if AWL can raise the funds to get him fully vetted. Redman has been living in horrible conditions since he was a puppy and will have his first real chance in life but only if AWL can raise at least $500 to cover his vaccinations, Rabies, Bordatella, De-wormer, Neuter, AND h/w treatment. They cannot make an appointment with the vet until the money is raised. As of today, a total of $225 has been donated toward Redman’s medical care.
If anyone can donate just $5.00 Redman will be on his way to a loving home!! Please call Dr. RoyAnn Leflore to make your donation.
Dr. Royann Leflore
Simmons Veterinary Clinic
2413 Hwy. 82 East
Greenville, MS 38703
In addition to trying to save Redman, AWL is inundated with heartworm positive dogs. right now as well as 15 cats and 2 very sick kittens Until they are able to treat these animals and get them placed into homes or rescue no one else can be rescued. They are receiving calls almost every day asking for help, but are unable to take anymore animals until the ones they have are gone. They have no building, so their intake is dependent on dogs leaving them.
They truly need help! Please visit their webpage at www.awlofms.org to read more about them and donate to help them continue their very important work.