The following story was published on Examiner.com and is reposted here with the permission of the author.
For anyone who works at local animal control or humane society you know all too well the anger and frustration you feel when a dog owner surrenders their pet because they are too old or have medical problems. Anyone who has ever worked in a high kill shelter knows that these dogs rarely make it out alive. They are overlooked repeatedly for the younger healthier dogs and puppies. Imagine the anguish they feel knowing they were given up because they were no longer the fun, playful pup their owner once enjoyed.
Michele Wacker, who has 25 years experience in dog rescue, decided someone needed to step up on behalf of these dogs. In 2008 she helped form Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Orlando, Florida. Michele’s motivation for starting the rescue was to create a quality, efficiently run all volunteer rescue group that was willing to save the older dogs as well as those that had special needs. There are plenty of rescue groups around that are willing to save the younger, healthy dogs, those that can easily be re-homed.
Poodle and Pooch Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that saves dogs that truly need help. They basically rescue the “leftovers” from animal control, the dogs nobody wants because they’re older or suffer from neglect, abuse or a medical need. Poodle and Pooch provides the veterinary care they need, a foster family. and when the dogs are ready, they adopt them out to loving permanent homes.
PPR accepts as many special needs dogs as they can afford. These dogs are often a little older and need surgeries, diagnostics or treatments to make them well. Their ratio of special needs dogs to total dogs is very high because they rescue the “leftovers”, the ones nobody wants because of the extra expense and care needed to make them well. PPR is the safety net for these dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.
Because Poodle and Pooch does not have an actual shelter they rely heavily on fosters for their dogs. To foster a dog, PPR requires an on line application to be completed and a minimum two week commitment to care for the dog. Before your foster dog arrives in your home, the dog has been fully vetted and groomed. All food and supplies are paid for by PPR.
PPR currently has a foster shortage and needs foster homes for a variety of breeds including Poodles, Pomeranians, Terriers, Westies, a beautiful tri-colored hound puppy and mixed breeds of all kinds.
Like all other rescues, PPR is run completely on donations as well as by volunteers. They currently have 90 volunteers that help with intake, transport, vetting, fostering, website/database management, administration and adoptions. All donations go directly to help the dogs. There are no salaries to pay or buildings to maintain. Your donations pay for the vetting, grooming and food that changes dogs’ lives. With every donation, donors receive photos and email updates of the dog(s) they’ve helped, including a photo of the dog with his/her new family when he/she’s adopted!
To learn more about Pooch and Poodle Rescue visit their website at http://pprfl.org/.
There you will find ways to help either by volunteering, fostering, adopting or donating. With your help they can continue their great success and find these dogs the best of homes.
What would normally be a special needs dog’s last day in a high kill shelter, becomes the first day of their new life thanks to the group of dedicated volunteers at Poodle and Pooch Rescue.