The results of the Shelter Challenge were announced and we are very proud that our rescue won the state of Tennessee! Thank you fans for voting, you guys earned $1,000 for our rescue! Our mascot, Spud, also won second place in the Ultimate Cute Photo Contest, scoring 50 pet beds for our rescue dogs!
Last night, I attended the viewing of Redemption, a movie based on the book written by Nathan Winograd. It was inspiring to see that large cities like San Francisco were able to achieve no-kill status. There are many shelters here that say their intake numbers are simply too high and becoming no-kill facilities wouldn’t be possible. However, IT IS possible. In Washoe County, Nevada, their intake numbers are 10 times that of NYC. At a time in their history where they had the 2nd highest unemployment percentage in the nation, they converted to a no-kill facility. In nearly every state now, there is at least one no-kill shelter, but I saw not one shelter on the list that was in TN. If one shelter decides today to convert to a no-kill facility, they will be the first. If they have success, than not only will thousands of dogs and cats be spared, but other shelters will see it’s possible. I ask every shelter in our state to consider making this transition and if you do, you will have the full support of your community and others in TN. You will have my support and I will use my MBA in Marketing to help you achieve this goal in anyway that I can. I long for a day when there are no more “death row dogs”. ~Jamie
Sweet Ava, how she forever touched our hearts. She is a special dog, that was kind and loving, even after the life of hell she had endured. Before finding herself on a euthanasia list, Ava was seized by animal control. She was found living in a “fight kennel” full of garbage with a broken foot. Her scars and missing teeth are a forever reminder of her past, where her “owners” put her in fights where she refused to defend herself. Ava is amazingly dog friendly and loves kids. She is a phenomenal girl and to see her finally have her day means so much to all of us. Her mom, Jenni, is one of our volunteers and fell in love with Ava as soon as they met. She took her home to foster and Ava fit in perfectly. Ava has gone HOME We wish Jenni and Ava all the best in the world!
For those not familiar with Ava’s story, there is a video made by the person who found her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTHb591SQX8. Ava also has an album which showed her journey in pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.633086170068246.1073741846.239429629433904&type=3
We recently won a grant which includes Wahl 4 in 1, shampoo and conditioner which arrived today. It’s a lavender and chamomile calming formula that smells absolutely fantastic! Our dogs can now to go events looking and smelling their best! We also have some samples to give out at our next event for folks to try. We thank Greatergood.org and Wahl Pet Products so much for their generosity!
“Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, and is Nashville’s only country music mansion tour giving visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats. The home, situated on the 186 acre property, is nestled in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley. With The Inn at Fontanel, the Woods Amphitheater, Prichard’s Distillery, the Pepsi Studio Gallery, Cafe Fontanella, Goo Goo Outpost, AdventureWorks Ziplines, The Trails and Metro Parks Greenway, and Concert Cruise-In car shows Thursdays May 1-Sept 25, it is easy to see why Fontanel is becoming one of Nashville’s premier destinations. We offer a family and dog friendly atmosphere located just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville in Whites Creek”. (http://fontanelmansion.com/)
“Bring your family, and your fur babies as we raise money for Rescues! Emmylou Harris will be performing alongside Special Guest, Ricky Skaggs, and many more! There will be activities, merchandise, music, food, adoptions and personal photos with Emmy (with minimum donation). Join us on June 7th, 2014 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and make memories to last a lifetime”.
This is Mitch, a severely neglected German Shepherd was taken in by our rescue after receiving a plea for him a couple of days ago. He was picked up as a stray in horrible condition, his body covered in large, painful sores. Animal control did not have a veterinarian on staff, so Mitch had very little time to find a place to go or risk being euthanized due to his health. We made the decision that Mitch needed our help and he needed it fast!
After arriving at our vet, we have learned a lot more about Mitch. He is a 104 pound purebred German Shepherd who has been suffering with this condition for a long time. Not only is his skin in horrible condition, but we’ve also learned that Mitch is heartworm positive. Since heartworm treatment is priced by weight, Mitch’s will cost us nearly double what a normal treatment costs, as will the antibiotics needed.
We are excited for the day that Mitch is a gorgeous, healthy German Shepherd, but he has a long road ahead and his medical care will be expensive. It is estimated that his medication between antibiotics (he needs 3 different kinds), heartworm treatment, pain medication and wound cleaning will cost us $2,000 alone. This doesn’t factor in the cost of his extended hospitalization. All help is needed and greatly appreciated! We can accept donations set up in a fund for Mitch, here. Donations can also be made directly to Mitch’s bill out his treating vet, Columbia Hospital for Animals, 1502 Nashville Hwy, Columbia, TN, 38401.
As always, we thank you for your support and invite you to follow Mitch’s journey on our Facebook page!
First of all, we have to thank Betty Boop’s foster mom for these uber cute new pictures! Betty is one of the cutest babies we’ve ever seen! Betty is just about old enough to go to her forever home now, she is just missing one thing, a family! Betty is 11 weeks old and she is quite a little spitfire. She loves to play, snuggle and spoon with her foster siblings. Betty is a small girl and will be small-medium in size when she matures. It is very possible that Betty Boop might be this cute forever! She is doing wonderfully with her potty training is is going to make one lucky family a very cool dog!
Those looking to add Betty to their family can find our adoption application posted on our website. Inquiries can be sent to email@example.com and Betty can easily be transported to New England!