As we pulled into Buddy Dog we were surprised to find the parking lot full of cars. We thought
for sure that everyone would have gone home by now, but apparently word had gotten out.
The snow was really coming down, so we started to unload the puppies first. Bob had already
prepared the puppy pens and he was holding the door open for us with a forgiving smile when
we walked up the steps to the shelter. We got them all nestled in their new beds and turned
to get the rest of the dogs, but the volunteers had already started pulling the bigger dogs
out of the cars, taking them for quick bathroom runs, and finding pens for them out back and
in the isolation ward.
Jayne MacRae and the pup she
Every dog received the red carpet treatment as the volunteers and staff sprung into action.
Laurie had the dogs checked in and was already handing out rabies tags as Sue and Jayne
matched the dogs to their medical records. The few visitors who remained at the shelter
were already asking if the dogs were available for adoption.
I've never seen so many people spring into action so quickly. It was like a scene from ER.
And amazingly, they found pens for all the dogs and the cat, and had them all fed and
watered within the hour. Oh, and Bob offered to take the little kitten home with him so
that he could nurse her back to health like he's done with so many other Buddy Dog kittens.
Dave and I were grateful to be able to play a small part in such a large operation.
Pam Anderson, the Volunteer Coordinator, offered to call in her high school volunteers
the next morning to help get the new dogs settled in. Sue Guy's friend, Kyle, showed up
early the next morning and gave all the dogs a much-needed bath, some got two baths. And
someone made up cards for all the adoptable animals. It was amazing!
|Dave gets a thank-you kiss from
one of the pups.
This all happened on a Saturday. By Sunday afternoon six of the thirteen rescued dogs
had been adopted and by Wednesday all the dogs had been placed. Success indeed!.
For more information on how to adopt a pet from the Center for Animal Care and Control
in New York City, go to www.petfinder.org and search the shelter listing for CACC.
If you don't mind the drive, there are lots of adoptable animals who would love to
go home with you.
|Tawny after his bath. He went to his new home the following Tuesday!
Also, if there's a particular breed of dog you seek, contact your local breed rescue.
Check our Local Rescues page.
If you're not sure what breed of dog is best for you, check out www.dogbreedinfo.com
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A special thanks to all the employees and volunteers at Buddy Dog for helping these dogs and
cats and numerous others to get the care and ultimately the new homes they so deserve!
Dave Bernier, Jane MacRae, and Shirley Moore have since formed Save A Dog, an all-breed dog rescue.