It’s hard to see some of the dogs that come to us, whether they are battered, abandoned or starved. Sometimes it’s really hard to see them leave when they pass or even to their best, furrever home. Through the tears, anger and happiness, our board and countless volunteers consistently make an room for another, regardless how difficult it is to say goodbye. November is a time of thanks and AHDRO would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers. As I am writing this, AHDRO has rescued 67 dogs and 54 dogs have found their furrever homes. That has a huge impact and your support made that possible.
Many rescues only accept dogs that are ready or nearly ready to be adopted. Dogs that require extensive training, have medical issues or senior dogs are, well, expensive.. Almost Home is committed to serving as many collies and shelties as they possibly can, regardless of the dog’s needs. This commitment requires extra fundraising time, projects, volunteer hours, fosters who are willing to commit long term to give them the extra care and (of course) it requires money.
The question could legitimately be posed, “Is it worth it?” It is to us at Almost Home and certainly to the dogs, but what do you think?
Let’s take a look at Keeper’s story.
Keeper was spotted at a residence. It was obvious that there were concerns regarding him and his care. He was covered with fleas and his coat was dirty, not just dirty, but full of feces and his mobility was very poor. He stumbled and seemed unable to walk to get where he wanted to go. When asked, the owner said the cause of his condition was unknown and Keeper was surrendered to a rescue. The first rescue agency was unable to afford the diagnostic treatment Keeper needed nor did they have anyone willing to take on his extra care. Almost Home was contacted and agreed to take him. The first order of business was to get him cleaned up, fleas removed and a neuter (the usual process for getting a rescued dog ready for adoption.)
But now the real work begins with the question:
“What is wrong with this young sheltie and can it be remedied?”
Keeper’s foster family was getting to know him as a small, handsome sheltie who is proving to be an extraordinary dog. An appointment with the neurologist did not reveal the cause of his lack of mobility so steroids were prescribed to reduce inflammation which, hopefully, will increase his ability to walk, stand and function. Movement is difficult and he sometimes needs a boost to get up. Walking on hardwood floors is a challenge, but he is always happy, never seems frustrated and his tail tells the tale of a young sheltie, ready for life and whatever challenges he faces.
The foster family faced some challenges, too. Since he is unsteady on his feet, he sometimes can’t quite hold his stance while he “goes outside” and gets some on himself. Making sure he has floor coverings to navigate inside the house meant adding some extra rugs with rubber backing, not “House Beautiful” but necessary to help Keeper manage as independently as possible. In addition, being aware of where he is to see if he needs some help takes some extra effort.
Keeper loves his dog friends at his foster home and playing outside, where there is just a little more traction. He can be seen running (yes, running!) with his fellow dogs while outside. He just loves to be cuddled and on a tough day, when you watch him face his challenges, without a moment’s hesitation or discouragement, it is a reminder to find joy in the moment, not take anything for granted, and that truly attitude is everything.
The team of people who have rallied around Keeper have been amazing. He goes on short walks to strengthen his legs. He has seen an animal chiropractor and the treatments are helping him. He started swim therapy and is training for the Olympic doggie paddler event. He will also see a veterinarian trained in acupuncture to start treatments to hopefully improve his mobility.
They say it takes a village to educate a child. Sometimes it takes a village to help a determined little guy, who doesn’t let a little thing like mobility get him down. He keeps on trying and we are praying that all this village can make a difference! He certainly has brought people together in the quest to find solutions and treatments.
Almost Home has been blessed with everyone’s support! Learn more about our supporters, the Doris Day Foundation and Laura J Niles Foundation via our Partners in Rescue page.
Niles and the Laura J. Niles Foundation
Thanks again to this champion supporter who values and treasures lives of senior dogs and senior citizens. Our Senior-to-Senior program has certainly benefited by forming deep bonds and companionships one senior-to-senior at a time.
Do you love dogs and want to make a difference?
Sometimes the most valuable thing you can give is your time. Whatever you do for a living, whatever your passion is, you are bound to have skills and talents that will help us to fulfill our mission of saving dogs and improving the lives of dogs in need.
Are you a people person? Come and join us at one of our many events throughout the year! Meet and work side by side with people who share your interests and values. Best of all, hang out with and get to know our adoptable collies and shelties!
My fiancé and I helped at the OSU Ozone volunteer opportunity and we loved it! Tom was very helpful and it was a fun experience, especially knowing we were helping animals. We would love to volunteer again with this organization as we were well informed about what to do, bring, etc. Thank you for a fun day! ~Trish R. from Columbus, OH (September 3, 2016)
Do you enjoy walking? Grab a handful of tasty treats and take one of our dogs out for a ‘Crate Escape’! It’s a great chance to spend time with some amazing dogs and brighten the lives of our new rescues. Click here to find out more about our Crate Escape program!
Do you enjoy the open road? Take a dog along for the ride! We always need Freedom Drivers to transport dogs from shelters in other areas or dogs being moved to a foster home.
BISSELL’s Partners for Pets
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!
- Shop pet products on bissell.com
- Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
- Then select our organization!
Learn more at www.bissell.com/partnersforpets