October 26, 2014

Meeting People Where They Are

We're officially up and running with our Pets for Life program! Our goal is to build a humane community by bringing animal services, resources, and information to under-served areas. By addressing the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care, this program will help our community animals by empowering the people who care for them.

How? How does it all work? By picking a neighborhood, and knocking on doors. We were lucky with the beautiful weather yesterday, and got to meet quite a few folks who were sitting outside. The first guy we encountered was Bear, and he's going to have his skin issues addressed on Tuesday when he comes in for a neuter appointment.

As we worked our way through the neighborhood, most folks were happy to talk to us, and a few even invited us in, like this gentleman. He is deaf, but we communicated pretty well via notes on scrap paper. He's done a great job taking care of his 14 year old dog, and we're going to pick her up on Tuesday for a check up, along with a relatively new housemate- a cat who showed up on the doorstep- who will also come to Angels of Assisi for neuter, shots, and microchip.

Along with some wonderful progress of getting animals signed up for clinic visits came sights of dogs on chains, as many as 3 in a yard, and stray cats. Knowing this gives us something to work towards, and it will come together as we get to know folks, and they get to know us. We're not there to take animals away from people, we are there to give them resources and information to make things better- for both pets and humans.

Animal rescue is so much more than swooping in and taking them all away from their owners. It's also keeping pets in their existing homes, and helping those homes along the way. Are these all perfect situations with white picket fences and jeweled collars? No, but you can't let perfect take the place of good, and sometimes, most times, good is more than enough.

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