To the Rescue
Thanks to caring people there can be happy endings for dogs that have suffered unimaginable ordeals.
They sleep in our beds, eat our food, follow us around, and love to play. They are sometimes a handful and at other times snuggle close and want nothing more than to be loved. Our dogs.
While many dog lovers research a particular breed, many others go to their local shelters and adopt pets that have been abused, abandoned, and generally ignored. There are countless rescue shelters in Connecticut all trying to place their animals with families. Most of them, such at the Little Guild of St. Francis, do not practice euthanasia. Unadopted dogs are cared for and remain in the shelter for years if necessary. The no-kill policy is important. Many states don’t follow it, which is why so many rescue dogs come from other parts of the country.
Tulip, a beautiful yellow Lab, traveled from Mississippi to find a new home with Susan McFeely. The dog had been found wandering a country road with no identification, suffering from heartworm disease. She was taken in by Southern Jewel Rescue who found the perfect home for her. Katherine Glankler, director of Southern Jewel Rescue, has been rescuing Labs for over 15 years. The organization works with All Paws Transport Service to deliver dogs from Mississippi and Tennessee as far east as Maine.
There are so many happy endings for dogs that have suffered unimaginable ordeals. Jim Lamond’s handsome black poodle Armand was adopted from Poodle Rescue in Naugatuck. The two bonded immediately, but Armand still has issues. “We’ve established a mutual affection and trust,” says Lamond. “But he obviously has a terrible past. He still is frightened by loud trucks and the sight of anyone wielding a cane.”
Darlene Pelletier has nurtured numerous rescue dogs—an Australian shepard, a Jack Russell, and a cockapoo. Presently she shares her home with a cattle dog/setter mix. Explains Pelletier. “My dog is a working breed so he is a quick learner but we also worked with a trainer.”
Todd Johnson and Michael LaHart adopted another Brittany for their aging pet Josephine. Owen came from New England Brittany Rescue and took a while to adapt to his new surroundings—and his new playmate. “He’d been neglected and presumably abused by a male, for it took some time for him to warm up to us,” Johnson says. “The first night he refused to come inside, even with Josephine trying to lure him in. He loved her immediately and usually slept on top of her.” Eventually they became one big happy family.
Thanks to the Internet, prospective dog owners can seek out so many needy creatures and wind up with the dog of their dreams.