American Humane Association: Forclosure Grants Program Needs HelpPublished December 14, 2009
Recently I am finding articles about pets that are so compelling and touching to read. It is certainly rewarding to learn about people who take the time and make the effort to help animals that are suffering and in need of care. Last month, Kathy, an animal shelter worker living in Tennessee, discovered a starving Rottweiler at the side of a road. Amazed by the dog's friendly nature, who trustfully responded to her attention, Kathy knew that this dog belonged to someone, and was not a victim of abuse. Naming the dog "Ella", she explored the entire area carefully, and found a "nest" where the dog had been sleeping. Surrounding the nest, she found a toothbrush, a comb, a candle and a razor, which were personal items appearing to belong to someone. Ella And Kathy's memory was jarred as she continued to search for clues. Remembering a serious car wreck that occurred a few weeks prior along this stretch of highway, Kathy immediately contacted the Tennessee highway patrol. She learned that there was a family involved in the wreck, and fortunately all of them survived. Apparently Ella was overlooked during the rescue, since she may have been thrown from the car at the point of impact. She had spent a few weeks just trying to stay alive, drinking from a nearby drainage ditch, waiting hopefully at the scene that her family would return and rescue her. But sadly her family believed that their beloved pet had died in the accident and was not found. The American Humane Association, upon learning about Ella's plight, along with the family's financial strain from their huge medical bills which resulted from the accident, got involved. They learned that the money that the family had to spend on medical care were from funds they had set aside to buy a new home. They provided the money for Kathy's animal shelter to take care of Ella, while the family worked toward getting back on their feet. Of course Ella's family was thrilled to see her and that she was alive and so beautifully taken care of, but unfortunately they were not yet in a financial position to take Ella back to their new home. At this time Ella is living in a loving foster home, receiving the best of care. The family is hopeful that they will be able to reunite with their beloved dog in the near future. Since this is the time of the year when we reach out to those who are in need, the American Humane Association is asking for donations to help them in their work to provide assistance to needy pets who are separated from their families. They are specifically requesting donations to help fund the American Humane Association's Foreclosure Pets Grant program. The American Humane Association explains: "Shelters and animal rescues across the country are seeing a surge in the number of animals surrendered due to foreclosure situations. People, with nowhere else to turn, are looking to shelters for assistance in caring for their pets, either temporarily or permanently. To help, American Humane Association offers Foreclosure Pets Grants, which go directly to shelters so they can help these families and provide housing and medical care for displaced animals, so they never have to turn one away." For people wishing to help donations of any amount can be made at the American Humane Association's secure website at: https://secure2.convio.net/aha/site/Donation2?df_id=2140&2140.donation=form1 Donations can also be directly mailed to: American Humane Association 63 Inverness Drive East Englewood, CO 80112 What action would you take if you found a lost pet at the side of the road? Leave a comment and share.