Monday, September 29, 2008

Running With The Big Dogs

We haven't had a guest blogger over here in a while. This guest even requested the slot. ProfDoc is doing something good for herself while doing something good for others at the same time. The recent petrifying financial situation in the country has been freaking me (and a bunch of other people) out. I have been focusing a lot on freaking out about giving to other people so this is the perfect guest post for my current neuroses. I hope we can all help.

Last week Kizz wrote a post on responsible and ethical treatment of dogs. Well, actually she wrote a raving rant about an episode of Bones that she ended with a PSA urging people to spay and neuter their pets, adopt pets that need homes, and kick Michael Vick in the balls.

Since you can only spay/neuter each pet once, may not have pets, may have no room at your inn to adopt, and/or may not be incarcerated with the felon formerly known as a quarterback, I wanted to offer you another option.

I have been volunteering at a semi-local humane society for 4 years now. It’s an amazing place. They take in unwanted domestic animals from the community, evaluate them, take great care of them, and adopt them out. Dogs end up there for a variety of reasons, some frustrating (their owners have “no time” or think they are “too big”), some sad (their owners lost their homes or became ill), and some unknown.

In the last year or so, they have been expanding their efforts and contracting with a humane society in Alabama to receive transports (read: vanloads) of 20-30 dogs about once a month, which they then adopt out. I have been involved on both sides of the transports, greeting the dogs when they arrive and adopting them into good homes. Seeing both sides it’s hard to miss the reality:

These dogs begin their journey in an overcrowded shelter where they would likely eventually die and end up in the arms of an eager, loving family.

And it happens thanks to the work, love, energy, and money of “my” humane society and the one in Alabama.

So. Here’s how YOU can help: I am just nuts enough to be training for a marathon in January (the Disney one, if you must know). Although my main reason for running is to simply find out if I can, I want to get the most bang for my blisters, so I am working to raise enough money to run the humane society for 26.2 hours. You know, 1 hour per mile.

PLEASE help me help the dogs. Mrs. Chili asked yesterday, “What’s my lousy little donation of five bucks going to mean to anyone?” Here, it will buy 2 bottles of Dawn Green Apple Scent Dish Detergent used to clean kennels, or part of a bag of IAMS dog food, or several bottles of hand santizer, or a slip lead, all items crucial to daily operation. Click here to donate. We all appreciate it.

(The photo is Heidi – she is our very own humane society alumnus.)

PS Massachusetts residents: Vote YES on Question 3. The greyhounds will love you.


  1. Anonymous10:21 PM

    My mom now has so many cats she had to make a list of their names and put it on the wall so she wouldn't forget any of them. Some, she hopes, are only temporary residents of the inn. The temporary residents are cats that she saved from an abandoned building that was being demolished. She found homes for most of them, but still has a few left. These are mostly feral cats, so the homes she has found are at homes or farms out in the country where the cats will be outdoor cats. (Of course, this causes problems, as outdoor cats are contributing a lot to the decline of various bird populations, but ...) Anyway, dear readers of Kiz's blog's comments, is there anyone in Georgia (or a nearby state) that would like such a cat, or that knows of a shelter or rescue organization that would find them a home - my Mom can't find any organization that would help her.


  2. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Okay, JRH - as soon as I get home (I'm at Local U. right now, waiting for a workshop to start), I'll pop out the credit card and send you a lousy little donation of five bucks or, maybe, $26.20, just to be clever....

  3. Miflohny, I sent your comment over to BaldSug who is in the Atlanta area and might be able to help.

    Chili, I love the idea of $26.20. I haven't made my donation yet (have to wait to get paid on Fri) and I think that's what I'll do.