Betty White Is Definitely Going to Dog Heaven
Rescuing My Dog Marcie
The rain poured down while I untangled the soaking wet Black Lab/Pit Bull mixed breed from her shackles. Twisted in the rusty chain for the thousandth time, she was down to her last three feet of free movement. Thankfully, the unlucky mutt had not done any damage to itself this time. “I can’t believe this is what passes as a Humane Society in West Virginia!” I thought, as I scratched the lonely canine behind her ears. I swallowed my outrage and try to remember that the other volunteers are doing the best they can with $650 a month – money they pulled together from their own pockets to care for the thirty homeless dogs. I would think, “If I only knew super animal activist Betty White, we could actually raise more than $8,000 a year to run this ‘shelter’.
These small groups of volunteers were hopelessly fighting a Sisyphean task; they were pushing the preverbal rock to the top of the hill, only to watch it roll back down again when a litter of heartworm-positive puppies were dumped on our doorstep the middle of the night. We were the only humane society in three counties but could not even come close to handling the need. Fortunately, there were a few private rescues around town that were doing their best running a one-man-show out of their own homes. The ‘shelter’ we made consisted of about thirty donated used dog houses, around five fenced runs and twenty-five dogs-on-tethers. I was so angry that these animals had to live like this – and all because proper funding was just impossible to obtain. I had to remind myself not to take it out on the other frustrated volunteers; I really should, instead, focus my rage at the irresponsible culture that created this problem.
Betty White Loves Homeless Pets
In my experiences, I have noticed a running theme in rural and low-income areas. Pet irresponsibility seems to have been passed down from generation to generation; it is a learned cultural behavior. I remember being appalled when a 10-year-old kid came to our shelter, wanting to adopt a golden retriever mix. He said he needed another dog because they lost their previous one when his daddy backed over it with the car. They had already lost three canines this year to car strikes alone.
My horrified response was, “Well, why don’t you guys build a fence? Don’t you love your dogs?”
The country boy said nonchalantly, “Daddy says it’s cheaper just to keep getting new dogs.”
Needless to say, that family did not leave with one of our dogs that day. I concluded if our shelter just had enough money to run this place properly, we could hire someone to inspect homes before placement. Again, I would think, “If only I knew Betty White, everything would be different for these poor dogs.”
I remember growing up watching Soap and Golden Girls and was thrilled to see Betty White’s career explode again within the last few years. Although that stuff was great, what makes her a container of pure awesomeness is her forty years of quiet dedication to helping homeless animals. She took it upon herself to donate her time, money and fame simply to help countless pets get a second chance. She consistently gave large amounts of her own money to help her cause, even when her career lulled and nobody was paying any attention. I am pretty sure heaven is run by dogs and cats, and by now she has earned herself a special spot at the foot of heaven’s bed.
They Need Your Help
I have done a good bit of rescue and humane society work and I know these folks need lots of help. It is thankless, stressful and every day you are making life and death decisions for poor homeless pets. Make sure you take a few minutes and donate a few bucks or some time to help. Pet rescuers are real hero’s in my book, so be sure thankful. Your kind words keep them up and running.
It’s amazing how far these shelters and rescues can stretch a buck. I see examples of this in Savannah with private organizations like The Milton Project, Feral Island Cat Project, Full Bowls, Solace Rescue, Save-a-Life or Coastal Pet Rescue. Almost all rescues completely survive off donations and fundraisers. I figure we could solve the overpopulation problems if we could only clone one thousand Betty Whites to help these underappreciated rescues all over the country.