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Ketchikan Dog Park


The Tough Business of Rescue

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM
A friend told me recently that she doesn't want to know about the sad things that happen in Ketchikan regarding animal abuse and neglect. She said I shouldn't tell her because she can't stand knowing about it.
I don't know exactly what to say about that. On the one hand, it is really hard for me to know those things, too. Sometimes what I know keeps me awake at night. Not knowing would be a heck of a lot more comfortable, that's for sure. On the other hand, not knowing also means I don't have to act to try to change things. If I choose not to know there's a problem, I don't ever have to try to solve it or help make it better. How does that change the sad stories into happy ones?
There are lots of happy stories our volunteers could tell you. Waldo is dry, warm, and fed now. He was being eaten alive by fleas; when we put him in the tub, the water running off him was bloody. He wouldn't have survived much longer running the Ketchikan streets. He'd have been hit by a car, attacked by a larger dog, tortured by unsupervised children, or eaten something toxic when hunger drove him to raid a garbage can. But as I type this, he's romping through the grass in the back yard, having had a great breakfast; there isn't a flea on him,  he's "going to the vet to get tutored," as the Far Side cartoon put it, and someone is soon going to be cuddling and loving him and bragging about their great new dog.
Almost fifty cats and kittens have been placed in good and loving homes since January. Their new families are so proud of them; they send us pictures, they tell us stories, and every one of those happy stories helps take away a little of the hurt we feel when we know of something sad. The foster family who cares for the majority of our kittens has endless patience.  Without their willingness to know the sad stories, to take in the hurt and damaged ones, and to rehabilitate and rehome, can you imagine how much more sadness there would be out there?
Happy endings are our goal, but we sure could use some help. We need good foster homes. We need people to volunteer to help with our fundraiser by helping set up, or work in the kitchen, or bake, or just attend and bid on things. We'll have adoption and foster applications available at the cocktail party and auction, which is Saturday, September 21st, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. up at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Come hear some happy stories and help us create new ones. Thank you!

Categories: Rescues