Yes. Yes, it does. It REALLY make a difference. If everyone gives $5 or $10 dollars, then we are able to step in on more tips, cases from humane societies, and rescue more fur-kids.
There are so many stories of animal cruelty and abuse that surface...but so many more remain unknown everyday. There are limited resources with every rescue. We function on donations, volunteers, foster homes, and fundraising events.
Whatever the breed, or mix, we implore everyone who even thinks there might be animal cruelty or abuse going on, PLEASE report it to your local humane animal control center so that it can be investigated. Based on ONE tip, an officer can determine whether a rescue should step in or not.
...and neglect comes in many forms. Being left in a car on a hot day, having no shade or water in the backyard, being left in the cold with no shelter on a cold day.
Every life deserves the basic needs that we humans do.
My work with one local rescue in particular, Northcentral Maltese Rescue (http://malteserescue.homestead.com), has shown time and again the victims of animal cruelty and neglect. The biggest problem many of these little fluffs face comes in the form of puppy mills.
But there is one recent success story that I want to share with you.
Because SOMEONE took a stand, rescue was able to step in and help save this special girl, among countless others.
This is Tootsie.
She came in to Belle City Veterinary Hospital, where I work as a Certified Veterinary Technician. No, she is NOT a purebred Maltese, but she needed help and NMR stepped in to do just that. She had a broken jaw (from abuse), had just had puppies (sadly, it is an unknown location of said puppies, but she was lactating)...but is still surprisingly sweet and trusting of the people around her. The jaw surgery alone was going to cost a lot.
To date, she has now had her jaw and spay surgeries, has been vaccinated, and is currently looking for her Furever Home, where she can know the Love that she has never known.
This is why I do what I do. I am so proud to know Mary and be a small part of the NMR.
If you may be interested in Tootsie or anyone else who is currently with NMR, just let us know!
...And anyone who wants to donate to Tootsie's (or the countless others we will continue to save) cause, you can do so at:
Every little bit goes a very long way...and you ARE able to make a difference today.