Sunday, March 27, 2011

Save Mandy & Sprocket! **UPDATED**

**UPDATED 4/11/11 - Both Sprocket & Mandy have found their forever homes!**

***UPDATED 3/28/11** I had a nice conversation with the man in charge at Darke County Animal Shelter - he said that Mandy and Sprocket are not in immediate danger of being euthanized (i.e. there is no specific deadline in mind), but that obviously the longer they are there the the more that danger rises. He chose the dogs personally as ones that stood out to him from the 108 at the Clark Ave. facility--he thought they were good looking dogs that had great personalities and was sure they would have no trouble finding homes. Unfortunately, the right families just haven't found them yet! He's been promoting the dogs on the radio and REALLY wants to keep his promise to the dogs--he's been telling them daily, "I'm trying to find you homes!" So, anyone reading this--let's help him keep that promise and find these dogs the great homes they deserve!"***
A local rescue organization (Dogs Deserve Better) have brought it to the attention of the Piqua dog rescue volunteers that two of our dogs are at risk of being euthanized by the Darke County Animal Shelter for having been there too long. (When they were initally placed in traditional "kill shelters," we volunteers were told that the dogs would be kept until they were adopted, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.)
This is Mandy, a sweet 5-year-old German Shepherd. I remember her from when I volunteered at the Clark Ave. facility because she never failed to greet us with a big doggy smile and a wagging tail! She's microchipped, current on all her vaccinations, and available NOW! Her ID number at the Darke County Animal Shelter is 02231115.

Even though I featured him in my first dog post, I'm going to feature him again - this is Sprocket! He's a 4-year-old English Pointer mix who is very friendly and loves to give hugs! He, like Mandy, is microchipped and current on his vaccinations - he just needs a good home & a family who will appreciate how awesome he is! His Darke County Animal Shelter ID number is #02231119.

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing these dogs are, to have survived what they went through at the hands of Jeff Burgess at his One More Chance Rescue & Adoption center. For God only knows how long, they were kept in a dark, cold warehouse, with no heat or utilities in the middle of a frigid Ohio winter. They were kept in dirty pens that were rarely (if ever) cleaned, surrounded by their own waste and desperate for a soft, clean place to lay down. They weren't fed regularly and rarely had clean drinking water. Despite the neglect they suffered, they came through it with their spirits intact--they love humans and only want to find homes where they are treated well!

If you are interested in adopting (or even fostering) Mandy or Sprocket, contact the Darke County Animal Shelter at (937) 547-1645. You can also visit the shelter at 5066 County Home Rd. in Greenville, OH - they are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00. The adoption fee is $50.00, $30.00 of which comes back to you in the form of a certificate to have the dog spayed or neutered.

$50.00 is a small price to pay for a new best friend - if you're interested in saving either of these dogs, PLEASE contact the Darke County Animal Shelter!

"Buy a pup and your money will by love unflinching." ~ Rudyard Kipling

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