Hello all, sorry for my disappearance, but Shawn and I both have the plague again and I have been super busy with work stuff. This stupid damned ear infection came back again. And yes, Shawn is still living here and he is going to school to get his CDL and work as a heavy equipment operator. But here is the important part- a MARC update:
Last week, after 3-4 mos. our MARC volunteers were finally able to secure a scared stray dog. Through the patience and diligence of a couple ladies, Wally, the Walmart dog was befriended and secured and now is in a foster home, has been neutered and had all his meds. He loves being inside with a family! The whole town has breathed a sigh of relief that he is no longer in danger on the road and is out of the weather. Wally will soon be ready to find his forever family. I am attaching pictures of Wally while living around Walmart and after being in his foster home.
Two months ago with the help of HES, Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, the shelter for that county, we were able the capture 15-20 basically feral dogs/puppies from a very poor home. These dogs had started by the elderly lady feeding one or two strays and over time and several litters later there were many more dogs than she and her mentally challenged adult children could handle even with MARC providing food. It had gotten so bad that some of the more aggressive dogs were killing and eating the babies and unhealthy dogs. We had tried unsuccessfully for 5 mos. to get some help from Marion County to work with HSUS. In the end with some changes in the Hamilton County shelter, they were able help us. Unfortunately not many of these dogs were adoptable. The ones who were were put up for adoption. One of our volunteers, before the round up and over several months, rescued and fostered 5 momma dogs and their litters from this situation. All those mommas and puppies transported to Boston to good homes.
We continue to be very busy getting dogs and cats to low cost spay/neuter clinics in other counties, 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. away. Rounding up animals from people who can’t get them to us, transporting the animals to and from the clinic and then delivering the animals whose people cannot come get them takes approximately 16 hrs. In the not so distant future we would like to provide those services right here in Marion County! We could get so many more animals fixed!!! And Stop the Strays!
School is in full swing and our Education section is busy teaching humane care of animals in all the 12 schools in Marion County. They do an excellent job using puppets and hands on props as well as books and videos to get their message across. Parents have told us some of the good things their children have learned so we know they are getting it. I am attaching a picture from the spring of one of our MARC teachers in the classroom.
As usual we are over run with stray dogs and cats! And kittens, kittens, kittens! We have a good outlet for our dogs with Great Dog Rescue New England in Boston but we do not have a place to help with our cats. So far this year we have sent 137 dogs/puppies to Boston to wonderful families. We have adopted out directly from MARC approximately 50 dogs/puppies. Each dog/puppy is altered and up to date on all shots and other meds. We also have outlets with other good groups in TN to send our puppies when we are overwhelmed and have no available foster homes. We have sent approximately 75 puppies to other groups in TN who have connections with northern groups such as North Shore Animal League. We also on occasion have been able to work with the large shelter in Hamilton County, Humane Educational Society, in Chattanooga to send some dogs up north with PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin. We did well adopting out puppies at the large fall PetSmart Adoptathon in Chattanooga, but none of out adult dogs were adopted.
We completed our TNR grant focused on one of the towns. We will be looking for more grants for TNR as well as spay/neutering in general. Most of our volunteers are dog people so we have very few cat/kitten foster homes. We take kittens to PETCO where they are adopted but the adult cats just don’t get adopted. We are talking with people who hopefully can link us up with some cat rescues to help find good homes for our kitties.
We also completed a TN Animal Friendly grant which helped pay for altering pets of low income families. However the grant requirements were very cumbersome and we still have not been paid all we are to receive. We will look for other sources of grants rather than use our energies on this state grant.
As Fall is upon us our events start in earnest. Our largest fund raising event is this coming Sunday. Walk N Wag is put on by the Interact Club in one of the high schools and MARC receives the benefits. We have a silent auction the following week end at a local marina’s Fall Fest. This is a new event for MARC so we will see how it goes. Then we have the local Christmas parades in two towns and pet photos with Santa at Tractor Supply.
We now have a Board of 6 and are going to do some strategic planning next month with a professional leader to focus our energies and set MARC’s course. We are growing and becoming more than the little group of 3 women with which we started!
Please note that MARC has a new logo. I am attaching it.
May we use a picture of Tunch on our MARC van? We want to remember that we would not have our van to help so many animals if not for Tunch and his following. If ok, please send me a good quality picture of Tunch to use. I would like the one used on the cover of the 2014 calendar if possible.
Sorry to be so long winded! Will try to do better, to write more often then it shouldn’t be so long!
I am particularly excited about their efforts in the schools, because nothing will change until attitudes change, and getting them while they are young is just wonderful. If you make all kids animal lovers (which most instinctively are), think how many rescues will happen over the course of their lives. Plus, they will live happier and healthier lives with their canine and feline companions.
BTW- I’m watching the Pens/Flyers, which is a super big rivalry in hockey, and right now they are singing “O Canada” because of the day’s events in Ottawa. Ithought thatwas kind of cool, and not only that, most of the crowd was singing along. I wonder what would happen if you sang that at a baseball or football game- probably just silence.
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Immediate update- the announcer just said that they posted the lyrics. Well, I didn’t need them posted! It’s just a side benefit of watching a ton of hockey.