Some days I feel like all I do is work, walk dogs and ask people for money ... not really a well-rounded life. But when I look back over recent weeks, there is so much more going on.
The recent weeks have had their share of ups and downs, as most weeks do in the rescue world. One of the high points has been that we are continuing to get homeless dogs spayed and neutered at a rate of about two to three a week, thanks to financial assistance from some of our sister rescue groups – Companion Animal Foundation, Friends for Life and Humboldt Spay Neuter Network.
The generosity of individuals in this community is also deeply appreciated, whether they are contributing to funding the work Redwood Pals does or giving to the shelter’s Emergency Medical Fund or donating pet food and blankets. Redwood Pals’ spay and neuter grants for 2016 have already been used up; not really a bad thing, as it means we are moving faster to reduce overpopulation in our canine community.
Publicity for the dogs and cats is another ongoing project. I am always happy to hear that people have learned about adoptable dogs from reading my column or seeing posts on our Facebook pages (Redwood Pals Rescue or the Humboldt County Animal Shelter). Volunteers have also taken dogs to the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Eureka’s Fourth of July festival and afternoon events at local breweries, which have resulted in several recent adoptions.
Some of you may have seen the dogs and cats that have been featured on KIEM’s Thursday night news, usually accompanied by shelter staff, occasionally by yours truly. This past week featured these two little guys, Harley and Bentley.
Harley is a 3-year-old long-haired Chihuahua mix and Bentley is a 1-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. These two came in together after being abandoned in Eureka. They could be adopted together or separately. They are friends and would undoubtedly be happy to go home together, but they are not so bonded that they would be damaged if that did not happen.
Harley is the more mature and reserved dog and Bentley is the clown. He can even walk on his back legs! These two littles are ready to give their new families lots of entertainment and affection. They are both available through the Humboldt County Animal Shelter, located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville. They are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. More information is available at (707) 840-9132.
One of our Redwood Pals rescue dogs, Clara, does not like the shelter environment. She is overstimulated by all the barking and dogs coming and going. She literally climbs the walls of her kennel and has a hard time keeping any weight on.
This week, I took her to visit a possible foster home. She had met the resident dog before and they had gotten along fine, but this time she was very excited and wanted to show Clara all of her toys while Clara was still just sniffing and exploring the yard. It proved to be too much and Clara responded in a negative way, so we all agreed that another dog would be a better fit.
The sad part came when I brought her back to the shelter. While I listened to the end of a story on the radio, Clara climbed into my lap and fell instantly asleep. This poor dog is so exhausted that she is rarely at her best until she has had an hour or so to relax. It made me think of those experiments where people are woken up every hour to see if it makes them go crazy ...
Is there someone who would be willing to give this cuddle-bug a chance (soon!)? Please contact us at [email protected] or (707) 839-9692 if you have a little time and would like to meet her for possible foster or adoption.
Clara is fine around other dogs on walks or casual encounters, and has several playmates at the shelter, but would probably do best in a one-dog home. She loves to lie in the grass or snuggle in a lap. She is very ready for a new life!