D.I.N.E.'s mission is to:
1) provide information to the public about issues pertaining to
homeless dogs, 2) provide information about shelters, rescues & animal welfare organizations in upstate NY, and
3) provide information related to animal welfare in New York State. Through these efforts, we hope to create community
awareness, help increase adoption and effect positive change for companion animals.
Please click to see our presentation on puppy mills.
103 BRITTANY'S SEIZED FROM BREEDER
"Magnolia Rescue Mission"
By Denise Turgeon, NBRAN-NY Co-Coordinator, Burnt Hills, NY
The National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network's (NBRAN'S) mission statement says that they "will work to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home Brittanys in need, whether abandoned, lost, stray or surrendered to rescue for placement." This mission statement was put to the test on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 when 103 Brittanys were seized from the property of a breeder in LaFourche Parish Louisiana. The breeder was convicted of animal cruelty/failure to vaccinate and was ordered by the court to surrender the dogs to the LaFourche Parish sheriff's department. Prior to the seizure, the sheriff's department had contacted NBRAN to ask for their help. This rescue mission would be one of the largest projects ever carried out by NBRAN so they reached out to several other Brittany rescue groups for assistance. New England Brittany Rescue, Florida Brittany Rescue, American Brittany Rescue and Brittany Rescue in Texas all stepped up to the plate and converged in Louisiana to help.
The key to the "Magnolia Rescue Mission's" success was getting enough resources, volunteers and donations together for the project. The LaFourche Parish officials offered their Agriculture Arena to use as a holding area for the dogs. Pet supply companies and pet food suppliers graciously donated pallets of food, collars, leads, crates and bowls. Veterinary pharmaceutical companies donated vaccines while individuals' donated flea and tick shampoos and other necessities as well as cash donations. Several volunteers from all the assisting rescue organizations arrived in Louisiana to give of their love and time in caring for the dogs.
When the dogs arrived at the arena, the first order of business was to triage and care for the dogs in need of urgent care. Each one was given the required vaccines and a capstar pill for fleas. Each dog was given an identification number, categorized and photographed. Subsequently the dogs were bathed, fed, walked and socialized with all the volunteers. A veterinary staff was on hand to examine and treat the dogs. Unfortunately, 7 of the dogs had to be euthanized due to advanced heartworm disease or severe behavior issues. By Friday, a veterinarian verified each dog's fitness to travel so that each rescue group could transport the dogs they had agreed to take in. NBRAN acquired 34 of the 96 remaining dogs and hired Peterson Transport to bring the dogs to a boarding facility in southeastern Pennsylvania.
NBRAN's 34 newest rescues finally arrived in Pennsylvania where a veterinary team performed more thorough examinations. They determined that the dogs were generally healthy but did have some skin, eye and dental issues. Many of the dogs also had varying degrees of heartworm disease and treatment began immediately. When their heartworm treatment is completed, they'll be ready to go to foster homes. The heartworm negative dogs were placed in foster care right away and 3 of them made their way here to the Capitol district! Some dogs have already been adopted and are now in their forever homes with loving families. They are learning what it's like to live indoors, to have a warm comfortable bed to lay on, good food, and especially the love they never had but are so deserving of. When our president, Susan Spain, was asked if she would take on a project like this again, she said "in a heartbeat!" NBRAN lived up to its mission statement in a way that made all of us who are volunteers for this amazing organization very proud. We look forward to the future and to seeing how our Magnolia Rescue dogs grow and thrive in their new homes.
Photos From Magnolia Rescue Mission
Local Rescues In Need of Fostering!!
If you have ever thought of fostering a dog or cat, maybe it's time!! Fostering requires a short-term commitment and you will be rewarded with loads of love from a very appreciative furry friend. You may be required to fill out an application and go through an interview, which is the rescue's way of protecting the animals in their care. Most rescues pay for food and all rescues pay for veterinary care. You may be asked to bring your foster pet to adoption clinics but each rescue is different. Finding one that fits your family's needs won't be hard! There are currently puppies, adolescent dogs, senior dogs, and special needs dogs... in all shapes and sizes... in need of foster care.
You may feel that you can't foster because you will become too attached and will want to keep the animals. Don't worry--rescues will be thrilled if you become a "foster failure" and choose to adopt the pet instead!
The Goal of Foster Care
To care for a dog in one's home until such time that it can be adopted. This can be anywhere from a few days to a few months.
How Does Fostering Help?
- Fostering provides comfort and safety to dogs that have endured hardship, while they are waiting for their "forever" homes.
- Fostering allows an organization to match dogs with potential individuals and families that are looking to adopt.
- Fostering can help shelters that don't have enough space, staff or resources to care for the animals.
- Fostering prevents the euthanization of adoptable dogs.
- Fostering provides lessons in compassion and generosity to children.
Please click here for a List of Rescues in the Capital Region of NYS!
D.I.N.E. HAS TRANSITIONED TO AN "INFORMATION ONLY WEBSITE."
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.
D.I.N.E.'s Mission has always been to provide essential items to dogs in the care of shelters and rescues in the
NY State Capital Region and offer community education to students. Since 2005, we have been purchasing, assembling &
delivering Kuranda beds to shelter & rescue dogs, donating Kong toys, new collars & leashes, crates, food and
other items that have directly benefited these animals. We have been going to schools to educate kids about rescues and
shelters in our community and working on projects with them that have ultimately helped many homeless dogs. Please click
here for some of our accomplishments. This has been a
true labor of love but unfortunately we are currently not able to do the amount of fundraising necessary to continue making
the purchases that we would like. However, we will continue to post a printable version of the rescue/shelter list, feature dogs in need of extra exposure, post lost dogs, and we will post information about animal welfare issues, especially as it relates to homeless dogs.
We still had so me funds available and recently ordered beds, Kong toys, Galileo bones & food for animals in the care
of Columbia Greene Animal Shelter, Animal Protective Foundation, Rottie Mountain Rescue, Out of the Pits, Greyhounds As
Companions & Good Shepherd K9 Rescue.
Thank you to everyone who has donated time and money to D.I.N.E. over the past several years. You have helped improve
the lives of countless numbers of homeless animals. Special thanks to Bensons Pet Center
(www.bensonspet.com) for their caring & commitment to our endeavors and to animals in need.
The Evolution of D.I.N.E.
"I have been worrying about animal suffering
for as long as I can remember. I became consumed with my
worries to the point of doing nothing. I wanted to go to
shelters to bring treats to dogs but I couldn't bear seeing
heartbroken animals living in cages... so I did nothing. I was
sickened by the idea of someone taking pleasure in forcing
innocent dogs to fight, but the task of trying to do something
about it was too overwhelming... so I did nothing. When I thought
about volunteering for an animal organization, I worried that I
would get pulled into organizational politics... so I did
nothing. When I donated money to animal organizations, I
worried that it would not be spent in the way I had intended... so
I stopped. I've seen starving, sick, abused, neglected, and
homeless dogs and I've helped a few along the way. But it
wasn't in a big enough way. I finally realized that if I could
put as much energy into helping dogs as I put into worrying
about them, I could make a difference in the lives of many.
This is the goal of D.I.N.E."