Organized by: Susan Joyce
Sassy, a.k.a. Beverly Sills, One of "the girls"
September 11, 2016
Several years ago a small dog showed up at the church that I pastor. She was skittish, and always stayed at arm's length, but never too shy about eating the food and treats we brought her. She especially loved it when we had fellowship dinners at the church! The members embraced the little dog, named Annie after the name of our church. As hard as I tried, I could never get her to come close. She would show up at the parsonage where I lived, but always at a distance. One night during hunting season, she disappeared and was never seen again. Repeated searches turned up empty. The animal rescue is in her honor.
My husband and I privately fund the small animal rescue of stray dogs and cats. We now have 16 dogs and 13 cats. You can imagine that it is very costly to feed the animals as well as provide the monthly veterinarian care such as flea treatments and heart worm medications. God has provided a place to purchase food at a discount, which is our incentive to keep going. The shelters stay full in our county. That is why my husband and I feel compelled to do what we do. We have found homes for several, but until a forever home shows up, if ever, we love and care for these animals.
In addition to the daily and monthly maintenance, there are other expenses which would allow us to provide better care for the animals, including bigger-ticket vet costs for spaying and neutering the animals and providing the initial heartworm treatment for those that come testing positively for heartworms.
Some items on the "wish" list are a portable hot water heater for warm, not frigid, baths (works much the same way an on-demand heater does), outside washer to keep blankets clean (currently being washed in our machine, leaving us smelling a bit doggish), outdoor security to monitor the pens, fencing and/or new pens to upgrade existing pens.
Currently we are not a non-profit organization due to the larger upfront costs of building new facilities, but is something we are considering down the road. Right now it is a personal ministry to the community. The funding we receive would help us continue this ministry.