Fundraising for Dee-Tails Animal Rescue, Rehab and Sanctuary
Organized by: Morgan Blades
My name is Dede Bridges. I live on several acres of land in St. Helena Parish, a rural community in Louisiana where pets do not have a voice. I have been rescuing and rehabilitating animals throughout my life, but in 2010 it became my whole life. St. Helena Parish has absolutely no resources for animals in need. No shelter, no community funding, and no one to act and speak on the animals behalf. These poor animals are dumped, abandoned, or worse, collected as bait for illegal dog fighting rings. I could not stand by and do nothing. I started taking these lost and hopeless animals in, caring for them, rehabilitating them, and giving them a home with the hope that one day I can find them a family of their own. As soon as the community learned what I was doing, I became flooded with pleas for help. Reports of lost, starving, or injured animals poured in. I became a search and rescue operation, in addition to caring for the animals I already had at my home. I became known as someone who could help, who would never turn a blind eye to an animal in need, and someone who would always find a way. Unfortunately, I also became a dumping ground for irresponsible pet owners who saw me as an easy target for their litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. On any given day, I have 50-70 dogs and 30 cats at my home. The number is ever fluctuating, as I struggle to find homes for these animals, even as new ones continue to show up at my door. I receive no funding from the community or state. All costs for caring for these animals comes directly out of my pocket. Only through the generous donations of friends, family, and strangers am I able to continue.