Rural Rescue is challenging. And too few people understand the reality of the challenges faced by those of us who are the “voices” for homeless pets.
At a recent presentation, I explained why PAAS is a transport hub. Not surprisingly, there were frowns from some in the audience. I then posed the question “There are 5 shelters/rescues in this area. How many dogs do you think are available for adoption at any given time?” Someone answered “30”. The correct answer is 300……yes 300. At this time, one of the municipal shelters is pleading with people to please adopt so they do not have to euthanize for space. Just to be sure you remember the number of homeless dogs wanting a new home - - in this area - - it is 300. That does not include all the dogs available via Facebook, friends and the Wal Mart parking lot.
The reality, from my point of view, involves two main programs. The first one is out-of-state transport. The second is local spay/neuter programs. If you look at it from a “business perspective” and you’re a wheat farmer, you take your wheat to the co-op and they send it out. If there was no market for wheat in the foreseeable future, the farmer would plant something else. For us, that translates out-of-state transport and spay/neuter so there are no unwanted litters.
To date, 4,700+ Oklahoma PAAS dogs have found a new home in Colorado. And, 2,000+ pets have been “fixed” by area veterinarians. Because the demand for spay/neuter is beyond the capacity of the local veterinarians to handle, we’ve started a spay/neuter clinic at PAAS.
On Friday/Saturday (June 21/22) 70 pets will be “fixed” and the next two clinics are already full.
So if you look at the supply and demand formula – the two most vital programs are out-of-state transport and spay/neuter for the foreseeable future. That’s the reality.