Wright-Way Rescue, the place where I found Gibbs, actually offers to take people on their trips to high-kill shelters to pick out the few they can save.
Excuse me while I cry just thinking about doing such a thing. I specifically adopt from no-kill shelters to make sure that I only walk out with one pet. Even at Wright-Way, I was tempted to take home –with Gibbs - a Brittany Spaniel that was just spayed after having a litter of puppies. (She has since been adopted.)Those Facebook pages that post the dogs on “death row” hoping for a last minute rescue? Not a chance that I am going to look there.
Some people might think that I am part of the problem when I refuse to look. But I maintain that I do my part in giving my time and money – not to mention adopting my pets in general. Having said that:I don’t remember when the Trio Animal Foundation first landed on my radar, but it was probably through its work with the Animal Welfare League – the group that had their A/C units stolen for the copper wires. Trio is an organization that pulls together resources to help homeless pets receive the medical care they need. It is not a shelter itself, but sponsor animals with several groups in the Chicago area. So I started following their Twitter feed.
They have some really sad stories to tell.“Trio” is a dog that was used as bait in a dog-fight and lost a leg. At the age of four weeks.
I looked at the pictures.More recently, “Dozer” is a dog that was shot by his person. With a gun. He is now safe and receiving treatment.
I looked at the pictures.Yesterday, they posted about a dog they are sponsoring, rescued from a hoarding situation that has been in the headlines around town.
I looked at those pictures, too.As a casual student of social media outreach, I am fascinated that Trio keeps getting me to click. I think it is because I know that any animal Trio posts about has a fighting chance. “Dozer” for example, is not out of the woods yet, and for awhile it looked pretty grim. But Trio has given him the best possible chance for a happy, healthy life.
I am not yet an active sponsor, or even a donor for the Trio Animal Foundation. But today, I feel like the least I can do for them is help spread the word.