I adopted your dog today. The one you left at the pound. The one you had for years and no longer wanted around.
I adopted your dog today. Do you know that he has lost weight? Do you know that he is scared and confused and has lost all faith?
I adopted your dog today. He had fleas and a cold. But do not worry none. You have unburdened your load.
I adopted your dog today. Were you having a baby or moving away? Did you suddenly develop allergies? Or another reason he could not stay?
I adopted your dog today. He does not play or eat much. He is very depressed now. But he will learn again to trust.
I adopted your dog today. And here he will stay. He has found his forever home. And a warm bed on which to lay.
I adopted your dog today. And I will give him all that he could need- Patience, love, security and understanding. Hopefully he will forget your selfish deed.- Author Unknown
Here in this house...
I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out there'. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing when I will eat next. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat. I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.
Here in this house... There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!
Here in this house... I will never be a substitute for anything I am not. I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves. I will be loved because I am who I am, not someones idea of who I should be.
I will never suffer for someones anger, impatience, or stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.
Here in this house... I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch... knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value. I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.
Here in this house... I will belong. I will be home.-Author Unknown
There I sat, alone and afraid You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love. And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug. I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold, That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold. You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend, You loved me and healed me and became my friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do, There came along not one new lesson, but two. First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go. I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know". Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss. Along came a new family, they even have kids! They took me to their home, forever to stay, At first I thought you had sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear. No matter how far, you will always be near. And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on, I have a new home, with toys and a lawn. But I'll never forget what I learned that first day, You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by, We may never meet again, and now I know why. You'll remember I lived with you for a time, I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.-Author Unknown
Jellystone Bark's Rescue RANGERs have been rescuing animals since 2007. We have rescued over 15000 abused, neglected and homeless babies with the assistance of our Rescue Partners throughout the Midwest. Our goal is to assist animals in low/moderate income areas and puppy mills (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri) who have little or no hope of being rescued. We currently work with over 95 No Kill Shelters and Foster Based Rescues in the Midwest and are exclusive with many high kill shelters to save their babies.
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Rescue dogs are a friend for life. Before accepting any dog into your home please consider the emotional, as well as financial commitment necessary to give this pet a forever loving home. Please consider: Does everyone in the household agree to adding a pet? Can you afford the grooming, vetting, and training to help your new family member truly become a FOREVER member of your family?
Often times a rescued DOG brings along their "baggage", and with this are old injuries and lessons learned in a previous unfriendly world. Are you prepared to love your new dog unconditionally and help him forget his "woes"?
Dogs are loving and very social creatures. They do not make good outside family pets, they need, and want, to be a member of the inside "pack".
We are here to help you find the right, forever friend for you. It is important that we honestly assess each situation to find the perfect "love connection", both for the potential adopter and the dog.
We are searching for homes that are financially and emotionally able to commit 15+ years to our dogs through rough times, good times and all times. They are a part of your family and must be treated as such.
REMEMBER: Rescued animals are by no means perfect or show quality. They can be from puppy mills, bad breeding, unwanted, abandoned, untrained or aging. Rarely do we have a lot of background on our rescues but we know that they need love, patience, understanding and a commitment from you.
Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath and felt the love,
Until you have held a severely ill or injured dog in your arms and felt their pain,and until you have looked into the eyes of a tired, aging senior dog and felt their wisdom, you will never understand the life of a rescuer.
We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces.
It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within.
We are rescue.
Kathie Sullivan-Parkes 2006
JBRR is owned by a Puppy Mill Survivor "RANGER" and is managed by a Puppy Mill Survivor "Crumpet"
Hundreds of thousands of dogs suffer in puppy mills in this country. The dogs are prisoners of greed. They are locked in small cages. They freeze in the winter and swelter in the summer. The dogs never get out of their prisons. They are bred over and over again until they die. The only way to free them from the misery of these horrid puppymills is to eliminate the demand for puppies by refusing to buy a puppy in a pet store and boycotting those pet stores that sell puppies. When people stop buying puppies in pet stores, the puppy mills will go out of business and the misery will end. The state and federal governments do not enforce the laws to protect the dogs. The commercial breeders and brokers have huge well-funded lobbying efforts. Please join this fight to free the prisoners of greed. The only person who is going to make a difference for the dogs suffering in puppy mills is you. You, the people, can free them from their puppy mill prisons.
When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.
Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures -- jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.
Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish, but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details: the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig.
Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.
Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching: summer insects collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there are or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.
You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewy toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a cat in hot pursuit, all in the name of love.
Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love. The steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together."
Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.
If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be. The one they were proud to call beloved friend.
If you are interested in adopting one of our fur babies please contact Kim at email@example.com for an adoption application. The adoption process is one all parties must take seriously. We work very hard to place the right animal in the right home and because of this, the process may take up to 48 hours from the time you submit your application. We do check references. Once your references are checked we move very quickly and you'll be notified right away. Most of our communication is done via email so please make sure you check your email account frequently and respond quickly. The adoption cost of your new pet may vary and it assists us in the rescue of another. This cost vastly outweighs, for the services received, retail veterinary costs for you. JBRR provides the following health care to our rescued babies: spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, fecal, heart worm tested if age appropriate, flea and tick prevented, dentals/extractions if needed, a free vet visit and low cost medical insurance.DISCLAIMER: Approval of your adoption application is not a guarantee of availability of that particular animal. We receive multiple applications on each animal, so that we can make sure and match up the right dog with the right family. Unless you reserve/pre adopt the animal in which you are approved to adopt, we will not hold it if another adopter is approved and interested. Your approval notification means that you have been approved to adopt through our agency. Our adoptions fees are non-refundable. DISCLAIMER: Most of our adoptable animals come from high kill shelters. Occasionally we are given specific breed information on the animals, but more often, we have to make an educated guess as to breed or mixture thereof, based on size, color and physical characteristics. Because we are not breeders, but rescuers of societies cast off animals, we can not guarantee the breed of the dogs we post for adoption. It is merely an educated guess.
TRANSPORTS: We DO NOT SHIP our DOGS to their forever homes. Most of our fosters are located in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Transports are done weekly to the suburbs of Chicago which is where our adopters may pick up their new babies. BEFORE you apply, make certain you have the availability to travel to the Chicago area or the foster home, to adopt your new family member.
We desperately need foster homes and volunteers to help us care for the homeless animals in our program.
*Volunteers and foster homes help us with animal care and socialization by providing positive interaction with the animals.
*Volunteers and foster homes also assist with transportation of animals to and from Vet visits.
Please help make a positive impact on the life of a homeless animal by volunteering!
FROM: THE DOG
Dear God: Is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed?
Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?
Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story?
Dear God: Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a Dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the 'Chrysler Eagle' the 'Chrysler Beagle'?Dear God: If a Dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad Dog? Dear God: We Dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand? Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please. Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize? Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog. 1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up. 2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell. 3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar. 4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'. 5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff. 6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet. 7. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying 'hello'. 8. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table. 9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after. 10. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt. 11. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch. 12. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing. P.S. Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?
Jellystone Bark's Rescue Rangers
PO Box 1156
Yorkville, IL 60560
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