The following quote is my own. I am the author. I don't mind if you use any or all of it but please, don't put it down as author unknown or try to take credit for it. Thanks, Kathie Sullivan-Parkes, East Corinth, VT
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 an injured or severely ill dog in your arms ... and felt their pain
Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog ... and felt their wisdom,
And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tell you their time on earth with you is over .... and you humanely let them go,
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.
In 2006, while working with my sister rescue in TN, 310 dogs were adopted throughout New England and New York!!!
In 2007, 271 dogs were adopted throughout New England and New York.
In 2008, 193 dogs found loving forever homes in the New England area and New York. You guys ROCK!
774 lives that were saved. 774 dogs who were altered so they will never add to the overpopulation of an already overpopulated nation. 774 dogs who are not sitting in a shelter wasting away and facing the ultimate end.
Many thanks to Shannon, my sister rescue because without her, we would have never been able to fill the need for adoptable dogs here.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who adopted a rescued Angel knowing they were just as good and deserving as any other dog. May your lives be filled with dog hair bunnies, slobbery kisses and unconditional love with your new family member and companions.
I am hoping this year to come closer to my dream of opening a Senior for Senior sanctuary where senior humans can live in comfort, have gardens and be able to do things they loved to do in years gone by. In turn they will help save the life by caring for one or two senior canines that were dumped in shelters for no other reason than they were old.
We as a nation need to start caring more about our seniors, both human and canine and this dream will come true one day for me.
Day after day I receive emails about wonderful, yet pitiful senior canines dumped in shelters because nobody wanted them. My heart breaks because right now, OCP can't help them with no place to put them.
Orange County Puppers
Check out these West TN Animal Rescue felines that can be easily transported to the New England area upon adoption.
To Those that have gone before us, to those who will leave before their time and for those we will see again ......
At the Rainbow Bridge
Why adopt an "older dogs?'
I believe this explains it all.
One By One
One by one, they pass by my cage... too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play. Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
A little old man, arthritic and sore. It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed, a place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail. Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong, I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head, can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day, the younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope, you saw my face and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey and the legs bent with age, and felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed, and shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play and you talk to me low, you talk to me dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another, but you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week or for years, we will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new, my thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear, of the person who made my last days so dear.
A heart wrenching story about a precious Angel named Fozzie Bear who died due to the conditions he was born under. At a very tiny age of barely 17 weeks, he never had the chance to chase a butterfly or even feel grass under his feet. He only knew love, human touch and kindness from his wonderful human mom, Deb, for a few days after he was rescued. Fozzie Bear was a Puppy Mill puppy, born to a mom who is used only to breed for profit. Any type of medical attention to these "prisoners of greed" is very rare and usually non existent. Many die slow and painful deaths from untreated illness's or injuries.
Imagine Life as a Dog in a Puppy Mill
Imagine spending your whole life barefoot on a wire floor. Your feet are always bloody and sore. There are three other people sharing your tiny cage with you. When you go to the bathroom, it collects on the ground underneath you and is left there indefinitely. The stench makes you sick. Your only protection from the sun, rain, wind, and snow is a torn tarp that dangles over the top of your cage. You are constantly forced to breed, and your children are taken from you and sold, except for the babies that die from lack of proper care. Many of your babies will die on their way to pet stores due to illness or because they are too young to eat on their own. More will die once they get to the pet stores as a result of inadequate care, fear, loneliness, and disease. Your body aches from having so many children and not getting any exercise. You are exhausted, starving and sick. The large male that shares your cage won't let you eat or drink, and attacks you when you try. The only food you get is stale and moldy anyways. You have infected bites and scratches all over your body, and flies are constantly swarming around your face and eyes. You are always afraid. You may die this month, from any of a number of ailments. If not, you might wish you did. You will die young - whether from neglect and abuse or from being shot when you no longer produce babies to sell. You will die alone, and many of your children will experience the same fate. You have never known love or the freedom of running through an open field with your best friend. Here there are only enemies. The USDA, who is responsible for maintaining healthy standards in breeding mills, ignores your misery because they are more concerned about making sure the farmers are making enough money. They are actually the ones who advised farmers to start farming puppies in the first place. The only way you will every be set free is if all the people out there stop buying your babies from pet stores to put the puppy farmers out of business...
Should any living being be forced to live like this?
Look at this dog. This is disgusting and yet, apparently the representative form PA that does the inspections saw nothing wrong with this dog. Is he blind? Why are these "commercial breeders" or puppy mills allowed to get away with this? This is cut and dry animal abuse and neglect and it makes me sick. This evil has to stop. I am beyond hope and prayers, I want to scream at these disgusting millers, I want to drag all these politicians around by the scruff of their necks and let them see first hand what goes on in these shitholes. I want the millers to be held accountable. Why are the Amish allowed to not have their dogs get rabies shots when it is a nation wide law? Religion should not be a part of this. If any one of us were to treat a dog in our custody like this our sorry butt's would be in jail and we would be all over the evening news. Why are they exempt? I just want to shove all these millers in these disgusting cages they keep these sweet Angels in and make them live there, day after day, year`after year in the sweltering heat of summer and the frigid cold of winter with no protection. Let them eat the rodent feces infested food they give them and drink the putrified brown urine filled water they leave for them. I wonder how they would feel to have their babies pulled from them. Would they feel any emotion when their babies died because they were too sick to care for them? Do they even have conciences? I think not.
We don't know how old he is. We just know that he spent his whole life in a Commercial Breeding facility in Lancaster County, fully licensed by the state of PA. We know that this breeder was inspected three times in the last year and a half. No violations. How could a representative walk by this dog three times and not issue a vet check? He is suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, ulcers in both eyes (permanent damage), mange, infections in both ears, and what's left of his teeth will need to be pulled if and when he is strong enough. He had numerous parasites and is being treated for a very contagious organism that's attacking his intestinal tract. The Vet who is now treating him tell me he is one of the sweetest dogs they have ever met. Can anyone tell me why this is allowed to continue? Look at his spine.
This is an important message I must get out. It must be known and action needs to be taken ... and after reading all of this and viewing Fozzie's Story please, go to any search engine and type in "puppy mills" or "Amish puppy mills" since the most Amish are millers and the producers of pet store puppies across the US but mainly in the well known Amish community in Lancaster, PA where this pitiful dog above came from. The results to any search of puppy mills are staggering and the information invaluable. But be prepared. Most sites get down to the severe reality of what these precious Angels must endure in their pitiful lives. The picture above is nothing compared to what you will see. But the truth must be told and the truth isn't always nice. If we try to make the truth nice, it ceases to be the truth.
to view Fozzie's Story. It runs with Windows Media Player Fozzie, may you rest in peace sweet Angel and know there are no tears in Heaven.
Can"t Adopt? You can help by donating. Even just a few dollars from people add up quickly. Please, find it in your heart to help the rescued dogs by donating to a local rescue or animal shelter so we can not only have healthy dogs that are properly vetted but also more inspiring Rescue Stories.
Donations are always appreciated. Did you know that a $10.00 donation can purchase wonderful herb based shampoo that can bathe 20 dogs making them comfortable from the horrible irritants they can get in a shelter or pay for a simple fecal test and meds to take care of worms that could possibly kill a tiny puppy? A $25.00 donation will enable a puppy too young to be adopted the needed shots including wormer, fecal test and meds needed for Coccidia and on their way to being a healthy, happy baby?
So, What is Coccidia you ask?
Coccidia are single celled organisms that infect the intestine. They are microscopic parasites detectable on routine fecal tests in the same way that worms are but coccidia are not worms and they are not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea which is sometimes bloody and can even be a life-threatening problem to an especially young or small pet. Coccidia come from fecal-contaminated ground. They are swallowed when a pet grooms/licks the dirt off itself. Since most of our rescues come from pretty bad shelters or ones that are very limited on medical treatment, Coccidia is very common yet easily treated with a simple fecal test which I have done on every dog that comes into rescue.
I cannot even list the numerous things larger donations can do because they are almost limitless. In many areas a $50.00 donation can spay a female to not only stop the overpopulation of puppies but also to help extend the life and heath of that dog. Don't forget neutering the males, the females can't do it alone :)
And if you have never had a dog, call a local vet and ask what vetting costs. Ask how much it is to spay a 50 pound, 1 year old female. Ask how much
Sarcoptic Mange treatments are for a family of 6 puppies including office visits. Ask how distressed a dog can get from Demodetic Mange. I have been through both and it broke my heart to see these dogs suffer until the meds started working.
Look below at what the adoption donation covers and see if your vet can do it all plus any meds for things they might have like Coccidia, Kennel Cough, Skin dermatitis, and the wide variety of problems we face with every dog we rescue. This doesn't even begin to give an idea of what rescues across the US pay every day to vet and protect the lives they save. Parvo which can kill a puppy in just days and/or extensive surgeries can bankrupt a rescue with just one dog or puppy.
Please donate to local rescues or shelters . You will not only be helping to save a life, you will be allowing yet one more precious furry angel become someone's new best friend.
Never be afraid to do in our hearts what we feel to be right especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake.
Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Did you know?
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
Rescue me not with your hands, but with your heart.
I will respond to you.
Rescue me not out of pity, but out of love.
I will love you back.
Rescue me not with self-righteousness, but with compassion.
I will learn what you teach.
Rescue me not because of my past, but because of my future.
I will relax and enjoy.
Rescue me not simply to save me, but to give me a new life.
I will appreciate your gift.
Rescue me not only with a firm hand, but with tolerance and patience.
I will please you.
Rescue me not only because of who I am, but who I'm to become.
I will grow and mature.
Rescue me not to revere yourself to others, but because you want me.
I will never let you down.
Rescue me not with a hidden agenda, but with a desire to teach me to trust.
I will be loyal and true.
Rescue me not to be chained or to fight, but to be your companion.
I will stand by your side.
Rescue me not to replace one you've lost, but to soothe your spirit.
I will cherish you.
Rescue me not to be your pet, but to be your friend.
I will give you unconditional love.
Please … rescue me!
Who We Are
Thousands of years ago, we humans formed a covenant with our companion animals. We wanted them to live with us and to share our lives. Because of this our 'pets' lost most of their natural skills to fend for themselves. It then became our responsibility to feed and care for them. While the animals have kept their end of the bargain, we humans largely have not.
At Orange County Puppers
we are trying, in a small way, to make amends. I believe that all animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect. Each and every one of us can make a difference and help to keep our ancient promise to the animals.
Welcome to the world of rescue, where the welfare of every animal that crosses our path is of the utmost importance to us. If you are unfamiliar with rescue, please find out more about it by asking. See where our dogs come from and the sad reality of the ones we can't help. Many are put to sleep due to the lack of available rescues and adoptive homes. But the reality is, many end up in research labs to suffer unbearable pain and unnecessary abusive testing, most times with no anesthesia. Huntington Life Sciences is one of the largest science labs and the animals endure horrible lives in cages, having horrific experiments done on them until death finally saves them from their misery. IN rescue, we see all this while only a tiny fraction of this nation even knows. Be educated about the animals. Know the harsh reality.
Please, do you homework on what type of dog would best fit your lifestyle, if any.
Many people find after reading about the commitment to a companion animal, they are not ready to have a dog. It is far better to know ahead of time than to have a tragedy later.
As with life, nothing is certain and things do happen beyond our control. Whether you adopt a dog from a reputable breeder and pay thousands of dollars or you adopt a rescued Angel, anything can happen due to health, genetics or accidents. We try to impress the fact that all dogs are fully vetted by a reputable veterinarian and have undergone life in a family environment to evaluate their behavior, temperament, possible health issues and perhaps odd quirks which makes each dog unique.
Adopting a friend
If you are applying for a West TN Animal Rescue pet, please fill out this application: http://wtar.rescueadmin.net/adoption_app.php
Where we are
Any dogs of any age currently posted on the OCP site are either with their rescue as noted on their description, or in foster homes. WE ARE NOT A SHELTER. We do not have a facility and any available dogs are shown by appointments that are convenient to the rescue or foster family. Like any family, they have jobs, school and other activities so we have to be considerate of them considering how much they do for me not to mention the precious Angels.
Orange County Puppers