Kickin’ the Clouds Away

Cloudy skies and a little drizzle did nothing to daunt the spirits of everyone who helped with the most recent transport of dogs and cats to Colorado–three vans full! As usual, it’s impossible to get photos of all the people who make this happen–fosters and transporters, sponsors and donors, and the many other volunteers who are on the scene and have contributed behind the scenes. But we do try to get photos of all the beautiful animals. Thank you to everyone who contributes to help give these pets a better life!

Success Story Saturday: Madison (formerly Betty Boop)

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One of our Colorado rescue partners wrote to tell us that they picked Betty up and delivered her to a foster/possible adopter home and reported that she “was the most broken dog Jeff or I had ever met…some horrible human had abused the life out of her.” Despite that, like us, they were convinced Betty Boop could bounce back and be a happy dog again. We were thrilled by the email from Betty’s adopter that our partner passed along to us. We agree that it’s a great statement for the resilience of the canine spirit:

This is Maddy (short for Madison, who was Betty) and I promise this is the very last time I will change her name! About thirty minutes ago, she had gotten up from the laundry room, with no coaxing or treats from me, and came over and laid down by my feet while I was doing dishes! I had to sit down and cry!

Last night was okay; I ended up carrying (she absolutely would not walk on the leash) her out back twice and once out front with no success.

We had one accident this AM which was absolutely my fault; a great success out back because of that accident; two and a half hours of alone time while I went to my appointment (no accidents while I was gone!); an incredibly successful second trip out back with some coaxing and treats (no carrying or leash trauma anymore) while Kris and Zach (they were most instrumental in this endeavor!) were here for dinner and she has been roaming on her own throughout the kitchen most of the evening. She finally worked her way over to where I was and laid down and then I got my first kiss. I’m sorry, but I just had to sit down next to her and have another cry. We are going to make it, I just know we are!

So I will call you all tomorrow and let you know how our evening goes. We hope you both have a great rest of the night and thank you so much for indulging me and for bringing me this sweet loving girl.
Lynda and Maddy/Betty/Brooklyn

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Did you want to see the 79 dogs and 22 cats (our largest number of cats and kittens on a single transport to date) who went on last week’s trip to find their new forever homes in Colorado? Then we’re happy to share them with you!

As usual, we have a photo of only a few of the large number of people who made the transport possible. However, watch the blog during the next few days, because we have bonus photos of loading day, the journey northwest, and some of the dogs as they arrived in Colorado. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing scenes of a transport from beginning to end.

Please take note of that number on the upper right sidebar. Yes, more than 2000 pets have been saved thanks to BARC, our affiliates in Colorado, and everyone who’s contributed to this effort by donating money, supplies, and services, transporting, fostering, adopting, boarding, vetting, fundraising, and sharing news about us with your colleagues, family, friends, and on social media. It doesn’t take a village–it takes a planet. Every individual and organization involved in rescue has a role in saving and improving the quality of  animals’ lives, and we thank those of you who share our vision and help make it a reality. Let’s keep moving forward!

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