Spring into Action!
It’s no secret that I’ve been working in shelters for more than two decades. I honestly believed if I stuck around long enough there would be an improvement in the number of animals coming in to shelters. It even seemed to be headed that direction for a few years. I’m sad to say that was not the case last year and 2022 is trending the same; a tidal wave of unwanted animals that far outnumber the space. Granting the opportunity to come to Saving Grace for a chance at adoption has always been the best part of what I do, but it isn’t done without acknowledging the many left behind every week.
There have been advancements along the way, and like I said, for a while it seemed like there was a slowdown in some areas of the state with more access to spay/neuter and resources to help people keep pets in their homes. Social media, awareness highlighting the need for adoption, and an effort to move animals in overcrowded/high euthanasia states like NC to areas with few homeless animals has made an impact. I wish this was enough but North Carolina continues to face a serious overpopulation crisis. Our partner shelters have seen a change. They are now overcrowded with friendly, adoptable animals who have wound up homeless through no fault of their own. These animals would make wonderful pets if afforded the chance. Most have had no prior veterinary care. Others have more challenging needs to address but are highly treatable given available resources and can go on to live a quality life and provide an abundance of happiness to a person or family.
We never run out of needs at SG in order to make adoption possible for the many animals that look to us as their last chance option.
Currently we have a lot of medical cases. These animals not only need basic medical care but an additional surgery/treatment to be adoptable. Whether sponsoring or contributing to these animal’s needs you are enabling them to get one step closer to a forever home.
I can’t stress this enough, Fosters are critical right now. A dog who needs special care, not medically able to be available for adoption or puppies too young to go home, can only come into our program if there is a foster home available.
There are over 100 HW positive dogs in our program that need treatment. These are great dogs and most do very well with treatment.
We need you! Saving Grace not only has the best dogs but also the best people! Volunteering is extremely hard work but the reward is truly life changing and lifesaving. An adoption journey is made possible by many hands, hearts and tasks such as transport drivers, events/fundraisers, medical care providers, daily feeding/medicating and cleaning, lots of accurate record keeping, endless communications, social media, promoting and advertising available dogs, facility care and maintenance and so much more! Saving Grace is always looking for help and whatever route you’d like to go we will train you!
For every picture of happy dogs going home with happy families there are 10 more dogs waiting for that chance. Please consider helping us in one way, shape or form to keep the process moving and slow the spread of unwanted animals in our state. You hear it on the news and on social media and it’s 100% true, times are incredibly tough right now and I want to continue offering as many chances as possible. I want to continue to be these pups Saving Grace.