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May, 2011:

All Rescues Are Not Created Equal

What comes to your mind when you think of animal rescue? Rescue personnel scrambling around to find support, both financial and volunteer? Or pet welfare police trying to rescue an animal in distress? So much of this on television and in real life. These rescues are trying to make a difference in the lives of people and pets. Although we need these type rescues, isn’t it time to get to the root of the problem?

Rescuing has many facets. It’s not just about finding homes for animals that are abandoned for whatever reason. It’s about finding out what is causing the problem of homeless animals. The biggest problem is because families cannot afford to keep their companion animal anymore. It is because families need assistance in obtaining care and medical information for their pet. It may be a dog’s behavioral problem and the family cannot afford the training expense to rectify the situation. Or it may be about some people who are cruel and abusive toward animals because they need mental health care.

In December 2010, PUPS became a 501c3 charitable pet protection network that tries to link with as many organizations as possible to make a difference in finding out why there are so many homeless animals. Here in Clark County and surrounding areas, PUPS assists in ways to keep a pet with its family if the environment is safe and conducive to the animal’s welfare. PUPS offers resource information for families to keep their companion animal in the home.

Since PUPS cannot do this alone, it’s calling on the help of the community to change what is happening with homeless animals. If you are interested in becoming a PUPS member-at-large, contact Carolyn Hayes, PUPS Director, at email: info@pupsunite.org