Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FORMER BUMPASS HOUND FOSTER

SASHA'S STORY

Hello, My name is Sasha. Back in May of 2003 when I was 5 years old, I was taken to a shelter by the family that had had me since I was a puppy. They were the only family that I ever knew. I am a pedigree Golden Retriever with AKC papers. I don't know what I did to be turned out of the family but things were very different for me in the shelter. It was in a large metropolitan area so there were lots of dogs being held there. Unfortunately the large number of animals being dropped off and picked up off of the streets by animal control required that the shelter use euthanasia to keep from becoming overcrowded. Each animal was given a maximum number of days to be made available to be adopted, and if no one came to adopt us and take us home we were designated for disposal. Again I don't know why, but no one came to get me and take me home. I was scheduled for the green needle on a Saturday. A volunteer vet would come to the shelter each week on Saturday to "take care" of the designated animals; dogs and cats alike. Because I am such a beautiful Golden, the local Golden Retriever rescue group ran ads in the area newspapers about my situation. The Bumpass Hounds people read the ad and came to see me on the Sunday before I was scheduled to take the train to the Bridge. I guess they talked to the shelter people and made arrangements that if I hadn't been adopted by that Wednesday for the shelter to call them and they would come to get me. Unfortunately, no one came to adopt me by Wednesday so the shelter people called the Bumpass people. That Friday, the day before I was to leave for The Rainbow Bridge, the Bumpass Hounds people came to the shelter and filled out the paperwork and paid my fee to adopt me and I was "rescued." I only spent a little time with The Bumpass Hounds. I don't like kitties and three of those things lived with the Bumpass Hounds, so it was decided that I would be fostered until a furever home could be found for me. One day a nice man came to meet me and I really liked him. He promised to take good care of me and then he adopted me from the Bumpass Hounds and now I live with him. I was saved because I'm a pretty Golden, but a lot of the other "pets" at the shelter weren't as lucky or fortunate as me. Won't you think about adopting or fostering a shelter animal or maybe just donating some of your time or hard earned money to help us out. Thanks for caring.
- Sasha (A former Bumpass Hound foster child)





Sasha's shelter ad photo

3 comments:

Tracey and Huffle said...

Sasha was a lucky pup that you found her! Well done Bumpass hounds and humans!

Huffle Mawson

Mogley G. Retriever said...

I would be proud to share any information we have on our blog with you. If you will e-mail directly we can send a longer and more detailed version of the health care article.

Thanks, Mogley G. Retriever

Mogley G. Retriever said...

We are so happy you have a forever home. I am surprised that you spent any time in the shelter. Our rescue tries to never let a golden, or anything resembling a golden, spend a night in a pound. They have a permanent pick up order at every pound and shelter, they dispatch a foster family to pick them up immediately.

Thansk, Mogley

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