Monday, January 10, 2011

HELP SAVE SENIOR AND SPECIAL NEEDS GOLDENS

LET THE VOTING BEGIN.
AFTER 12:01 AM (PST), JAN 10, 2011
THE SHELTER CHALLENGE IS BACK.

ABBY
HOMER J.
PATTI

RADAR
SOPHIE

Hey Hounders, We're five of the Bumpass Hounds that were saved from almost certain demise by Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) and later adopted by our Mom and Dad to become members of the elite Bumpass Hounds and Kitties (TBH&K).  We expect that none of us would be here today if not for AHGRRS.  Ms. Carol and Mr. Skip administer AHGRRS and it can be a financial burden, especially in these tough economic times.  The Animal Rescue Site has a way for you to help out AHGRRS and not have to contribute any moola, it's called The Shelter Challenge.  AHGRRS is competing to be a winner of a cash award that is used to help feed and provide medical services to senior dogs and those with special accommodation needs.  In our group we have Homer, an orphaned senior scheduled for termination but literally pulled out of his kill shelter at the last minute.  We also have Sophie who was neglected with a big bowl of food and no activity; she weighed about 150 lbs (she's now a sleek 75 lbs). We have Abby who as a pup was found wandering a road alone with barbed wire wrapped around her legs and bleeding.  We have Patti, a young pup struck by a car who had extensive surgery on her hind leg and had a bit of her tail amputated.  And last, but not least, we have Radar.  Radar was born blind with undeveloped eyes.  He has no tail as a birth defect and he had respiratory problems, epileptic seizures and was stricken with parvo disease at about 3 months of age. He is living a full and happy life now.  Check out Radar's videos on YouTube; just search "Radar, the blind golden  retriever." All of us were adopted from AHGRRS and we owe our lives to that organization.  
We just lost a blogging buddy of ours to cancer.  The Luke was a second chance senior who was adopted through Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston.  Luke was a senior special needs dog who prospered and flowered in his second chance home thanks to his Mom, Ms. Amanda.  We will celebrate The Luke's life in a short while; but now we need some time to mourn the loss of such an inspirational spirit as The Luke. Ms. Amanda gave Luke that rare second chance that senior shelter dogs, especially those with special needs, seldom see. Many people think that it's too heart breaking to adopt a senior only to face grief like this in a relatively short period of time. But what about the alternative? Luke could have died alone and unloved at the end of a needle in a shelter, what a waste of a life, but he was rescued and truly cared for and loved by Ms. Amanda these past 2 1/2 years. In our eyes the rescue saved both Luke and Ms. Amanda. Ms. Amanda will always have her Luke in her heart, as the button at the top right side of our blog says about The Luke: "Gone; Never Forgotten."
Now we need your help in helping out other second chance seniors and "misfit" dogs.  We need you, and as many of your friends and acquaintances that you can badger into it, to vote every day of the contest from as many different computers as possible. Just go to The Animal Rescue Site (www.theanimalrescuesite.com) and click to donate a free bowl of food.  After you click you'll automatically go to a "Thank You" page that has a "vote now" link at the top, and from there you can select to vote in The Shelter Challenge.  Usually if you just enter the state WV and the city Capon Bridge and click on search the link will locate Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. (but here is the exact information to enter if necessaryI then simply hit the "vote" button.  After you vote you will be required to confirm your vote by identify the animal in a photograph.  For instance, we had a ladybug but initially said it was a "bug" which was incorrect; "ladybug" was the correct response: 

Shelter Name:  Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.
Country:  United States
State:  WV
City:  Capon Bridge

Please don't get discourage the first couple of days as it often takes a few days for the website to start functioning properly. 

Welcome to The Animal Rescue Site $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2011
— with Petfinder.com.
Now you can help The Animal Rescue Site choose which eligible Petfinder.com animal rescue organizations will receive special funds to help animals! It's easy:
 · Select your Country and (if U.S. or Canada) State/Province.
 · Optional fields accept partial (but not misspelled/inaccurate) information.
 · You can cast one vote every day for your favorite rescue organization.
Remember, votes placed prior to the start of the Challenge (Monday, January 10 (GMT -8)) will not be counted.

OBTW:  If you have a favorite local shelter that is registered with PetFinder, you can vote for that shelter, but if you don't have a home team please consider yourself a member of our team. - TBH&K


7 comments:

Huffle Mawson said...

Okay, I'll vote for you!

Gus said...

done! And can you please tell us what the picture of the lady bug is supposed to be called? We tried "insect" and "bug" and "lady bug" and got kicked out and had to go back square one.

sorry. Some hoomans are just dumb!

gussie

Scout 'n Freyja said...

We'll be voting eFURyday and we will put a bottom for you on our bloggy to ask folks to vote FUR you, too!

Sheila and Bob said...

We have our voting paws all limbered up and ready to go.
Almost Heaven does so much and we are proud to try and help them with our vote.
Thank you for the wonderful words about the Luke and his mom Amanda.

Hamish & Sophie

Clive said...

The very best of luck - we'll get voting.

take care
Clive and Murray

Tank said...

DUH indeed... and I've missed your cranky foo foo comments:) Good luck with the challenge!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We'll have to go vote. It was a shame about Luke.

FOR CHANCE, GORDON, HOMER, RADAR, SPENCER, CHANDLER, MAXDOG, LUKE & BLUE, AND SO MANY OTHERS.

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