Everyone wants a home for the holidays –especially the abandoned, neglected, and injured dogs like the one pictured above, who struggle to survive in the rural areas outside Miami, like Homestead.
Dogs like the ones in the video below have been abandoned to die in an area called Redland, where the roads are badly rutted and the dogs fight for food. It’s a dangerous place for a dumped dog, but people drive there every day and leave their pets behind; residents often see the dogs chasing the car as it drives away. They don’t know how to survive, there is nothing for them to eat, no shelter from cold or storms, and no reassurance that “things will be okay.”
“There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” is a popular holiday song from 1954 that has passed the test of time. And a special initiative that has been dubbed “Home for the Holidays” is in place to get abandoned dogs that are endangered into safety. A coalition of three groups, Pets Broward, the Pegasus Foundation and Cold Noses Foundation teamed together to save as many dogs from Redland as they could.
Their goal? To pay for the full cost of vetting abandoned dogs, including spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick treatment, and any other testing or treatment that each dog needs, so that rescues can take dogs at no cost and find them homes.
Pets Broward told Shelter Me that,
“I know that rescues sometimes can’t pull dogs because of finances, so I thought that if we present a fully vetted dog it’s an incentive, it removes a barrier as to why they might not take a dog. We’re hoping that if we take the cost factor our of helping these animals, more rescues will step up and help.”
The Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project feeds the stray and
abandoned dogs in Redland and other rural areas of South Florida, but they have no place for the dogs to go. Even the friendliest of dogs must wait for a rescue willing to accept the dog. What better way to help rescues help the dogs than to make sure all dogs are already vetted and ready to be adopted? That’s the goal of “Home for the Holidays.”
The website for the coalition states: ‘Cold Noses Foundation, along with Pegasus Foundation, Pets Broward and Justin Bartlett Veterinary Hospital, has teamed to form the “Everglades Animals Coalition.” This coalition is a team of animal grant-makers and rescuers tackling the problem of unwanted litters and animal dumping in the Everglades.’ This group will completely vet the dogs, including all the dogs in the video below who need rescuing, for any rescue or adopter.
All of the dogs in the video and pictured here need homes. All except for one: Bubba. Bubba’s story is heartwarming. He was picked up and taken to the vet to be checked and neutered. The process is that dogs are vetted the first day and spayed or neutered on the second day. They spend the night at the veterinary clinic. On his second day at the clinic, an orthopedic surgeon came to do surgery and fell in love with Bubba. He had recently lost his dog. When the rescue went to take him, the vet told them, “No! I want him.” So now, Bubba is not only safe, but he is one of the lucky dogs who will have a home for the holidays.
Below is a video of a Redland rescue of a mother stray and her puppies. They had been trying to catch these dogs for days. Now they are safe.
Do you know a rescue that can help? Do you want to adopt a dog, and are you in Florida? Contact either Pets Broward or the Rock Pit group and let them know. Want to make a difference with a holiday donation to a worthy cause? Donate to Pets Broward here and to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project here (see the blue donate button). Happy holidays.
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