To all of our supporters, adopting families, friends and family, we are so very thankful to all of you for all of the help you have given us over the past 2 years. Whether you adopted, donated, volunteered, made treats for our dogs, shared links or helped in one of 100 other ways, we are in debt to you for all you did in getting 12 dogs into wonderful, loving forever homes.
Laura Clawson, I don’t even know where to begin thanking you for all that you have done to help us with our foster’s. From PupCakes problem with hands to the Basic Obedience classes, Intro to Nose Work workshop and playdates with Bruno, you have been there for us and the dogs from the very beginning. I don’t know what I would have done without all the wonderful advise you have given me and I will never ever be able to put in words what your friendship has meant to me. You are God sent and I will never forget your generosity.
We would also like to thank all of you who were involved in giving Chili a chance at life and ultimately a peaceful, dignified death. Many times we were praised for the extensive care and efforts we gave in trying to save him, but you all were the hero’s. If it hadn’t been for your donations for vet costs we would not have been able to do everything possible for our little man. Thank you to the Mirror Lake Animal Hospital staff who worked with us endlessly in his care and costs to make it possible to give him as much time as he wanted before he became exhausted and let us know that he was ready to go. Thank you Maren Henry for the most beautiful heartfelt gift, the urns for us and Trista so that we could keep Chi Chi with us forever. Last but certainly not least, thank you Teresa Leslie for making the call to us in the first place so Chili could bless our lives and to Trista for trusting us with her little man. Trista and Chili, you will be forever in our hearts.
We have always had the philosophy that everyone should do what they could to help homeless animals and those in need. Two years ago we were able to start Paws of My Heart Rescue to save as many lives as possible. It’s what we could do and we did it. Most of you know that Paws of My Heart Rescue consists of me, my husband and generous volunteers at times. We had no other foster homes, it was just us. Most of you also know that my husband is disabled and is very limited on what he can do while I work a 40+ hour/week job. I never wanted to take on any other foster homes because more foster dogs in our program meant more work, and I just didn’t have the time. I didn’t want the rescue to get out of control like many do.
We went into rescue with very little experience but we had learned what not to do. We knew not to ever abuse donations or the support of our friends, family and supporters. We set out to treat/spoil all the dogs in our care just like they were our very own. And we did. Our foster dogs were never kept in crates except for an hour or so during the day for feeding and at night while we slept. The rest of their time was spent with the rest of our family, with us. We didn’t want to become out of control where dogs would have to be crated because there were too many to control. None of our foster dogs were ever put outside for hours on end, but just for a few minutes, supervised while they had potty and playtime. When they were ready to come in, we all came back in. Our idea of rescue was just that. Rescue the dogs from bad situations then bring them into a loving, family environment where they could heal both physically and emotionally in preparation for their forever homes.
We are deeply appreciative of the donations made for the dogs, especially in these times when most of us are struggling just to make ends meet. There were times when we were able to pay for things out of our pocket and we did. I hated asking for money when I knew how bad things were for many. You will never know how much your donations meant to us so that we could have all the dogs vetted and get them what they needed. We kept our finances as an open book so that anyone could see how the money was spent. That’s the way it should be. I have seen other organizations spend donations like it grew on trees and it upset me to no ends. We set out to treat our donations like we would our own money and we did. There were times when we made toys out of old socks, invented treat toys and recycled collars anytime we could. We were always frugal with donations and I could not be more proud of how they were handled. More importantly, you would be too.
Yes, I am very, very proud of what we accomplished in the past two years. No, we did not save 100’s of dogs but for the 12 (13 if you include Chili) we did save it made a world of difference. With our “Adoption Procedures” in place, we were able to find awesome homes for our dogs. We went into every potential adopter’s homes with the foster dog to make sure it would be a good match for both the dog and the family. It was something we did so that the chance one of our dogs would end up back in the system would be very slim. A forever home should be what its name implies, a home that will last forever. THANK YOU to all the families that gave one of these babies a great home with lots of love. We are forever in your debt.
So what now? It saddens me deeply to say we are closing our doors. Rescue has taken a toll on me with the long hours I have to work, but it has especially taken its toll on my husband. After months of discussions and searching our hearts we made this decision for both us and our personal dogs. We want all of our adoptive families to know that we will still be here for them if we are needed and all contact info will stay the same. We will continue to help dogs in need, just not through rescue. So with a heavy heart, we say thank you for all you have done to help us with Paws of My Heart Rescue. We will never forget it and we love you all.