We exist to rescue Great Pyrenees from animal control facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as space in our foster homes is available. We consist of all volunteers, who generously give of their time, talents, and homes (for fostering) to this cause. Our dedicated volunteers evaluate dogs in shelters, transport them to various veterinary clinics for care, provide loving foster homes as long as needed, process adoption applications, visit potential adopters, take our dogs to public events to gain more exposure, use a wide variety of media to spread the word about our dogs available for adoption, and work to educate the public about the Great Pyrenees breed and about the need to spay/neuter to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in shelters every year.
SPIN has always tried to use as many different resources as possible for sharing information about our many wonderful dogs available for adoption. One of the sites that brought us the most traffic has been PetFinder, but in recent weeks, that site has experienced significant problems, including a LOT of down-time. PetFinder seems to be fully functional as of this writing, but we can’t say for sure whether that will continue.
At the top right of every page of our website, you’ll see a link to our Facebook page and to Adopt-a-Pet. You can access information about our adoptable dogs through either link. On our Facebook page, you’ll see the SPIN logo near the center of the page (below the cover photo); underneath the logo is the text “Adoptable Great Pyrs”. Click on the logo to see a list of all dogs currently available.
If you don’t use Facebook (or perhaps it’s blocked on your work computer), click on the Adopt-a-Pet logo at the top right of every page of our website, and that will take you to our listing of dogs on a Purina-sponsored website that is similar to PetFinder.
In each of these places, you should see a table-style listing of all dogs, and you should be able to click on an individual dog’s photo to go to a page with more information about that specific dog. In most cases, the listing of all dogs will fill 2 or 3 pages, sometimes more, so be sure to look at all of our wonderful dogs.
When you’re ready to meet a dog in person, please contact SPIN at SavingPyrsInNeed@yahoo.com and a volunteer will let you know about any adoption events on the schedule. Or “like” our Facebook page and watch for information there about upcoming events.
My last post — “Foster Homes Needed!” — featured this photograph of a beautiful young male Great Pyrenees at the shelter in Weatherford (TX).
I went back to the shelter’s Facebook page today, hoping to see that he had been adopted or rescued. Sadly, I found him in the “No Longer Available” photo album. That’s where photos are moved after an animal is put to sleep. Comments under the photo indicate that Artic was put down because he became ill — no details about his illness were provided. But the sad reality is that in a shelter environment, many dogs are put to sleep for illnesses that are easily treated, such as Upper Respiratory Infection (aka “Kennel Cough”). The Facebook page for this shelter is run by volunteers, not staff, so it’s also possible that shelter staff said he was sick because that sounds better than saying that Artic was put to sleep simply because the shelter was over-crowded and he had been there a long time without being adopted. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not criticizing shelter staff. They have a difficult and often thankless job to do, usually with a very limited budget. It’s not their fault the city doesn’t allocate enough tax dollars to build a shelter large enough to house all the animals as long as it takes for them all to be adopted or rescued. I truly believe that most shelters would prefer to be “no kill” shelters, but they simply don’t have the space, the staff, or the budget to reach that goal.
I hope you will look at this beautiful young face and consider whether maybe you really COULD make space in your home to foster a dog. We’ve lost our chance to rescue Artic, and that truly breaks my heart. But there are MANY other dogs (and cats) in shelters across Texas who face the same fate. Thousands of animals are killed in shelters simply because there’s not enough space for them all. YOU can make the difference for one of these animals. Maybe you are not prepared to foster a large dog like a Great Pyr. That’s OK. If you foster a small dog, you’re saving a life, and that’s what counts. You’re also making space for another dog to be saved. Most shelters have foster programs so that you can foster directly for the shelter. And there are countless rescue groups who, like SPIN, would love to add more foster homes to their roster. If you don’t know how to get involved, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you connect with an organization in your area.
Lynnette Lakey Taff – SPIN’s Volunteer Webmaster and Foster Mom – E-Mail Me