Received a note on my page tonite & after careful consideration I responded. Thought I would share with you in hopes it is helpful for others as well.
QUESTION: ”It was suggested by a fan of yours that I contact you regarding a situation that has thrown me over the edge of understanding a patience. I rescued a dog three days ago. He is a young, Black Lab mix who has obviously been running the streets since forever…very scared, skinny, open wounds, hungry. How I captured him was luring him into our warehouse with food which took, literally, hours. If I wasn’t the owner of the business, no doubt, I would have been fired for my efforts.
The homeless woman he had been seen hanging around had been taken by the police. I called our city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control (BARC) to please pick him up. For three days, I have been waiting patiently for someone to arrive - but no one. I have called them four times and each time they take a report, but no one shows up. I am at a complete loss as to what to do. Any suggestions?”
ANSWER: ”BARC, CAP, SPCA, & Humane Society are all shelters that euthanize animals. If you surrender an animal to them, they don’t have to wait 5 minutes before they do it. Most of the time it’s due to space restrictions or lacking the resources to care for medical needs, so he would likely be put down right away.
Here’s what I would do:
1. Take him to the vet immediately for wound care, vaccinations, microchip check, & a heart worm test.
2. Foster him at your home or your place of business until you can learn more about his behavior & demeanor…i.e. is he friendly? Does he like other dogs/cats? What about kids? Does he exhibit any type of aggression? What’s his favorite toy?
3. Feed him the best food that money can buy. It will help him get stronger, fatter, & heal quicker.
4. Take good photos of him & network the hell out of them on facebook.
5. Find a great home that can provide for all of his needs.
There are over 1 Million homeless animals in Houston. We all have to pitch in & lend our skills to their plight. Bringing a dog to a shelter is not a gift you give them…& even though they need to accept the animal, you must know what will happen if you make that choice. It’s a death sentence. You cared enough to lure him in, now you just need to follow through. Foster & care for him until someone steps forward with a commitment for the rest of his life.
Your heart will thank you. But more importantly, his heart will…”