Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Thank you Dog Days!!

Our Thank You note to Dog Days volunteers and supporters:

Wow! We came, we saw, and we still can’t believe it.

For Walton Animal Guild, the Guilford event was our first visit to a Dog Days adoption. Twenty-seven dogs made the trip from Georgia, along with 6 volunteers.

During my seven years in rescue I’ve attended plenty of adoption events, but none came close to having the community support and participation of your Guilford event. The help and enthusiasm of everyone was truly amazing, from the time we stepped off the transport bus until we packed up to leave on Sunday.

It was an emotional experience to watch dozens of volunteers eagerly waiting to get our dogs off the bus after arrival. Many of the dogs were tired and frightened after a long 20-hour journey followed by the “poking and prodding” of a vet check, but volunteers and veterinary teams were nothing but patient and kind.

Our Ranger teams were awesome; asking us about each dog’s temperament and being very helpful in finding the right type of adopter for our dogs, even taking them out of the kennel so they’d be better noticed by potential adopters. No dog lingered long in a crate or kennel without one of your dog walkers stopping by to offer an opportunity to stretch their legs. The site team jockeyed crates and kennels all weekend long trying to get our dogs the best vantage point. Adoption interviewers brought concerns to us, wanting the best home for everyone.

Traveling to Connecticut for adoption events is a huge plus for WAG. As you probably know, lack of spay/neuter requirements in the South adds to the pet overpopulation. Many of the animals brought to the Dog Days event would be difficult to adopt in our area. The hard fact is that without out-of-state adoptions, these dogs have no chance of rescue and would die in the shelter.

The fees generated from Dog Days adoptions support our community in many ways. In additional to rescue, WAG also funds community programs like subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income residents and a pet-food pantry for pet owners facing economic challenges. Thanks to the Dog Days event, our low-income spay neuter program has received a much-needed financial boost.

Several CT volunteers kindly stepped up to foster one of our dogs – saving them from a grueling journey back to Georgia. And best of all, we’re starting to see Happy-Ever-After photos from some of the Dog Days adopters – the true icing on the cake!

Thanks for your hospitality, your enthusiasm, and everything you contributed to make the event a success. You guys rock!

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