Yesterday (Jan. 14th), one of my sons and I drove several hours in and our of snow showers to Benton Harbor, Michigan to meet another car that was coming there from Munster, Indiana. The purpose of our trip to Benton Harbor was to pick up the beautiful American Eskimo dog (Eskie) that I was adopting from a family in Wisconsin. It was the culmination of a month or more of paperwork, scheduling, and travel preparation on the part of an amazing set of volunteers.
I had absolutely no idea how much hard work, time, and effort is put into animal (in this case dog) adoptions and rescues around the country. The volunteers (in this case from Eskie Rescuers United) are simply amazing. They will drive hundreds of miles to save one dog, foster care them in their home for weeks and sometimes months or years, and then transport them hundred of miles again to their new “fur-ever” home. That does not begin to include the paperwork, the interviews, the phone calls, the travel arrangements, the meet and greets, the weather forecasts, and a plethora of other details that must be worked out along the way.
Jokingly, I referred to the yesterday’s event as a car relay (four drivers and four states), but in reality the whole process is a heartfelt relay of love – the car relay was only the last step in a much larger process. Now, I have a handsome, fun, and loving four-year old Eskie living with me, who I have aptly named “Relay.” He is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met and full of energy and love.
I would like to thank Karon of Eskie Rescuers United for shepherding me through the process, answering all of my questions, and for finding me a wonderful Eskie. I also want to thank Tiffany who came to interview me at my apartment and brought along her beautiful Eskie. Lastly, I want to thank Relay’s Wisconsin family for trusting and believing that I was the right person to adopt their dog. I know how hard of a decision it was for them and that they love him dearly and miss him greatly. He is a wonderful dog and you would be very, very proud of him.
Pet adoption and rescue organizations are located throughout the country. They can be found online, through your veterinarian, and/or through the humane society. Petfinder.com and adoptapet.com are both good locations to start your research.
If you adore pets, especially dogs and/or cats, you might consider becoming a volunteer as part of a pet adoption and rescue program. I have told Karon that I would like to do that for Eskie Rescuers United here in Michigan.
If driving as part of a relay team is not possible, consider a donation of your time or money to one of the many animal adoption and/or rescue organizations across the country. There are so many beautiful animals out there in need of a new “fur-ever” home and so many people who want to share their love. It’s all a matter of matching the right animal with the right home and then bringing them together.