“Beat the Heat”
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If you are from “these parts”, you probably know this summer has been a, um, hot one. Not the words I use while cooped up in our 80 odd degree house. But yes, it has been extremely
hot. And dry. And that means it is very difficult for these kids on the street to survive. While GPG is out there every single day, giving food & water & medical attention as needed, to these kids-we can only rescue them if we have room at the Emergency Shelter or have a foster home. And of course, if we have money. We don’t rescue a dog, find out he/she has heartworm or broken bones from bullets/cars, or is suffering from mange so badly that it will take months to recover-and then euthanzie them. No, we rescue these kids, that most of society considers “throw away” dogs-and nurture them back to life. Make them beautiful again & give them a chance to shine and a chance to make your life better. Sure, you could take anti-depressants-OR you could foster or adopt a street dog. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for our rescues. So pretty please….Can you donate some bucks to these kids & their vet bills? Can you open up your home and save a life?
The dog featured above is “Dirk”. The video is from when he was still on the streets, just a short time ago. These are some words that Jamie posted on our GPG Facebook the day of his rescue-driving home with him.
“Today, our boy, Dirk was rescued! He is usually overly-excited to see us. Jumping around, licking and we can’t get the food out fast enough for him. This morning was different. He didn’t run excitedly to see us, he could barely muster up the energy to walk. We knew something was wrong. As we got a closer look, we could see some fresh wounds. We left the door to the car open while we put food and water out and he slowly crawled onto the floorboard of the car as if to ask us to take him with us. We couldn’t resist his plea for help. Dirk slept with his head on my (Jamie) legs the the entire way home from East St. Louis with the occasional kiss when he woke up. After a thorough evaluation by our wonderful vet, Dr. Ed at Hillside Animal Hospital, it was determined that our boy had been in a fight. This is extremely common when dogs are not spayed and neutered and are not contained. Dirk had at least 20 puncture wounds and infection had started.
Today we saw a pack of 8 dogs that were in Washington Park, Illinois. They all need fosters & forever homes. I call them “The Strip” dogs (well any dogs that hang out in this area), because they are right by a couple of Strip Clubs. Someone mentioned on FB, that maybe they can read-as they tend to be near “Ms. Kitty’s”. Often GPG sees more than 15 dogs in a very small area of Washington Park. People ask “how” this can happen/exist. A drive around the area explains a lot. Poverty. Abandoned Homes. Depression, mentally & economically-at least in this neck of the woods. We want to work to reduce amount of suffering in this area. And our part has to do with trying to help the dogs & cats that are trying to get by on the streets. Right next to major highways. Please consider donating!