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Alone No More

Alone is scaryOctober is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and today a beautiful story unfolded about one dog who has been living in a nightmare and how he has been saved.

Today my daughter went to look at a property to possibly purchase. There were some abandoned buildings on the land, and as my daughter and the realtor were looking things over, a skinny dog came out of one of the buildings, whimpering.

He came right up to her crying. The little hair he had left on his back was teeming with fleas. He was starved and limping. He looked up at her with big brown eyes, desperately begging for help. The buildings weren’t the only thing abandoned on this property—the owner had left his dog as well.

She scooped him up and drove him to New Beginnings Animal Shelter, also Niceville Animal Clinic, for help.  The poor dog needed everything. Vaccinations, heart worm, flea and tick treatment—a grooming. She didn’t have money to pay for everything at the moment, but the Niceville Animal Clinic didn’t let that stop this canine from getting help. Each of them chipped in to help cover the costs, greatly reducing the final bill.

Tonight, this abandoned dog has hope. He is back at my daughter’s apartment while his owner is sought. If in 10 days he hasn’t been claimed, he is hers. For now this little beagle has a full stomach, relief from the fleas that covered him and a safe place.

Alone is scary, but for this dog, the nightmare is finally over.

This month the Horror Writers Association has been participating in the Alone Is Scary campaign to support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.


Alone Is Scary: What We CAN Do

20151007_160143In the past, whenever I see adopt-a-shelter pet info I have felt helpless. We are full up on pets right now, and I don’t think we could responsibly take on anymore.

We don’t have an excess of money or time either, so volunteering and donating are out. I assumed it meant I could no longer help. Then I saw this graphic posted at New Beginnings Animal Shelter in Niceville.

I had a personal epiphany. No, I don’t have time to volunteer, piles of money to donate or the room for any more animals… but… I can still help.

I can campaign for supply drives, I can designate a portion of my book sales, I can share information. I can and have adopted New Beginnings Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter in Niceville.

A few days ago I talked about October being the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. To support this, the Horror Writers Association launched the “Alone Is Scary” campaign.

The statistics for animal life expectancy in kill shelters are scary. From the SPCA website:

  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).

No kill shelters like New Beginnings are fighting against the tide to save the animals already in the system and to prevent them from ever needing adoption by educating about spay/neuter programs.

There’s a lot I can’t do to help out, but thanks to this small card posted at New Beginnings, I realize there are still ways I can help.