Robin -- my newest foster dog. He's 8 months old and just about perfect.
The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. Meet your new best friend 11 to 3 Saturday, August 15 at the Kirkwood Petco or 10 to 2 at the Chesterfield Mall adoption event. To see which dogs will be there plus other available dogs, go Here.
And it isn't too early to sign up for our September 20 Trivia Night at Assumption Parish of Mattese, 4709 Maattis Rd. Doors open at 6. Trivia begins at 7. $25 per person for up to 8 players per table. For more information or to make reservations, contact Arlene at 314-623-0412 or Kulade5@yahoo.com. And thanks to the Petco Foundation for sponsoring this event.
Sometimes I like to remind people that things are really getting better and that we have a lot to feel good about.
I pulled Robin, above, out of Jefferson County Animal Control (JCAC). JCAC is one example of a shelter that now rarely euthanizes an adoptable dog. Most of them find new homes either through adoption or rescue. It wasn't always that way. But thanks to spay/neuter programs, rescue organizations and a more educated public, most shelters are bringing in fewer dogs and placing all but the aggressive and the seriously ill or injured.
Statewide, the number of dogs being euthanized in shelters has dropped dramatically in five years. Spay/neuter programs that have cut the numbers in urban areas are now moving on to rural areas with low cost programs.
In addition, Missouri has about 1,000 fewer commercial breeders than it did a few years ago. And those who remain are generally better places than those that have shut down. We still have problems, but we've cleaned up a lot of puppymill pain.
It's easy to dispair when you're involved in dog rescue when even one dog is put down for lack of a home. But we need to celebrate the fact that things are changing for the better.
I've had other good news this week. The Petco Foundation is giving us a grant to cover the expenses for our upcoming Trivia Night fundraiser. We depend on grants and donations to cover what we can't raise with adoption fees.
People continue to adopt both our senior and not-so-senior dogs. We'll be at both the Kirkwood Petco and the Chesterfield Petco this Saturday.
So keep at it everyone -- all who adopt and rescue dogs. It's working.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project