“If a miracle occurs enjoys this, we simply want to perform backflips!” , Marybeth Rathbun, the Co-Founder of Rescue Me GA, published on Facebook. Preventing Me GA (RMG) had just rescued two brothers, dogs, that were at a county shelter as September 2014. Two ensured dogs residing 12 months at a high-kill county animal shelter is really rare and incredible, if not amazing. The dogs arrived into animal management in September 2014, later being discovered as dogs. They were picked up by a couple who maintained them for a short time but were afterwards surrendered to the county animal shelter once the couple went. The two dogs sat in their conduct for weeks, only staring towards the street as if expecting someone to return to get them. Nobody did, and below is where they lived for an entire year!
Why would this story be considered a wonder? First, think about how things operate in county animal shelters. After dogs have been surrendered by an owner, their grip period (time period where shelters legally have to continue to keep an animal before they could euthanize them) is extremely short — for many shelters it is just a few days. However, the county shelters try to maintain the animal so long as they could in hopes of re-homing the animal, and they may even attempt to send some to no-kill pet rescue associations. But for rural county lands where furry intakes are high and space is limited, there may be no choice but to euthanize those animals when their period is up, therefore they could make space for more animals coming. It’s a sad, sad cycle.
Obviously, the Jasper County Animal Control team should have seen something quite special in both of these dogs to have given them a lengthy stay. RMG also maintained a close eye on these, and might have liked to have saved them earlier. But RMG is a foster-based company and does not own a facility of their own. Marybeth shared with us “It’s hard finding a perfect home for a dog that’s part ‘bully’ breed — but two is even harder. Also, if they were not so reliant on one another, it might have been simpler. But we could NOT separate them” Both of these dogs share such a powerful bond that they whimper when they aren’t touching and are just like twins, doing everything the identical manner.
So the dogs appeared and waited….
Their Time Is Up
After 12 weeks, the time had run out for the two brothers in the refuge and they had been scheduled to be euthanized. But fate would intervene. A donor, who also appears to be a RMG volunteer, then awakened and told RMG to find the dogs from the shelter — they would help determine where to house and how to take care of the dogs.
After being rescued they have been given new names — Ranger and Scout. Next, they went straight to Unleashed at Dunwoody, Ga for bathrooms and fresh doggie supplies. The dogs were given fresh harnesses, toys, chewies and collars. As you can imagine, it was just like seeing “children in a candy store”. During the bathrooms, they tried to set them in separate tubs but the brothers would not have a thing to do with that — they’re always side by side.
Heartbreak — They’re Separated
After the tub and purchasing spree, they had been shot into the boarding facility, where both brothers were to be temporarily placed. But then came some unexpected news. “Here’s the heartbreaking part”, stated Marybeth. She furthered explained that the boarding facility has a rigorous policy. They won’t permit any dogs using pitbull in these together. “So we stood and cried from the lobby and cried”, said Marybethsaid But the boarding facility would not change their heads — the two brothers were put in separate kennels.
Daily Trips to Run and Walk With
The situation is not ideal, but the dogs are secure. Hopefully a foster home can be discovered soon so that Ranger and Scout could be collectively. In the meantime, Susie and Patrick Lane both generous donors who initiated this rescue, are currently making daily trips to the kennel. Each day they choose Ranger and Scout to the Chattahoochee River to walk and run. Susie told me “they are incredibly smart, and they understand how to sit on command and never have learned ‘leave it’.” These are two extremely sweet dogs who would just like to please….and they adore children!
Can You Foster Or Die?
RMG is working urgently to get a foster to shoot them both and allow them to lay side by side again. Or better yet a forever home. Both dogs are fully vetted and neutered.