For everyone that does not know me, here is the story of how I came to NH. I had been volunteering at a shelter in MA. a self proclaimed No Kill Shelter. I started an Adopt Me program getting long time dogs out of the shelter wearing an Adopt Me vest and into the public's eye. I fostered many, many dogs, mostly harder to adopt, fearful aggressive, painfully shy, unsocialized type. I would keep them for months and worked on any aspect of their personality that needed help. I would get these dogs adopted to families, cry of course and say goodbye, then move on to the next dog that needed help. I am by no means a trainer or behaviorist. I am a dog lover that has a great pack of dogs myself that understood another soul needed help. Then things changed. The management at the shelter changed. The atmosphere changed. The realization that dogs were "being sent to the farm" meant they were being euthanized. At the beginning of Spring 2018 two dogs were euthanized. Two otherwise healthy dogs. There is an entire back story of people coming forward that were trying to save these dogs, but the shelter for some reason did not listen. This was the catalyst of me changing my entire life. I knew there had to be a better way, even if to help only one dog. I researched rescue laws and zoning in New Hampshire and knew this was where I was supposed to be. Fast forward to the end of summer 2018 and here I am. While trying to move, unpack, set up, start a new job, acclimate myself and my four dogs to a new zip code, the MA shelter euthanized 3 more healthy dogs. There is a team of fierce advocates in MA that did all they could to save these dogs, yet they were killed anyway. I was heartbroken to think if I had done things quicker maybe I could have taken at least one of them and saved them, but in realization the shelter never would have let me take one, they ignored all rescue pleas made by outside rescues. The definition of a "no kill" shelter means the facility is allowed to euthanize under 10% of the animals it houses, and can still keep the "no kill" status. This is bull shit to me, and donors need to be aware that it is NOT a no-kill, but a sometime no-kill. I can promise you that unless there is a medical emergency I will never have a dog euthanized. I would rather have twenty dogs than have to put one down. I will work diligently to help save every dog that comes into my care, whether it be lost, hurt, have social, or behavioral problems. I will be asking for your help. I can't do it by myself (though I always assume I can!) From volunteering to donations. Even if it is the amount of a cup of coffee, that amount could feed a dog for a day. Thank you so much for reading, and supporting me!
Much love! Kathy, Dante, Sammy, Deja Spooky, and Maddie.