Actions speak louder than words!
Our rescue group “Give a Chance” and all of its members and volunteers take their work very seriously. ‘Actions speak louder than words’ is our motto.
We understand that protecting homeless animals, taking care of them, making sure we provide appropriate and safe accommodations is a huge task. It is a daily, and sometimes even a nightly effort, just like when we had to tackle a deadly parvo virus infection in our puppies that someone left by our gates – tiny, helpless and sick. Separated from their Mommy too early, they didn’t receive all of the protection they needed, and we spent many days and nights administering medications (sometimes even hourly), driving them to the veterinary office for IV drips, feeding them with droppers, keeping them warm and cleaning up after them.
Some may think that running a rescue like ours is just about providing food and water. Although that is a vital part of the work, it ultimately is only a fraction of what we do. Even with the best intentions, in inexperienced hands, life for rescue dogs in a shelter could easily turn into hell.
We understand that besides filling the bowls with food and water, we also must keep a very detailed list of all dogs, their approximate ages, vaccinations they received, vaccinations they are due for, any diseases they went through, allergies, or chronic problems. We cooperate with the veterinarians in town to ensure that we are on the right track and that all our vaccinations and medications are correct and administered properly. When spring rolls around, the work intensifies, ensuring all dogs are protected from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Twice yearly, every single dog is de-wormed and closely watched for any signs of infestation to provide follow up treatment.
One of the most important parts of having a successful and responsible shelter is to make sure that all dogs are spayed and neutered. This is our number one rule and we make no exceptions unless the veterinarian recommends withholding surgery for the well-being of the dog. Spaying and neutering is the only, and the most humane, way to control the number of homeless animals.
Even though majority of the rescue work is a hard and exhausting physical work, we must not forget that every organization like ours must have volunteers who support us administratively. There are always phone calls to make, phone calls to answer, coordination of trips to the shelter to be organized, donations collected, websites and social media updated, and our favorite – photographs to be sorted that we take each week at the shelter among our furry darlings.
Most importantly though, we would never be able to run our rescue had we not had our dog keeper Alexander Ryasnov. Our Sasha is a blessing from the heaven, the most selfless and devoted caretaker we could have ever wished for. He devotes himself fully to every single dog or puppy as if it was his own child. He works day and night, in blistering heat or freezing cold, always putting the dogs first.
We are also so very grateful to all of you guys, all of our steady volunteers as well as to all of you who come visit occasionally, because without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue and save dogs and puppies in need. We are so very happy that you chose to be our friends, our colleagues, and to save animal lives. We cherish the trust you put in us, the joy you bring to us, and mainly – the friendship you bring to our dogs.
We would love to see new volunteers among us. If you are interested in volunteering for our rescue, don’t hesitate to contact us on our Facebook page or on email. You can help from afar or get down to business in our shelter itself. No help is too small. We appreciate and value all of you.