For the Love of Animals – Part 2

By Diane Robertson

Date:  08/06/2013

On August 2, 2013 I created a rather long blog post about facts, figures and information requirements in rescue.  It was basically a rant or a wish list for the rescue that I work with.  Since I spent so much time and energy writing about data, I now see more and more of the articles and videos that others have produced on the topic of information gathering and publication of that data.  It is the publication of data that helps tell the story of what we are doing and how well we are doing.


There are statistics from national organizations about total intake and kill rates from their members.  There are statistics from individual public shelters.  Then there are the statistics that rescue organizations should be posting.  Shelters are now often posting how many dogs and cats were sent to rescue organizations.  I want the rescue organizations to show how many of those animals received they handled and their overall numbers.  The overall number for some rescues will help people understand that there are many, many, many more unwanted dogs and cats than the 6-8 million often reported (that comes from national organizations).

Let’s help tell the story of the plight of our beloved pets so we can encourage more adoptions, more spay and neuter, more volunteers, more foster parents and yes, more donations to help fund these critical organizations.

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I am not alone in my deep belief in the value of data in animal rescue.

Following are links to other articles on the topic of data, facts, figures and the value of information in animal shelters and rescue.

A Box Full of Puppies

In case you need yet another story of animal dumping and an example of why fixing your dog and cat is absolutely a requirement. ITS FREE almost everywhere you assholes!


Another off-birding topic – My sweetie and I were headed for a run on a remote hilly trail. When we pulled into the parking lot, I slowed down to look at an incongruous box. A black puppy lay outside of it, head on paws. When Keith asked, “What the hell is that?” I replied, “I think it’s a box full of puppies.” Because I could see one more nose peeking out through a square cut into the side. Sure enough, when he got out to investigate, puppies exploded everywhere!. We had to corral them back inside, the little black female being the hardest to catch. We delayed our run to take them back home. We only had cat food, and they fell upon it like a school of piranhas. A huge bowl of water was attacked in the same fashion. These kids were starving, and yet very afraid of us.

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A Committed, Supportive Animal Community in Boston

“Dancing with Spheres” sculpture by renowned sculptor David Phillips is now a permanent fixture in the dog play yard at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston.  Way to go ARL Boston!  To read the full story, click here.


It is great to see a committed animal community!  Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode is a local animal rescue in El Dorado county.  Animal Outreach has been serving El Dorado county, Sacramento county and beyond, for over 20 years.  Can you help support us?

Animal Outreach needs volunteers in all areas of its operations from adoption counselors and foster parents for dogs and cats to cleaning crew for the shelter.  Call 530.642.2287 or go online to to fill out an application.

Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode also needs your financial support to continue its mission of saving the lives of pets in Northern California.  Please join our Strut Your Mutt team (for dogs and cats) or sponsor an existing team member today.  We truly appreciate your support.

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