Several years ago on the eve of my late daddy’s first year yahrzeit, I saw a facebook post of a dog named Peluche who the tireless and kind folks at Louie’s Legacy Animal rescue pulled from a shelter. Imagine a shihtzu surrendered at a shelter?
I had always wanted to get another dog, to be a companion for my then 13 year old Shih Tzu Mellie and I felt like this was my dad coming to me (did I mention he adored my dog and he was not really an animal person)? It was the universe’s way of telling me you say you have these lofty goals and you want to help these animals but what have you physically done other than donate money?? Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t my father calling to me- but what I knew is that this barely discernible shih tzu needed me and I needed him; we needed each other in a way that felt almost primal.
I can tell you that these animals that people just drop off at shelters you walk away and don’t truly realize just how livid the conditions are and emotional toll such a decision impacts on an animal. Imagine being thrown into a cage, with no human contact and none of the familiar creature comforts you are used to-in the case of my sweet boy Lazer, he was neutered while at the shelter ad then put back in a cage- without being properly cleaned in other words they performed major surgery without grooming him first. So this sweet boy developed an infection, licked and reopened the infection all while in a shelter.
I don’t fault the shelters they are overrun, understaffed- I fault the owners who surrendered him to a shelter knowing that he would probably be put down and entrusting him into unknown territory. These shelters are also like massive incubators for illness and so on top of this large infection he had by his groin he had also developed a cough, congestion and a nose that did not stop producing mucus which was making it hard for him to eat and swallow. This boy was in so much pain- and what is so sad about his story- is he is just one of thousands of animals that experience this on a daily basis.
I just have such incredible respect for the women who do this on a daily basis and the team of women I’ve come to know and adore behind the animal rescue Louie’s Legacy who inconvenience themselves non stop caring for neglected and abused animals, rescuing them- nursing them back to health night after long night- making deals with every and anyone who can help and offer their services.
I am just one of thousands of people who have been touched by Louie’s Legacy it has been an awakening for me- in so many ways : To stop being complacent about things- to stop giving lip service to lofty goals and ideas and to just do it, To do them. Because time waits for no one- and gosh there are so many creatures, ideas and things that need help ESPECIALLY in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey! The good news is that Louie’s is working together with some other rescues to evacuate from the Austin area to make room for the overflow from the Houston area, now that their shelters are completely shut down.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Louie’s Legacy will be making a trip to assist in evacuating shelter cats and dogs (not owned animals) for medical care and eventual adoption. We are taking part in our own mission from Cincinnati, OH and will be part of a coalition of groups from the Northeast to assist as many animals as possible. In order to evaluate our potential for assistance, we need to know how many foster homes, new and seasoned, we can depend on to assist a needy hurricane shelter animal.
Your response in the next 48 hours is critical to our assessment.
Please submit a foster application online if you would be willing to help by sheltering one or more hurricane animals for placement through Louie’s Legacy – http://
Unable to foster but still want to help? If you are available to help in any other way, please reach out to us with your offer of assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
And just one last thing before I get off my soap box please don’t surrender your pets to a shelter find a reputable rescue who can foster them until an adoption can be made, no dog should have to be in pain like my lazer (Lazer is short for my dad’s name ELIEZER zl)