At Dog Fence DIY, they know that wonderful things happen when we are surrounded by love. They are thankful for all the volunteers that reach out to defenseless, abandoned and abused dogs and take extraordinary steps to ensure their safety.This Valentine’s Day I was asked to help them to identify individuals/organizations that make a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs across the globe. So Fenced In by Love 2014 invited me to blog about my favorite volunteer or organization that is making a difference by surrounding these helpless dogs with tenderness and affection.
I must nominate Do It For The Dogs Shelter and Thrift Store. Do It For The Dogs features The Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake that is a private, non-profit no kill animal rescue organization which keeps its shelter open only through the public’s patronage and continued support. At the Second Chance Thrift Shop, all proceeds go directly to cover the expenses to care for the many homeless animals at the Humane Society.
On the shelter intake form at the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake, there is a blank space labeled “reason for surrender,” which describes in just a few short words, why an animal’s owner has made the decision to voluntarily relinquish him/her to the shelter. “Sheds…Destructive…Barks…Can’t keep in my yard…Digs…Divorce…New Baby…Moving…Boyfriend doesn’t like…New Job…Allergies…Not enough time for…Too expensive…Too much work…Too old…Too many…Too big…Too small…My dog/cat got pregnant…Can’t find homes for the puppies or kittens…And I don’t want anymore!” These are just a few of the reasons an animal become homeless. For whatever reason, the number one responsibility of the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake is to now provide a clean and safe refuge for any homeless animal that has been able to find their way to our rescue shelter until a loving home can be found.
The Second Chance Thrift Shop is a unique thrift shop with a variety of wonderful merchandise for sale. The shop is staffed by devoted volunteers, all willing to give their time to raise funds for the dogs and cats cared for by the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake. Donations of quality home decor items, furniture, collectibles, kitchenware, linens, books, jewelry, and new or gently used clothing for adults and children are just a few of the items featured in the Second Chance Thrift Shop. Donated merchandise can be accepted at 33 W. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Grand) in downtown Grove during operating hours or at the After Hour Donation Box conveniently located next to the Humane Society Shelter, two miles East of downtown Grove on Highway 10.
So, the Grove Humane Society and the awesome volunteers entered into a Canine Transfer Partnership with the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minnesota, to give homeless animals a chance at finding their forever home. Because of mandatory spay and neuter regulations in the state of Minnesota, there is not a pet overpopulation problem as there is in Northeast Oklahoma. Golden Valley is a large suburb of Minneapolis with families wanting to rescue a shelter animal instead of buying from a pet store or breeder.
Transport of dogs from the Grove Humane Society to Minnesota usually takes place once every month. On the evening of the animals adventure to a new home, volunteers began to walk, pet, and kiss goodbye to the dogs from the shelter that are chosen. They are then loaded into pet crates and finally into a large cargo van borrowed from Flint Ridge Animal Shelter in Kansas, Oklahoma, for a long 10-hour drive to Golden Valley, Minnesota.
By the end of the evening many volunteers have tears of joy and smiles all around. They know that these homeless animals are the lucky ones–their lives were saved and they will be adopted into a loving home. Since the inception of this transfer program almost 2 years ago, the Grove Humane Society has saved the lives of almost 1,000 dogs.
All of the veterinarian costs, vaccinations, gasoline, food and lodging expenses for the volunteer who makes this long road trip is paid for by the Grove Humane Society, and it averages about $100 per dog.
Monetary donations are Welcome and can be mailed to P.O. Box 451205, Grove OK 74345,
or visit the Humane Society website at www.humanesocietyofgrove.com and donate electronically using PayPal.
That is what I Love about this fine organization and their volunteers… and why they should win the Fenced In By Love Award!
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THE WINNERS: Announced February 17, 2014
JUDGING: Five members of The DogFenceDIY staff will select the winners based on merit of their story.
- Amazon Gift Card valued at $350
- 100 adjustable Bandana Dog Collars valued at $1,000
- Plaque of Appreciation