In Bugg's World... Dogs will have Happy Homes!
At times we all get frustrated with the lack of compassion we see thrown out in our world and then, you run into a person, that reminds you. There are good people out there.
- One Spring Night
- Our friend Caitlyn
- Save A Life!
- Happy Homes
- Thank you Mr. Baker
- Caitlyn Enters
- While doing my research
- So, that Spring Night
One Spring Night
Dan, Billy, Bugg and I were sitting on the front porch. I was explaining to my three guys, how we should do something to show Caitlyn how much we appreciate what she has done for us. Caitlyn is the young lady that put Sweet Tee into our lives. One deed we have been very grateful for, since the day we brought Sweet Tee home. Yes we did pay our small fee but, I feel, we need to do more than just that, for the kind gesture she has bestowed on us.
I was telling Dan, Billy and Bugg how I went to Caitlyn's facebook page, 'Happy Homes' and how I saw first hand how she is doing her part in trying to find homes for one too many unwanted animals.
I explained to them that I also felt I needed to do my part for these lovely animals in our area. I went on to tell them of my idea of writing a article on Caitlyn and the great work she has done for the Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control shelter. It has been said, "It only takes one person to make a change.".
Well, in my eyes, Caitlyn is one of those people.
Our friend Caitlyn
Caitlyn Stoddard first started fostering animals after she tried to coax a scrawny, pathetic pit bull over to her while visiting Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter one day. As Caitlyn was trying to coax this dog over to her, a Animal Control officer walked up to her and asked her if she was goning to adopt this dog. Caitlyn informed the officer that she was not really planning on getting another dog at this time. As Caitlyn has two dogs of her own.
The officer looked at Caitlyn and said "We are about to put her down.". Caitlyn could not bare to think of this happening, so she adopted the dog, at that very moment, with out hesitation. Emma, is the dogs name that Caitlyn so lovingly saved from death row. Emma is now living with her parents.
Caitlyn has since been fostering dogs, on her own, since August 2010. Caitlyn is a veterinarian technichian and groomer at Gateway Veterinary Hospital in Columbus Georgia.
Save A Life!
Since Caitlyn's encounter with Emma, her goal was to start a rescue group in the Columbus Georgia area. Caitlyn started Happy Homes in August 2010.
Caitlyn's mission with Happy Homes Facebook Page, is to post each of the animals currently down at Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, so these animals will get more exposure and hopefully get adopted. Caitlyn feels that most people in Columbus Georgia, know very little about the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter and how they work. Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control Shelter is located behind the PAWS facility. Most people in our area, go to PAWS and look no further.
Caitlyn informed me that, it has been wrongly believed that PAWS pulls all animals from Animal Control and that none of these animals are euthanized. This could not be further from the truth, 8,251 animals were brought into Animal Control last year and only 648 were sent to PAWS.
One of Caitlyn's goals is to inform people that, there are plenty of healthy adoptable animals at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, even purebreds. The dogs at Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, cost the fraction of the price to adopt, then they do at PAWS. The cost ranges from $15-$75.
The cost includes spaying/neutering, rabies vaccine, and microchip. Most animals are dieing because, peoples lack of knowledge of this shelter. Caitlyn informed me that, Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter even gets well groomed dogs, which shows that the dog did once belong to some person/family but, most people do not even go to the shelter to look for their lost pets. If these animals do not get adopted, then this family pet ends up being euthanized.
Caitlyn has 3,020 friends on her Happy Homes facebook page. At this time only about 50 people are active members on her page. These are the ones whom strive to help the page grow and save the animals dumped at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter. Caitlyn has noticed a upswing with more people wanting to help her over the last few months.
The way it works is, Caitlyn posts which animals are scheduled to be euthanized. Caitlyn's followers then help out by posting these animals waiting to be adopted on their own facebook pages. Some will also post these dogs on craigslist.com (this is how we found Caitlyn and Sweet Tee) and some even post in the lost and found in our local newspaper, The Ledger Enquirer.
Caitlyn's active members work together, by using all their resources they can muster up to help these precious animals. Some of her active members that have joined Caitlyn's Cause, will go to the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter and adopt the animal that is about to be euthanized. With the intent to foster the animal, until they can find them a loving and permanent family.
Caitlyn has rescued, fostered and rehomed 22 animals herself.
Thank you Mr. Baker
After Caitlyn gets back from her honeymoon this month, she will immediately be diving into the application process for her shelter license and non profit 501(c)3 status.
As Caitlyn has found out, as she has ventured into this great cause, it takes a lot of money to do the work she feels needs to be done. So Caitlyn has entered a contest through the Pepsi corporation.
Caitlyn found out about the pepsi refresh project last year. A man named Art Baker was trying to get a shelter built in Columbus Georgia for soldiers deploying. Columbus Georgia is next door to Ft. Benning. Mr. Baker gave Caitlyn a flyer to vote for his idea while she was visiting Petco. Caitlyn went home and checked into the Pepsi refresh contest.
When Caitlyn went to the pepsi website to vote for Mr. Baker's cause and also to find out how she could enter the contest for the shelter she has been wanting to build. Caitlyn noticed that the pepsi refresh contest was about over with for that year but, pepsi was going to have another 'refesh everything' contest starting in April 2011 and she knew she had to apply.
Caitlyn filled out the application, she was picked by a third party to be one of the worth while causes Pepsi would highlight. Caitlyn's application was approved and passed by the pepsi corporation and is now one of many great causes they have in their Pepsi refresh contest.
This years contest will be over with June 1 2011. Caitlyn needs all the help she can get from all of my readers. Even if Caitlyn does not win this contest, I know she will make it out there but, I would like to see if we could help Caitlyn out and lessen her load a bit.
While doing my research
I contacted Mr. Chris Brown, whom is the special enforcement manager of the Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control Shelter. Mr. Brown had nothing but high praise for Caitlyn Stoddard and rightly so. Mr. Brown also informed me of other rescue groups that have been sprouted off of Caitlyn's Happy Homes group.
Mr. Brown informed me that, Caitlyn and the other groups branched off from Happy Homes, have helped save a lot of animals since it first began back in August 2010. Mr. Brown, went on to say that in March 2010, there were 28 dogs placed in homes but in, March of 2011 there were 104 animals saved by being placed in homes.
Mr. Brown can not say if this is a direct result of Happy Homes but, Statistics do not lie and there have been a upswing in adoptions and they have not changed a thing, well other than now, having the great outlet and members of Happy Homes and the other groups that have branched off of Caitlyn group.
I spent a good thirty minutes chatting with Mr. Brown and I could tell by talking to this kind man that, he is frustrated and heart broken that they are not able to place all dogs and cats they have coming into the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, into loving homes.
They have a limited space and if they pick up a stray, they must, by law, hold that animal for 5 days. Where a new animal has to be housed, one has to be either adopted or, they must be euthanized to make room for the next animal coming in.
Mr. brown is as adamant as I am about this one thing, please spay or neuter your household animals and spread the word to others. Then maybe, we can help the overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs.
So, that Spring Night
As we sat on the front porch, we all were in agreement that I must write this article, so maybe we will be able to help more of these animals that come into the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter be placed in loving homes. Though the kicker for me was, when Bugg turned to me and I saw the love in Bugg's eye. I knew I had to at least try and help, in my small way.
I mean, can you say no to this face, come on!
Can Caitlyn win this contest, I just don't know but, as we know, usually things do go Bugg's way, as it is...
A Bugg's world!
To cast your vote for this worthy cause and help Caitlyn out, please visit... http://www.refresheverything.com/happy-homes-no-kill-shelter. You can vote once a day.
If you don't want to help Caitlyn then please, at least do something for the animals that are in your local shelter.
If you are interested in adopting any of the animals I have showcased in this article, well other than Bugg and Sweet Tee, please go to the, Columbus Georgia Animal Care and Control Shelter.
For more articles on this subject please go visit these pages written by some wonderful people...
Adopt a Pet Save a Life, or two. Written By: Mark Gordon Brown.
Become A Pet Foster Parent. Written By: Jerry Walch
Rescuing Raffles. Written By: Songbird B
I would like to thank Ashley Patel for all the work she has done to help me get this article out to all of you. She has been a angel.
I would also like to thank Mr. Brown for his time, his permission to allow me to use these pictures of the adorable animals they have up for adoption (also any information they have on their website) and for being such a kind man, that is trying to do all he can so we will have more pets adopted and not euthanized. I would also like to thank Sergeant Allen Meeks for the help he gave me, that allowed me to rap this article up.