Holiday special: Save two lives at once!
Butter was rescued from the rock pit quarry, and Betty the Brindle is the next one who will be saved — but only once Butter is placed in a safe new home or with rescue. There is just no room for another dog, so Betty has to wait to be saved. And those who are working hard to save her hope that in the meantime, she doesn’t get hit by a car. Betty has already been injured, either before she was dumped or since then. She has an injured leg that she can’t put any weight on. She needs medical help soon — as do many of these dogs.
There’s a deadly place for dog in Florida called the rock pit quarry. It’s in Hialeah Gardens, and that’s where people take animals they don’t want anymore. They leave them there like people dump trash at a landfill. Like garbage.
Many of the animals die. Some get hit by cars or killed by other animals. Some die of starvation. Some are left wounded and die from lack of medical care. Others, a few, are lucky. Those are the ones who are saved by a small group of volunteers.
Butter is one of the lucky ones. She was dumped as a six-month-old puppy. She hadn’t been given any medical treatment in her short life, and when a rescue offered to take her, Jesse Pena, one of those who rescue, took her to the veterinarian to get a health certificate. Unfortunately, Butter was heartworm positive and had hookworms. The rescue backed out (she couldn’t get a health certificate for travel anyway), but there was no way Pena was going to let Butter suffer anymore.
Pena took Butter into her home and made sure that Butter received the medical treatment her original family denied her. Butter was treated for heartworms and other worms. The treatment is harsh, but Butter came through and is now healthy and happy, and she’s ready for a home of her own. Pena needs Butter to be adopted so that she can take in one of the other, very needy, dogs from the rock pit quarry.
Pena and her group are not a rescue. They are simply caring individuals who are determined to save as many dogs from the quarry as they can, one by one. So far, they have saved 15 dogs in three months. They also visit the rock pit area and another area called the Redlands and leave food for the dogs.
Butter is a beautiful, friendly and loving puppy. She has gained weight, and she loves playing with other dogs. She loves her toys and is very calm considering that she’s still a puppy. She walks well on a leash and loves car rides. She loves to kiss and get belly rubs. Butter is very affectionate — she loves everyone! Except cats, no cats for this girl. Pena and her group are hoping for either a rescue to help with Butter or for an individual to adopt her. They can transport her anywhere in Florida. Her adoption fee is $125 which does not even come close to what they have spent on her medical care. Her heartworm treatment alone was $600.
This group saved Butter’s life. They have saved the lives of many other dogs, and they feed those abandoned dogs who are too numerous for them to take into their homes. No one else helps these dogs. Please share this article to help Butter find a home. With Butter safe in a rescue or adoptive home, Pena will be able to pull the brindle this writer named Betty. Betty urgently needs medical care. And once Betty is healthy and has a new home, Pena will pull one of the many, many others.
Doubters might say to Pena and her group of rescuers, “You can’t save them all.” And they know that, but to Betty and the others they have taken to safety, they have made a huge difference.
If you feel the holiday spirit and want to help Team Rescue (the group of individuals) make a difference for more dogs, donate through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. That is also the email for inquiries about Butter, or contact Pena at (305) 764-1349. Look at her Facebook thread. Here’s another Facebook thread with her hugging a stuffed animal.
One last thought: This group of individuals cannot save all the dogs at the quarry at once. Many people comment, “Why don’t you just take in one or two more dogs?” When you already have almost a dozen dogs, it’s not a matter of just “taking in one more.” It’s a matter of crossing the line from rescuer to hoarder. Too many people want to save them all — and too many people end up not able to care for the ones they have. It’s imperative that those of us in rescue know our limits. From personal experience, this writer once took in six dogs from Missouri. That scary experience (how do you pay $1000 for surgery for a dog when you have spent money on other dogs? What happens when a foster home falls through?) drove home the idea that you must know your limits. It’s ironic that often, those of us who can least afford to rescue are the ones with the most rescued pets.
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