The other day I received a phone from a person who worked for the State of Texas. They were a supervisor and they needed help. As she explained the situation to me I started to think of other situations similar to this. So I was expecting the worse to be honest. Let me explain. We have dealt with 3 situations concerning the elderly. The first one was a elderly couple outside of Natalia ( October 2013) who had 13 Pomeranian's The dogs were in horrible shape and as you got to the ramp of the house the stench of ammonia hit you. The dogs had . very long nails and matted hair. Right away we got the dogs groomed, raised funds and started to transport the dogs to new homes. 2 went to Lubbock, 2 went to New Mexico and one went to Memphis "Tennessee. Then the rest were adopted out in this area. Then in May 2014 to December 2014 we removed 96 dogs outside of Pleasanton. A lot of these dogs were kennel crazy. They kept reproducing. The elderly couple never got them spayed or neutered. Then in January 2015 we removed 24 dogs from outside of Pleasanton where the dogs were in their own feces, matted hair, and we even found a dead dog in the dog house decaying. The older man in this case was in a Nursing home and was a breeder. His wife had severe dementia and their daughter was trying to sell the dogs as bad as they looked.
Now the difference. The first case were breeders, the second case was a rescuer who never spayed or neutered, the third case was a breeder.
The new case is really different. This was a elderly couple who loved dogs and they dedicated their lives to care for these dogs. They were rescued the streets. They were spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The husband passed away 6 months ago and the wife is now in a nursing home due to their health declining. The family called for help and then the supervisor called me. We are helping. There are 9 dogs total. It is very easy to get overwhelmed in rescue. I could have said to this current case but where would the dogs go. Our county has nothing at the moment as far as a shelter. Things are being worked on but that is a different story and down the line. Now they need help and not later. This couple are heroes in my book.
The first 3 cases I mentioned above aren't. They were breeders. The 3rd case well that one put a sour taste in my mouth. It affected me, Mike and Tallis. That one really really hurt us alot.
Just some thoughts. Please if you have pets have it wrote down where they go in the event you have to go to a nursing home or if you pass away. I have seen it too many times where family won't do the right thing and they will dump the animal. I have seen this way too much. I applaud the family in our current situation for reaching out and asking for help.
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Vickie grew up in South Texas where she was a regular at rescuing strays of the streets in san antonio growing up.