Local canine rescue overwhelmed with dogs…
Can we overwhelm them with help?
Just a few months ago, Boca Grande Firefighters had an unexpected guest, a sweet but unhealthy dog who clearly needed veterinary attention. After an unsuccessful attempt to get help from the nearest animal shelter, BGFD contacted Rescue Garage, a local non-profit dog rescue center, for help. Rescue Garage answered the call and picked up the poor pup, named him “Waldo”, gave him proper care and recently found him a forever home. Now that same rescue is in danger of shutting down until he can get the help he so desperately needs. Rescuers are facing an unprecedented number of calls for help from overwhelmed shelters and people in the community who can no longer care for their animals.
This, compounded by numerous medical cases and rising costs, has spread this small rescue far too thinly, and they are completely out of space and resources to continue their mission. Cash donations are welcome, but there are many ways to help this organization continue. Rescue Garage desperately needs a bigger building to continue its mission. Although they have a contractor and an architect who have donated their time and labor, they need donations and building materials to make this a reality. In the meantime, they had to refrain from removing at-risk dogs from local shelters’ euthanasia lists.
Rescue Garage needs foster homes, adoptive homes and volunteers to complete various tasks. To donate for day-to-day veterinary expenses, payments can be made directly to Hardee Animal Clinic for Rescue Garage by calling (863) 773-2424. Items can also be purchased from Amazon and Chewy wishlists and automatically dispatched to the rescue. Links for Amazon and Chewy listings, as well as apps for fostering, adopting and volunteering, can be found on Rescue’s website, rescuegarage.org. Donations can also be made on the website or mailed to Rescue Garage, 3133 Ulman Ave., North Port, FL 34286.
Pictured is one of the most recent medical cases: ‘Sphinx’, a poodle mix puppy who was rescued with parvovirus.