One of the many and varied associations that one can become involved in at Big Canoe, Georgia is the No Kill Big Canoe Animal Rescue located within the communtity. The animal rescue, affectionately called B-car, houses 8 abandoned dogs each provided with a separate kennel that connect into a common area for socalization and the ever necessary potty functions. The dogs are walked 3 times a day and fed twice a day by an army of volunteers.
The dogs are neutered and cared for medically by Dr Haberman of Cumming, Ga, so are healthy and safe, maybe for the first time in their lives.
On weekends many of the animals are taken to various pet stores with the hopes of finding them "Forever Homes". Open Houses are held at the facility whenever it is thought that traffic would produce some interested parties for the dogs. Cats are not housed at the facility, they are fostered by that same army of volunteers.
I bring this up because I found one of the dogs now calling BCAR home. I was driving down a country road when I saw a man kicking a dog away from his truck and then speeding off while the dog hopelessly ran after him. I knew that the dog was being abandoned and felt so responsible for the critter because I witnessed the travesty.
I went home, got gloves, a travel kennel, food and my son and returned to rescue the dog, not expecting her to still be on the road side, or at least still alive. She was, still going out to greet every passing car, I am sure expecting this big mistake to be corrected! We were able to catch her, sometimes quite a job and kept her for a few days waiting for a spot to open at BCAR. She was neutered, doctored and moved into her new digs in 4 days. The next weekend she went on tour at Petsmart and a family started the adoption process. The family was fully vetted by BCAR and passed , but ended up returning Matilda because she did not adjust to their hectic home life, being somewhat of a timid soul.
So Miss Matilda is back waiting for a true "Forever Home" along with 7 other wonderful dogs. During this holiday time, please remember those that have so much less and if there is room in your hearts and hearths, please consider opening them to those in need.
Happy Holidays from Big Canoe!