Why Do We Do This? The Reason for Animal Welfare and Rescue

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097


Those who know us well know that we've had a very long history with animal rescue, welfare, fostering and adopting. It is a huge example of yin and yang, give and take, a big mash up of love, grief, humor, love, tension, terror, love, stress and well...love. Those who know us really well and see first hand what we go through probably often wonder why we do it.
In almost thirty years of doing this there have been close to 100 critters coming through our lives. We were portals for many to find their new and forever homes, many others found their homes with us. 
We've seen births and more deaths than I can sometimes bear to think about. There are rarely any canine medical conditions that come up that we haven't dealt with before. We've worried and wept while nursing dogs back to health, many times the outcome has been blessed and positive with the patient recovering and going on to enjoy many more years. Many more times though, we've acted as the hospice provider knowing that the outcome was unavoidable...still...we've always tried to keep them with us as long as we could and begged them to give us a sign to indicate when they no longer felt comforted by life but rather imprisoned by it.
We've dug graves in our rocky soil and noted that the end usually seems to come in the dead of winter. We know who is buried where and are forever grateful that when we sit graveside our memories are of our friends in their healthy and playful primes.
There is no doubt that had we not taken this path with the animals we would have been able to live comfortably financially. But then again, when lives are at stake, there is no greater motivator to making a decent living. Veterinary costs are skyrocketing and unlike human health care, it is very difficult to be an informed consumer with regards to those costs. We made a painful decision a few years ago to not personally rescue and foster any more animals so that we could continue to give the very best care we can to those we already have committed to.
We are in one of those situations right now. Wiggles, a Black & Tan Coonhound mix is in the middle of kidney disease right now. She was born here, along with 10 brothers and sisters. We adopted all but three of the puppies and the mother out. The mother lived with us for 10 years until she died 2 years ago. Wiggles, other than refusing to eat seems happy and content. She was eating canned food up until about a month ago. Now we cook her meal and hand feed her four times a day. Why do we do this? When we are exhausted we ask ourselves the same question. When she greets us in the morning though, she is happy and glad to see us. That's why. When that stops we'll make the decision in her best interest.
This morning on facebook, a friend posted this video and inspiration came to me in a flash. This is why we do this.
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Comments (42)

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

What a wonderful PLUS side to the local news of last night.  A woman was charged with a gazillion counts of animal cruelty and neglect.  It's the largest in the state, but volunteers were right there, making a new shelter for the  118 dogs and 21 horses!  Good folks like you!! 

Jan 01, 2014 09:54 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Mona, I believe this level of passion for compassion is in the bones.  I love the fact that you do this!   Brian

Jan 01, 2014 10:58 AM
Geoff ONeill
John L. Scott Medford - Medford, OR

It's always a great feeling to have compassion for those animals.  They folks in your area are lucky to have you there.


Jan 01, 2014 11:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
The little cutie is so worth it! How ihave you been, Mona?
Jan 01, 2014 12:22 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
All the best in 2014 to you!
Jan 01, 2014 12:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mona- I admire what you do because you're not just donating money.. you are giving of yourselves.  If someone asks "how can you?"... the answer is "How can we not?"

Jan 01, 2014 12:38 PM
Victoria Ray Henderson
The Buyer Brokerage - McLean, VA
Real Estate for Home Buyers

Thank you for sharing your story. We rescue feral and unwanted cats and it's heartening to hear other stories of love for animals. I wish you success and happiness in 2014.


Jan 01, 2014 07:00 PM
Ann Zieve
Keller Williams Success Realty - Eden, UT
Unmatched Ownership Experience

Mona, bless your heart for doing what you do!  All 4 dogs we've owned have come from foster, rescue or shelters.  Thank you for making such a huge difference in the lives of the animals and the people who adopt them!

Jan 01, 2014 08:11 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mona, we have two furry little persons living with us. They really bring joy to us. Great Post!

Jan 01, 2014 09:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

All now 7 (I keep saying "enough") yet I can't say no to one in need came from shelter or were strays.  Of course I believe it's out life that is enriched, not our furry kids lives.

Jan 01, 2014 09:28 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Mona, Thank you for sharing your story. Have a healthy happy prosperous New Year.

Jan 01, 2014 09:37 PM
Juan Jimenez
A House on a Rock Home Inspections LLC - Richmond, VA
The Richmond Home Inspector

Wow. Thank you for the great and inspirational post Mona. I'm not an animal guy, and I don't have any pets, but I still respect the selfless job you are doing. 

Jan 01, 2014 10:45 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are so many things to appreciate and the Animal kingdom does not disappoint

Jan 01, 2014 11:03 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


Animals are so wonderful.  They have so many lessons to teach us and they love "unconditionally".  They are fun to watch, also.


Jan 01, 2014 11:04 PM
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." ~Schopenhauer

Jan 01, 2014 11:16 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Amanda and I are HUGE animal lovers, especially dogs.  We volunteer at the local SPCA.  We 100% understand why you do what you do.  Thank you for sharing this with us today.  


Jan 02, 2014 12:02 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I had to make the decision to put down my 20 year old cat in the beginning of December. But before that, the bed was taken apart so she could easily sleep with me. And when even the mattress was too high for her, I slept on the ground with her.

I will stop at nothing to make every last moment of one of my animals life happy. Thanks for sharing this video :)

Jan 02, 2014 12:18 AM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

I understand 100%. I have had a dog as a companion since I was four years old. They are part of my family. 

Jan 02, 2014 06:26 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Mona, thank you so much for helping our furry friends. I have done a small part here and there with donating to shelters, dog walking, help advertising events and once finding emergency foster homes through my sphere of influence for a truck load of 103 puppies.  I adopted my latest rescue in March and she is the light of my life. Thank you for all you do. The video was beautiful.

Jan 29, 2014 07:46 AM
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

Mona, such an inspiring post. Animals enrich our lives in so many ways by giving us unconditional love no matter what. It's only fair to take care of the pets that we do have and to love them back. They don't have voices, so to speak, so we need to be their advocates. Thank you for helping our furry friends!

Jan 30, 2014 07:12 AM