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Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Depends on Foster Volunteers to Reach "No-Kill" Status
Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Depends on Foster Volunteers to Reach "No-Kill" Status

Karly, a ten week old puppy, came to Black Dog, Second Chance from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter on February 12th.  She was lethargic and dehydrated, and the Director of the Shelter knew that a kennel was not a suitable environment for a sick puppy.  The day after being taken in by Black Dog, Second Chance, Karly tested positive for parvo, a potentially devastating virus.  Due to the Director’s quick thinking and the foster volunteer’s actions, Karly, pictured above, is recovering at a nearby veterinary hospital. 

Karly’s story is not uncommon to the partners of the Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project.  In the past, a puppy with an unknown illness might have been euthanized.  The Buffalo Animal Shelter is a cash strapped operation that relies on its dedicated volunteers and small staff to rescue and treat more than 3,000 dogs and cats a year.  Yet, because of an alliance among area rescue groups, there has been a focus on transferring animals with treatable medical conditions out of area shelters and into foster homes. 

The Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project in Erie County was established in October of 2009 to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats by the year 2014.  The Project partners include: Black Dog, Second Chance; the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter; HEART; Second Chance Sheltering Network; the SPCA Serving Erie County; and Ten Lives Club. 

Since the Maddie’s® Project began, not one healthy dog or cat has been euthanized by the Buffalo Animal Shelter, or any other organization in Erie County.  The Project partners have been able to reduce the euthanasia of animals with treatable medical conditions by 70% as compared to 2007’s statistics.  This lifesaving achievement demonstrates the commitment that the Maddie's® Project partners have to guaranteeing a home for all dogs and cats, including those with treatable or manageable health conditions.

To further reduce the euthanasia of dogs and cats in Erie County, the Project partners are in need of foster volunteers.  Since January 1, 2011, the partners have taken in over 1,600 dogs and cats, from a dog requiring emergency surgery to remove a foreign body to a cat found frozen in a snowbank.  Without adequate foster homes to allow animals to heal, their fate may not have been so promising.

As spring approaches, kitten season will begin and seasonal viruses such as distemper will crop up.  To learn how you can become a foster volunteer with one of the Maddie’s® Project organizations and help the coalition to succeed in its no-kill mission, visit www.MaddiesErieCounty.org

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