Whole Dog Journal's Blog August 25, 2016

How Tula the Dog Made Her Way to Her Forever Home

Posted at 09:52AM - Comments: (9)

Many hands make light work

One of the things I love about my favorite rescue group, the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue (ABCTR, www.coonhoundrescue.com), is that the group is large enough and organized enough to offer people who want to help any number of ways to dive in and do something.

Too many rescue groups depend entirely on one or three exhausted humans, who are run literally ragged, financially and emotionally spent, by the overabundance of dogs needing help and not enough people to do the work that needs to be done. Sometimes, this is attributable to the group’s leaders, and their inability or unwillingness to cede control of certain tasks. But sometimes it’s simply because they hadn’t thought to ask people to take on small jobs. If you get enough people doing small things, it can truly add up to more dogs saved.

Three dogs resting

My dog Woody, my friend's dog Samson, and the transport hound, Tula, taking in some shade and water at a highway rest stop.

For example, a couple of weeks ago, I transported a dog from the ABCTR’s West coast coordinator’s center of operations (a terrific dog boarding and daycare facility, www.paradisedoggiedaycare.com), to another person about five hours away, part of a chain of volunteer transport people who delivered this darling hound over 600 miles to her new owner. It was fun, and so very rewarding! I got to take a fun road trip with a friend, and both of our adolescent dogs rode along and enjoyed some new experiences along the way. Neither had been in a car for that long, and because we stopped multiple times at highway rest stops, they got to meet and greet strangers and strange dogs in several places – a great experience for our adolescents!

Dogs waiting at Million Air

Enjoying the hospitality of Million Air while waiting for the volunteer pilot to be ready to take Tula further on her travels.

The person I delivered the dog to was a pilot, who flew the dog as many miles as I had driven, but in a fraction of the time. We met at an airport in Medford, Oregon. Because it was a hot day, my friend and I brought all three dogs into the lobby of Million Air, the “fixed base operation” at the general aviation part of the airport – where the pilots of small planes can come inside and arrange for parking and fuel and so on. It was delightfully air-conditioned in there, and the staff all seemed to be dog lovers. People came out of offices and off the tarmac to meet all of our dogs, and pose for pictures with them!

Transport plane

One final look before take-off.

Best of all, by the next morning, we started seeing a stream of photos of the dog in her new home, enjoying her new sofa and toys and mixed-breed dog “brother.”

"Nancy, are you sure about this?" Tula is crated in the back seat of the small plane.

And because the ABCTR had the means to place and transport this hound girl to an owner hundreds of miles away, a place opened up in a foster home elsewhere, for another hound who needed to get out of a shelter and start the decompression process.

Tula and her new owner!

Tula and her new owner!

Financial donations, fostering, training, photography, web design, transport – good rescues can use people for any and all of these tasks. Consider looking for a good rescue group to help today. It’s a great feeling.

Comments (9)

Whippet Rescue &Placement-----is also a great group. I think as fanicers we need to spread the word more on social media...such as Facebook (& gulp---even Craigslist) that we are out their and GOOD 'breeders' do not only take their dogs back----but help rescue.

Posted by: RobynM | August 26, 2016 3:04 PM    Report this comment

Thank you, Nancy, for this commentary on American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue.
I am proud to say I am owned by one of their alumni !
I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion- they are the supreme example of a well organized rescue. A truly amazing group of people who are so dedicated to saving hounds and will go the extra mile and then some, to make sure these needy hounds are placed with the right person/family-adoption coordinators are just the greatest. Then they get them there safely with their vast network of caring, responsible Hound lovers/volunteers/transporters. Thanks again Nancy!!

Posted by: HoundMom | August 26, 2016 8:04 AM    Report this comment

I volunteer with a breed rescue group that has a well organized network. Having also volunteered with a (non-dog) non-profit that relied on the few overworked core group, it has been a real pleasure to work with so many people who jump in to help here and there where they can. The group has three facebook pages--the general public page, a page just for volunteers and fosters, and a page for adopters to share pictures, information, ask questions, etc. Since most of us that volunteer have also adopted we get to see all the pages. It is wonderful to see progress made by dogs that have come into rescue in poor shape and to see former foster dogs living the high life in there forever homes. As you say, it IS a great feeling!

Posted by: PJKutscher | August 25, 2016 2:57 PM    Report this comment

Most Weimaraners that have to be transported go by the "Weimaraner Railroad" which is another name for volunteers to will drive them, as far as necessary across the US. However, we find it is best to place most as close as possible to their original rescue group, in case (for some rare reason) they need to be returned.

Posted by: Betsy | August 25, 2016 1:41 PM    Report this comment

I am always glad to hear stories like this.....God bless those who do well for animals....I love dogs and cats myself.

Posted by: tanya/Akitalover | August 25, 2016 11:17 AM    Report this comment

Great story! So glad that Tula found her forever home... it truly 'takes a village' to rescue an animal. Thanks for playing an important role.

Posted by: justsusanhere | August 25, 2016 10:55 AM    Report this comment

I agree that larger rescue organizations are a great way for people to "dip their toes" into rescue. I've been involved with Pointer Rescue (PRO, pointerrescue.org) for years and we are very similar in that we have many volunteers across the United States that each do their piece to make the rescue successful, whether it's fostering, transporting, donating, or even "just" making a few very important phone calls each month.

Posted by: StephanieG | August 25, 2016 10:49 AM    Report this comment

Beautiful story with a wonderful ending. Thank you for sharing and encouraging others to help which in the ends help so many more dogs.

Posted by: Genie | August 25, 2016 10:14 AM    Report this comment

Wonderful. Bless all those who help place homeless animals.

Posted by: Joan Rosenfeld | August 25, 2016 10:10 AM    Report this comment

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