October 7th, 2014
Meet Luna. This dainty Chinese crested mix was rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Preston County, West Virginia, in April. Your support helped give Luna a successful new start at life.
A week before the rescue, Preston County officials called RedRover’s Emergency Services Manager, Beth Gammie, for advice on whether their small county could handle such an influx of animals. A large rescue operation can overwhelm a community’s resourcesand animal shelters, and Preston County officers wanted to set up this rescue mission the right way. Beth could feel their sigh of relief when she told them our RedRover Responders program was at the ready and able to help. RedRover Responders operates in the very specific sphere of temporary emergency animal sheltering to give animals like Luna a second chance.
With over 3,000 trained RedRover Responders volunteers across the United States and Canada, we are able to deploy at a moment’s notice to set up temporary shelters for animals who are rescued from a natural disaster or cruelty situation, free of charge to communities in crisis. RedRover helps by providing the volunteer workforce, sheltering expertise, and behind-the-scenes work of daily care and socialization to keep the animals safe and healthy.
Thanks to your support, Preston County law enforcement knew that help from RedRover was on the way, and they were able to seize the dogs from the suspected puppy mill. While other organizations may perform field rescue operations or adoptions, the emergency sheltering that takes place after a rescue is a crucial step in securing a new future for the animals.
Animals like Luna depend on the hard work and dedication of RedRover Responders volunteers to feed them, help with basic veterinary care and socialize them – sometimes giving the animals the first positive, loving human interactions they have ever experienced in their lives. “Scooping the poop” may not be as glamorous as field rescue or adoptions, but we know the need is so great, and RedRover Responders volunteers are happy to do it.
You helped make Luna’s happy, healthy new life possible. This pup won the hearts of county staff and RedRover volunteers alike. When the dogs were available for adoption, a RedRover Responders volunteer named Jan returned to Preston County to adopt Luna! We know that with your support, our special work will help more animals like Luna get the “happily ever after” lives they deserve.
Do you believe in the work of RedRover Responders, and want to create more happy stories like Luna’s? Donate to the RedRover Emergency Response Fund