We filled quite a few Christmas orders this year, and we're happy to say that everything went smoothly! We would like to remind everyone that for next year, ORDER EARLY so that you are not stuck waiting for the post man to deliver...
Also, the biggest news of the year... We would like to announce with GREAT pride that Putty Love. raised over $2,000 to donate to local rescues!!!!!!! THIS IS BIG NEWS!!!!!
The local Orange County shelter in Orlando, FL is a high-kill shelter. The dogs usually get from 6-10 days to be adopted (on average) before they are euthanized. Puppies are usually adopted first, followed by young, cute dogs and then adults. Senior dogs, postpartum mother dogs (with saggy boobs!), dogs with medical issues and nervous/frightened dogs are usually the last to be adopted and the first to be put down.
This statistic is absolutely disgusting to Putty Love., considering that 90% of the dogs that are put down are adoptable and loving. They want nothing more than to be loved and give love in return. All they need is the right person and a little extra time to find that person. THAT is why we give to the rescues that pull dogs from this shelter!
Here's how the process works: Using social media, "Crossposters" and other volunteers that are watchful of the shelter population (big thanks to P.A.W.S. or Pits Are Worth Saving in Orlando, FL) will identify dogs that have a good temperament and are adoptable. This does NOT exclude sick or injured dogs. High amounts of funds are sometimes needed to rehabilitate dogs with heart worms (prevalent in muggy Florida) and injured dogs. Even worse, sometimes high amounts of funds are needed to rehabilitate dogs that have been abused.
Once the adoptable dogs have been identified, the crossposter or advocate will post the dog's information online with a request for help from rescues and the general population. People who then see these dogs are allowed to "pledge" funds to be paid directly to the rescue that pulls the dog from the shelter. If the dog is adopted by an individual (an outcome everyone always hopes for!) the funds are not paid to the individual (too many ways those funds can be abused). In RARE cases, funds may be paid directly to a vet's office to cover medical bills (something Putty Love. has done before to cover spay/neuter costs or in one case to assist with treatment of burns). Usually, once a rescue has committed to rescuing the dog, the funds are donated to the rescue (must be a 501c3 charity) with information as to which dog's care they are to be put towards. Many, MANY dogs have been rescued from Orange County Animal Shelter this way, one of my own dogs included.
Ash was rescued back in September of 2013 with a huge chemical burn down his back. He was 7 months old. It is hypothesized that he had been used as bait for fighting dogs, with his squeals and yelps of anguish (after being burned with battery acid) used to "rile" the fighting dogs up and teach them to kill quickly. Luckily, sometimes the dogs aren't affected by the yelps of the abused dog, and they will either turn the burned dog loose or kill it. Even more luckily, they decided just to turn Ash loose instead of killing him. When he was picked up by animal control, he was found wandering around alone with the huge open burn on his back.
Luckily, Ash's story has a happy ending. Pitiful Pups, a rescue we used to foster for, specialized in rescuing dogs from the shelter that were sick or injured. They required constant high donations and pledges, as most of the dogs they pulled needed high amounts of medical treatment. Ash was one of these dogs. He received many donations, or "pledges" from the posting that one of the amazing cross posters had put online. Had Pitiful Pups not rescued him, he would have been euthanized, as he was in the isolation building of OCAS. Dogs in this building are not seen by the general public and thus have an infinitely small (almost impossible) chance of being adopted.
Pitiful Pups immediately had Ash treated at Avalon Park Animal Hospital (an amazing, awesome place!) and he was placed with a foster home. I knew that he had been rescued, but I had never met him. A few weeks later, we took our fosters (two puppies) to a Pitiful Pups meet & greet event for potential adopters. That was where I met Ash. The minute I saw him, I knew the anguish and pain he must have been put through, and I wanted to protect him and make sure he never felt that again. Two weeks later we had officially adopted him :)
As you can see, pledges & donations are incredibly important to saving the lives of dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. It gives them a second chance at life and ensures that they won't have to feel the neglect and pain of a shelter visit again. THIS is why we are so proud to have contributed to funds for rescuing these dogs!
Please spread the word. The more sales we make, the more dogs we can save & the more lives we can enrich!