Me, My Husband & Our Little Rescue William
Ever since I was a little girl my family always had a dog. When I think back about some of my fondest memories as a child, my pets have been in it 🙂 Most of our dogs growing up were ones that we got from the pound (or ones that just showed up at our doorstep) and while you think you are saving their life, they really are saving yours. A dog has such a pure heart and an unconditional love that is unmatched! Every dog I have ever had was so loyal and gentle. One of my favorite memories as a child is pretending our rescued black lab, “Blackie,” was a horse and he let us get on his back and “ride” on him without ever getting upset at us! There was also that time we decided that we wanted to share our gum with, “Blackie,” you should have seen the mess we made and that poor dog had gum all over him! Honestly, just the long walks with all of my dogs are memories that I hold dear. Dogs and any pet are part of the family and each memory is precious.
Dogs and pets are precious souls and that is why I wanted to take a second today to share about my in-laws non-profit, Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, that dedicates their time and effort to helping homeless animals in the Vance County Animal Shelter (and beyond) find loving homes that they deserve. Ruin Creek Animal Protection Service is a small group of local volunteers that have come together since 2011 and have saved the lives of thousands of puppies and kittens. Read all about Ruin Creek and their amazing efforts here.
One major problem that Ruin Creek does see and wants to educate everyone on is spaying and neutering your animals! Some 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the U.S. Only 10% of animals admitted to shelters have been spayed or neutered prior to arrival. That means between 8,000 and 11,000 pets are euthanized every day simply because they are homeless. An animal in a shelter is killed every 6.5 seconds. Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime. It costs less to spay or neuter your pet than it does to raise a litter of puppies or kittens. Between three and four million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless – that’s 60% of dogs and 70% of cats. As upsetting as these numbers are, they represent a 75% reduction in euthanasia since the 1970s. Why? Because more and more people are getting their pets spayed and neutered! (source: http://www.adoptapet.com/rcaps/about/)
These statistics really shocked me and were very enlightening on the issues we have with pet overpopulation. I have linked to their website here with some amazing and heartfelt “success stories” of sweet animals that would not have had a chance without Ruin Creek.
Giving back is such a wonderful thing. This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson always rings in my head, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived- that is to have succeeded!” I believe this quote is so true for both our human and furry friends!
If you would like to donate and help save the lives of these puppies and kittens I have linked to their “Donate” page here :
Your donation is tax deductible, as RCAPS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN number is 45-0647780. Thank you for all that you do to help shelter animals get the second chance that they deserve.
You can always Donate by Mail
Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society (RCAPS)
165 US Hwy 158 Bypass
Henderson, NC 27537
Thank you all for taking the time to read! I would love to hear your rescue stories or even some funny stories about your pets 🙂 Please leave a comment! I hope you all have an amazing day and thanks for stopping by!