One Heck of a Dog
Board of County Commissioners
Clermont County, Ohio
101 E. Main St.
Batavia, OH 45103
It has come to my attention that you are considering proposals for the care of the animals brought into the Clermont County animal shelter. I am honored to share with you the story of Charlotte, our foster dog whom Clermont Pets Alive! rescued from the Clermont County animal shelter euthanasia list.
For her 13th birthday, my daughter, Jenna, asked for the privilege of taking charge of a foster dog. We have worked over a year with a local greyhound rescue (taking retired racers off the track and transitioning them to home life), but she wanted something more. She wanted a foster that needed extra care. As we searched the various groups and dogs needing care, we came upon Charlotte. She looked like she needed love and attention.
I must admit that I was hesitant at first because of the reputation of shelter dogs: “You never know what you’re gonna get.” “What if it attacks one of the kids? You don’t know what its history is and whether or not it was abused.” “What if it attacks one of your dogs?” I am sure you have heard other scenarios, as well.
We decided to meet her at the vet’s office where she was being cared for. She was so excited! Her body wiggled all over the place, she jumped up to get our attention, and yes, she looked HORRIBLE! To put it mildly, her face reminded me of Yoda, wrinkly skin and all. She pulled on the leash, wanted to go, go, go, seemed not to know any commands or manners. To say the least, I was still a little nervous about fostering her. However, my nerves were soon calmed.
Since day one (four weeks ago, to be exact), my daughter has taken full charge of Charlotte’s care, from feeding and grooming, to walking, giving baths and medicines. I couldn’t be more amazed by them! Don’t get me wrong, Charlotte IS a dog – she barks at the neighbor’s dogs, she whines when she wants something, she’ll sniff everything in sight if allowed. However, she was quick to settle into the routine at our home - within the first week, my daughter had Charlotte sitting and catching treats in the air. In fact, this is how she gives Charlotte her medicine – it has worked every time!
I won’t recount the play by play of Charlotte’s recovery and her transition to our home life. I will, however, emphasize the fact that this dog was loved by somebody in her previous life. Her house manners are incredible – she shares toys and bones with the other dogs. She goes to the door and whines when she needs to go outside and she comes back in when called. She waits for her food at feeding time and goes into her crate when we leave for school in the morning. She is smart and pays attention to the one who is handling her.
Is she perfect? No. No dog is. But, she is one heck of a dog – lovable, obedient, loyal and playful. Someone loved her before, it is obvious. What happened?
Was the medical cost for the treatment of her mange too much for her owner?
Had her owner died and no one else took her in?
Had her family come upon hard times or had to relocate?
Did she stray away from home, unable to find her way back?
We may never know the answer, but one thing’s for sure - no one would have found out just how wonderful she is had she been euthanized. It seems such a shame to imagine such a faithful companion to meet such an end when all she needed was medical attention, patience and love.
I am proud to say that my daughter is the foster mom of Charlotte, rescued from the euthanasia list at the Clermont County animal shelter. Had it not been for Clermont Pets Alive! and its dedicated volunteers, the vetting and love that Charlotte needed would not have happened. Nor, would my daughter have had the opportunity to grow as she has from this experience. It has been our privilege to welcome Charlotte into our family during her recovery and to see what a great dog she really is. She will make a wonderful addition to someone’s family when they are ready to adopt.
I encourage you to consider this as you discern the future of Clermont County’s stray and unwanted animal population. Clermont Pets Alive! have already proven their dedication to being responsible stewards of these very animals. Charlotte is but one shining example.
I'm a Foster Mom
We have fostered several kitties and now are fostering a dog. It is so rewarding! To know that I can directly have a impact on each pets life is such a high! I know I can't save them all myself, but I make a huge difference to the ones that stay here. Our foster pets were all scared and have had a stressful life before coming here, within a few days they were all happy and adjusting to the "good life". I hope you consider making yourself this happy too!
This rescue is the best!
Myself and my mother were looking for the perfect all black kitty for my Grandma. We met Anita at Petsmart in Milford at the adoption event, and came across Dolly a beautiful long hair black kitty. We fell in love with her and her outstanding personality. We knew she was perfect. Anita and her staff were exceptionally nice and helpful thru the adoption process. My Mom's lil dog Nakaya layed next to the carrier and kept Dolly nice and calm on the trip home. Since Dolly's homecoming a few months ago, she has adjusted to her new forever home. Her day includes lots of attention and cuddling. She plays with her friends including lil dog named Nakaya. As you have read she never made it to Grandma's house. Sorry Grandma. Cause we fell in love with her. So now to adopt one for Grandma.