Rainbow Animal Rescue stages massive rescue from Robeson County Animal Shelter

In the United States alone, millions of dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. More than 50% of the animals in these shelters are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of fosters or adoptive homes.  Playful, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are put down at a frightening rate simply because no one wants them. Although some shelters have adopted the no-kill model, we have miles to go before we can achieve the status of a No Kill Nation.

Over $2 billion is spent annually by local government offices to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats. Robeson County Animal Control, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, has one of the highest kill rates in the nation.  They have recently had a higher influx of animals due to the recent devastation brought about by Hurricane Mathew.

Rainbow Animal Rescue located in Halifax, NC did a massive rescue from Robeson in January 2017. All told, they rescued 72 dogs in the month of January; 30 were from Robeson. They went in planning to pull only 15 dogs, but when they arrived they saw so many animals desperate to be saved that they pulled 30+ dogs and puppies between January 11th and January 17th. Rainbow Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 no-kill rescue based in North Eastern North Carolina. Their mission is to help as many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as possible.  All pets rescued are either fostered in a home environment or housed at the new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.   They take animals from the county dog pounds such as Halilfax County Animal Control as well as from private pet owners who can no longer care for them.

Sadly, and unexpectedly all the dogs rescued from Robeson suffered from Parvo, respiratory illness or were HW positive. Rainbow Animal Rescue knew the risk when taking on so many dogs from Robeson, but they could not turn them away. Of the adult dogs rescued, half were heartworm positive and have started their first phase of treatment. Those that were heartworm negative have found placement.   One of the senior dogs, named Vince, unfortunately cannot be treated with a fast kill method as he would only have a 50-60% survival rate. He must be treated with a slow kill method.

The veterinarians are working round the clock using the best methods available such as Cerenia,  metronidazole, Theraflu and probiotics to treat the various ailments the different dogs are suffering. All of the medical expenses have wiped out the emergency savings account for Rainbow Animal Rescue. Due to this financial setback, they have limited funds which lessens their ability to help other shelter dogs.   Please help Rainbow Animal Rescue care for the sickly dogs they have taken the responsibility of saving and assist them with their continued rescue efforts.

Visit their website at rainbowanimalrescue.org.

Donations can be paid via Paypal at halifaxrescueangels@yahoo.com or called in directly to Williamston Vet Hospital by calling 252-792-3000. Some of the dogs and puppies rescued have succumbed to their illnesses. According to a representative from Rainbow Animal Rescue it is a painful decision to let them pass. The only consolation is the puppies experienced loving arms when taking their last breaths; the truly bittersweet side of rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 replies
  1. linda says:

    Thank you Rainbow Animal Rescue for doing such a fine job. I live near one of the largest non-kill shelters in the US. Many are rescued from the south. I adopted a mini poodle 2 1/2 years ago that was a stray in Louisiana. Lost him this past New Years Day. He was such a love and I miss him dearly.

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    • ellen cottone says:

      I hope you keep a picture of elvis close to your bed. so when you wake up in the morning his eyes and silly smile are the first thing you see. he smiles that big smile at you and is happy he has you. hes around you always and is happy he can be close to you where ever you go.he likes to think hes a big boy and that he watches over you. he has been to heven and its fine he can come and go . Hes happy because he can still be with you

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      • linda says:

        As a matter of fact I do have a picture of him on a shelf nearby my bed. A gift from my roommate shortly after Elvis died. Thank you Ellen for remembering him.

  2. ellen cottone says:

    Were all paying insurance now,
    so why cant some monies pay for our pets health care.
    Why do we even have to ask? why hasent this been adressed a long time ago.

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  3. Solveig Pettersson says:

    Help them save this poor dogs !!! Its horribel whith shelters how kill dogs and Cats!!! Shelters SHALL RESCUE NOT KILL !!!! Thanks for help ????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  4. Kathleen Drude says:

    This something all of us involved in rescue knows that we can’t save them all! The sad part of this is that a lot of the ailments that these sweet animals have could have been prevented! Very simply put K9 Advantix 2 is the best protection out there not only for flea and tick but to prevent heart worm as this topical keeps away mosquitos flys and chiggers! My own dogs have never and will never take heart guard! This is a poison that builds up over time in the organs of your pets! Parvo another disease that can be prevented very simply by cleaning your area of feces which is how it is contracted to begin with! Common sense is needed! The fact that so many of these little ones succumbed is a failure on the part of those who should have done better!

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