Animal rescuers – an integral part of our society

Animal rescuers are an integral part of our society. Where would we be without them? One can not even imagine all the overflowing shelters across the nation having no other place to send the dogs and cats in their care. The death toll would increase a hundred-fold.

Sadly, we’ve also heard of rescue horror stories; fake rescue groups collecting pledge money for certain animals, and then those animals go missing. Then there are adoptions gone bad by not doing enough background checking on the potential adopter.

Animal Coalition Unlimited (ACU) started as a volunteer group in 2014. They had come across several dogs that were abandoned and forgotten, at boarding facilities in the southern states by the people who called themselves a “rescue”. Unfortunately, to help these dogs, they were burdened with paying off the enormous bills left behind by the 501 (c) 3 groups that abandoned the dogs. They went to work fundraising and hosting online auctions to help defray the cost.

Animal Coalition Unlimited also takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them.

This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get-go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

In a recent interview/testimonial Stacey Wrin gave a glowing review of Animal Coalition Unlimited and how they helped her get her current dogs Maya and Nori. Maya was the victim of a hoarder in Texas. She was left in a cage alongside another dog that had died, and no one cared.

Animal Coalition Unlimited made all the arrangements from Oregon and Maya was transported right to Stacey’s door. Stacey also adopted another dog through ACU.  Nori was a beautiful Pit/Boxer mix at a shelter in Texas.  ACU was reaching out to everyone trying to save this dog, but no one stepped up except Stacey.

Again, ACU made all the arrangements and did not ask for one dime for vetting, health certificate, or transport.

According to Stacey, ACU not only helps abandoned animals find the perfect home environment; they also follow up on the dogs to ensure they are being cared for.

“They are in it for the animals 100%.”

Joann Price also had a positive experience with ACU. Through a Facebook post on ACU’s page, she read about a female pit-bull in Little Rock, Arkansas that was scheduled to be put down. The poor dog had come from a bad situation, and no one wanted her. Joann asked what it would take to get the dog from Arkansas to her home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. ACU pursued it aggressively, so the heart-worm positive dog would receive treatment and be transported to Joann with no cost to her at all.

Shortly before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays, a small black and white pregnant pit-bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be.

Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her and her unborn puppies being put down due to the high intake of pit-bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee.”

The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies, but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

One puppy was lucky enough to be adopted but nine, along with PeeDee, still remain in the care of the Coalition.  There was much interest in the puppies when they were young and cute. Many were taken in then but brought back as they got older and needed more training and discipline.

Fast forward to 2019. All of PeeDee’s pups are now two-and-a-half-years-old. Six are in boarding and four are in fosters. The cost to maintain all the dogs is $4,400 a month.  However, ACU will not relinquish the dogs to just anyone since each of the dogs has a strong personality and needs a strong owner with no other dogs in the house.

If you would like to give one of these nine dogs a new home, or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

PeeDee rescued by ACU

For updates on PeeDee and her nine pups visit their Facebook pages:

Donations can be made here:

You can also shop online to help Animal Coalition Unlimited keep up their much-needed work.

Not many people realize how hard animal rescuers work. They are constantly rescuing, networking, transporting and vetting other people’s “throwaways.”  They are often up all night taking care of the sick, the scared, and the injured.   There is no monetary reward or gain for them; no red-carpet walks to recognize their efforts.

Yet, they continue to work hard and toil away for the sake of the animals. We need them more than we realize, and we need to support their work.

Without them, countless lives would otherwise be lost.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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