It started with a run-of-the-mill barking complaint. But when officers with Habersham County (Georgia) Department of Animal Care & Control arrived at the property in April 2017, they discovered one of the state’s largest puppy mill operations.
More than 350 animals were living on the property, and not just dogs. There were cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, an alpaca and a horse, all in deplorable conditions. Many of the dogs were confined to plastic tubs and under wire mesh, surrounded by mud and feces.
“I’ve been rescuing animals my whole life,” says Heidi Leland. When she and her husband decided in April 2016 to relocate to South Korea for his job, Leland knew she wanted to help rescue animals from the country’s dog meat trade.
Those who work in caring fields are especially susceptible to alcohol and substance abuse, and the animal welfare field, where emotions can run high and staffers often put animals’ well-being before their own, is no exception. How can you recognize and combat flawed coping strategies in your co-workers—and how can you take better care of yourself?
Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina left chaos in its wake. Animal welfare agencies across the country hustled to get animals to safety, but the scope of such a massive response made it difficult to coordinate efforts. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was in charge of what, who had the authority to make decisions, or where animals had gone post-evacuation.
When the trailer finally pulled to a stop, the horses shuffled nervously as the rear door rolled open. One by one they exited the trailer, hooves clopping slowly down the metal ramp. The place they’d come to wasn’t home, but it was just as good—a resting place where wounds, both visible and hidden, could be healed.
You don’t need to sell most people on the perks of adopting a puppy or kitten—anyone can see that they’re tiny, fluffy and fun—but what about the perks of senior animals? They’re usually trained, calm and don’t pounce on your feet in the middle of the night. More and more shelters and rescues are touting these benefits, as well as addressing potential adopters’ concerns about caring for older pets, so seniors get a chance to live out their golden years in loving homes.