Rescue Spotlight: Providing for Paws
Dogs belong with families. And families should have dogs. If you believe these two things like Best Bully Sticks does, then you love hearing about organizations like Providing for Paws. Starting as an outlet for low-income families to help pay for vet bills and necessities for dogs, this Metro Detroit-based assistance organization is also rescues and rehomes animals in need. Read more about this amazing organization below.
When & Why did you start?
Providing for Paws was started in March of 2011, with the intention of helping with food assistance, altering and vaccinating for low-income families. That has since turned into rescuing animals as well as providing assistance to families in need. I got involved with rescue after my son had asked me if we could take in a dog that he felt one of his friends was neglecting and abusing. He stated the dog was a puppy that was living in a crate in her own waste, not getting food or water and the owner was taking her out and getting her drunk during parties he was having. Our family had just suffered a loss of our Lab of 13 years, and I was not ready for another animal. I told my son that I would help him get the puppy to a shelter, but could not handle the loss of another pet. About a week later my son could not take the neglect any longer and paid the kid $200.00 in order to get the dog out of the situation she was in.
In he came with a nasty crate filled with waste and a 5 month old Pit Bull puppy. I was ignorant of the breed at that time, despite watching shows like The Dog Whisper and believed the hype from the media. Although I did not fear this absolutely adorable puppy, I told my son we could not keep her because of our Grandchildren coming and going. I feared she may become vicious with them when she got older. I also was aware that the shelters killed Pit Bull type breeds all the time and knew if I took her to a shelter, she would have been put down. She seemed so sweet and loving the second she came into my home. Jumping on my lap and kissing my face within minutes, I didn't have the heart to take her to the shelter where I knew her chances of making it out alive was slim. I told my son he had two weeks to find her a new home!
The following day I took the puppy to the vet to see why she had a lot of hair missing around her ears, concerned she may have an ear infection. Turned out she had mange from her stressful living conditions. While at the vet, I told the vet my concerns as to this pup’s breed. The vet told me, that if I properly socialized her as we did our lab, she would be no different acting then our lab was—that the breed gets into the wrong hands and to do my homework and research the breed, before I was so quick to give her up. When I got back home from the vets, I did my research and found out a ton of information about the breed. It broke my heart to see how mistreated the breed was and felt I had to do something to help. I began finding rescue groups and causes that supported the breed, then networking the animals on Facebook—getting involved in trying to stop the high kill rate of our own Animal Control in Detroit. Read more