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Rescue Spotlight: SNARR

Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation just wants to save animals. They take in some of the more dire cases but through a lot of passion, hope and networking, they save a lot of dogs and place them in loving homes. Read the inspiring story of Robin Menard, founder and director of SNARR, and her team’s mission to save animals.

When & Why did you start?

I can't remember a time when I wasn't involved with rescue efforts, whether it was helping my mother gather up stray cats or sneaking into places I shouldn't have been to drag away dogs fought the night before. I have been in law enforcement, and I've worked at animal shelters; I constantly picked up strays, whether they're dogs or cats, goats or pigs, turtles or the occasional possum. So it was a natural evolution to expand my passion into an organization with a national reach.

What's different about your rescue?

Sadly I see a lot of rescues who mainly take in the dogs that are the most likely to be adopted. The cutest ones, or the puppies, or the pure bred, leaving behind the pits that are harder to adopt out , or the ones with disabilities, behavioral issues, congenital disorders, injuries and so on. SNARR mainly focuses on these cases, the ones least likely to pulled by other rescues that have extreme medical issues or deformities or require tone and training before placing them. Our dogs very rarely go straight into foster homes due to these issues and come to me first for rehabilitation before being placed into foster homes awaiting adoption.  I also see a lot of rescues who seem to "compete" with each other and think of rescue as more of a Competition. SNARR works hard to stay away from the drama of rescue and focus on the dogs not concerning ourselves with what the others are doing. If we see a dog in a thread that we was interested in pulling be rescued by another rescue we are happy to see it is placed as long as it's a good rescue.  Because we rescue, foster and adopt out to approved homes nationwide we have established an awesome team of volunteers located throughout the U.S. that assist in transports over-nighting and so on.

The dogs we take in with extreme medical issues that require life long treatments are not placed up for adoption and instead go into "forever foster homes" where they are cared for and loved by a family as they would in a forever home but we continue to cover all medical cost and care and monitor their progress.

What is the greatest success story or "win" that your rescue has had?

It’s really hard to choose but I'd have to say that honor goes to Hope. She was a fence jumping case, which requires reconnaissance, stealth, situational awareness, and speed -- all in an effort to get an animal in danger out of it. It is at once my favorite type of rescue, and my least favorite, because sometimes, it's just too late.

But I was in time for Hope. I nearly missed finding her at first, stretched out on the ground, too weak to lift her head to ask for help. Even if she could have moved, she was fastened in place with a chain that by now weighed more than she did. Around her neck was a worn and faded collar; a long time ago, it appeared as though a little girl had taken a magic marker and decorated it with a name and decorative curlicues. Those happy times were a very long time ago for Hope. So was her last meal. No food or water in sight, Hope was fading as fast as the day.

There wasn't a need to unfasten her: she was so emaciated, she slipped from a collar that once held her in place -- in this terrible place where she was ignored and starved. I scooped her up and ran. Drove her straight to our vet. In a blink she was hooked up to an IV drip. Upon evaluation, she was judged to be about five years old; for her age and breed, she should have weighed 50-60 lbs. She weighed 21.5 lbs. She was anemic, heartworm positive, and full of hookworms. Still, with all that going against her, she wanted to live. Her internal organs were still working. She gave the vet a weak lick.

Hope needed food and water, basic care and love. She needed HOPE, so that's what I named her. That's what SNARR does -- we give HOPE to the HOPELESS.

Hope has been adopted by a family who adores her, and the feeling is mutual!

What's the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?

Seeing a dog go from hopeless to a forever home; to see them loved and cherished as they should be. And knowing that, because of SNARR, they have that chance, and they know how to return that love.

What can people do to help your rescue?

Donate -- there is never enough money to do everything we need to do, and we cannot rescue if we cannot afford their care.

We currently have 29 dogs, with conditions such as cancer, Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), spinal injuries, bone deformities and injuries, heart worms, behavioral issues (making them unplacable until they are finished rehabilitation) , birth defects, aggression issues, severe anxiety issues, and the list goes on ... This is not counting ones coming and going, or ones we are working on taking in.

Our adoption fee is only $200.00, much less than many other rescues, even though our dogs require extensive care before being placed because we do not try to get back what we have put into them, or even come out close to even. We just want to be sure adopters can afford future basic vetting for them once adopted.

Many of our animals are "lifers," meaning even if in long term foster homes SNARR will carry the cost of their medical for the rest of their lives to insure they receive the best possible care they can. The cost to maintain what we do, not only medical but day-to-day care, up keep, kennel work, feeding, and so on, is beyond what some are able to grasp.

Our dogs are also rescued and fostered out nation wide, and because of this we use vets all over the US, that do not always give rescue rates and discounts, because we are not regular clients. We have put thousands and thousands out of our owns pockets, and use to very rarely ask for help, but we are just no longer at a point where we can do that, and really need the help of everyone to continue. If everyone committed to just $1 a week between our pages we would be able to do so much more. You can sign up for a recurring monthly donation through our website or donate through PayPal using email, or mailed to PO Box 313, Saint Martinville La 70582, payable to SNARR . I struggle with posting all the time for donations because I don't want our page filled with post asking for funds, but reality is it takes the help of everyone to do what we do and without everyone's help, it's just not possible.

Thank you to everyone who has donated whether it be 50 cents or 50 dollars -- You are all greatly appreciated!

And we are so grateful to SNARR for the lifesaving work they commit themselves to every day.


Weekly Drool Recipe: Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter, Banana + Parsley via Margaritas In the Rain

Homemade treats right from the oven are a great way to show family and friends that they’re special to you during the Holiday season. Why not mix up a bunch of Holiday treats perfect for the pooches in your life?  Today Best Bully Sticks brings you a great recipe from Margaritas in the Rain blogger, Marisa and her pup Lola.

Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter, Banana & Parsley


  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 T creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

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1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mash banana in large bowl. Add all additional ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Roll out mixture to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on parchment lined-baking sheets for 40-45 minutes.

3. Let cool completely, and then enjoy making your dog’s day!

Thanks so Marisa and Lola at Margaritas in the Rain for sharing this great recipe and photos!


~*~From our family to yours, have a wonderful Holiday & Happy New Year!~*~

Rescue Spotlight: Joseph’s Legacy

Compassion is a spark that ignites contagious action. Dog rescuers live by this every day and it was no different when Joseph was brought into Meg Melampy’s life. Joseph was in need and quickly a community grew around him to help, but the best part of this story is that it doesn’t stop with Joseph. As a new organization, Joseph’s Legacy is taking action for other dogs in their area since Josephs rescue in September. Read more about Joseph’s Legacy below. recently had the great honor to donate $2,000 to Joseph’s Legacy during our ThanksGiveaway 2013 Charity Photo Contest.

When & Why did you start?

We started our Facebook mission (Justice for Joseph) on September 28, 2013 when Joseph was first rescued. It started out of the love to share his story and to let the world know that we are tired of weak animal abuse laws.  We immediately saw the need to help many abused animals and work on the laws. Then, Joseph's Legacy was born. We started helping saving lives, generating donations not only for ourselves, but for other organizations. Our supporters are always wiling to help.

What's different about your rescue?

Joseph’s Legacy strives to regain hope and respect for all animals. We educate the public of the reality of animal welfare and lack of awareness.  We team with rescues and shelters to save lives.  We try to help on many different areas of animal welfare from changing laws, saving lives, education, & advocacy.

What is the greatest success story or "win" that your rescue has had?

Our greatest success is Joseph, A GSD who was tied to a tree for 4 years of his life.  Our president, Meg, rescued Joseph and his story became internationally known.  We organized rallies when Joseph's former owner went to court for his animal abuse charges. He did get jail time, which is almost unheard of in animal abuse cases. Also, we helped raised over $80,000 in donations.

What's the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?

We love seeing the lives of animals being saved which otherwise have been discarded or left for dead. We focus a lot on abused animals or the ones with very little chance.  The satisfaction of seeing them getting a second chance is amazing.  Also, we enjoy interacting with other animal lovers and advocates all over the world. We have stories come in daily how somebody rescued an animal, saved a stray, or helped deter animal abuse all because they found our group and learned from us.

What can people do to help your rescue?

People can help by volunteering with us, donating, or fostering.  We also encourage people to get involved with helping to change animal abuse laws locally and around the world.  We highly suggest people volunteer at their local shelters & rescues while spreading the word of animal abuse and how we need to stop it.

You can visit Joseph’s Legacy on Facebook to learn more about the rescue and how you can help.

A big THANK-YOU to Joseph’s Legacy for providing great information and photos to Best Bully Sticks. We can’t thank you enough for the lifesaving work that you do and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Butternut Bliss Biscuits via Kirby the Dorkie

The smells coming from the kitchen this time of the year are irresistible. Anyone within a mile radius will come running when they get a whiff of delicious turkey, sweet pies and perfectly cooked and seasoned veggies! Treat Fido too! Best Bully Sticks brings your Kirby the Dorkie’s Butternut Bliss Biscuits to share with you pup this Thanksgiving!

“Butternut squash provides about one-third of the Daily Value of vitamin C in every cup and contains vitamins B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid, and folate.”

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

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1. In large bowl thoroughly mix all ingredients.

2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto paper lined cookie sheet. These can be placed close together since they wont expand. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top of each cookie.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

4. Remove from the oven to a baker’s rack and let cool.

These are great for a treat but even better as an accompaniment biscuit with your dog's meal. They are moist so store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

A BIG “Thank-You” to Kirby & Debby at Kirby the Dorkie for being such amazing friends to Best Bully Sticks! We’re so thankful for our great doggy bloggers! Thanks for letting us share your amazing recipes with our readers and customers!

Show your dog your gratitude every day by giving them a wholesome, all-natural dog chew—like bully sticks!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Turkey Pup-Cakes via Doggy Dessert Chef

Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! Turkey Day is a wonderful day to get stuffed—both full of great food and blessings! Remembering the wonderful companionship of your pooch-pal should definitely be on your list, too, so remember to give thanks to Fido! Whip up these hearty and healthy treats from Doggy Dessert Chef to show your gratitude to your “heartbeat at your feet.” Full Turkey Pup-Cakes dog treat recipe below!


  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

For an everyday great turkey treat try our all natural Turkey dog treats! From Turkey Feet, Turkey Necks, Jerky and more, with these treats you might start to hear your dog “gobble!”  (Directions after "Read More") 


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a muffin tin or line with paper cups.

2. In a medium bowl mix whole wheat flour and baking powder then set aside.

3. In a large bowl mix cooked ground turkey, cranberries, pumpkin puree, butter, milk and egg.

4. Once well combined add the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

5. Spoon cupcake batter into muffin tin until 1/2 full, flatten to fill the cups.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.

7. Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Top with a scoop of mashed potatoes and parsley for extra fanciness!

Makes 3 dozen pup-cakes

Best Bully Sticks is thankful for great doggy bloggers like Doggy Dessert Chef who love dogs as much as we do! Thanks Tennille for letting us share your amazing recipes with our readers and customers!

Show your dog your gratitude every day by giving them a wholesome, all-natural dog chew—like bully sticks!

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