Valuable information in this month's newsletter plus another happy ending!
I don't know about you, but I am ready for this long hot summer to be over with. Yes, I know that come next February I will be complaining about the mud brought in by my furbabies and the cold, cold weather but right now, I'm DONE with the summer of 2016.
Time to DO something!!!!
Things You Should Do More: Heather Clarkson
1. Donate: Whether I agree with rescues pulling based on pledges and sponsorship or not, the fact is that many do. Especially with dogs in the South, where heart worm disease is rampant, many rescues can’t afford to take dogs whose vet bills will run in the multiples of hundreds. The adoption fees will never cover the treatment, and that’s a surefire way to run a rescue into the ground – take dogs you can’t afford. However, when dogs get pledges and sponsorships, doors open. That money can go toward vetting and/or transportation (since many northern groups use professional transportation services) and it actually can be the difference to whether or not a dog lives or dies. We all have little things we spend money on that we don’t need – if forgoing that daily latte´ means you can donate twenty bucks a week to getting shelter dogs out and to rescue, why wouldn’t you?  How to donate!
2. Get Off Your Butt: Seriously. Get off your butt and out from behind the computer.  FOSTER. It’s not that hard, really – I promise. Even if you’re just a temporary foster that holds animals for transport, you’re saving two lives – the animal you’re taking home and the animal filling its space at the shelter. Most rescues cover all expenses for fosters, and anything they don’t cover is tax-deductible. You’ve all seen that meme that floats around Facebook with the cute dog that says, “I’m Alive – Because I Had A Foster Home.”  It’s as simple as that. Fostering saves lives, more than anything else. (Contact Sharon Parker at parker2707@comcast.net)  
If you genuinely cannot foster, there are still other ways to help. Drive for transports, evaluate dogs in your local animal shelter, or take pictures of their available animals. Become a general volunteer for the rescue of your choice and call references, help with data entry, do home visits, help at local events. The folks who run rescues have jobs, lives, families, and a million things to do that actually have nothing to do with rescue, on top of what rescue responsibilities they have.  You have no idea how wonderfully helpful it is to have somebody help us with the little things.
3. Utilize your skills/time: Finally, we all have skills. A lot of rescues could really benefit from those skills. If you’re good with a computer, web design, graphic design, etc., offer to help build a rescue’s website or design a snazzy logo for them. I am sooo lucky that I have both a graphic and a web designer on my board, and because of them my rescue’s stuff looks pretty bomb-ass, if I may be so bold. Not all rescues are that lucky, however, and they definitely don’t have the budget to pay someone to do it. If you’re a good photographer with a decent camera, offer to take pictures of foster dogs or dogs in shelters. A picture is worth a thousand words, we know, and it’s proven than better pictures get animals adopted faster.
Your skills could really be used for just about anything. If you’re an accountant or a bookkeeper, offer to help with records. If you like to sew, make collars or beds that can be donated to shelter dogs or sold at events.
Paws Across America Picnic
Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue Picnic Saturday, Oct. 22nd  11– 5PM.
Come Celebrate Paws Across America!!!!!
  Our first ever national event has been a huge success thanks to each of you who participated either as a team, family, or individual.  Our original goal was $22,000!  We have exceeded our goal and will likely reach $30,000 by the end of the year!
This certainly deserves a celebration!  So on October 22 we are holding a picnic to say “Thanks”.  Like our annual picnic, A & B will supply all the hotdogs & hamburgers for the 2 & 4 leggers.  Yes, all VIPs (very important pups) get to have hot dogs & hamburgers.  We ask you that you bring something for the food table like buns, beverages, dessert, chips – that sort of stuff.  All the VIPs get welcome bags filled with great stuff! We are going to have another Chinese auction so please consider donating something for the raffle table!  If you know in advance what you are bringing, please share so we can get the word out to the larger group.  We’d like to give people who can’t travel to the picnic the opportunity to purchase Chinese auction tickets.  We’ll raise even more funds for our setters!  We already have some great items.   
So far we have people and pups coming from TN, CT, IL, and PA!  Please come!!!  Save the date – Saturday Oct 22nd.    Warwick County Park in Chester County 383 County Park Rd.  Time: 11am – 5pm There are 3 picnic sites.  We are #2 - the most shaded.  Look for all the pretty dogs.
SAVE THE DATE!  Please RSVP to Eileen at sett2spring3@yahoo.com.  (Tell me what food item you’re bringing please & how many VIPs and People).  Hope to see you there!
We’ll also have a great selection of A & B clothing, calendars, and some specialty setter items. Great opportunity to start your holiday shopping!  We are going to have great Halloween & Christmas themed settings in which you can purchase a professional photo with your VIP(s)! 
If you have any questions about the picnic just call– Eileen Gibson at (717) 228-9929 cell.
Really hope to see you there – it’s a great time of year to enjoy the Autumn & outdoors.  If you need a hotel, contact me for some local options.
Don’t forget to wear your Paws Across America tee shirts!  Don’t have one – they are available for purchase for $15.00 or free with a Paws donation of $50.
 
Volunteering as a transporter
  We have the most wonderful transport coordinators and transporters. We are ALL volunteers. Many, many of us work full time jobs.

Communication! Communication! Communication!  From the start of the transport, which actually begins when the coordinator puts a proposed run sheet out there so we can choose which leg best suits us to when you hand your charge off to the next driver, communication is vital. 

Email or call your coordinator with the leg you would like to sign up for, include make, model, year, color of your vehicle. Make sure that the transport coordinator has your cell phone number. Additionally, if your phone won’t accept text messages please let the coordinator know.

A few days later when the run is filled you will be sent a semi-final private run sheet. I emphasis the word  private . The details shown on that sheet should not be shared with anyone. . .additionally don’t use the email addresses shown on that sheet for anything other than to contact the leg before you and the leg after you to arrange for a meeting place. (We actually had someone contact us about some magic weight loss product they sold using the email address on the run sheet. That is an absolute no no!!!)

Once you and the driver before and after you have agreed on a meeting place, it’s essential that you get that information to your transport coordinator. This info is needed to create the final run sheet you will be sent prior to transport day. 

As a transporter, it is our responsibility is to the dog/s!!  It’s important that the dog/s get from point A to point B according to the schedule set up by the coordinator. But a bigger responsibility is to assure that the dog is kept secure. We were following on Facebook a couple of times where a dog being transported escaped on hand off. The first dog ended up being hit by a car (he thankfully was recaptured and survived), the 2nd was on the run for over 7 weeks before trackers and volunteers were finally able to capture the dog none the worse for wear but what a stressful 7 weeks that had been. 

You must be prepared to be flexible.  Sometimes the driver before you may hit some bad traffic, a detour or bad weather and you will have to wait. Communication is the key. If you are going to be late for any reason, please contact both the coordinator AND the leg you are meeting. Be as accurate as possible with how late you will be. It’s especially important that the coordinator have this information so that she can advise the rest of the team to be aware of a delay. A couple of weeks ago we had car trouble setting out and had to made a side trip for something to temporarily fix the problem, first we thought it would be 15 minutes late and eventually it ended up being 30 minutes behind schedule. The team was notified and prepared for the delay.

Helpful tips on transporting: 
  • Carry enough water and bowls for the distance. You'll need water for several things: for the dog(s) to drink, to clean up messes and to wash your hands.
  • Carry cleaning supplies - paper towels, a disinfectant, a small bucket, plastic garbage bags. Nothing worse than traveling in a vehicle in which a dog has gotten sick or had an accident. We had 3 – 9 month old pups loose in the car on one transport run. They were very un-socialized and difficult to handle so I sat in the back with them – one of them barely got in the car when he vomited all over his brother’s head. The other driver handed me a box of baby wipes. Lesson learned, something else to have on hand. 
  • DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING! If you are planning on transporting the dogs in crates, ask how big the dogs are. 
  • Blankets are great to cover car seats. If you are transporting a dog loose, line your car seats with trash bags or some sort of plastic, tape it down, then put blankets over your seats.
  • DON'T ASSUME that the 55lb rescue is going to jump into your vehicle. You might have to lift the dog up. We had an incident where the dog was travelling in a crate, at easily 50 lbs. including the crate, this poor boy was terrified. He wouldn’t come out of the crate, we couldn’t budge the crate with him in it. We waited for the next driver to arrive to help us get the crate out of the car. Best to know in advance if you will need help and bring a friend along for the ride. 
  • These are not your dogs. Do not trust that they will behave as nicely as your dogs. They may refuse to go in the crate, they may be fearful of riding in the car, they may not accept you taking any liberties such as grabbing a collar. On the other hand they may want to kiss and cuddle you for the entire journey, another reason to tether or crate the dog or bring a friend to help. 
  • Quite often the dogs are not leash trained. Do not assume the collars they have on will fit right. We’ve bought slip leads and keep extra in the car, putting this on right along with the existing collar of harness helps to assure the rescue can’t back out of his collar in fear. 
  • Don’t bring along your own dogs. If you are transporting more than one dog, they may not happy in each other's company - especially if you are trying to drive with them loose in the back of the car together. When we have two dogs that don’t know each other, one of them is tethered in the front with hubby while he drives and I sit in the back seat with the other. 
  • Having treats on hand is nice but be prepared that your travel companion may get car sick. Best to keep the tummy empty (except for water) until he gets to his final stop for the day. 
These lovely creatures may have come right out of a shelter and not had a bath or nail trim in quite some time. They may have been abused or kept outside in a crate their whole lives. Many are simply terrified! Please keep these facts in mind when transporting. Not all will want to cuddle, don’t take it personally. YOU ARE SAVING A LIFE!! While you might think that driving 50 or so miles is no big deal but it is! Every mile you drive is one step closer to a loving forever home for your passenger!
The Florida Five

I want you to think about a hoarding situation that involves 17 dogs (all various hunting breeds). These pups have never have known the love of a forever home. Never slept indoors, never had the opportunity to cuddle up on the sofa. All they knew was living in a crate outdoors, all the time! Add in living in a climate where 6 months out of the year there are torrential downpours every single day and the real feel temperature is about 104. Then I want you to think about what those rains bring, that’s right mosquitos! Big ones, big ones loaded with the stuff that nightmares are made of! The owner didn’t have enough money to care for them properly – no vaccines to protect them from rabies, distemper, and kennel cough, they’ve never been treated for  parasites let alone given medications to protect them from rabies, fleas, ticks and heart worm disease. Even basic care isn’t given, if they were lucky there would be enough food to feed them every other day. . .right. it’s Wednesday. . .so no eating today.

Suddenly, the owner died! Then there was no one to give them any care at all. The LaBelle Humane Society stepped in and took up the fight for the wellbeing of all 17 dogs! Thank goodness for this group that has developed relationships with breed specific rescues. Because 5 of the 17 dogs were English Setters, Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue was contacted.

The rush was on to find fosters and arrange transport for Bernadette, Jack, Ben (formerly Boone), Birch (formerly Butch) and Buck.

All five dogs have heartworms! Did you know that with prep and treatment it can cost $1000 per dog to rid them of these nasty worms. If left untreated, these dogs would have eventually died from the heartworms. (This cost does not include getting them up to date on their vaccines and addressing any other issues they may have.) In addition to the lack of veterinary care and vaccines, Bernadette was found to have an injury to one of her eyes surrounded by massive infection. She’s had the eye removed and is on the mend now but had that been left as it was, that infection  could have been the end of her. Jack is also missing an eye from what we can assume was a previous injury.

Despite the disease and neglect, every single transporter told us that all these dogs are loving and sweet. They loved the attention they got along their journey. Today, all the dogs except for Bernadette are with their fosters and have started on the road back to health and have begun heartworm treatment. *Bernadette was held back by the folks at LaBelle Humane Society in order to assure that she is well enough to travel after surgery for removal of her eye, but she will be in the care of her new foster mom on Saturday, Oct 1st

If you would like to donate specifically to the rehabilitation of these wonderful dogs please use the link shown below. Just mark your donation for the Florida Five.

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