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Every day brings a new opportunity to save a Rottweiler's life or help find their perfect PERMANENT family, irrespective of the "shape" of that family's structure. Naturally any undertaking involving dozens of animals takes a tremendous amount of energy, time, money and effort to keep everybody happy, healthy and with wagging tails Irrespective of boiling hot weather or frigid winter storms the need continues for shelter, food,
running water. Those are the obvious things that any human owned by a dog is well familiar with, with us, it's just multiplied.
In our disposable society Rottweilers are surrendered to us because their owners are moving or going on vacation, other companions are tossed aside or abandoned because of inconvenience or perhaps new carpet is more important than a loving, breathing, living companion.
Beautiful Rottweilers come to us from everywhere, some are snatched from the cruel fate of slaughter at our "shelters" others are retired K9 Officers, many are surrendered by owners who care enough not to dump them, others are accidentally found, by some compassionate person, nearly starved and tied to trees, some are even left inside the home while they watched their "owners" pack their belongings and move, tossing their key to a neighbor for them to take care of, indifferent to the outcome of the living creature that depended on them...and loved them.
Rotties have come to us from several different states and Canada and in many pathetic conditions, not only physically but with crushed spirits. Many are with us for a year or longer, especially if they aren't the classical beauty, or a little older or perhaps with a health challenge or two. Far too many have been physically beaten or otherwise traumatized and need time to mellow out, learn to trust again and find their playful spirits before they find their homes.
A true volunteer rescue, like ours, is possible ONLY because of the tremendous out pouring of kind hearted people with generous spirits and a willingness and NEED to be involved and contribute some part of themselves, their energies, time, creative spirits, ideas or other helpful contributions.. So many people participate in the totality of a volunteer rescue and make saving lives possible. Everyone who adopts, rather than buys, is doing their part to change the concept of "ownership" to that of a "companion", every adopted Rottweiler is afforded the opportunity of becoming a
goodwill Ambassador for the breed and helps dispell the dangerous myth that all Rottweilers are dangerous.
We're grateful for the often faceless volunteers, people we've never met that are willing to drive a leg of a journey carrying a strange, large, frightened animal one step closer to his temporary destination with us. People spending their time, using their vehicle, spending money for gas and they do it all out of compassion and a caring attitude. It truly takes a TEAM to rescue. We're grateful for folks working in shelters that recognize that every life they save is worthy of their extra efforts and will contact us or someone who eventually connects with us and the
rescue process begins rolling. Our gratitude is boundless for the other breed or all breed rescue individuals that argue, fight, and tirelessly negotiate with irrational, selfish people that should surrender their animals for lack of care, over breeding, or other dismal conditions. Often these "negotiations" can take months where everything is a GO, dozens of volunteers are lined up, dates are set everyone's plans are centered on THAT transport day only to have it collapse at the last second because the owner killed the dog, or turned him into a shelter or changed their
minds; whenever possible the negotiations and rescheduling begins anew.
As Happy Tails Rescue Association grows, our TEAM is growing, people suggest ideas or help implement ones that will help and contribute, whether it's a one time or continued effort, we feel blessed to have met so many compassionate, exceptionally kind and generous people who are willing to participate in whatever manner possible...and then there are those that do it again, and again and again who deserve a FOUR PAWS AWARDS.... Small amounts of financial aid and efforts add up quickly, we ask you to open your heart and mind toward helping with our efforts and the goal that there will be NO HOMELESS
Rottweilers within a 500 mile radius from Happy Tails Rescue Association. Our long range goals include a large acreage Rescue & Sanctuary and we have every confidence that it will one day be a reality..
Our Four Paw Awards Are listed randomly until we have a better way of mentioning those guardian angels that deserve the highest humanitarian award, those who have shown continued compassion without the tiresome and
shortsighted "what's in it for me" perspective
Michelle Lowry & Mike Kind hearted financial contributions and TONS of Dog Biscuits, food, love and energy! Happy Tails is blessed to have these good people in their lives, without them many senior Rotts would have been killed. Instead Mike & Michelle, just invite one more elder Rott into their hearts and homes where they are spoiled and loved to their last breath. Michelle is particularly gifted at rounding
up emergency dog food when we really, REALLY are running low. Michelle and Mike also helped with 3 winter transports to Canada when we rescued 12 filthy, starving, unsocialized Rotts out of British Columbia. Mike & Michelle are proud to share their home with multiple dogs, so if you think you're alone, you're not.
Liz & Ken, Caldwell, Id Another multiple Rott family that share their home. Gosh, most of the Idaho Rotts come because Liz and Ken have found them first and help network to get them into rescue. How many times Liz and Ken have driven from Idaho and met us along the way to deliver dozens of buckets, blankets and othe provisions. Liz even came and helped take photos one time, that was a hot, dusty ordeal, and I'm sure she could have been doing many other things, we are very grateful for their continued help and support.
Patty and Andy Schwarz and their Rotti girl Rosie remember us with cash contributions.
Larry Who helps the homeless with their dog needs, supports dozens of rescues with food and helps us with luscious organic treats and foods, his generosity knows no boundaries.
Gail O'Connell Babcock with Watchdog For continual support and helping extract Rotts from the legal system, and helping families with boarding and training referrals.
Robert Babcock attorney Who is a tireless crusader, helping people and their animals. He & Gail have truly saved animals lives and have gone against the system to get them out of jail, time and time again.
Robert Babcock attorney Also donated his beautiful 1979 Porsche 928 with low mileage, it will be for sale to help boost our support and inspire others.
Castor & Pollux Pet Works For their remarkable, organic food & treats and for adding us to their list of rescues to whom they donate when able. Our Rotts go NUTS for their healthy, yummy dog treats, with carrots, cranberries and apples. If you're unfamiliar with this Oregon company, check them out, they make quality products, are compassionate and have a great sense of humor.
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Bev Trover For financial support and dog food contribution when we needed it most during the PETCO food crisis. Without having met, she came to our aid and offered dozens of potential sources for food.
Leneah Forest & Robert Eichner For financial support and great ideas and inspiration.
Jacque & Bob Carey and their Rotti kids for financial support and adopting senior Rotts too!
Rebekah Lu attorney For helping put together the aggravating forms that helped us get our 501c3 non profit status! She's also considered our fund raiser and are trying to intice her to write grants for us!
Sheila Lalim For her kind contribution to donate for our 501c3 application.
Carol & John Langsford LOTS of dog food! Newsletter creation & design, continued care giving & aggravation of friends and business associates to participate! Carol and John really went insane
and gave Happy Tails a new HP digital camera and new color printer! This one actually clicks quickly so we don't just capture the tail! They are the proud parents of 4 of our Rotts, Max, Magunda, Precious & Little Bear. Some go to work with dad, others just wait for mom to come home
so she can prepare delicious goodies for them.
Bill & Elly, Yakima, Washington Show selfless dedication to saving almost 1000 dogs in 2002 and getting them into rescue groups. For identifying suitable Rotties for us. Almost every dog leash, dog bowl & dog Igloo has come from these folks who find capacity in their hearts to help other rescues too. Bill & Elly use their vehicle and shuttle thousands of animals to various shelters & rescues, Elly just volunteered her daughter, pickup truck & horse trailer and drove to Canada during the winter to pick up kennel panels for us.
There will never be a food shortage with them, they have filled in the gap of food shortages by loading down our pickup or Suburban with DOGFOOD time & time again, or throwing on nice cushy dog beds JUST when we need them. They have saved thousands of animals and gotten them to rescues or adopted. They have helped identifying suitable Rotties for us, and donations of leashes, bowls, dog houses and lots and lots and lots of dog food! If we ever have an emergency Bill & Elly are there. Elly and her daughter
even drove to Canada for us, during the winter to help transport some very deserving Rotts to us. Even soliciting Bill's brother to deliver all the way to Goldendale to deliver dog food on my doorstep! Also rounding up dog bowls, dishes, leashes and several wonderful, much needed dog houses, and truck loads of food!
Dandelion Dogs Forks Wa ~ Physically isolated location has helped Judy appreciate the efforts associated with providing sufficient food for her rescued animals. Judy has graciously shared her food resources with us and pointed us in the right direction to obtain our own. Her native artwork is in high demand, yet her heart has time to help many.
Tudor & Camelia Hison, Oregon Very considerate and thoughtful folks who share their lives with one of the former tagged "dangerous Rottweilers" scheduled to die, even the toddler next door thinks dangerous means giving lots of kisses! These kind folks manage to contribute torn bags from Broadway Pets, with the most tasy variety of food, we've ever seen.
Home At Last, The Dalles, Oregont A rescue group with a successful story, not to busy to share food with us when available.
Old Dog Haven Rescue Judith has contributed for some of our vet bills when we've had emergencies, and she has loaned equipment when we desparately needed it.
Oregon Human Society For loading our pick up full of dog food during the PETCO food crisis, we thank them for their generosity.
SW Washington Shelter in Vancouver, Wa For helping transport Rotts to us and for helping fill the food gap during the PETCO food crisis, they have some incredible volunteers.
Solid Gold Northwest Happy Tails has received food donations, all delicious, top quality, highly nutritional food. They support numerous rescues and we are very grateful to be included.
City of Goldendale ~ Tom Fitzgibbons, Animal Control Officer has the heart of gold and makes sure that there are NO Homeless Rottweilers in Goldendale, he KNOWS where to find us and will keep Rotties to help meet our schedule. Tom has also shown his kindness and bravery and has actually pitched in and taken care of ALL of our dogs for a few days when we were called elsewhere. A gentle spirit who always helps save animals lives and transports them to various rescue groups.
Dr Jean Cypher DVM, Rowena, Oregon Our kind hearted, gentle spirited and talented Vet, who keeps everybody in good health and handles Rotties that outweigh her!
Alpine Veterinary Hospital Hood River Kind compassionate staff who aren't afraid of Rotts and actually like them, and vets with acupuncture expertise.
Helping Hands Lewiston Idaho A non profit Idaho rescue group, that has helped transport and save many dogs of all breeds and Rotties too!
Central Washington Humane Society For caring enough to save hundreds of dogs with rescue cooperation and participation.
City of Prosser For cooperation with rescue groups to save lives.
Lisa Kim and Gary proud parents of Rex, aka Trouble, Tyson, Sir Issac Fig Newton Generous financial contribution for spay and neutering and for helping in emergencies.
Pomeroy Animal Shelter ~ Tina Puentes Tina has a soft spot for Rotts and has helped us with food resources.
Happy Paws, Arlington Wa ~ Linda Hunter Who has never failed to help round up extra dog food when we truly are running short.
Susan Price of Night Song Rescue Susan is always willing to share her extra food when her 50 Malamutes and Siberians aren't needing all of it, she helps pitch in and it's appreciated.
Linda Hallmark Portland Or For being truly organic and holistic and helping out with little special needs Rotts that benefit from having hand prepared, delicious organic food that helps get them back on a healthy track.
Lindy Wendy Des Moines Wa (Star & Gage's mom) Wendy rounded up friends and co workers at Boeing and they donated dozens of towels & blankets to us. Wendy even gave us five dozen NEW towels..we were grateful, they were the perfect size.
Katia Palander & family (Rokko's mom), Medina Wa For honoring Rokko's "birthday" yearly with a donation to Happy Tails that is matched by Bank of Ameria.
PETCO Every month, without fail, Steve Goodwin, the Distribution Manager of PETCO has helped challenge us by stuffing as much dog food as possible,from returned bags, into our crew cab with a canopy. This helps Happy Tails fed exceptional high quality dog food'
to all of our kids, not even to mention occasional beds, and Santa Steve is amazing at Christmas, all the toys that he comes us with is incredible....NOTE: Effective 2008 PETCO has new ownership and donations to 63 rescues and shelters in the Pacific Northwest stopped completely. Still, we are eternally grateful for their former generosity and hope that they eventually realize the financial contribution
adopted animals make toward their bottom line, and that they once again donate. The torn bags of food now are thrown away and wasted.
Rottweiler Rescue Foundation Has donated to many rescue groups twice yearly and we are fortunate to be recipiants.
Dozens of volunteers many we know, some we've met once at some rest area while transporting dogs to or from us, and many we've never met, that donate their time to arrange or participate in transportation across several states!
Hundreds of Exceptional FamiliesIn Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, North Dakota & Utah who are sharing their lives with their Happy Tails Rotts. These families passed our high adoption criteria and were patient with us in helping find their beloved companion!
We are all related and have worked in harmony to save the Rottweilers lives, to give them safe harbor with Happy Tails and to emerge into their new lives with their humans. This is a relationship where everyone benefits, lives are saved and joy is shared. Ten fold blessings, Safe Journey & Happy Tails to all who participate with us!
Dozens of volunteers we know, and many we've never met, that donate their time to arrange or participate in transportation across several states or call us because a Rottweiler has found them and is counting on them for help!
" We must never become callous. When we experience the conflicts ever more deeply we are living in truth. The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil." Albert Schweitzer
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