Back Roads Dog Rescue focuses on dogs but the mission of the rescue is to help any animals in need in the long term plan. Stay tuned for exciting changes and growth as we gain momentum with community support and action. We are currently seeking qualified foster homes for all of the animals we encounter.
Once starving, cold and barely surviving, Bryce and Fisher are now living the life they never knew possible!
Bryce and Fisher came to us on February 8, 2018 after showing up at a private residence. They were skin and bones and very, very scared. We vaccinated and dewormed them and placed them in our puppy foster home. While puppies who are that scared and attached to one another really do not benefit from living together, we knew it was only temporary and at the time we were focused on getting them healthy.
Our friends at Furry Friends Network in PA offered to take these pups and get them the training and socialization they would need to allow them to be successfully adopted. They left us February 17, 2018.
Today, Bryce and Fisher, now known respectively as Calvin and Hobbes, are learning and growing every day.
Calvin has entered into the HOPE dog program. Hobbes is currently still in foster care as he is remarkably shy and is currently learning to appreciate human interaction.
If you'd like to help us continue saving needy dogs like Calvin and Hobbes, please follow this link. If you'd rather, I'm sure Furry Friends Network and/or HOPE Dogs would also appreciate your support. Find them on Facebook and follow the good work they are doing.
Piper was hit by a car on January 31, 2018. Her owners contacted our vet who in turn contacted us. The owners were going to put the dog to sleep because they could not afford the time or financial commitment but Dr. Whitley of Bluegrass Animal Clinic wanted to give her a fighting chance.
Piper was surrendered to BRAR on January 31, 2018.
After x-rays it was determined that Piper sustained a pelvic symphisis fracture. She also had some pretty bad road rash and broken teeth. Initially she was in so much pain that she would snap and bite whenever she needed to be moved. But as time has gone by she has started to become easier to move and now even attempts to drag herself, although she is assisted by a sling.
Piper is being boarded for daily therapy and pain control at Bluegrass, which is a daily expense but the best option for her at the moment.
We will continue to update Piper's condition. We still are not sure of her long-term prognosis. We obviously want her to be happy with high quality of life.
Two puppies, Loki and Bogart, were strays that showed up at someone's home. They are chunky little monkeys. They were vaccinated, dewormed and giving flea meds and placed into foster.
We also had two other puppies, Bryce and Fisher, brought in that were allegedly dumped at someone's home. They were given a body condition score of 2 out of 10. All bones are visible through their skin and they're very scared. Fecal analysis showed coccidia. They were vaccinated and placed into our main puppy foster.
We were also contacted about helping rehome sweet Maxie girl.
We've also been contacted by TWO MORE PUPPIES...haven't gathered details yet though. The moral of the story: SPAY AND NEUTER ALL PETS!!!
Back Roads Animal Rescue is expanding. Due to the lack of committed foster families we need to find better use of our current resources. Most of the dogs are housed at the founder's home and luckily they have a lot of land. But the land needs to be prepared for safely containing more dogs.
Right now there are several free standing kennels but they are mostly used just to quarantine animals while they are on stray hold. The idea for this expansion is to create a more natural environment where the dogs can run and play, swim, and rest. There is currently one pasture that is fenced with barbed wire so the fence posts are in place. The barbed wire will be removed and new fencing will be installed. Then shelters/houses will be placed so that all dogs can have a place to sleep.
No dogs will be placed in the pasture without temperament testing as we do not want any dogs harmed due to fighting. We don't intend for the pasture to hold more than 15 dogs at a time, and dogs will be allowed out when an adult is present to supervise them. Once this project is complete we will be starting on a cat project.
On July 25 in the evening we received a message from a friend and volunteer, Lori. She had intercepted a little pit bull mix puppy who had allegedly had its mouth wired (externally) closed at some point. Just one look at the photos and you'll see why we couldn't turn her away. How sad that anyone would even think to do this to an animal...
We call her Kappie. We had her spayed, vaccinated, and started on heartworm prevention. She's about six months old. We are trying to move her to a rescue out of state. Kentucky is no place for abused or neglected dogs since we all knows the "laws" around here are basically non-existent and even the ones we have are rarely enforced.
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Sundays are usually full of rescue stories. Today we intercepted five little puppies approximately 8 weeks old. They were found on a riverbank, apparently abandoned, by a concerned citizen. They were able to coax the puppies off the bank and bring them to us.
The puppies are lice infested, flea infested and have skin infections with patches of thinning hair. They are likely full of worms as their bellies are very swollen. A couple of them have drainage from their eyes and one has an ulcerated sore on its ear.
We also had a request to take in two kittens that someone found as strays. They are skinny and in need of care, but we cannot take them. We are going to try to document on this blog anytime we get requests that we both can and cannot be of assistance.
We are currently overfull and really didn't have room for the five puppies, but we couldn't turn them away and leave them on that riverbank in the middle of nowhere. I wish we could help with the kittens, too, but there is NOWHERE for them. I at least had an open kennel to hold the puppies.
Today Angie and I volunteered at the Tri-State TNR clinic at the Kyova Mall. Chrissy Dillow has taken it upon herself to single-handedly change the plight for cats in the Tri-State area. She secured a location at the mall and has now brought many rescue groups and veterinarians together to host TNR clinics.
What is TNR? It's an acronym for trap, neuter, release. The idea was initially to spay/neuter feral cat colonies by trapping them and releasing them back into their environment. Typically the cat's ears are notched so that if the cats are ever re-trapped then the trapper will know the cat doesn't need veterinary care.
The idea has expanded to spay/neuter clinics, where veterinarians volunteer or offer their services at a low cost with the goal of helping to control the pet population. Different vets and rescue groups now offer many options for TNR and low cost spay/neuter clinics, but the main goal is to alter animals before they are capable of reproducing.
WHAT IS BACK ROADS DOING?
We have decided to help however we can for now. That's why Angie and I were there today, volunteering our time.
We went to the fiscal court several months ago and presented them with a low-cost spay/neuter program for our community. We had worked out a price with a local veterinarian and we had pledged $1000 (to start) to help towards the clinic. We asked the fiscal court to match us, dollar for dollar, as an attempt to save the county money in the future. Fiscal court would pay $20 per animal, Back Roads would pay $20, and pet owners would pay $20. This would include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and pain shot.
Big surprise: the fiscal court said NO.
Did you know that Carter County is contracted with Rowan County for dogs that are picked up by animal control? The contract is for five days per dog, and the cost is $15 per dog per day (so a maximum of $75 per dog is paid to Rowan County). You can do the math, but if the dog catcher takes 30-60 dogs per month, that's a lot of money sent out of our county. That doesn't count the gas that it takes to send the dog catcher to Rowan County, or the time he puts in to catching or picking up the dogs.
So now we are developing our own plan, and we want to know your thoughts. Big dreams or small ideas are welcomed. We NEED you to help us. We NEED to let local authorities know that we are out here and we aren't stopping. There's a giant NEED in our community for animal control, not to mention enforcement of local ordinances.
So please comment here, or send us an email to email@example.com and give us your ideas.