The best of intentions too often collide with harsh reality. Such is the case for a no-kill animal sanctuary in Roseland, LA that is bursting at the seams with homeless dogs.
Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary describes itself as a no-kill shelter for homeless, abandoned or abused dogs. Dogs are admitted without regard to age, breed, or adoptability and given a loving place to live for as long as it takes to find a forever home. This mission statement is no longer possible in light of a harsh ultimatum issued by the local animal control.
Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary has been given grim orders by theTangipahoa Parish Animal Control – rehome 15 dogs each month, or animal control will confiscate 15 dogs each month, until the sanctuary is down to 100 dogs. The dogs that are confiscated will most likely be put down by animal control.
Right now, the sanctuary is housing 220 dogs. According to owner, John Thornton, only 7 dogs per year are typically adopted out. Obviously, reaching animal control’s target is going to be difficult, if not impossible, unless other rescues step in to help.
Plans for rescues or sanctuaries to remain no-kill can collide with stagnant adoptions or a deluge of surrenders – equating to a surplus of adoptable animals.
While there may be a tremendous number of individuals looking for a new companion animal, they aren’t always looking for the type of animal that is at a shelter or no-kill rescue. Sadly, many of the dogs in rescues end up staying there for weeks, or months, on end – forgotten.
The over-whelming majority of dogs at shelters are either Pit bulls or Pit Bull mixes…finding homes for these dogs is sometimes impossible, especially in light of the bad reputation that has been slapped upon them.
While changes can (and should) be made at shelters to help with animal placements, the underlying problem of too many unwanted puppies, combined with the tremendous number of un-commmitted owners, must be addressed.
The crisis at Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary is not new. It is not unheard of. Sadly – it is far too common. Rescues are amazing at stepping up to pull dogs from death row – but sadly, many of those urgent dogs do not move from the rescue to an adoptive home – they sit.
Some no-kill shelters have successfully remedied these issues – if you work with one of these successful shelters, please contact Raven Woods and assist them in overcoming their current problems. This animal sanctuary needs help and they need it now.
Interested individuals can reach out to Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary by visiting their Facebook page, or phoning them at: 985-474-4900.
Dogs at this sanctuary need to find foster homes or adoptive families soon. If you can help, please contact the rescue as soon as possible. If you are not able to help directly, please take a moment to post this article to your Facebook profile, email to friends and family and give it a Tweet. The more it is circulated, the better the odds are for the dogs to be saved.
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