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Friday, July 31, 2015

"Freedom 46"

You most likely have heard the recent news about the "Freedom 46" - the 46 dogs (mainly Cocker Spaniels, plus a few other breeds) the Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Rescue helped to rescue from a property in Virginia. It just boggles the mind that people can treat animals in this manner...we hear story after story, and in this case, these poor dogs were residing in a "hot barn without anyone to give them proper exercise or keep their water dishes filled. Many were covered with their own feces and urine. OBG worked with Animal Control and with the support of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies to remove these dogs from that property," states Teresa Butler, the president of the OBG. "The dogs rescued from this property are now safely boarding with veterinarians that work with OBG and will be evaluated by veterinarians over the course of the next week with the goal of moving them into foster homes as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we do not have medical records for most of these dogs and at this point, do not know many of their names. Accordingly, the vast majority of these dogs will need all vaccinations as well as other medical care to be determined by our veterinarians."
 

An update! The "Freedom 46" are now the "Freedom 49!" Four more dogs have arrived to OBG from the Stafford County Animal Shelter. According to OBG's Facebook page, "These four dogs had been living in that hot barn until Friday when they were given to this shelter before OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue arrived Saturday for all the dogs. We thank the Stafford County shelter for working with us. One of the dogs is heartworm positive so our vet will work quickly to test the dogs and get treatment started ASAP. Paws crossed the heart worms are not advanced yet.... We have several heartworm positive dogs and their treatment alone will cost thousands of dollars."
"The dogs rescued from this property are now safely boarding with veterinarians that work with OBG and will be evaluated by veterinarians... with the goal of moving them into foster homes as quickly as possible." ~Teresa Butler, President of the Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue.


Above are a few photos of the "Freedom 46" courtesy of OBG - if you'd like to foster one of these babies, please contact volunteer(AT)cockerspanielrescue(DOT)com. To see more photos, check out the OBG photo album HERE







Did you know there are different types of fostering? According to OBG, they have several options*:

  • Foster - One of the most rewarding things you'll ever do! Temporarily care for the rescued cocker in your home until a forever home is found; this generally averages 1-4 months. OBG provides the medical care, you provide the love.
  • Vacation Foster - Even the most devoted members of our foster crew can use a vacation. You can foster someone else's "baby" for a defined period of time, allowing them to have peace of mind while they're out-of-town.
  • Weekend Foster - pick up a dog for the weekend. We find it much easier to place a dog in a regular foster home once we have an idea of how he or she behaves in a home environment.
  • Hospice Foster - Some dogs might not have long to live, but still deserve a chance at love for the time they have left. Allow us to take in these dogs by giving them a home where they are loved and cherished.  
*SOURCE: OLDIES BUT GOODIES COCKER RESCUE 

Thinking of fostering, but would love more info? Check HERE for some great info from OBG.

To read more about this, check out Fidose of Reality story HERE and be sure to enter their GIVEAWAY to celebrate the "Freedom 46."

You can also help these beautiful dogs by:

1) Sharing the links for Oldies but Goodies Cocker Rescue blog to follow updates on the story HERE 

2) Follow the Oldies but Goodies Cocker Rescue Facebook page HERE for up-to-the-minute news

3) Check out the No Wigglebutts Left Behind  "Freedom 46" Fundraiser (see a few pawesome items below) going on right now through Monday August 3rd where, according to their Facebook page ..." 50% of ANYTHING purchased from our online store, is being donated to the 'Freedom 46' dogs of Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue."

Photos courtesy of No Wigglebutts Left Behind
  
4) Purchase OBG merch to help out the "Freedom 46" HERE.

5) Shop for a cause at OBG HERE. 

6) Shop AmazonSmile HERE and Amazon will donate .5% to OBG.

7) Direct Donation. If you'd like to donate directly to the "Freedom 46" care, please visit HERE. (Even a one dollar donation times each reader will make a huge difference in their care!)
"As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness." ~Richard Gere
Some may ask why is a Siberian Husky site sharing news about other breeds? Simple. Stories such as "Freedom 46" happen to dogs across the breeds...some are fortunate enough to be rescued, while others are still waiting. This week it's Cocker Spaniels, along with a few other breeds, and next week it could (once again) be Siberian Huskies. We are all the voice for the helpless and the homeless, the abandoned and the abused, and also spread the news of those fortunate to have loving homes, foster or permanent. We here at FiveSibes love all canines and believe that together we can have a powerful voice for the voiceless...and together we can make a difference. 

Our Flashback Friday photo at the top of this post is of my FiveSibes on our back deck taken quite a few years back. It  may look very familiar as it's also my blog's profile photo, and still one of my favorites of my Huskies. We are also joining in the Pet Parade blog hop in the hopes of "parading" these beautiful 49 rescued dogs for others to see in the hopes of helping more foster families coming forward to help out these furbabies in need. We hope you'll help - and I always say, "sharing is caring" - so feel free to share the story of the "Freedom 46 (49!)"


Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box! We hope you'll come join us!


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33 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. You are right, these situations happen with ALL dog breeds and it is horrific. We are hospice fosters for our city shelter and it is one of the most rewarding things ever...to give a dog on the end part of his or her journey a place of love and safety. We wll visit your links to see how we can help.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue & WDA. You are truly an Earth angel with all you do, you are very appreciated, dear friend!

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  2. I'd heard about this deplorable situation but didn't realize the extent of the situation. Wow. Very important to share this info.

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  3. Such a wonderful story. Mom thought she could be a foster Mom when she rescued the Jack Russels that are in my pack. But Mom and Dad turned out to be real foster failures and those Jacks are still part of my pack...15 years later. {sigh}

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  4. Great information on this incident and the rescue in need of help. It would be helpful if many people knew more about it. I'd like to share this post, but I don't see any share buttons?

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Yes, please feel free to share. Here's the URL to this post: http://fivesibes.blogspot.com/2015/07/freedom-46.html

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  5. Those poor sweeties. We're sure glad they are getting the help they so deserve.

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    1. Those eyes and faces...so happy they have a chance at a forever happy life now!

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  6. Great post on the Freedom 49, such an awful story, I'm so upset to learn that some of the dogs are heartworm positive, it's a deadly disease. I donated this past week to help, wish it could be more. Good luck to all these dogs.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thanks so much Cathy. I know it will be so appreciated.

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    2. I wish it could be more. So many animals in need lately! Thanks for helping to raise awareness about these furbabies (-:

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  7. Thank you for hopping wth us and adding the important information about the rescue. I love that jewelry.

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    1. I love the jewelry, too! Great cause.

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  8. These poor dogs! I'm glad that they were rescued. There are some things that I will never understand about humans. I couldn't treat an animal that way. Thank you for taking up their cause.

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    1. I feel the same way...I love my babies, and all my animals. They are family. I'm so glad these were saved and for all the sharing and support everyone is giving! Thanks, Robin!

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  9. I agree, I don't understand how or why this happens. These poor dogs have suffered so much - I hope all of them are healthy and find loving homes soon.

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  10. I'm glad these babies were rescued and have a chance for a better life. So sad when this happens

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  11. The number went up to 52 today and they are so needing donations. We appreciate you so very much getting the word out and are strong supporters of what you do. Thanks!

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  12. We are so glad someone found all of the dogs and that they are being cared for. We hope they can find wonderful forever homes soon.

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    1. We are, too! It really does take a community!

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  13. These situations are always horrific, but thankfully there are people out there willing to step in and change lives for the better. We'll have our paws crossed that they all find forever homes.

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    1. So true...and we, too, are so thankful for all the angels on Earth who help these babies!

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  14. It still amazes me as well the way some people can treat animals. I'm glad to know their are people willing to step up and help out in horrible situations like this, it always leaves me wishing I could do more.

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    1. I feel the same way, Jen. I just can't believe it...breaks my heart. But thank goodness for so many amazing, wonderful, caring people who come out to help. I always wish I could do more, too.

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  15. Great information and so important to share even though it's so heartbreaking...

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    1. It is so heartbreaking, but we are so thankful for so many amazing folks helping in so many ways!

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  16. I love the different ways that OBG lets people foster. I think that more people would give fostering a try if they knew it was just for a weekend!

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