“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

I love this quote because it’s true. It doesn’t matter the conflict or the issue, once you know about it you can’t say you did not know. You may choose not to help, but you cannot plead ignorance.

I lived in a world growing up where we all got our dogs from the neighbors when there were puppies. Fixing a dog was not common back in the 1960s as far as I knew. You tried your best to keep your dog inside or fenced until it was safe. An unplanned pregnancy happened and you found a way to parcel out those outrageously cute puppies until your problem was solved.

Until I started working with NEW PAWSibilities I can honestly say that I had no idea there were so many homeless dogs. I did not know about the backyard breeders and puppy mills.

But now I do.

I did not know there were private shelters that operate on a shoestring budget at risk of closing due to lack of funds, lack of volunteers, lack of caring.

But now I do.

How is it in our modern society where people spend millions of dollars on organic this and that for their dogs, designer dog collars and clothing, pet strollers, and more toys than even remotely needed that there are dogs running wild, being abused, dropping litters out in the open and not being loved?

It can’t be because of not being told. Too many people look the other way on this and countless other issues. Not everyone is zealous about the plight of mistreated dogs. I wasn’t before my life changed dramatically when I found my little guy. We all have causes about which we are passionate, problems that soak up our time and resources like a giant sea sponge. It’s fine to admit that dogs are lower on your time, talent, and budget list than mortgages, school tuition, food, and other essentials.

So how do we solve the seemingly endless struggle of homeless and hurting dogs, of dogs being killed because people know about a problem and turn a blind eye?

It starts with you. And me. And our communities. When I write posts like this I know I’m preaching to the choir. You love dogs or you would not be following us, would not be checking in each day. You’ve adopted, you share posts, you talk us up. And we thank you for everything you do. But it’s not enough to save the number we are saving. We know we can’t rescue every dog. That’s an unrealistic goal. But it’s within our reach to bring more dogs up from Kentucky with each transport. We have space. We are getting the word out. More people are coming to adopt. There’s one major hurdle. The number one reason for pet homelessness in America is only going to be solved by making sure dogs aren’t able to breed. Period. That’s it. As Barney Fife would say, “Just nip it! Nip it in the bud!”

Our number one need at NEW PAWSibilities is building our Spay/Neuter Fund. Less than two percent of the dogs we rescue are fixed. Even with generously discounted vet fees, each surgery is approximately $120.00. We have healthy dogs waiting for their turn to be listed on the adoptable page because we lack the money to perform surgeries since, to us, it is inconceivable to allow dogs the freedom to breed once they are rescued.

We easily have room on each transport for an additional ten dogs. That’s $1,200 or $2,400 for the twice-monthly trips. Yes, there are additional costs attached to rescuing dogs but this is the biggest and most pressing expense. Imagine saving twenty more dogs each month. That’s 240 dogs from a high kill shelter who will be getting a second chance. That’s 240 families who will be loved like never before.

Please continue to adopt, to like and follow us on Facebook, to donate where you can, to use our daycare, boarding, and grooming. Buy our food, our leashes and collars, and our clothing. Please tell others about us. Consider coming to our first fundraiser of 2019, Wine and Wags, a Dog-Friendly Wine Tasting and Fundraising Event. All of the proceeds are earmarked for our Spay/Neuter Fund. The tickets are priced at a very modest $5.00 in advance but you can donate more if you would like. We want to encourage you to buy tickets and spread the word. Thank you for all you do.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

Now you do. Please forward this post so that others can no longer say, “I didn’t know.”