By Kristen Cockrell
I recently came across a quote that read, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” It’s true; dogs have so much love, and they want to give it all to their humans. I’m sure all of my fellow dog lovers can agree that nothing beats coming home to a little tail going 90 to nothing and endless doggy kisses. No matter what kind of day you may have, a dog can make it so much better. Check out APAWS in Baton Rouge to find your new, furry best friend!
Featured Rescue of the Month: Animal Protection and Welfare Society
Animal Protection and Welfare Society (aka APAWS) is a nonprofit charity organization located in Baton Rouge. APAWS does not have a shelter and depends on a group of volunteers and fosters to keep it running. “Many of our animals come from terrible situations and need extensive vet care,” said Jade Olivier, Secretary and Social Media Chair for APAWS’s Board of Directors. “We never turn an animal away because they are too hurt, and we do not euthanize animals unless there is no other option.”
Volunteers foster the animals in their homes, transport them to vets, help with fundraisers and adoption days, and more. They do their best to make sure each animal receives the best love and care before and after they are adopted. Those interested in adopting must fill out an application. Once approved, the group will match the animals with their perfect homes.
The adoption fee is $150 for dogs and $100 for cats. The fee includes up-to-date vaccinations, neuter/spay and a microchip. “Because we do not receive external funding, we rely on fundraising efforts, donations and private donations to fund our efforts,” Olivier explained. “In our effort to provide the animals we rescue with the best care possible, we frequently run in the red. Thankfully, our vets are very understanding and allow us to pay over time. Our adoption fee only covers a small portion of the overall vet care we provide. We rely solely on donations in order to fund our rescue efforts. We rely on these donations to be able to continue [to] rescue.”
Visit with APAWS at the Petsmart in Siegen Marketplace on any Saturday to meet some of their adoptable animals and helpful volunteers. You may even find your new, furry best friend!
Here are a few adoptable dogs from APAWS:
Adonis is a sweet and handsome young man who wants a human to follow around and love. Because he is shy at first, he has trouble finding a home at adoption events, but he is doing well with meeting new people and hopes that someone will give him a chance to blossom. He is house trained, up-to-date on vaccinations, neutered and full of love!
Isabella is an approximately 6 year-old Lhasa Apso. She was brought to the groomer one day, and her owner never returned for her. She lived there for several months until APAWS took her in. She was underfed, and APAWS believes that the other dog that was abandoned with her would not let her eat. She is now gaining weight in her foster home. Isabella also has a grade-6 heart murmur, which makes surgery dangerous. She requires a family who is willing to care for her health problems and give her the extra love and affection she deserves. Despite everything, Isabella is still active and loves to play. She gets along great with children, cats and other dogs.
Marco is a 1-2 year-old Schnauzer. He is an adorable little guy who was saved from a kill shelter. He was severely matted, in pain and terrified, but now he is happy and healthy. Marco is kennel trained, but needs someone to work with him on housetraining. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and would do best in a home with no small children.
Hope is a beautiful, young girl who was found on Airline Highway after being hit by a car. An APAWS volunteers picked her up and, though she was in pain, she wrapped her arms around his neck as he carried her back to his car. He immediately took her to the emergency vet, where she had to have surgery for her broken leg and injured pelvis. Now, Hope is completely healed, house trained, spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. She is a sweet girl who can’t wait to have her very own human!
Jordy is a 1-2 year-old miniature Dachshund. He is a sweet, cuddly little guy who is friendly and loves people. He is well behaved and deserves only the very best home! Jordy is house trained, neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Sophie is an approximately 8 year-old standard poodle who loves to be around people. She gets along with other dogs and loves to lay outside and go on car rides! She is heartworm positive, which makes her special needs, so she is looking for an extra special home with a human who can let her out often.
Cat lovers, here are a couple of cats who are currently available for adoption as well:
Ghost is a 6-7 year-old kitty who used to have a home with many other cats. She was brought to APAWS when her owners went to jail. Ever since, she has not wanted to be around other cats, and she prefers a home where she can be the center of attention. She has so much love to give, and she can’t wait to find her very own human to share it with!
Leo is approximately 10 years old and has been adopted twice. Both times, he was returned because his human was about to have a baby and though that having Leo and a baby would be too much. Leo needs a human who will love him and treat him as another member of the family. He gets along with other cats, but would do best in a calm, quiet home without dogs.
To view more adoptable animals and keep in touch with APAWS, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/apaws. If you cannot adopt, please consider donating to APAWS. All donations are tax deductible, and APAWS can provide documentation if it is requested with the donation.