Thursday, September 22, 2011

Considering the hours

Today has been more of the same 1,000 kilometers-per-hour pace of feeding, cleaning, monitoring and more to keep the rescued dogs comfortable and safe. One news article (below) reported yesterday that 90 puppies -- and counting -- have been born at the temporary emergency shelter since the dogs' rescue. It's hard to imagine keeping track of all those pregnant mamas, nursing mamas, delivering mamas... and all their darling bundles of joy.

The breakneck pace that RedRover Responders volunteers are keeping just to keep up with the basic needs and comforts of these animals is especially mindboggling when compared with most commercial breeding conditions.  We don't know how many employees were caretaking these animals before they were rescued, but it was allegedly inadequate.

What we do know is that there have been anywhere from 12 to 22 RedRover Responders volunteers on-site each day along with community volunteers, working from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Using an average of 15 volunteers per day and an 11 hour workday, you can estimate that it would take 1,155 hours per week to provide our standard of basic care to these dogs, or the equivalent of 28 full time staff. That only amounts to about two hours per dog. Would your dog tolerate only two hours of attention each

Links to news updates:

Montreal Gazette: Seized kennel puppies get their bark back
All 527 Dogs seized near Ottawa to be offered for adoption after inspection reports 90 puppies - and counting - born to dogs seized from Quebec kennel

According to the above link, if you would like to volunteer or adopt a dog, email with the subject line "interested in volunteering with dogs" or "interested in adopting a dog." Volunteers and potential adoptees in the Montreal area are most needed at this time.

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