Man’s Best Friend
It is no casual claim that of all God’s creatures, one is universally “man’s best friend”. From guiding the blind to keeping our soldiers out of harm’s way, from working beside first responders in search and rescue to helping bring in the herd; from serving as our protectors to providing silent comfort; dogs constantly forgive us our faults and love us without reservation. Were there ever eyes into which you could gaze and see the pure joy experienced by the dog who is simply thrilled to see you and be by your side?
Why There Are So Many Unadoptable Dogs
This is about a passion – a passion that focuses on homeless dogs and the people working to do something that makes a difference. It’s about knowing that you are blessed to be in a position to make a greater commitment to that passion and that you are prepared to do whatever you can to see it through. And that is how it started for us.
On the surface, the current shelter and rescue system for handling homeless dogs that is in place not only in Houston but all over the country seems like it should work. Ideally, homeless dogs are brought into a shelter or rescue and then quickly rehomed. But, as everyone knows, it’s not that simple. The number of dogs that need rehoming is so staggering that even when the system runs without a hitch, it remains strained. So what happens when the system gets plugged up?
Dogs that have a relatively good chance of being adopted usually move through the system smoothly; but special needs dogs – the dogs that aren’t young, cute, cuddly or healthy – are hard to adopt out. These dogs then take up space preventing many other “desirable” dogs from finding a forever home. The system faces an obstacle that prevents it from being as effective as it could be. So what needs to be done? Well, to start, what if we remove the plug? What if, for example, the “unadoptable” dogs could move out of the system and into a permanent home where they would get the very best food, meds, vet care and attention for the rest of their days? This would go a long way to help free up shelters and rescues to do what they do best – to find homes for dogs that are adoptable.
And that is where Houston dog rescue organisation Dog Lodge Sanctuary comes in…
The Role of the Dog Lodge Sanctuary
Dog rescue organisation Dog Lodge Sanctuary is dedicated to providing a permanent home for dogs that are considered unadoptable because of advanced age or because they have chronic illness or physical disabilities. We are focused on providing a safe, loving, healthy and stable environment for the dogs so that they may know peace and dignity for the rest of their lives. The Sanctuary takes in dogs on a case-by-case basis from local and non-local shelters, humane societies, rescues and certain owner surrenders. Here is an opportunity for those dogs that might otherwise face a very bleak future to be in a place where they can belong; where they can be happy, be loved and well cared for and can still lead a quality life.
Enabling The Dogs To Bond
The Dog Lodge facility is a Houston rescue organisation located on 60 beautiful acres near Houston, Texas and is being built in phases at no cost to the Sanctuary. Our dogs do not live in cages or kennels. Each has his own room for sleeping and mealtimes but the rest of the time the dogs mingle. It is heartwarming to see how the dogs, some of which come from very unpleasant backgrounds, begin to bond with each other and their caregivers. Dog Lodge leases the facility for $1.00 per year and this arrangement will continue as the Sanctuary continues to expand into the next phases.
Phase 1 is complete and it consists of two buildings. The first holds the grooming room, laundry room, main Sanctuary office, the food/med prep room, the food storage room and a 26’ by 80’ combined exercise/training/therapy room. The dog accommodations are in the second building along with a large living room for the dogs, a volunteer breakroom and a private vet clinic for the convenience of our visiting veterinarians.
Our Community Outreach
We feel that it is very important to inform people not only in the animal welfare community but also people outside of welfare in communities both near and far about the benefits of true sanctuary. Community outreach is accomplished in a variety of ways including spay/neuter programs, humane education programs in the school system and giving dogs who are suitable candidates the opportunity to be a part of the Dog Lodge Therapy Group visiting hospitals, schools and other facilities. Additionally, we welcome scheduled visits to our facility and are more than delighted to answer questions from anyone who might be interested in doing something similar.
The Dog Lodge Ethos
Dog Lodge is dedicated not only to saving the lives of the dogs that come to us, but to providing them with the kind of love and care that would cause each one to proclaim without reservation that man is dog’s best friend. Providing this type of environment and care requires money and manpower. As a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, we rely on money donated by very generous people. We are staffed by wonderful, caring people who work with our dogs and lavish each of them with the love and attention that they deserve. They are supported by a group of loyal and dedicated volunteers.
How You Can Help
While we have received tremendous encouragement from rescue organizations, veterinarians, dog trainers, business and community leaders and individuals who share our commitment to making a difference, we still need your help. Your donation will help us to meet the challenge of ever-increasing costs of dog food, equipment, medical supplies and other expenses incurred in the daily care of the dogs in the Sanctuary. Your donation will help us to expand our program so that we can help more dogs. We are proud of our work at Dog Lodge. You can be proud too, knowing that you are contributing to this important effort.
About Dog Lodge’s Co-Founders
Dog rescue organisation Dog Lodge’s co-founders Elaine Rosen and Rick Laminack have eleven dogs of their own all of which are rescues. Rick is an attorney in Houston, Texas and Elaine is a retired teacher who is now the Executive Director of Dog Lodge Sanctuary. Both Elaine and Rick have been involved with rescue for many years and feel very blessed to have been able to establish Dog Lodge and continue their efforts to give special needs dogs a chance.
This Dog Rescue organisation deserves our support. When I first read about Dog Lodge Sanctuary and the selfless sacrifice made by Elaine Rosen and all those people that help her care for these poor creatures I was moved to tears. All God’s creatures deserve tender loving care more especially at the end of life. At the moment with the covid-19 pandemic everyone is concentrating on providing care and protection for the elderly and disabled in society and rightly so.
In many ways the pandemic has brought out the best in people as we are moved to help our elderly and infirm neighbours and of course the heroic efforts of the doctors, nurses and care workers who risk their lives every day to provide care. Let’s make sure we remember God’s other creatures that need looking after especially man’s best friend who brings such joy and unconditional love into so many of our lives.
The best way you can help the Dog Lodge Sanctuary is by donating to enable Elaine and her dedicated friends to continue to provide a sanctuary where unwanted dogs can end their lives surrounded by carers that really love them.
To find how you can help please visit Dog Lodge Sanctuary’s website. If you do I promise you the volunteers and the dogs you see that have their forever homes there will touch your heart!