August 15th 2012 11:27 am
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This new item was on our local new today. Heartwarming to say the least...and wonderfur to read a good doggy story, instead of some of the bad dog did this or that...
Briarfield Farm Sanctuary Saving Dogs Across Michigan
MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Over the last few months, we've covered many stories of dogs being rescued from horrible conditions.
Some of them are placed in new homes, but many of the older dogs and the ones who have medical conditions face a life of uncertainty.
That's where a West Michigan sanctuary comes in.
Briar-Field Farms is not your typical shelter.
While they hope to adopt out all their dogs, they know that many of them will never leave the sanctuary--and that's just fine with them.
The fields there used to house horses, but now dogs rescued from unimaginable conditions run free between the white fenceposts.
Horse stables have been transformed into kennels, which now house about 30 dogs.
Many that wouldn't be alive if it weren't for John Coghlin and his team.
"We jokingly refer to this as a last chance ranch, and I guess I have to say we take the dogs that are not going to make it out of animal services or wherever they might be," Coghlin said.
The farm has only been operating as a dog rescue for a year and a half, and is already full.
The dogs come from all over the state--Coghlin works with animal services in many counties and takes in dogs that are too old or sick--like a trio called the welcoming committee.
"We call them our three old men," Coghlin said. "They live in our office all day long; they're all over the age of 8.
"Scotty is 8, Winston and Rosco are about 10, they're just our greeters," he continued.
They give older dogs a nice place to spend the rest of their days, and if they can, the sanctuary helps them find forever families.
It's work that is rewarding for Coghlin, his six employees and the volunteers that help walk and feed the dogs.
The farm, in Mattawan, is a non-profit, and relies on donations of supplies and medical care.
If you're interested in adopting one of the dogs, you can find a link to their website by clicking here:Briarfield Farm Sanctuary
I hope you check this link, it truly shows the love that is going on there.
Have a great day!
Such a wonderful place.
Thanks for sharing this great story.
Nice place MJF. Thanks for the wonderful story.
Aw... that's just great, MrJack! Thanks fur sharin'!
What a great story! I'm one who knows furst-paw how important shelters are fur any kind of spawcial needs doggie!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sounds like a pawsome place!
what a wonderful story and so glad to have people like that! Thanks for sharing with us
Hi, Whitley & Petey!
I sure wish there were more of these types of shelters. So needed...
What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.