And now for some good news…
This article comes from Cincinnati.com.
Volunteer opens home, heart to rescued dogs
BY JESSICA NOLL | COMMUNITY PRESS STAFF WRITER
Clermont County – After retiring from her full-time job at UC Clermont, Lisa Haynes-Henry decided to give back to the community in a way that most people wouldn’t even think of. She is a foster mother – to dogs.
“There is nothing like the sheer joy of a dog,” she said.
Haynes-Henry and her husband would know all about the joys of dogs. They have opened their home to dogs rescued through the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati, Inc. And not only does she volunteer as a foster mom to these pups, but she also spends a couple days a week at the Eastgate Animal Hospital, where the rescue is based, to volunteer.
Volunteering at the rescue consists of walking the dogs, grooming and a lot of running and playing and “loving on” the canines.
“I love my pets and now that I’m retired, it’s time to give back. It’s my responsibility to make this world a better place than I found it,” said Haynes-Henry.
After reading an article in the newspaper about the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati, Inc. and how these Labs needed homes, she thought, “I can do that.” She since has fostered two dogs, one of which came from a “puppy mill.”
Dogs are rescued for a variety of reasons, including from families who can no longer care for their pet because of a move or other obstacle.
But many of the dogs that are rescued are from “puppy mills” or are abandoned or stray dogs, said Haynes-Henry.
According to Haynes-Henry, a mill is like a farm where a dog breeder over produces puppies for organizations and pet stores for resale. And typically the breeders are not concerned with the health or welfare of the dogs that are breeding the puppies. The produce puppies, until they can no longer breed and then they are either put down or given to shelters.
The rescue started out rescuing only Labs, but now takes in all breeds of dogs, as well as of all ages. They perform surgeries and give medicine to those in need and help them get well if they are sick while being fostered or while staying at the rescue before adoption. The rescue holds events to raise money for these procedures and to care for the rescued dogs.
The best part of helping these dogs is, “making a difference in a dog’s life that can then make a difference in a family’s life,” she said.