Charity abounds in Castle Rock, Colorado! This past weekend, six young philanthropists opened their treat stand on the side of the road selling their wares of cookies, doughnuts, and iced tea to passers by with the intention of donating their proceeds to help the animals at CAWL. Annie, Brady, Charlie, Emma, Kyle and Sarah are all close friends who often assist CAWL by helping out and playing with local foster dogs in the neighborhood.
Each helping in their own way, some by shouting “Treats for Charity!” at passing cars and pedestrians, some by donating funds from their own piggy banks, this group of elementary age kids worked hard and long raising money to help the dogs and cats of CAWL. In total, the group raised $46.78 which they proudly presented to us asking that we use it to save the animals.
We are proud to be part of such a great community and these kiddos should be proud of their efforts!
A “potcake” is the Bahamian term for the thick, leftover food that remains in the bottom of a pot of peas ‘n rice after several reheatings. Traditionally Bahamians fed potcake to the outdoor, indigenous dogs that freely populated the Bahamas. Hence, the dogs have come to be known as “potcakes”.
Early in the month of March, CAWL received a request from Kit DeRoche, the Managing Coordinator of the Operation Potcake Puppy Lift Office, desperately looking for rescues in the states that would be willing to accept transfer of dogs from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB). In the prior year, 829 dogs and puppies were humanely euthanized by HSBG simply because there were not enough families on the island to adopt them.
HSGB averages an approximate 8% adoption rate for their animals. With lack of funding from the local government and the government ban on foreign Veterinarians and volunteers working field spay/neuter clinics as of February 2011, HSBG and humane advocates in Grand Bahama are fighting a losing battle effecting trying to control and manage the pet overpopulation on the island.
By: Lisa Petri, CAWL President
MochaToo may be the luckiest rez dog in the world.
CAWL’s first ever spay/neuter trip to the reservations of the four corners area lead us to MochaToo. She was completely feral and in an Animal Control holding pen. CAWL brought MT and about 10 other dogs back to Denver in June 2009. All the other dogs were adopted pretty quickly, but MT would not even walk if anyone was around. She only moved when she was alone.
I put MT in a stall in my barn. She did not leave the stall even with the door open for over three weeks. She ate and drank when no one was looking. She always went potty in the same corner. She would not look at you. I would go in the stall twice a day to feed her, clean and then sit with her for a while. I would get closer and closer by the day. Soon, I started touching her hind end. MT would urinate every time I touched her. This went on for months. Finally, one day, I left the barn door open. I knew there was a chance that she would run away but she hadn’t been outside for weeks and I had to try something. For hours, she stayed inside. Then I saw her standing in the doorway. She saw me and ran back to the stall. I knew I had her! She would not run.