Animal Rescue of the Week: Episode 20 – Wolf Point Pound Puppies

Wolf Point Pound Puppies, started with just 3 people when they recognized just how many strays their community had. In just 6 years they’ve been able to save 2,600 dogs and about 600 cats and in 2019 they’ve saved 244 dogs along with 84 cats. They do this by building & maintaining relationships with other organizations and working to understand the needs in their community. The love and support from not only their families, friends and volunteers but several communities in Montana make saving lives that much easier.

Welcome to the ARPA Animal Rescue of the week podcast, featuring outstanding organizations around the country that are helping animals & the people who rescue them. This podcast is proudly sponsored by  Doobert is a free website designed to connect volunteers with rescues & shelters, and the only site that automates rescue relay transport. Let’s meet this week’s featured animal rescue. Wolf Point Pound Puppies is located in Wolf Point, Montana, and they have grown from rescuing dogs from the pound to including dogs and cats from surrounding communities. They focus on animals that have been abandoned, owner surrendered injured or those who need medical care. And in addition to rescuing animals, they work with local clinics to provide the best care possible while offering the animals a safe place to heal until they find their forever home. Hey, Tina, welcome to the show. Thank you very much. Yeah, we’re exceeding. Good. Good. I’m excited to have you. And you are from Wolf Point pound puppies and that’s located or you guys are located in Wolf Point, Montana. Why don’t you tell us exactly where you guys are located and and maybe how you came to be Okay. Well, we’re in Wolf Point, Montana. Like we said, it’s the kind of the middle of the Fort Peck Center Boyne and Sioux Indian Reservation. Um, it’s a very large reservation. We have a huge amount of of stray animals that we finally realized. We need somebody needed to do something about. So three of us ladies got together, and when the dogs get picked up here, they go to the pound and they have six days basically too be picked up by the owner or their euthanized. So we just started taking turns with Really? So pay the $10 adoption seed. Get the get a license for it. Um, put a collar on it. Take it to the vet. At that time back in 2013 when we started, we had a local that Okay, she has since gun on a different path. So we don’t have a veterinarian here anymore, but she would help us out. She would volunteer her time, and we were just paid for the vaccinations and the things that she needed to use your her supplies. Sure. And then one of the founders, Darla Bradley, would, um go home. She lives in Belgrade. She works at the airport here, and we’ll go home every month or three weeks or whatever. It wasn’t when she would go. She would take whatever dogs we had collected. Okay. Ana dropped them at part of the Valley rescue in Bozeman. It’s a shelter. Really nice shelter over there. And so that’s kind of how we got started. Believe we’ve, of course, expanded from there, but yeah, yeah, it doesn’t take a whole team right to get started. And that’s one thing I really like about. Your story is, you know, there was three of you that really just saw a problem in the community. And you know, you you did what you could. So you mentioned that you guys are on the tip of of an Indian reservation. Um, So how does that How does that impact? Um, what you guys are doing in your area? Or maybe maybe it doesn’t. You know, uh, it’s not really a barrier for us. We’re going to get along with everybody. Every you know, there’s there’s Native Americans. There’s non natives living here. Everybody seems to code this. Well, um, I’ve been working at the sheriff’s office now for 27 years now have become, You know, people know where you work. People know you from there. They know you around the community for things that you’re doing. And it’s all very small communities. Um, it just works. It’s not really a barrier. There are some, I guess, stumbling blocks. Sometimes we have different laws. People follow different laws. There’s state love horse here for non tribal members and for the the enrolled or even enrolled anywhere Native Americans. They have to follow the tribal law. And sometimes federal law getsem gets involved, depending on the severity. So when we have animal abuse cases and things like that, um, there’s often different players that have to come in. Sure the for Peck Tribal Health, Animal Control. Or it could be for Peck Housing, animal control or just the city of Wolf Point. Animal Control. Yeah. I mean, there’s definitely some challenges there, right? Like you said, not necessarily barriers, but definitely use some different challenges that, you know, that you guys are having to work with, you know, versus some other rescues that are that are out there. Um and you mentioned that wolf point is in a pretty rural location. Um, why don’t you tell us a little bit about you know what wolf point and kind of their surrounding area looks like? And maybe how that you know how that impacts the animals in the community? Well, we we do have a lot of poverty in our area. The terrain is pretty flat. Were on the eastern side of of Montana. Where western, North Dakota, if you will. And nearly to Canada, Canada’s only maybe 50 miles. We could get to Canada. The Canadian border. Okay, um, so small towns along the way, the reservations very large. We have five communities on the reservation that we work with. We also we basically cover. Now, after we’ve evolved, we kind of cover all of Northeast Montana in our little corner here. So wow, upto plenty. Would’ve disco be flax ville? Some some glass go people. We we end up with dogs from there or we have Foster’s there. Okay, Yeah, it’s ah, that’s a really big area right now, just servicing your community. But like you said, you know, it’s almost like that northeast corner. Um, so it definitely sounds sounds interesting and so remind me again when you guys started. So 2013 around February 1 of the gals I that worked at the county health over here. I was a friend of my sister’s, and she called me one day and said, uh, would you like to help me get some dogs out of the pound? And I said, Sure, So that’s how it started. And, uh, she sensed dropped off of our our little group. But Darla Bradley is the president of our board. We have a small board of directors Now we have a five a one C three and we’re kind of big time. We have a van. Oh, okay. Really, really moving up. Yes. Oh, so talk to me a little bit about that. Um So you guys started, you know, just saving the few animals that you could from the from the local pound. And you built relationships, right? With other organisations, organisations and shelters along the way. How did you make that growth really in? I don’t What is that? Almost six years, right? Tell me what that progression has looked like for you from when you first started to where you guys are today. because, as you stated, you have, ah, full time day job and you know, that’s not easy to balance the two. So I’m curious what the six year journey has looked like for you guys. Yes, it’s it’s really busy. And of course I’m, um, And when I’m working, I often have to, you know, push off calls and tell him I’ll call him after work. Things like that are on my lunch break. Um, we have now. Well, I guess I should back up in 2013. When we started, we were doing that. Darla would be taken dogs every 2013 3 to 4 weeks to home with her should have been Belgrade, and so she would drop him off at Heart of the Valley and Bozeman. She had a relationship with some folks there, which has been a godsend for our group. We we get two right now, 10 to 15 dogs every week. So with a small group, it’s that’s a big number. And oftentimes we get a literal puppies with that, you know, so that could double it. And you know no time. So what we were doing was I have a pickup, so I would load up, um, five or six kennels in the back of my pick up and in the back seat. And, you know, I joked about strapping some to the roof a couple of times, but never did. That’s a good thing. Way would meet. Um, part of the valley was so awesome, they would send a couple of their volunteers to meet us in buildings with a little more reasonable for a day trip for us. Okay, because going all the way, the, um, part of the valley would have been an eight hour at least. Drive one way. Okay. Where we can get two buildings in four and 1/2 grab some lunch and head back home. Sure. Enter the long day, but it’s doable. Sure. So that’s what we did for quite a while. And then I heard about a grant, Um, over North Dakota Williston. They had ah, Milton Olsen Jr. Small Animal Foundation Grant. And I thought, Well, I’m gonna fight for this, and I’m gonna go. I’m gonna go sky high. You know, I asked him for a ton of money I wanted to do space and neuters. I wanted a van to drive these dogs and I wanted this. That the other thing? Yeah, well, they give us a van. Okay. Which was great. Yeah, it was a little disappointed. I thought saying I wanted Thio neuters. I wanted some money for this, So we got the van and we didn’t realize what a what a blessing it was gonna be. Um then we were able thio in any weather because you can’t just throw up a dog or a group of dogs and kennels in the back of your truck when it gets to be 50 to 70 below right, Darryl. And you can’t do it when it’s 9200 and 20 year, right? Limited our son times of the year when we could really do that. So it was really great. So then we had a van, and we were still meeting people in Billings, and but we could take more and they could bring their van. And so it’s kind of can it still what we’re doing. But now we have Ah, a driver that goes twice a week. I’ll send him to Billings on his days off because apparently he has nothing better to do. Sure. His day graph, either Yeah, yeah, we load up, you know, sometimes 15 to 20 dogs and cats and we send them, send him off. So that’s really cool. So it sounds like you have, you know, your team has grown. Sounds like the grant and the van you’re able to get was really expanded. What? You you know, we’re able to dio, um, you know, from when you first started. So what? So you mentioned you are taking in about 10 to 15 animals a week. Is that what you’re doing currently? Yes. Okay. And so talk to me a little bit about because your foster based you don’t have ah, physical location. So talk to me about what that foster program looks like. For you are How are you bringing in that many animals into your rescue, You know, and tell me what that process looks like, I guess. Well, since we’re we’re driving twice a week on minutes, he doesn’t have days off that air back to back, which is kind of beneficial for us. So our driver goes on Sundays and Tuesdays, OK? And so when we but our main focus is getting the dogs out of the pound. That’s never changed. So when when we have dogs in the pound, they have six days. So we’re able to leave them at the pound when they’re six days are up. We just track those particular dogs and we go to the pound on Sundays and Tuesdays and we picked him up there. Okay, once that our overflow are, um they kind of missed every once in a while. We aren’t able to take a trip, for whatever reason. Sure they they aren’t ready for dogs are Maybe, you know, they got too many that week or, you know, they take care of their own first yet. And so then we start looking for Foster’s, and we also don’t like puppies in the pound. So if okay, the town picks up a puppy, which is pretty often, I mean, even an eight week old puppy can end up in there. Says it’s wandering the street. So we’ll find a foster for that puppy. And I foster a lot myself, and we have some of our board members. Foster, we have developed a foster base in the Bozeman area and Livingston, Belgrade, Manhattan. There’s several little towns over there that we have Foster’s at. And so if we can’t get them into Heart of the Valley or maybe Stafford shelter in Livingston, then we’ll send some of the pups or whomever to Foster’s in that area way. Also have them all over for you. We’ve got a lady in slacks ville that just loves moms and pops. So if we have a a very pregnant mom, they’ll go to her. And okay, it’s got brand new pups will go to her. Yeah, for a while until they’re ready to be able to travel. Yeah, that’s pretty cool. So it’s so my comment is it’s really hard to find Foster’s in the immediate community, right? That’s what I That’s what I’m learning after talking to people and what you guys have been able to D’oh is build relationships with people eight hours away from you. Um, which is pretty incredible. I have to ask, How did how did that come about? How did those relationships happen? And how were you able to find people so far away to help you? Well, one of the one of the things is of course, Darla She from Belgrade. So she had contacts down there, and we built such a relationship where we’re like besties with the workers down at heart of the Valley now and, you know, we chat and they you know, there’s people that foster for them. There’s people that they know. Uh, Marie stored. All is also on our board. She’s the vice president and she lives in Livingston. So she has friends and she used to volunteer. She was one of the people that would meet us back in the beginning with her own car and come and meet us and take the dogs back to Bozeman from Billings. And so we got to know Marie really well, and she ended up jumping on our board, and she has been invaluable to our organization. She donates she monsters. She takes a lot of them to the her own vet and gets them spayed or neutered so they’re more attractive to the shelters when they’re swamped. You know, they don’t always have time to get them spayed, neutered before they can get him on the adoption floor. So they sit and wait, and we don’t like that so real take him and get him altered. So that there, through the shelter, a lot quicker. Yeah, it is pretty interesting. And I agree with you and that, you know, a lot of finding Fosters and other organizations is really about the relationship building. And it’s the whole, you know, Right? So you have todo you have to be open to those relationships and, you know, you have to nurture them, right? It’s not just Ah, um you know, you take, take, take, you have to give to write. So there has to be a good balance, you know, between organizations and the volunteers and and the partnerships that you that you have. So I really like that. You know, you you had some help, right? Like you said, that was Darla’s kind of doing. But now, through conversations and the relationship building, you’ve been able to kind of reach more people. And you know, H o V has fosters and they’re open to the idea of sharing. Their resource is, and they’re volunteers with. You guys write that. One of the things I’m always really amazed with is that we don’t work together more than we currently d’oh! And I really like the fact that that’s a great relationship between the two of you. and, you know you are sharing. Resource is and you are sharing volunteers to get to a common goal. Um, I really, really like that. That piece of it, they’re fantastic. And, um, until we got any funding, they were instrumental and what we were doing. I mean, you know, a person that’s just working a regular job, we’re not wealthy, right? We can’t just keep keep up the pace paying for these even, even just the vaccinations. And then the supplies could get, you know, it could get expensive. So absolutely. What Heart of the Valley did in a way back in the beginning, almost within a month or two was they started shipping trays of vaccines to our vet and, uh, parvo testing supplies and different things like that on their dime to be able to help us get the dogs to a healthy, um, point to be transferred to them. Yeah, we have a protocol. You know what they need before they leave here to be accepted by by them, and they supply all that for us? Yeah, That is pretty incredible to this, eh? Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s a very It’s a very, very cool relationship. um, definitely some of our dogs, you know, the goto heart of the valley. Or go to the tiny tails and those other Stafford shelter And what not, Um, they’ve gone on to do awesome things. I mean, we had we have the Bridger Bowl ski resort out there, and I guess it’s Bozeman close to Bozeman. They have the Avalanche rescue dogs, and two of those dogs are rez dogs. Okay. And that’s just amazing to me. Some of our dogs have become service dogs for disabled. Veteran. Sorry, It got a little Yeah, that’s a major emotional there. But they’re cool dogs. Yeah, it’s It’s hard. That’s OK. It’s hard not to, You know, it’s hard too sometimes. Look at the big picture, right? And in these dogs come to you guys. You know, obviously you get them from the pound. But they come from all different places, and their backgrounds are different. And, you know, you never know. So, you know, tear point. You see these beautiful animals who have been abandoned or they’re stray right or abused, and you know you see so much potential in them, and to see them go on and have this beautiful life and and to find there, person, right, that’s it is an emotional thing. And I I love that again. You’re working with other organizations, which allows more opportunity for the dogs that you’re saving. And so you’re allowed to be emotional about that. There’s something very special about that. Some of our puppies were the We’re the feature for Bozeman’s. I think they call it The Dog Ball. Everybody gets dressed up, and it’s like a big fundraisers, food and whatever and all these big, you know, people that have money go on buy tickets and they don’t do their donations. And our dogs were the where the, you know, the dogs out at the ball. That’s the Stafford has what they call it fur ball your hair. They featured our dogs as well. So it’s just, um I guess you know there’s a lot of breeders out there pure bred dogs and whatnot and and our pure bred rez dogs or just phenomenal. And I think everybody knows it now. Yeah, everybody wants one, and I think it’s so cool. Yeah, thinking that just about everybody in the Gallatin Valley has a Redd’s dog by now. But we’re gonna keep sending them anyway. And hopefully it’ll reach out even further. Yeah, it’s incredible. The impact that you guys have. So one of the one of the things that you mentioned a little earlier was the distance, um, for you guys in Wolf Point. And so you obviously work with veterinarians. Now, where is the closest one? And and tell me what that looks like. Do you use the van? Do you transport multiples? Do you work with one that tell us what some of those challenges are and what you guys are doing to kind of overcome? Maybe the lack of resource is Well, we just have to get creative social Media’s huge help we can get on our Facebook page, which we have. I don’t know right now, exactly how many thousands, you know, several 1000 followers. And we can say, Hey, we need a dog to get to glass, go today or the circle that today, or if they’re over on the other end, you know, maybe the Bach in mobile that can come out and see them. Um, so we just kind of request, and usually somebody steps up and says, Hey, I’m goingto glass go tomorrow at 10 o’clock. So we call the vet and see if we can get him in, you know, by 10 o’clock or by by 11 or whatever it takes. Yeah, and they work with us in Glascow Valley Vet. Um, Okay, there. A circle vet is about 50 miles also, and another 45 to 50 for the Bach and Mobile. They goto Culbertson, um, on Wednesdays. So we just kind of have our finger on the pulse here about who’s who’s where. When. Yeah, and who goes toe? You know, who works in Glasgow goes toe would. Yeah, I mean, then that’s important. That’s definitely more. So we we over the years when when our vet left, she recommended we go to Dr Grimm in At the time she was in Homestead Montana, which is barely on the map. Okay, She was there, and we used her pretty much exclusively. Unless unless we you know, it’s a bit was a bit of a distance a little further for us. So if we absolutely couldn’t get anybody to go that way, we would send them to the other places because she always volunteered her time and she gave us a really good deal. Well, she ended up packing up and moving to four sites, which is between here and Billings. It’s about a three and 1/2 hour drive now for us to get to her. Oh, my gosh. But she’s so phenomenal and I’ll say her name again. Dr. Heather Grim. She’s awesome. She comes to Wolf Point once a month and does a two day spay neuter clinic for us. Wow. And we do typically 30 to 40 cats on cat day and we do 20 tow 30 dogs on dog Day that every month we’re getting some space and neuters done and vaccination the course. Yeah, at the same time, treating for fleas and ticks and de Wormer all all the good stuff. They get the full treatment when they come through our clinics. Yeah, that’s pretty awesome. I am amazed at how much support you guys have. Um, you know, for being such a small rural community, um, you know, you really have built out the relationships in the surrounding towns, and I mean to find surrounding right. I think surrounding of, like, 30 45 minutes and you’re really saying really within an hour right? That’s really the next closest, larger community. And so you guys have really had to do some extra leg work to make those relationships go. But the dedication of someone coming, you know, three and 1/2 hours every single month for a two day clinic is pretty exceptional. And, you know, how long has she been doing that for this This years is how long she’s been coming here because she was in, Um, she was in the, you know, homestead area. So she moved. She moved in. I would say November so of 2018 and then, But she never really lost touch with us at all. Not for a minute. She was still doing. She would show up and do whatever we needed. Before that, though we were, we would once a month or so. Carol Hackley. She’s another one that helps me all the time. Her and I would pack up. However, many dogs would get fit in the van and cats, and we would go to plenty would to where she her that clinic was. And she would just have a day just for us, usually a Saturday or Sunday, and we would spay neuter a bunch of animals? Yeah, that’s really include. That was just one day. It’s It’s better now because she comes to us and we can do more animals because we’re not happen to try to fit him all in one ban, because people can bring them yourselves. Yeah, we’re able to do two days and way more animals. Yeah, it sounds like an incredible program that you guys, you know, that you guys have built out. Now, I also heard that you guys, um, help with shelter for the animals. Now, you guys are obviously in the northern part of Montana. And as you mentioned, you know, in the winters, it gets really, really cold on in the summer. Gets really, really hot. So you guys actually build doghouses? Um, you know, to kind of help with the, um protecting them from the elements. So tell us a little bit about how that came about and and what you guys are doing there? Yeah. So I actually don’t know whose brainchild that was. I want to say it’s mine. We started out. We requested we paid for. Ordered some. Not very many do people do the square straw bales anymore. Concerned about those big round bales that air like a ton, right? And so we found a couple people that make the small straw bales. And so we asked for We asked for 100 bales. Wow way bought the hunter bales and we stacked them out at one of our other volunteer, Caroline Ernie shut outside a wolf point here. With that, they gave us a spot on their land and we stopped him up there. And then my son and I would just load up as much as we could sit in our pickup every year and then come back. And, you know, we go build a house and at somebody’s place and then come back and, you know, we could do two or three out of the pickup and then come back and reload. Um, we would spend a couple of weekends doing that and getting everybody that asked for one. Got one or they got some loose straw for if they had an existing doghouse. Sure, but straw houses don’t last. As the little piggies found out. You blow down and and they it just wasn’t. It’s good, it helps, but it just just wasn’t enough for us. I guess we’re all kind of overachievers. So he’s decided we were gonna buy lumber. What? Not in this have Ah, doghouse Building day. Okay, so we did. So we did. So we built 10 big dog houses and we had some donated doggie doors, so I don’t know if you know how doggie doors work, but they usually are for really, like a wide door, a thick door. Sure, there were able to use both sides for each of you know, so we could use one doggy door for two dog houses. Nine, because don’t use the whole mechanism. OK, anyway, so we were able to put doggie doors on a few of them, and the rest just have, like, a barrier inside the door to kind of block the wind. Okay, so when they go in, they kind of got to turn a corner, but it blocks the wind, and we made 10 of those. So we wanted to build the dog house is to make sure that the the dogs have had a little more stick sustainable housing for, you know, all year round each year we were gonna go through and maybe do another 10 each year and get those handed out. Yeah, it’s a It’s a great idea. And I love that. You know, you’re you’re really thinking about the community and the location, you know, for where you guys are at and and I don’t know if our people asking you for resource is like that. Are they coming to you? Insane? Were struggling. I need help with this. Can you provide me that? Are they coming to you and asking for helpers that you just seen what the community needs and then thinking about how to solve that problem? It’s a little bit of bowls. Okay, Um, way c. I mean, like, said, it’s a small town. You drive by it, you see it Sometimes somebody just needs their offense fix. They’ve already got a fence up, but their dog keeps getting out. Um, we go and try to help them fix their fence. People will ask sometimes for dog food. Maybe it’s the end of the month in the I just can’t, you know, go buy another bag of dog food to get him through. We we do that. We get donated dog food and heart of the valley. Tiny tales in Manhattan, different places give us dog food to help out. We also take it to the food bank so that when people are in there getting their food, they can grab a bagel. Dog food, cat food if they need it. Money is always, ah challenge for rescues specifically. So I’m sure that the the donation peace, eyes, something that you guys are always looking for for help with. Is there anything else? Um, you know that you guys see is a challenge, whether in your community or within your your organization. I think that probably the biggest challenge for us is people that have ah, on incident with their dog, be it a ninja ary or an illness that that’s gonna be a catastrophic, um, drain on their economy. They can’t. They just have to make the decision not, And we come in and try to get him to the vet. If our vet happens to be here, of course, you’ll take a look at him. I’ve done some minor things myself. You know, if I know I can help, Um, if it’s something I’ve seen before, my that can maybe talk me through it or we try to get him to the glass go that either help them with gas, too, to get that done, or maybe find a volunteer that could drive him to the vet. That’s where we need the money. I think the most sure on we can get donations for a lot of things, a lot of tangible things, like dog food and never been swelling toe throwing a bag of dog food here and there. But handing Cem Bey over that’ll pay of that bill isn’t always what we can come up with. Three do fundraising. But it’s just that something where we fall short every year. You know, even the smallest donation. Um, you know, I think, is really impactful. You know, we always say it’s time or money, so if you can donate money, great, right? Like you said, for those catastrophic events for the unforeseen things and the emergency, you know, bills. That’s definitely always something that that organizations need. But don’t forget about the other things as well. Ah, and I see you guys are are part of Amazon smile. Are there any other organizations that people that people conjoined and kind of help with donations for you guys once a year. We usually do like this Schwan’s care. I think it’s called where we people that are buying Schwann food can choose us as their rescue or their charity, and so percentage of their purchases go toward us. Way also have something called Friends of Reynolds. There’s a Reynolds grocery store in Glasgow, which is fairly close to us, and a lot of people shop there. They donate a certain percentage of your groceries. Everybody needs Grocer is absolutely give Amar number. There’s other charities, but if you give them our charity number, they’ll donate a percentage last year or this year. So far, we’ve gotten about $700 from Friends of Reynolds, which is really and Amazon smile. I think the good thing about them is that anybody can anybody in your family, anybody in your foster’s families, you know you can really spread the word on smile because you can do that from anywhere with the Reynolds friends of Reynolds. It has to be one particular story. You have to choose because they can’t say like all the Reynolds and the warning only Okay, the United States, But yeah, so that’s really cool. So we just kind of shared every once in a while and people share it with their family. You mentioned the um you can’t believe the support and you know you got thinking. I am always just so so much in awe of the support we get. We’ll be sitting at a bazaar, you know, we’ll set up a table at a bazaar. Everybody wants to come and see us. You know, whether it’s just a chat or tell us about their dog or give us throw a donation in our little can by something that we’re selling or get a ticket for a raffle. Whatever it ISS, local businesses, they’re really good to us. And it’s just amazing. It really is all the support that we get. And not just from hometown. You know where we have supporters from Bozeman area from from all over. Really? Um, there’s a lady and in Belgrade that she cheese a pot. She does pottery, Okay. She makes specific pieces for people and sells them in anything that they give for. That piece goes to our program. That’s amazing. And it’s really amazing. Yeah, I really I really love what what you guys have been able to do. So, Tina, one of my one of my favorite parts in this entire process is memorable stories. So I am curious. Do you have a memorable story that really stands out to you that you want to share with us? We recently, I guess, on more recent times we we were asked by Animal Control to come and meet them at a location here, right right here in town. And And I checked out of my job and and met him down there. A lady had gotten overwhelmed with a couple of letters of puppies at her house, and she didn’t have a fenced yard, so she had had them all kind of locked in a room in her house. Probably keep keep the mess down the one area. So she had three adult dogs and 12 puppies, all in one room, and she had run out of money to feed them for the past couple of weeks. And the puppies were in really bad shape. So the good side of this is that sounds really sad. They were very thin. You know, the animal control guy called us. We loaded him up in his throat took him over to my house and I have a little have a big dog house. It’s got heat in it. It’s got a fence around it kind of keep him contained. So we put the puppies in there, started slowly feeding them, you know, some rice and boiled chicken, things like that. That a row easy on the stomach and got him back to, you know, being able to eat drink, you know, feeling a little better. And then you moved. Um, we moved him to Livingston, to a foster of ours. There just keep getting pictures from them. They’re in this gorgeous mountain side, you know, place with all this green grass running up and down hills and going on the trail walks and in on, I think, how lucky. They’ve just, you know, fallen into such a wonderful life now and probably get there slowly, getting to a bigger wait toe where they can get spayed, neutered, and they’ll be living in homes all over the Gallatin Valley here Pretty soon. So awesome. Really happy to be able to help. I think I was telling you in the beginning how much we devote we have evolved from our original mindset. Yeah, went in 2013. If that would have happened, I would have been so angry, I would have been like, Are you kidding me, lady? You know Yeah. Why would you allow this to happen? I’ve kind of moved away and maybe evolved a little bit on my own, thinking that not everyone’s priorities are the same as ours. And not everybody’s life, of course, is the same as ours. We don’t. We think we’re doing okay. We think we can kind of maybe we can just get through this and maybe we can everybody you’ll be all right In the end, you know, is maybe her mindset. She started feeding them a mixture of flour and water, and I think she thought that that was going to sustain them through the end of the month. And then she would have so it again she realized, though, that it wasn’t working and bless her heart. She did the right thing by calling. And yeah, I realize she was overwhelmed. So I think that’s where we can all kind of checkers. You go out the door, and so you know, not everybody can have the same priorities as you. So let’s just try to help. You better blame. So that’s kind of where we are with it. Yeah. I mean, we definitely evolve, right? Sometimes we do it subconsciously, and other times we make a conscious choice. Thio evolve. But I definitely agree with you and that everybody, right, everybody’s different. Everybody has a different thought process. And I think part of being in the in the rescue world specifically is that you have to be empathetic to other people, right? Because you don’t know what they’re going through. You don’t know the decisions that they’ve had to make. And, you know, I really think that’s ah, that’s a big piece to this. And so I love that, you know, over the course of six years, you know, your your thought process has changed a little bit. Um, and that’s not necessarily easy to do, but I love that you recognize that it wasn’t easy. And, you know, I think I told you. The Doctor Schwartz from University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine program really kind of brought me around when she first started talking about, you know, everyone deserves a pet. Nobody should have their pets taken away. And I’m like, What do you know? How about this one? And I Joker pictures like, No, but we can work with that. You know, you can’t. We’ve kind of come around to thinking, you know, maybe people just don’t know. They don’t know what the resources are. Yeah, they don’t know that they need to be de wormed. And that’s maybe why there’s something. Yeah, they don’t know that they need X amount of cups of food per wait for their weight. It’s an education thing. It was happy to be telling people that now, you know, we let him know we don’t know what’s what they need. And yeah, education definitely is. Ah is a big piece to this, right? And, you know, sometimes that seems like a never ending a never ending task. But it’s one of the things that you just can’t give up on right, because if you give up, then who else is there to help educate, right? I mean, it’s I feel like it’s all of our jobs to be talking about this, to be sharing our stories and to inspire people to do better in tow. to be better. So education is a big piece, but it’s forever ongoing. We kind of talked about the past and your progression. I’m curious on what the future looks like for you guys. Tina, do you have Ah, Are you working on something that you want to share, or is it just more fundraising and more? Tell us what the what the future looks like for you fostering until we can move them somewhere else is kind of what we’re going with. Okay, Are our vet? Her philosophy is she wants to work herself out of a job. Sure, sir. She’s She’s convinced that if we just keep doing space and neuters and vaccinations that we will eventually get it to a more manageable level. Okay? And people will be keeping their dogs longer and knowing what to do and having resource is for their vaccinations. For there, you know their overall health and keeping them a little healthier. So we don’t have dogs dying of parvo or distemper and somebody picking them up that’s passing through town. Or, you know, whatever is going on right. And people will be able to take care of their pets on a more long term basis. You know, I like that again. I just think the support that you guys have from people around you, um, it’s the one point with what you guys believe in, what you want to work towards that that’s incredible. There’s just no friction at all. There’s no barriers. It’s like everybody is open Thio, you know, saving lives and and reducing the overpopulation. And and sometimes you know that’s not it’s again. It’s just not an easy thing to Dio when we’re in the beginning. You know, we had a handful of people that would say, Hey, can you use a little bit of money? I see what you’re doing, you know, And once people realize that you’re really doing the work, then there’s no end to what they’ll do for you to help you out in that aspect would if they just hear you talking, you know? Yeah, we’re rescuing dogs, but when they see it, you’re on the you’re driving around in the van going into the housing areas, given vaccinations and you’re setting up Spain neuter clinics and they see you driving two buildings because they’re in Miles City for the day or whatever you know, they know you’re working, and that’s that’s where I think we’re different. Yeah, And we get the support because people know where we’re serious. Yeah, we’re not going to quit, so we’ll make sure to connect all of your your facebook and your website on the podcast. Both scenes. What? People can contact you. And if they can foster, we definitely encourage them to reach out to you. So we kind of talked a little bit today. I feel like about ah lot. And so is there anything that we may be missed that you wanna bring up before we wrap this up? I hope I got all of my people’s names in my my spiel. Carol Hackley, Jennifer Zimmerman, Caroline and Shut Darla Bradley restored. All mean, we have so many people that that help us, Charlie Henry’s or driver. He’s awesome. And, of course, our families, all of our families are knee deep in this with us. So, you know, my husband and my my boys, my daughter, everybody, um, they’ve if I’m not home and somebody shows up at the house needed a vaccination, my husband or my daughter all go to the fridge get the vaccine. I sure they write the name down. They live so that I don’t double up. Yeah, they know what to do. And somebody shows up at the door with a straight captor. Injured animal. They just grab a candle and put him in there till till I can get home and take check it out. So it’s on. All of our families do the same thing. They’re always out there. They were out there building doghouses. Um, they’re willing to drive. They’re willing to come and help us clean up after spay neuter clinics or help with the clinic. You know, it’s it’s it’s endless. So, yeah, we do appreciate everybody that volunteers, and that’s a That’s a big part of who we are. Yeah, I love that it’s a family affair. Not just your family, but everybody in the area. I can honestly say I haven’t heard that one before, but I definitely love that. That is the case with you guys. So So I just want to thank you again. So much for sharing. You know more about Wolf Point pound puppies. Um, and the wonderful work you guys they’re doing. So thank you again Tina. Thank you so much, Rachael. Thanks for tuning into today’s podcast.  If you’re not already a member, join the ARPA to take advantage of all of the resources we have to offer.  And don’t forget to sign-up with It’s free and helps automate the most difficult tasks in animal rescue.

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