Animal Rescue of the Week: Episode 34 – Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is committed to ‘Helping His Helpless’ through quality care and healing, adoptions, and population control awareness. Their mission is to provide shelter and loving care for animals who have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to overcrowded shelter conditions. At no time shall they be euthanized due to time constraints, medical need or other issues. Through the use of foster homes, Proverbs will provide loving care for our animals, to include veterinary care, food, and any other necessity until responsible, loving homes can be found for all adoptable pets.


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Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is committed to ‘Helping His Helpless’ through quality care and healing, adoptions, and population control awareness. Their mission is to provide shelter and loving care for animals who have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to overcrowded shelter conditions. At no time shall they be euthanized due to time constraints, medical need or other issues. Through the use of foster homes, Proverbs will provide loving care for our animals, to include veterinary care, food and any other necessity until responsible, loving homes can be found for all adoptable pets.

Hey, Holly, welcome to the show. Hey, thanks for having me. I appreciate it. So you’re with Proverbs 12. 10 Animal Rescue in Tennessee. So why don’t you get it started and just tell us a little bit about your organization and what your role is there and how you got started. Sure the problems. Sultan Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization in Tennessee with rescue animals, obviously, but we’re probably one of the largest Auster based animal rescues in the state, and that means we don’t have a physical location or facility. All of our animals, dogs and cats are placed in foster homes all across Middle Tennessee have some very wonderful homes. Families, volunteers that open up their homes to these animals when they keep them, hold onto them until they find their forever homes. We do host an adoption even once a week at the Bellevue Petco from 11 to 2. So it is things like a short timeframe, therefore reductions. But we have so much is on during a short amount. Time didn’t come in that are pre approved to pick other animals. So what is your position there? I’m a foster coordinator. That means that is my job to find foster homes for the animals. That would do take in my responsibility to ensure that everybody saying care of that when they leave from an auction day on Saturday had assassin a place todo to stay in a foster home for that week. And I also communicate with our Foster’s on the day to day basis to ensure that all their supplies were taking care of the doll food that everybody’s getting their amount like primitives. Okay, great. So I know you mentioned that you work with pre approved applicants. So what is the process for that? Like, how does somebody become a proved to be a foster as my question? So we have a lot of time. We are unlike a community shelter where people are able to just come in and say, Oh, I want that all I’m taking will say so with problems you have to fill out and a lot of atomic application us. On our website, it’s located a www dot Proverbs 12 and rescue dot work. We have an adopt tab topper website. There’s a drop down menu. It will take you to our application Taysom bowels probably 5 to 10 minutes of the louse, and we do language checks. We do that Checks language, especially are to ensure people who rent their homes are allowed to have pets because I haven’t agreed instructions or weight limits so that we can ensure that a pet is going to be the best fit for a family. That is nothing. It We have a review committee that is comprised of solely volunteers, very grateful for them. But they also applications Monday through Friday. They were full time jobs of their own. So they do the processing of our applications, like on their lunch breaks. Or they have just a couple of minutes and in between a few things about three days for us to fully process an application for someone who wants to find out what our debts. And then they’re receiving an email for me saying, Hey, you’re that’s great that people are willing to do that, like on their lunch breaks. If that’s dedication right there, if you have a pass and you know yes, it absolutely is, especially for a lot of the things that are involved with processing an application, because commission would you that check. So we call that the people who are interested in other animals to ensure they aren’t you pet owners and do medically take care. Old health needs other current debts. I know that’s one of your programs. But does your organization have any other programs that you guys offer? The offering a foster to adopt program, which is for people who are unsure, is that will be a good bit. They have, like young children or other animals in their home. The foster did. Our program is a one week trial home with one of our best to ensure that it is going to be a benefit here. In that time, we hold all the paperwork we hold an auction being it is not a good bit weekend. I am black and does not impede the Atkins from taking home another one of our animals. And this one happened. Tonight I’ll be the best fit. So it’s just a really good way to those terrible try before you buy. That’s a good way to put it. Make sure it’s a good thing. Yeah, so I think that is one thing that I probably says us apart from other organizations and shoulders, especially is way over that are Africans. Yeah, that’s awesome. So what is the community like in your area? Are there any particular challenges for the animals in your community? So we hold animals from high kill shoulders that are on the euthanasia list. So that helps our shelters out to ensure the very house space to take in other stray animals. But at the same time, we’re helping an animal we don’t necessarily always take. Owner Surrenders Special Something fans is usually will take. Connor surrenders. What was biggest challenges in your organization today when our booze challenges is probably having enough of a little foster homes to accommodate all of the animals that we take in their times that we do taking animals just on faith in hopes that we have someone step up and applied foster to open their own to these animals? A lot of people don’t understand kind of what all it entails. A suppressed fostering. We literally just need for people to open their own state of foster pets until they’re not. We provide all medical care. We handle financial leans, and like I mentioned earlier, I try to supply by Foster’s with all of the supplies of any. So I will let it out crates to Foster’s. Make sure they have dog food. We have all kinds of supplies donated all of the time, just a huge huge blessing, really thankful to people that use our organization as their charity of choice to dominate us. Yeah, that’s amazing that you have that support. I know you mentioned medical care, say someone is a foster and they have an animal in their home that they’re fostering that needs. I don’t know whether it be surgery or they’re just sick. Do they just reach out to you guys and you take the dog or the animal back in, or do you refer them to a vet? Or how does that process kind of work? Good question. So all our pasts are seeing by our primary that you’re a MIA, too. Board approved veterinarians that work with us as an organization. One of our other staff members is our records keeper, so she handles all medical records. She actually houses in her home as a single record for every animal in her hair. So we have somebody that it has a foster doll that needs medical care. We typically known beforehand that we can inform the Foster before we play sitting in their home. Will say, you know, this dog has a spare new procedure that’s scheduled here in the near future. This is the appointment. This is the time that it is. Are you able to get the dog to their numerous pavement? But they’re not able. Thio. We have some very wonderful volunteers that are dedicated solely to transporting our animals so I can ensure that I’ll transport arranged for my foster is they’re unable to get their foster dog to the vet themselves. And as far as anything else that may come up in a foster all like somebody notices that their foster dog is not eating or may have a little bit diarrhea. Something like that. I’m their first point of contact. So they reach out to me that I cannot get in touch with me. We have three other staff university they get in touch with so that we can ensure that all of our pets are taking care of. We can make an appointment. Yeah, that’s right. That they can just reach out directly to you. And then it sounds like you guys have a really good process of figuring out how to get the animals to the bed and how to get that animal care. So that’s great. Yes. Yeah, What does the future. Look for your organization. Do you have any upcoming events or plans that people should know about? Yeah, we absolutely is. We typically are present at several evens every bomb. This past weekend we have four different events that we had all of her own tears as everybody’s just dispersed in different directions were a breakfast on Sunday. We were at a happy one event on Saturday. We had a couple of others, but our biggest even coming up will be on November 1st. And it’s our annual puss for brothers Golf. Scramble is one of our largest fund raisers of the year, so there’s an entire day. Those check in about 10 30 in the morning. People come in and is just a whole day of golf. So you lunch. We have all teams that go out on the course and play for about four and 1/2 hours and they come back and we serve dinner and we have a silent auction with some really excellent items. There’s some fantastic things that this year, and then we have tria fine, so it’s just the whole day full of fun. Have an entire golf team that’s $400 then clues lunch and dinner and access to the silent auction. And then we sell just dinner tease as well. Our tickets are $25 includes dinner and trivia and assets are ocean. So is anyone able to come to your annual golf scramble or is it kind of I can invite on, Lee doesn’t know is open to anybody who wants to come. So we actually have even bright lank cannot remember off the top of my head what are is But if you go to the right and you search post from brothers, it should. Papa and we have all our ticket sales so you could purchase their tickets online or they can email us and say, Hey, I want to attend, But I’m gonna show the day. Uh, that’s not a problem. You were awesome. And I think you mentioned I’m not sure I’m saying it correctly, But Pred fest, yes. So what does that entail? So we were out and reached of this past weekend on Sunday for Press fest, and it was just a big festival with a bunch of predators. Players and sunny weather was out there. Who’s number seven and the Predators have been a really huge donor supporter organization for a while now. So they had done a donation drive for us. They had ordered thing pretty much everything that it was on our Amazon wish list and send it to us. Yes, way had a ton of supplies thanks to them right now. And they also presented us with a check, which was amazing. And then your parking lot event. What was that event? That was anything with very possible on in a flash. Eyes out in Franklin also. So they hosted a lot already. Event? They had vendors out there has food, trucks, different things like that. And we brought a little puppies out just for everybody. Just Hey, look, these puppies capitalism gets a puppy love, that kind of thing. So we frequently do events like that where we bring out puppies just for people a little on and spreading awareness about what we do. I feel like nothing’s more enticing than a box of puppies. You see that you’re running over there? Oh, yeah.

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So how important is fundraising to your organization? I know you mentioned you have a lot of these events, and it sounds like that plays a pretty big role for your organization and really does. We are a privately funded five a one C three nonprofit. So we rely on our fundraisers and our donations for a monthly donors to help us. Key Bob was our vet bills and everything else that we do for our animals. So it’s a very big operation. I don’t think the general public really understands how big an operation it is. Right now, we have about $210 in our care about 100 cats and black. Imagine they’re all in foster homes is pretty big. We we do rely on our dinners, and our sponsors tell this. But things like that, Yeah, I feel like fundraising is a huge piece in animal rescue because, like you said, there are so many animals and so many of them need care and supplies. And yes, it absolutely is. So do you have any memorable stories about a particular animal or maybe a volunteer or a staff member? Or just a story that really resonates with you and kind of reminds you why you’re in this industry and why you do what you d’oh? Well, so now wait, just pull animals for high angle shoulders that we will also pull pregnant dolls for medical shelters. As you can imagine, there could be so many diseases and shelter for adults to get birth that could be contracted by these. So we will pull pregnant. All’s from shelters, and we have a couple of designated maternity fosters that are just absolutely amazing. Sometimes will pull Purnell’s that already have babies, that they have to be bottled vent because the mamas you’re not producing enough milk or she can’t nurse for maybes are just some reason that she’s not able to feed her babies. And puppies that young typically have to be fed every two hours around the clock. So I have a maternity foster in particular. She and her husband. They are just absolutely phenomenal. I cannot tell you how many heard it alls. Mama does babies that they had come through their home that they have bottled and the babies and have taken care of and moans, and they sure that the babies they are nursing are weaned and time and things like that. She’s extremely extremely knowledgeable. I’m actually surprised that she’s not a veterinarian because she is a knowledgeable, but earlier this was late last year. Late last year, we pulled a great tyrannies. Pregnant mom from a shelter. And she went to this maternity Foster’s home. And she had her babies and care, and not all the maze lived, which is pretty typical, you know, pulling it over my local shelters or so many things that could already have the wrong with them. Or, you know, not in a food or not proper nutrition. Anything that could, you know, calls puppies to pass away after the mortar and be still warm. So they took care of his literally took care of his moment. All and great honeys are huge. They are big hoax. Yes, Yes. Well enough. This dog had a uterine infection, so she went to the vet and our that took excellent care of her, But she just did not seem to be getting better. But there was one evening we felt for sure that she was gonna pass away her name. Elsa, our veterinarian revived Elsa three times. Wow. Yes, I think it was the week before Christmas last year and all of the songs that we were up all night long we’re like, Oh, my gosh. What is gonna She’s gonna be okay. Is she gonna be able to leave the vet anytime soon. Is she gonna make it? So Elsa has since been a cottage. But yeah, we spent a while there. Several days were really didn’t know what was gonna happen. And like I said, Elsa was revived three different times and was able to go for recovery. And her babies that did make it were amazing. And they were placed in foster homes today since been adopted. But Elsa is with very limited family right now. It’s always great to hear those feel good stories of animals who you aren’t sure if they’re gonna make it or not, or they have a certain situation that you’re not sure if they’re gonna pull through. And it’s always great to hear the work that people put into it and the care that they give. And then those animals end up going toe loving homes. So that’s awesome. Yeah, speaking a little bit more about Foster’s, I know that people take Foster’s for animals that just need homes than some people have to foster because animals are sick or animals or pregnant, like there’s all sorts of reasons that animals need foster care. Would you say that most of your fosters have healthy animals or sick animals, or it’s kind of all over the board. It’s really a case, that case kind of thing. The Missouri our animals are foster homes right now are ready and available for adoption. So there was another beside available there, fully vetted. They don’t have any medical issues. We do have some very special bolsters that our comfort care fosters and these air for the animals who are basically unadoptable, where they have medical conditions that will not allow them to be adopted because they could pass away. We’re not actively dying. That’s it. We used to call him Hospice. Foster’s butt is not. The dogs were not technically hospice. They’re not actively currently passing away, but they have a condition that prevents them from being adopted to a long term home. Right now, we actually have a puppy that is a comfort care. Foster this home. His name is frosting. His Lyra puppies were left on someone’s doorstep in the middle of winter last year, and Rubbermaid Container the week Sutton and Rusty has a heart murmur. Pretty severe why, but he’s always went out of his litter that has on our armor this that severe rest of these letters Perfectly healthy. They all been adopted. There are always in want homes. But per our veterinarian, Frosty is very susceptible to have a heart attack which could cause him to pass away. And we we don’t want to adopt out an animal like that to the family. You know, the traumatize anybody. And since we are 100% no kill organization, we don’t euthanize either. So Frosty still has a wonderful ball in your life. He’s with comfort care. Boster who loves him plays with him. He’s actually at Adoption Day every single Saturday. This is Foster Mom volunteers with every Saturday. I frequently have people come up and say, Oh, I wantto this woman e have to say I’m sorry. Can’t ease and comfort care of foster It sounds like you guys have a theme going on with the names you have, Elsa and Frosty. Sounds like we have a winter theme going Oh, yeah. We try to pick up theme for each of our hobby letters, but when they’re born so right now we have a literature is going to become available, that I’ll have fall names. So we have, like pumpkin and flannel and haystack. So cute. Yes, that’s great. I know you kind of touched about it a little bit when we first started talking. But how can people get in touch with your organization if they want to get involved? So the very best way is good? Are messiahs innocent? Email Our general email addresses Info at Proverbs Colton Rescue Not work. We have a lot of people. Will messages. Facebook. Sometimes that’s not always the best way to communicate with us because we can’t check it like 24 7 But we also have a history of people. Do send questions through Instagram, but let me respond to use those been used us in this questions bodies. But if you really want to get involved, the best way is to use email. We have had people in the past asking if we have a phone number. There’s a reason we don’t have a phone number. There are only four O’s on staff that handle all daily operations, and if we had a phone number, we probably wouldn’t get anything done. A Sure you just get flooded with calls. I’m sure he is So the best way is email. We communicate primis almost 24 hours a day. He ate. Well, if somebody wants to foster more than once to you didn’t fill out an application on your website multiple times or are they already in your system? And if they choose to foster again, they just reach out. And they say, Hey, I’m ready for a new animal. Yeah, excellent question. So you just have to fill up foster application. Once we keep it on file, we keep it in our database. I keep a list of my active foster homes in my phone. So if I receive an animal and I needed a place that I usually reach out to my holster is that either haven’t fostered in a while or currently don’t have a foster animal. I will have people reach out to me that haven’t fostered in a while. They’ll say I’m ready for another foster doll. Okay, this is what we got. Okay, great. So I know you just said that you have foster dogs. Do you always have foster dogs with you? Yes, I probably have more. Well, not more than most people, but I ultimately take the bigger ones or the ones that nobody want. Eso right now have four permanent dogs and two fosters and I will be receiving 1/3 foster later today. So when you bring home a new foster dog, how do you introduce them to the animals that you currently have? You do it in the yard, which is considered a neutral territory by it all. And that’s what I’m trying to tell My fosters as well is that you don’t want to necessarily introduced them to each other inside the house because your permanent all it will be like, Hey, uh, what are you doing in my house? This is my territory. I’ve never done it before, so I’m curious about how it goes. So do you kind of have them on the issues? And you slowly introduce them? Or you just let them, like, run around that back or what? Is it kind of look like? I had a little run around out back with this in the backyard, which makes it easier. So I will usually put in foster dog outside in the backyard and then let each one of mine out one at a time. Because right now would you have somebody So it could be overwhelming for foster know, especially all that may not be used to eating. And such a large pack usually is pretty well. We’ve never really had any tips or anything in our house. Yeah, the Fosters that I have right now have room, which is about a £70 ready. He’ll ever be slow mix. And he’s been with us for the last six months, and I don’t know why he hasn’t been audited. He’s a fantastic dog. He’s totally housebroken. He knows how to sit and lie down and shake. He gets along great with our other dogs. He loves like going on an adventure. So he’s great in public. He’s great on leash, and he loves the water, so he likes to swim like that kind of stuff. And then the one that has kennel cough right, how we pull him from Ah ha Kill Shelter earlier this week. Actually, I only had him since Monday, but his name is Oreo, and he is like an eight year old should sue so before he’s ready to be adopted by to make sure his kennel cough is cleared up first he’s on medication and everything. Well, is there anything else that you’d like to share before we wrap things up? Really, is that problems is such a wonderful organization. And if people are interested in volunteering or fostering or even just sponsoring us or sitting in donation, anything like that, we are so grateful and so appreciative for everybody that’s involved. Problems is like a great big family. We actually have half fat on social media that we use that halftime problems nation because any time we have a need come up, we’ll post something. And I mean within just hours is taken care of because our wonderful into your race Well, thank you so much for joining us today. Holly. I’ve learned so much, and I had a really great time talking with you. Yeah, absolutely. I couldn’t have meal today.

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