About Our Rescue Group...
Dear animal friend,
We are an animal advocacy group in Natchitoches, Louisiana: Natchitoches Hope for Paws. Our entire focus is on rescuing animals, fostering and nursing them back to health, and finding loving homes for them. A more passionate, dedicated collection of people you could not hope to find. And yet the underlying problem, that of animal overpopulation, makes our task truly like pushing that fabled stone up that hill.
The message about spaying and neutering companion animals just does not seem to be getting across, judging from our experience—and those tragic statistics above. If we could spend one moment in your seat, with your audience, we would plead with them to make SURE to spay and neuter their pets, always. We could share so many heartbreaking stories, of pregnant animals abandoned along highways, in fields, in woods—or if not the mothers, of the puppies and kittens and those somewhat older, in dumpsters, in driveways. Of dogs dumped as puppies, who live their lives scrounging, with no shelter, surviving on handouts if they’re lucky, until we manage to capture them (if they’re very lucky) and begin the process of socializing them, so that they may someday have a real, loving home.
There is a city animal shelter that is certainly NOT a “no-kill” facility. Space, staff, and funding are limited, as are the services the city shelter can provide.
We (NHFP) have a donated building to house our rescues. This of course requires not only time and sweat equity, but funds. We have the ongoing costs of food, vaccinations, heartworm preventative, heartworm treatment, utilities, security, and insurance. We take in the animals that need us the most. Heartworms are very prevalent here in the South and a high percentage of the dogs we take in are Heartworm positive. It is very costly but we make sure each dog is treated and continued with Heartworm prevention.
An all-out promotion of spaying and neutering, with the possibility of subsidized, low-cost operations for pet owners who can’t otherwise afford them, has been successfully done in other areas—a traveling spay/neuter van that could take the service to the people where they are, could really make a difference. Without some concerted effort, the problem will never go away, never change—will, in fact, continue to grow. So many animals guilty only of being born will continue to suffer.
If there is any way in which you could help us to help animals, it would mean so much. Please, lend your voice. People will listen. We ask only that you do whatever you can to help.
This is who we are, why we started slowly making a difference in the lives of strays in our community and why we need your help and support.
All donations are needed to keep us going here and to help others who rescue and need assistance in our area.