Little Black Dog Rescue
We adopted a dog last summer - Addison, rescued from Puerto Rico. He’s a hybrid of, oh, 5 or 6 indeterminate breeds and it’s no exaggeration to say he’s the most amazing dog in the entire history of the world. So I was researching Playa Lucia, aka Dead Dog Beach, from where he hails. And I feel like someone just punched me in the stomach. Warning - the next paragraph is graphic.
Dead Dog Beach is a dumping ground for satos, or stray dogs. Up to 300 dogs at a time “live” there, abused and neglected, foraging for food, starving to death, and much worse. Not infrequently, men with guns or cross-bows use these dogs for target practice or hack them up with machetes. Others are poisoned or run over for by ATVs “for fun.” Those that don’t die from torture, starvation, or sickness are euthanized and tossed into the trash with hundreds of other dead dogs and puppies.
While this depravity is most pronounced in Puerto Rico, dogs are horribly mistreated and abused all over the United States.
To think this easily could have been our Addison’s fate is hideous.
Anecdotally, black dogs have the most difficulty finding adoptive homes. Reasons for this are conjecture, but theorires for “Black Dog Syndrome” include the Hollywood typecasting of black dogs in “evil” dog roles and that they don’t photograph well for promotional materials.
Amy Scarella, founder of Little Black Dog Rescue, has devoted herself to finding homes for these dark and deserving pups. She works with shelters in Puerto Rico, Georgia, and South Carolina to bring dogs to her home and foster families in Connecticut before matching them with the right families. All dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and deemed healthy before they’re placed.
Robin’s Note: Adopt a dog this Sunday! On March 23, Doggone Smart, 15 Cross St, Norwalk, is hosting Little Black Dog Rescue and a posse of their cutest pooches, all eager for adoption. Please swing by between 12-3. http://www.doggonesmart.com
How You Can Help: Well, adopt a dog. But if you’re not ready for a happy, lovable pet, other opportunities are endless: foster a dog, donate toys, bake for fundraisers, etc. Amy’s a hard-working one-woman show and appreciates any assistance you can offer.
What You May Not Know But Should: There are numerous other organizations and shelters in Fairfield County and around Connecticut, trying to find homes for homeless dogs. A few are: http://www.pinkshelter.com, http://www.cthumane.org, http://www.littleshelter.com, http://www.pawsct.org, http://www.westportwasa.org, http://www.animalhaven.org