Rescuing animals can be just as satisfying as helping people. Their love for you will only continue to grow. Have you ever been interested in rescuing? This article can help you out! I have asked both an amateur rescuer and a professional organization called I’m Your Huckleberry Rescue who are based in the McDonald county area and Northwest Arkansas.
This is a rescue that our amateur has decided to keep. She was just a newborn when she was found in the amateur’s donkey pin. They were told that she would not live, but after bottle feeding and lots of love, she is growing and in good health. Her name is Grover.
I’m Your Huckleberry Rescue is a foster-based organization in McDonald County that has many people around our area taking in animals who need homes until their adoption day arrives. According to the organization, “It helps to have a heart for animals. The hard part about having a heart is that it can and will be broken. But the next wiggly butt helps to take that away.”
As a rescue, there are some downsides as well. Huckleberry says, “Rescuing is extremely rewarding. As with anything, it can be completely enriching or absolutely infuriating. You deal with both the best and the worst in humans.”
A baby pig rescued from a woman who sold him when he was too young. His name is Henry Ford.
The amateur rescuer (who wishes to remain anonymous) told me that, “Anyone who wants to start doing it should definitely start as part of an organization. Doing it alone like I do is way more stressful, and I have to cover all costs which gets very expensive. Make sure you have all the equipment, supplies, and knowledge/ resources on hand.”
Another important pointer that they have is to, “Make sure you are able to let them go when it’s time, that’s the hardest part.”
Rescuing is hard, you have to be prepared to see some horrible things, but you will be making a difference. Even if you just become a foster or volunteer, you are a rescuer.
“This area has some of the worst puppy mills in the world, the area needs to be educated on spay/ neuter programs.” I’m Your Huckleberry said. “Local city ordinances need to change, heavier penalties need to be imposed and more funding given to shelters and rescues. Your generation has to be the ones to help with that. Dogs and cats are pets/ family not livestock.”
I, myself, rescue. I currently have a cat named Athena. If anyone knows anyone that wants a loving cat, let me know.
This is Athena!
About the author:
Chyenne Scates is a senior at McDonald County High School.
Ms Scates is a journalist/reporter for the school paper County Current.
You can find this article and more at www.countycurrent.com