It’s a sad fact that pregnant dogs and cats are more frequently euthanized than other animals in shelters, because of the higher medical expenses associated with them. The New Hampshire group Live and Let Live Rescue and Sanctuary is dedicated to helping these at-risk animals.
That’s why Chris Lang, a District Lead with PetSmart, selected the organization to receive a PetSmart Charities grant.
“Not many shelters are able to take on pregnant or ailing dogs and unfortunately, these dogs are often overlooked,” says Lang. “Live and Let Live specifically looks for the dogs that would otherwise be euthanized and gives them a second chance.”
No Animal Turned Away
Live and Let Live serves a wide range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, and even reptiles. Besides looking for pregnant animals in need of their help, the organization also assists pet owners in difficult situations, such as those who cannot afford to care for their pets or animals in hoarding situations.
“In one day they may be rescuing a pregnant dog, then they get called to assist with 20-plus neglected reptiles, and then a late night horse rescue,” Lang says. “They will also provide food and resources to pet parents in need who otherwise may have had to surrender their pet. They do not turn any animal or any person in need away, ever.”
According to Teresa Paradis, founder and executive director of Live and Let Live Rescue and Sanctuary, the organization even offers a food bank for animals.
“We not only help animals off the streets and from near death, but we also help animals with humans who have loved them and have come onto hard times financially,” she says. “We have a feed bank to help owners in cases of job loss or loss of income.”
Grant Will Fund Vital Work
The PetSmart Charities grant will go a long way in helping the organization continue their great work.
“ [The grant will] help with spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, health certificates, parasite cleansing and any other needs of the animals we work to help and save,” Paradis says.
With PetSmart Charities’ support, more animals throughout northern New England will get the help and medical care they so desperately need.