“Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Eliot
It’s a sad fact that approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. But thanks to Tails & Trails Rescue in Greenwood, a few at a time are given a reprieve and another chance at finding their forever home.
Although the rescue itself was only founded back in 2005, founder Moe Tibbetts has been rescuing dogs since 1980. Caring for one or two abandoned dogs turned into saving a box of puppies left in an alley and for Tibbetts there was no looking back … Tails & Trails Rescue was born.
Tails & Trails truly lives up to its motto of “Saving those that others cast away” by pulling animals on the euthanasia lists of local shelters. Some dogs are mere hours away from crossing the Rainbow Bridge when they’re swept up in loving arms (possibly for the first time) and taken to the rescue or foster home. “Time is precious,” Tibbetts says simply.
Many of the dogs available for adoption are in the care of foster families, which is a huge part of the rescue’s success. “We’re an all volunteer organization,” Tibbetts says. “We exist because of the kindness of others with no government funding.”
All are welcome at Tails & Trails, too.
With a no discrimination policy, no dog is too big, too small, too young, too old, too timid or too bold to be rescued. Dogs currently available include everything from a one year-old Cattle Dog/Hound mix to a 10 year-old Maltese … so different, yet they all share one common trait: they were given another chance to find their happily ever after by a kind woman who truly believes “time is precious.”
Since the rescue is purely run on the kindness of animal-lovers, volunteer time and donations, there are a lot of great ways to help. Tails & Trails has an Amazon Wish List where you can choose items needed and have them sent directly to the rescue. You can also apply to be a foster family, volunteer your time or check out upcoming events to attend on their website at http://www.tailsandtrails.org or their Facebook page.
If you take one thing away from the residents of Tails & Trails it’s that when things seem dark and hopeless, help could be just around the corner … maybe in the form of someone who believes not only time is precious, but you are, too.
Because we all are God’s creatures … precious and fearfully and wonderfully made.