Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 09:57 PM ( 93 views ) - Posted by Administrator
One black mixed breed dog that no one has ever heard of. A sweet natured dog, alone on the Lake Traverse Reservation who surely can not understand why he received a beating that left him wounded and in terrible pain. A dog that we likely never would have heard of if not for the rescuers with Paws for the Cause who got him out of danger and gave him a safe place to heal.
What struck me about Charlie's story are two things. First, Charlie is a “plain”, mixed-breed black dog. Indeed, black dogs are so often overlooked by potential adopters that those involved in animal welfare have developed a term for this –“Black Dog Syndrome.”
The second thing that caught my attention was that although Charlie is a “plain black dog”, and now one that will likely have scars to boot, this didn’t deter the kind rescuers from Paws for the Cause from coming to his aid. They felt that Charlie was worth saving. Scars, broken leg, black hair and all.
Charlie IS worth saving. He is worth caring about. It seems reasonable and right that we should care about dogs like Charlie. Many breeds have wonderful rescue groups that look out for them, groups that remove them from high risk shelters and ensure that they find loving homes. Black shelter dogs do not. Fortunately, there are many devoted individuals involved in animal rescue who care about these overlooked dogs. Individuals like the good folks at Paws for the Cause who will go to the aid of a lone, plain black dog in South Dakota. They believe he is worth saving. So do we.
Startseeingblackdogs.com has made a donation to help with Charlie’s medical expenses. Over the past year, we have seen Paws for the Cause rescue many animals that might be considered by some to be less “adoptable.” They rescue them anyway.
To make a donation online to help with Charlie’s medical bills:
To see Charlie’s photo album:
http://pawsforthecause.webs.com/apps/ph ... ID=2205645
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