The Cost of Rescue

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There is a high cost to rescue. In one week, we can easily exceed a thousand dollars in vetting needs in one or two dogs.  This month, we’ve managed to out-do ourselves, and we need your help with donations to make our work possible. Pictured above is June, a sweet blue and white pit pup who was rescued by our President and founder who witnessed her get hit on the highway and is now recovering at the wonderful Susan Martin’s house – it is quite handy that Susan is a nurse! Also pictured above is Bobby Jo, who Renee Clark is nurturing back to health after our vet removed an embedded chain and padlock from his neck and leg. Renee also rescued two Great Prys, who are heartworm and erlychia positive after a life of neglect.  The larger the dog the costlier to treat.  We can really use your donations at

In addition to the monetary cost of rescue there is an emotional cost.  It’s draining, it’s tiresome.  Rescue is rarely convenient or fun, but it is meaningful. Each life deserves compassion. They’ve seen the worst of humanity – these dogs cannot speak for themselves and have endured unthinkable cruelty. But we can restore that, we have the power to turn things around and change the course. We can and we ARE. Yes, all who are the hands and feet of rescue are my heroes and yours.  But anytime someone praises me in that way, I want to reject that title because it implies to me that you think we are different, we are special – when the reality is we need you with us. That false notion that it takes a troop of ASPCA superheroes and Sara McLaughlin at the piano to rescue a dog has to be stopped. EVERYONE can be a part in making the world a better, more humane place.  Don’t put us on a pedestal, join with us! Reject the notion that it’s easier for someone else or that you aren’t needed because someone else will step up. Each dog you see at is because someone said yes, I will help, I won’t leave it to someone else.

CPR is filled with heroes, women and men who I am so proud to know. And you can be a hero too.

Just within our rescue you can foster a dog ready for adoption, you can nurture a sick pup, you can take a dog out for the day so she can benefit from socialization, you can hold a fundraiser, you can donate, you can walk dogs at our Southbury adoption center, you can buy a cute tee, you can donate your gently worn shoes, you can come to one of our gatherings and show us some love. On a larger scale help us preach spay/neuter, adoption, and fight for laws that oppose puppy mills, dog fighting, and other cruel acts. The cost of rescue is high, but the cost of living in a society that doesn’t value compassion towards the least of these is much, much higher.

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About Danielle Hardee

Danielle Hardee has been rescuing ever since she can remember, as her mother always encouraged taking "just one more" pup from the shelter, trying to save baby birds who had fallen, and stopping to get turtles to safety. Danielle formally began her "career" in rescue while in law school in St. Louis, MO in 2004. In addition to lawyering and volunteering, she is a wife and mom of 2 sweet adventurous dog-loving boys and 3 wonderful rescue dogs - Big Head Todd, Baxter and Cassie. Thankfully, she is allergic to cats. Danielle's other passion is natural health for pets and people. Her essential oil team, Team Dogterra, focuses on educating about natural holistic health for dogs and their families, and is made up of fellow rescuers, adopters, and an assortment of fun open-minded peeps. Danielle is the Vice President of Companion Pet Rescue and has been volunteering and fostering with CPR since moving home to Jackson TN in 2009.

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