MARC Update

The good folks at the Marion Animal Resource Connection send forward this email:

> John, I am so sorry we have not sent you as promised our weekly diary. We started sort of writing it down each day but soon got side tracked w/ all the activity and completely forgot. Here below is most of what has been going on for the past probably 3 weeks:

MARC continues to stay very busy. During the last three weeks we have helped many animals and people.

The ASPCA grant for TNR in the town of South Pittsburg has resumed after the town was devastated recently by a flash flood. This past week we trapped 11 feral cats, transported them to the clinic 45 min away in Chattanooga and returned them to their colonies in the afternoon after they recovered.

This past week seventeen dogs and cats loaded into Wally’s Friend’s van to be transported to Chattanooga to their low cost spay/neuter clinic. MARC refers people to Wally’s and some animals are sponsored by MARC. This time MARC paid for three dogs. The van comes once a month.

Ten puppies were rescued, fostered for six weeks being quarantined, vetted and sent to North Shore Animal League to be placed for adoption.

A litter of eight puppies was taken in by MARC and being fostered locally.

Four puppies were taken from a mother living on a chain. Of the litter of eleven, seven puppies had died by being tangled up and dragged around by the chain. The mother and pups are being treated for ringworm. The mother is getting spayed on August 27th. MARC will be working to improve mom’s situation because the family would not surrender mom.

Ten Finches and four Parakeets were rescued by one of our MARC volunteers while we were at this home. Conditions were very unsanitary.

One female Pit Bull was rescued from one of the pounds. Sadie f/k/a Gracie is a very sweet girl, is now in a foster home, spayed and vetted. She is ready to find a forever home but we have very few contacts to find good homes for Pits.

One small middle aged male Poodle was pulled from the other small pound. Rusty, now groomed and neutered has found a foster home and is looking for his furever family. Also from that same pound we rescued an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix young male, Andre who had a very large open wound on top of his head. We first thought it was from a gun shot but we now think it was from a deer hoof. We are treating the wound and it is healing nicely. Andre is heart worm positive and undergoing treatment which will cost approximately $700.00. We hope to raise the money to cover his treatment. He will then be neutered and be ready for adoption.

Two Collie Mixes will be pulled from one of the two very small inadequate pounds on Monday 26th.

MARC (meaning April) will be transporting animals to Dixie Day Spay on the 27th. April picks up and drives approx.15 – 17 animals to Cleveland, TN – approx. 1 ½ hrs away to the next closest low cost S/N Clinic, waits all day until they are finished and then brings them all back and distributes them to their people. It is at least a 12 – 14 hrs day. The low cost clinics are so full that we cannot readily get appointments for all the animals we have so we have to drive some distances to get in wherever we can.

MARC received two calls about dogs living without a dog house, chained to a tree in the rain. April made two trips out to educate family, provide a dog house and a bag of food.

Tractor Supply Pet Appreciation Day last Sat. was a good exposure for MARC to the public. We took Snoopy, Beagle/Dachshund mix from one of the pounds to look for a foster home. No adoption or foster so he had to go back to the pound. MARC made lots of good contacts with people and gave out information to help people get their animals altered at low cost.

We found a foster home for Snoopy and started the vetting process. Unfortunately a visitor to the home left a gate open and Snoopy ran into the road and go hit. He went to North Jackson Animal Clinic in Stevenson, AL, got X-rays to determine he suffered fractures of his tibia and fibula. He will have surgery on Monday 8/26/13. It will cost $700-800.00. We need to raise funds for this surgery. Here is Snoopy. He is a great dog. About 10 mos old.


Three kittens were taken in and placed in a foster home. They will be altered and put up for adoption. MARC is now placing kittens at PETCO for adoption.

Sounds like they have been busy.

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23 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    Well I’m in tears about all that they do and wish I could do more. Thanks go to you and Evelyn for finding the organization.

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    dp says:

    My secretary runs Yorkie rescue in Louisiana (and surrounding states as well, to a certain extent). Apparently, the little Yorkies are favorites of puppy mills and routinely end up abandoned. She currently owns four dogs (all rescues) and is fostering four more, and she oversees FSM knows how many others in other foster homes. She routinely pays for expensive surgeries for these rescues out of her own pocket. It’s a damn good thing she has both a loving and understanding husband and a well- paying job (!), as well as no kids. These people are doing the Lord’s work, saving these poor animals from the idiots who bring them into the world.

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    Mary G says:

    Snoopy is adorable. MARC is doing great work, Tunch bless them.

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    I adopted one of those petco cats. It was pretty awful until we kicked him out of the house. He seems happier and better adjusted outside.

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    JPL says:

    John, How’s your motley crew doing? It seems that Steve adapted faster and better than most cats would but I’m only observing from afar.

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    bemused says:

    Puppies dying by being dragged around by the chained mom…I really don’t feel well. How stupid are people?!

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    JPL says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader: haha.. Yeah right……………………….

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    RobertDSC-PowerMac G4 Dual 1.0 says:

    I’d be a mess worrying about each and every one of those animals. Bless them so much.

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    Keith G says:

    @bemused: I could never work for an animal rescue shelter. Even though there are many, many happy stories, some of the sad ones are so sad. I could never recover.

    Ironically, I work for a hospice.

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    JPL says:

    @bemused: Many years ago, a young golden retriever was frolicking near my house and I took her in. Unfortunately, I put up signs and a bad UPS person told the person who lived about a mile away about the sign. The owners called because of the damn sign and reclaimed the dog. The dog appears again and I called them. The third time someone else in the neighborhood called me because they found my dog. I told her about the pup from the other neighborhood and she brought her home. The owners chained her with one of those hook collars and left her outside. This gal called me in tears and we wanted to trespass and steal her but also didn’t want to go to jail but passed the word in the neighborhood about the dog. Several months later the owners knocked on my door looking for their dog and I didn’t have her but hopefully someone safe did.

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    JPL says:

    @JPL: Also, to…at that point I knew my ex was an ass cuz he said if I trespassed to rescue a dog, he wouldn’t bail me out of jail… asshole he was and is….

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Never have so many owed so much to the memory of one floofy cat. FSM bless MARC and every critter they help.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @JPL: Yup — big red flag there, huh?

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: It was so sad to find out that a dog less than a year old was treated that way. I owned golden retrievers and had one at that time and they just want to be good.

    I do think that who ever found her, didn’t return her. At least in my neighborhood the word was out. I had a family lined up in NC that would take her if she showed up..

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    Mothra1 says:

    Love the picture of Snoopy.

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    raven says:


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    Moe Gamble says:

    Glad to hear the news. Made my day.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Also from that same pound we rescued an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix young male, Andre who had a very large open wound on top of his head. We first thought it was from a gun shot but we now think it was from a deer hoof. We are treating the wound and it is healing nicely. Andre is heart worm positive and undergoing treatment which will cost approximately $700.00. We hope to raise the money to cover his treatment. He will then be neutered and be ready for adoption.

    I seem to remember (at least) one of our regular commentors is involved in Great Pyr rescue — maybe they’ve got a contact in the area who can cross-post?

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    Yatsuno says:

    PUPPEH!!! Hope the Snoops recovers well and gets back to romping and chasing squirrels soon.

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    eric nny says: may be of some assistance with Andre. They work with mixed breed as well as purebred.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    MARC’s in a part of the world where pets are often still treated somewhere between livestock and vermin. Dogs on chains, cats with litter after litter, puppy mills a-plenty. Dog got hit by a car, cat got killed by a raccoon? Plenty more of them.

    They’re doing great work, and deserve all the support they get, but Sisyphus had it easy compared to them.

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    Ash Can says:

    Heaven bless the MARC people. So glad I made a donation — may make another one.

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader: You used to be pretty cool. What happened?

  23. 23

    All you guys are awesome!!! We have received donations mostly locally to pay for Snoopy’s surgery and he is recovering nicely. He is staying at the vet awhile longer to be sure he does not chew on his stitches.
    Andre, the HW positive Anitolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix will get his second and third treatment shots during the first week of Sept. then six weeks after that he will be neutered and then ready to be adopted!!! We are trying to raise $600 – $800 to help pay for Andre’s treatments.
    Today we/MARC received a call from one of the pounds that they need to bring in 8 dogs and that means the two dogs already in the pound and past their 5 days state required hold period have to go. That means be killed unless we have a place to put them. Of course we don’t have a place because all our foster homes are full:( Fortunately the vet who usually puts them down is out of town and the other vet refused. So hopefully those two dogs have a reprieve. But the problem is not solved…….. We will send out urgent pleas for some other rescues to take but these are not “cute” dogs so their fate is uncertain.
    Thank you for your support in all ways. Sue

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