The Guardians of Rescue (GoR), a non-profit organization out of New York, aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals, has once again fulfilled their promise to 124 dogs that were transported from Forks, Washington to Golden Valley, Arizona and arrived on Christmas Eve. The dogs were originally at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) but when a large protest was held accusing OAS of inhumane treatment of the animals, the founder/President loaded the dogs into the back of a tractor trailer and took off without warning.
Steve Markwell, founder/President of OAS, had no idea where he was going to go with the truck full of canines, he was just driving away. This is when Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help. Before Markwell drove any further than the three days (over 21 hours) it had already taken him, GoR stepped in, contacted Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (R.U.F.F.F.), an Arizona sanctuary, to see if they could help.
“We’d been in contact with Markwell since November and in discussions about removing the dogs from the shelter,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and President of Guardians of Rescue. “We had no idea that he was going to pack up and move the dogs, but when we heard, we immediately took action for the benefit of the dogs.”
Misseri contacted Markwell on the road and arranged to have Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation, a licensed sanctuary in Golden Valley, Arizona, house the dogs. The goal was to find a place that was big enough for all of the dogs located in a warm climate. Guardians of Rescue arranged for outdoor, secure fenced kennels to be built to accommodate the dogs as well as veterinary care to be given to each animal.
“When Markwell left Forks, everyone was very concerned. We’ve taken on a huge burden with the sudden need to care for these dogs because of his actions, but the priority now is the health and safety of these 124 dogs,” affirms Misseri, “Unfortunately, R.U.F.F.F. can’t keep these dogs forever. We are going to ensure that the dogs are not euthanized, but find rescue groups or alternative shelters.”
Although the Guardians have performed several emergency rescues in 2013, this unexpected rescue severely depleted their funds. They knew it was necessary to help the 124 dogs, but since it was Christmas time, there were few volunteers to lend a paw in building the kennels. GoR resorted to paying local people to help construct the dog’s homes even though an expenditure of this magnitude at year end nearly wiped them out.
If anyone is seeking to give a last minute donation, please consider the Guardians of Rescue. Although they are based in New York, they do nationwide rescue missions continuously – for the sake of the dogs! Please think of them today and then log on to help.