Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is a photograph of Stephen and Lady. Stephen was my dear brother and a very talented artists. Stephen and I loved our dogs and I'm sure that dogs may play a vital role in helping children learn how to love.
Parents may want to adopt a dog that is friendly and lovable and teach their children how to be responsible, loving and caring guardians for our canine companions. This is a great way to teach love.
I think using dogs in schools to teach children how to love and how to be responsible guardians for dogs (and cats) should be REQUIRED and mandated by state law. Courses in responsible pet ownership should be made part of the public education in all 50 states!
What do you think? If this were done then it would lead to more dogs (and cats) being adopted.
We need to be teaching responsible pet ownership in all public schools (as well as in private schools) and make such education required just as is reading, writing and arithmetic!
I propose that every state adopt a RESPONSIBLE PET GUARDIANSHIP AND EDUCATION PROGRAM that requires teaching our children how to be good, caring and loving pet guardians. What do you think?
Please reply. I want to see such a law proposed to state legislatures in all 50 states, every year, until this is on the law books in every state. If this is done it can have a great impact upon reducing the number of homeless dogs (and cats). Plus it will create job opportunities for rescue workers who may have programs in public schools about how to rear, care for, and train dogs in good citizenship.
All replies are welcome.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The big national organizations help raise awareness but actually are taking funds away from the smaller, local organizations which work in the communities and are trying to provide solutions to the problem of killing homeless animals by operating no-kill shelters or adoption programs. When a big national organization runs TV ads and gets all the money, this takes away from local organizations that really need funding to survive.
Please help by making a contribution to GSDAR, Inc. We are a non-profit animal rescue organization. Just click on the link below to make a donation today!
Thank you for your contribution and support!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tell us in 300 words or less why your dog is the best dog in the world and send your entry with a photo of your dog today. Complete information is on The Best Dog In The World homepage.
There are prizes each month and grand prizes at the end of the year. Proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Dog Animal Rescue (GSDAR), Inc., a nonprofit corporation for the benefit of homeless animals. Thank you for your entry and participation.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Please help. We need partner animal rescue groups to please make a contribution to GSDAR, Inc. a nonprofit corporation. This will be used to help us stop the abuse and exploitation of animals, to save homeless animals and to educate and inform the public -- even to change the antiquated laws under which many municipalities now operate that permit law enforcement to shoot dogs!
Please go to Support GSDAR and make a contribution. We are asking every animal rescue group to please partner up with GSDAR, Inc. and donate at least $100. This will do much to help in initial efforts. Thank you for your support!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Click on video to watch. Sign in and vote for entry #`116
To vote you need to go to the official AFLAC 10 Second Challenge site, open and account, log-in, and then vote for Man's Best Friend and the AFLAC Duck, entry #116.
The support of all my fans is greatly appreciated! Thank you much!
Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Census Count Me!
2010 Census Count Me!
Write in your dog as living in your home when you make your 2010 Census report. A $5.00 donation to GSDAR, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals, is added to each item purchased. Unless we count dogs then millions of people with dogs will not get the federal aid dollars their communities need.
It is prejudice to people with dogs that their dogs are not counted in the 2010 Census. Protest by counting your dog as a member of your family who lives in your home!
The same thing happened after hurricane Katrina. Dogs were not considered as members of a family; hence thousands of dogs were abandoned and left to suffer, drown, die or be separated from their owners. Dogs were not evacuated, were not counted as being of significance.
The same thing is happening with the 2010 Census, a very racially motivated and prejudicial tally. Dogs, cats and other pets which people consider as their family, are not being counted. This means that federal dollars will be lost and that money that communities need will not be given to them in the future.
The 2010 Census is therefore very prejudice to people who own dogs, cats and other pets and consider them as family members, who need to be fed, receive medical care and supported. Because the 2010 Census does not include a tally of dogs and other pets, money will be lost to everyone who owns a dog, cat or other pet.
It is time that all dog owners and other pet owners stand up for their rights. Protest against the unfair 2010 Census! Write in your dog, cat or other pet as a family member! Stop letting the federal government get away with not counting our most loved companions as significant!
Angel, The God Sent dog, is asking everyone protest. Buy a "2010 Census Count Me" T-shirt, sweatshirt or other gift/apparel item. For every purchase of these special items, even after the unjust census is over, a $5.00 donation will be made to Good Shepherd Dog Animal Rescue. Thank you for your patronage and support!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Mississippi needs a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center
By Terry Lynch, Founder of GSDAR
There are tens of thousands of homeless dogs in Mississippi just like these. Unless everyone gives a little to help, they will only continue to suffer and die. Will you help save one of them? Photo courtesy of Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger
Rescue workers raided Raven's Hope on March 10, 2010, arresting Kemper County home owner Valerie Robinson, 56, and charging her with disorderly conduct. Over 100 dogs and cats were seized in the raid which was led by Kemper County Sheriff James Moore and facilitated by United Animal Nations, which assisted with the temporary shelter; the Humane Society of the United States, which aided with securing and transporting the animals, and the Jackson-based Mississippi Animal Rescue League.
The conditions at Raven's Hope were quite deplorable and illustrate what happens when a caring person tries to single handedly rescue homeless animals without having the financial resources or the manpower to deal with the problem. It is estimated that some 73,000 homeless animals are destroyed in shelters every year in Mississippi, plus many more suffer on the streets throughout the state. If it cost between $250 to $1,000 per animal to rescue them, the total needed to fund a state-wide rescue effort would be between $18,250,000 and $73,000,000 annually! This would just begin to deal with the homeless animal problem in Mississippi!
These dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions and represent the ten of thousands of homeless animals throughout Mississippi. Unless everyone helps, such dogs will continue to suffer. Photo courtesy of Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger
What is needed is a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center, that is well funded and well staffed with a veterinarian, technicians, trained animal rescue workers, and a large number of volunteer trained to properly care for rescued animals. A well funded Animal Rescue Center would also advertise and promote such programs as spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, and pet adoption and the humaine treatment of animals. Educational efforts would be coordinated through schools, clubs, groups and organizations as well as through public events sponsored by the host organization. That is exactly what GSDAR is organized to achieve.
Given the enormous number of homeless animals in Mississippi and surrounding states, to even begin to make a dent into this horrific problem is going to cost millions upon millions of dollars. Unfortunately the state and many local municipalities are not properly funding animal rescue shelters, or contributing nothing at all to save the lives of homeless animals. Hence tens of thousands of dogs and cats continue to suffer in Mississippi and surrounding states. Apparently funds for animal rescue is at the bottom of the list, after such things as more money for police, fire departments, or other much needed public services or works projects.
It is a terrible and tragic situation that more money is not being allocated to rescue homeless animals. That is exactly why GSDAR was founded! I want to build a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center. But of course I don't have the millions of dollars this would require -- hence it remains but a dream.
Is it unrealistic to have high hopes and to dream the impossible dream? Perhaps, but it is difficult to see so many suffering animals and not do anything. That is why I started Good Shepherd Dog Animal Rescue. I want to at least try to raise awareness and let everyone know that there are thousands of homeless animals, and that only through a well funded effort to which communities and individuals both contribute, can we hope to save the lives of the many suffering homeless animals. For you see, the real crime is to not do anything and just watch as animals suffer and die.
Dogs taking shelter from the rain and cold. This scene is repeated over and over throughout Mississippi. Millions of dollars is needed to help Mississippi's homeless animals. Will you help? Photo courtesy of Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger
I have never met Valerie Robinson, but I imagine she is a woman who loves animals and has too big of a heart to be able to refuse trying to help all the homeless animals. The problems is that with tens of thousands of homeless animals in Mississippi, this is not a problem that can be solved by one person. It is an enormous problem which is going to require a group effort and proper funding. Likely as not, help is going to be needed from people who have more money and who live in other states, as Mississippi simply does not have the financial means, or the will, to solve its homeless animal problem.
If anyone wants to help me, I am working to create a foundation, GSDAR, that can address the homeless animal problem in Mississippi. However, I'm not stupid. I'm not going to run out and round up every homeless animal on the streets and bring them home. What I am going to do is try to raise awareness and the funds and ask everyone who wants to help solve the homeless animal problem in Mississippi to please help.
If I can get $1,000 maybe I can get GSDAR up and running as a tax exempt organization. If I can then raise $10,000 maybe I can put together an organization of concerned citizens to begin working to save the lives of a few homeless animals. If I can raise $100,000 or $200,000 maybe we can a mobile animal hospital to do spay and neutering in rural communities. If I can raise $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 then maybe there will be money to buy some land and begin construction of a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center. If I can get $100,000,000, then maybe the dream will become a reality.
This lonely dog is one of the lucky ones. It was rescued and will soon have a forever home. Yet ten of thousands of homeless dogs will not be so lucky, they will be destroyed in shelters or remain on the streets to suffer. Will you do your part to help? Photo courtesy of Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger
That the type of money it is going to take just to start solving the enormous problem which Mississippi faces with respect to homeless animals. But the problem is greater that that, for all the surrounding states have a similar homeless animal problem. And if we include the entire nation the problem is so astronomically large in scope, that it boggles the mind to even try to comprehend it.
Yet all is not lost. Beginnings can be made and little steps can be taken that over time great achievements can be made. But I can not do it alone. I need the help of everyone who cares about homeless animals. So if that applies to you, please show how much you care by taking out your check book and writing a check to GSDAR!
Yes, it is going to take tens of millions of dollars to even begin to solve the homeless animal problem in Mississippi. My plan is to build a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center on a large piece of land, which will have a veterinary clinic, heated and air conditioned indoor kennels, and be full staffed with trained professionals. The center have mobile units and will serve to rescue, house and treat homeless animals prior to their adoptions which will be screened to be sure all spayed and neutered animals find good forever homes. Mobile units will enable the whole state and regional area to be serviced and the Animal Rescue Center may then serve as a model for how other centers can be created in other states.
If there are any rich philanthropists who want to help me bring this dream to reality sooner rather than later, your generous contribution would be welcome. I personally plan to never own more than one or two dogs at a time, so no one has to worry about me hoarding animals as has happened to so many other people who have gotten involved with animal rescue beyond their means. But I would get much satisfaction out of being able to build and operate a state-of-the-art Animal Rescue Center and save the lives of thousands upon thousands of homeless animals.