Glen Highland Farm is about to turn
spring of 2015…a significant moment to look back with pride and awe
at what has been accomplished in the little town of Morris, NY, thanks to
lots of love, hard work and your support. We are deeply touched that our
personal vision grew to be shared collectively by so many others who care
deeply about the Border Collies. Almost 2500 dogs
have found new lives, now safe from harm and happily sharing their joy
with the people who love them.
The Connor House provided the
special care and time needed for dogs that would have been otherwise
lost in the shelter system and most likely, dead. Hundreds of shelters throughout the northeast continually rely on the
Farm to take this challenging breed, giving them space for others and
preventing returns for improper adoptions.
Dogs are being surrendered by people directly to the Farm
seeking safe haven rather than risk death in a shelter. The volume of dogs in need has been increasing and the Farm is the only
facility able to respond to these growing numbers.
The numbers are especially increasing for older border collies in need.
The Farm House Sanctuary has provided the 'home'
environment many of the older border collie are used to living in.
Every dog over 10 yrs old requires a minimum of $1500 in annual vet care, so
your donation can also help a special senior living in the Farm House.
From my seat focused on Sweet Border Collie
Rescue, here is what I have seen:
-Two hundred emails come in each week, most with news of dogs in
trouble. As of this year, I will consider at least five dogs in need each
day. Some cannot be helped at the Farm, for various reasons, but the
others immediately go into an order, prioritized to save their lives .
-Due to the popularity of the breed (their looks, their intelligence,
their commercial appeal) they are being bred without consideration of any
genetic flaws and they are being placed in homes not suitable for the breed.
Years ago, a young dog might need to spend a few weeks at the rescue for
rehab (or.. to find their "border collie balance") - now they are needing
months. GHF has the facility to give them the time they need.
-Unbeknownst to us, every year holds new challenges…. from capacity
to vet care, we responded. As an example, in the past few years:
In NJ, three breeders went out of business,
one forced out by the SPCA for
10 dogs needed a place to go. Almost overnight, we found
safe haven for all of them. All sweet, but extremely under socialized,
they needed a long stay at the Farm.
In PA, one backyard breeder turned to
alcohol in tough times and his family asked for help from us. 16 dogs
needed a place to go. We took them all into the Farm on short notice.
Unaltered, flea-infested and loaded with worms, these sweet dogs clearly
needed to recover from negligence. 6 of the five-week old pups were
clearly at risk, having not been fed properly and carrying a parasite load
that was starving them.
The Katrina disaster brought us 5 puppies who needed immediate safe
haven. We responded instantly to making room for them, as well as a mother
of another litter who was also heartworm positive.
Within one month, five supposedly healthy dogs tested positive for
heartworm. Their six week constrained no-exercise regimen was critical to
saving their lives. Without the Farm, the heartworm would have gone
undetected and they would have died. Thankfully, we had just opened The
Two surprises came our way with female dogs who turned out to
unexpectedly be pregnant. Both were being surrendered to the Farm and
neither guardian realized they were carrying a litter. The weekend before
transporting one of them, she actually dropped her litter in a hole in the
backyard. The frantic guardian told us to come get her, the father and the
puppies immediately or they were going to a shelter right then. Dozens of puppies
have been born through the safe haven of the Farm’s foster homes.
46 border collies were taken off a NY property after being left
outside in sub-zero temperatures with no human interaction for years and
years. Glen Highland Farm kept 30 of those dogs in our rescue
program to find kind patient foster homes and eventually forever homes.
10's of $1000's of dollars in vet care was needed - and months and
months of rehab.
The Farm load of helping other dogs,
one by one, continued, amidst these special pressures. We kept saying
YES, we can help. Unneutered, unsprayed, matted, skinny dogs arrived
each week abandoned at shelters. Beloved dogs were also given to us each
week due to divorce or moves or problems with children. Brilliant young
lively dogs were also turned over for too much energy, almost all under a
year old, cast off as a wrong fit.
These remarkable dogs were each temperament
tested, passing with flying colors. None deserved to die. They were all
adoptable, wonderful Border Collies in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Crated for 12 hours or more, chained out, dumped or yelled at, no longer
wanted because they were Border Collies
In all of the cases mentioned, there
was NO monetary support coming with the dog. The only time money comes
in with a dog is if a relinquisher wants to make a donation. Not all can
or will but we always take their dog(s). We say YES, knowing the cost of
care will be high and with fingers crossed, hoping that caring people
would join in supporting the need. Thankfully, that is what happened and
thankfully, you continue to help.
Our adoption fee of $325 in no way covers what we tackle when taking
each dog into rescue (kidney surgery, hip surgery, digestive issues, etc)
Your ability to donate when you can, whatever you can, all adds up to
Thousands of people visit the Farm site and find they are renewed and
inspired over and over again. They see first-hand the troubling plight of
this breed and want to share in helping.
We need your help.
Every time you are an Angel for a dog, that means we know their
immediate care is covered. Some dogs require extensive vet work, others do not so
Angel money is
critical to helping. We appreciate every donation because it helps us……
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