Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue in Dixon, Kentucky has closed
Dr. Whitney Winstead and the fabulous team at Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue have worked tirelessly to save animals throughout Kentucky for ten years. As they close their doors, we want to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
I have followed Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue for years. We’ve helped promote their fundraisers and watched them save hundreds of animals. Often they would bring animals to be adopted at events in Owensboro. They have worked hard with the community, other shelters and rescues to save as many animals as possible over the past ten years. It did not go unnoticed. I’m sure it had an impact on the staff, especially during the pandemic.
Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue is closing its doors
Whitney took to social media to make the sad announcement last month.
“You really haven’t lived until you can do something for someone who can’t pay you back…
I, Whitney, have lived…my mission was to save animals and not have to one day…I’m not sure that day will ever come, but I pray that Molly’s puts our brand in the world of animal rescue. Burnout is real… rescue is not for the faint of heart.
That being said, words cannot express how we truly feel making this announcement, but after 10 long years of rescue, we are closing our doors at the end of May. We ask for your help in sharing our posts to help our animals in other rescues in the area.”
Molly’s Mutts opened in 2012 in Dixon, Kentucky. They have helped save hundreds of animals over the past ten years.
Molly’s Mutts fans react to the news
Many took to social media to react to the sad news. Molly’s Mutts has affected so many people through their lifesaving work. Whitney and the team deserve all the love and thanks that poured in.
Mollys is a wonderful place!!! I received 2 of the most precious dogs there. I’m sad to read this and it breaks my heart but I really get it. -Stacy Owens
I’m really sorry to hear that but I understand. Thank you for helping so many dogs over the years, including medical cases that would never have survived without Molly’s Mutt’s Animal Rescue! -Nancy Shorekey
This guy, my Colby, came over to your house 3 years ago. He accompanied me throughout the move, remarried, became a mother twice, took in a street dog who is now our family, and so on. It hurts my heart, but you still hold a special place in mine. -Katie Jean
Thank you to you and Molly’s staff and volunteers for all you have done to help so many animals. You should all be proud of the impact you have had over these 10 years. Thank you for being such an important partner for several shelters. Molly will be missed! -Judy Galloway
The work done at Molly’s Mutts Animal Rescue has been inspiring. The rescue volunteers worked so hard all year because they knew it would help in the mission to save the lives of many animals. It warmed the heart of this animal lover and many others!
They plan to maintain Molly’s Mutt’s Facebook page so they can keep track of their past adoptions and give information about microchips etc.
There is still so much work to be done at the shelters and rescues in the area. It is important to give these animals a second chance at life. They did not ask to be born and they deserve it.
The life of a shelter animal
This was written by an anonymous shelter manager and tells the story very well. Much better than me.
WARNING – Some parts are very difficult to read. Take a handkerchief.
The letter from the director of the shelter:
“I’m posting this (and it’s long) because I think our society needs a huge revival.
As a shelter manager, I’m going to share a little insight with you all – an inside view, if you will.
Maybe if you saw life slip away from a few sad, lost and confused eyes, you’d change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know – that puppy you just sold. will most likely end up in my shelter when he’s no longer a cute little pup.
How would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that a dog will never leave the shelter it’s going to be dumped in – purebred or not! Approximately 50% of all “owner abandoned” or “stray” dogs that come to my shelter are purebred dogs.
Apologies abound. The most common excuses I hear are:
We are moving and we cannot bring our dog (or cat). Oh good? Where are you moving that doesn’t allow pets?
The dog has become bigger than expected. How tall did you think a German Shepherd would get?
We don’t have time for her. Oh good? I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I still have time for my 6 dogs!
She’s tearing up our garden. How about bringing her inside, making her part of your family?
They always say to me: We just don’t want to have to worry about finding a place for him. We know she will be adopted – she is a good dog. Chances are your pet won’t be adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?
So let me tell you. Walking dead animal!
Your animal has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter is not full and your dog manages to stay in perfect health. If he sniffles, he dies.
Your pet will be confined to a small enclosure/kennel in a room with approximately 25 other barking or crying animals. He will have to relieve himself where he eats and sleeps. He will be depressed and he will cry constantly for the family who abandoned him. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take it for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a food bowl slipped under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its enclosure with a high-powered hose. If your dog is large, black, or one of the “bullying” breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc.), he was pretty much dead when you walked through the front door. These dogs are simply not adopted. If your dog is not adopted within 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.
If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough and of a desirable enough breed, he may get a reprieve, but not for long. Most pets become very protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will transform in this environment. If your pet overcomes all of these hurdles, chances are they’ll catch kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and be destroyed because the shelters simply don’t have the funds. to pay even a $100 treatment.
Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you who have never seen a perfectly healthy, frightened animal being “put down”. Initially, your animal will be taken out of its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they’re going for a walk – happy, tail wagging. That is until they get to “The Room”.
Each of them panics and pauses when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can smell the sad souls left there. It’s strange, but it happens to all of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained and restrained by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and panic). A euthanasia technician or veterinarian will begin the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t freak out about being restrained and shaking their leg. I watched the needles tear out of one leg and I was covered in the resulting blood, and I was deafened by the yapping and screaming.
Not all of them just “fall asleep” – sometimes they spasm for a while, suffocate and defecate on their own. When it’s all over, your pet’s corpse will be stacked like firewood in a big freezer out back, with all the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like trash.
What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Turned into pet food? You’ll never know, and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?
I hope those of you reading this are wide-eyed and can’t seem to get the images out of your head. I do it every day when I get home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it’s still around unless people make changes and realize that the lives you affect go far beyond the animals you drop into a refuge.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die each year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save all the lives I can, but rescues are always complete and there are more animals arriving every day than there are homes. My point in all of this is DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE PETS DIE!
Hate me if you will – the truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I may have changed someone’s mind about raising their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope someone walks into my shelter and says “I saw this on Facebook and it made me want to adopt”. It would be worth it.”
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