LA VERGNE, Tennessee (WKRN) – A dog rescue in Tennessee has been overwhelmed by “dog dumping” following the end of numerous COVID-19 protocols. Now they may have to close their doors to new animals in need.
Officials at the nonprofit Big Fluffy Dog Rescue say this problem with pandemic animals has made their lives exponentially worse. People are now throwing their dogs at the shelter.
They say the care for dogs in need has not stopped. They are currently treading water but will not do so much longer with demand
Despite the reduction to the maximum and the limitation of expenditure, the staff said they were at the end of their rope. They don’t know how they are going to avoid bankruptcy.
News 2 spoke to groomer and veterinarian Juliana Bauer about the situation.
“We’ve had so many homeowner buyout requests, and it’s hard to turn them down. We spend so much money to help all these babies that we also get very little money, ”says Bauer.
The facility currently has several dogs that are under long-term treatment. If they don’t raise the necessary funds, they won’t be able to help new dogs in need. Dogs like Malibu, five weeks old, who almost didn’t make it.
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“They were right in a mud hole in Mississippi. When she arrived, she was on the verge of death. But there are so many other dogs, dogs with special needs, waiting for surgery and care because we just don’t have the extra funds, ”says Bauer.
Bauer says any donation will help them keep the doors open. If you would like to donate, click here.