Simply put, we are a band of volunteers who care about dogs. It all started with Opu, the very first houseless dog that we came across in 2003. Since then, the homeless population has exploded in numbers. We saw an extreme need for our presence out there. Originally, our main focus of being out there was to keep watch over these dogs to make sure that they are being properly cared for. At times, some of these dogs don't get dog food unless we provide it.
We cannot stop. We will not stop. These dogs need us.
Through your tax-deductible donations we are able to provide dog food, first-aid care, medications, flea/tick shampoo and linens to help keep these helpless souls warm from the cold ocean air. We offer spay/neuter and microchipping for all the dogs and puppies. We educate the homeless about the positive health benefits of spay/neuter, and of course, encourage no more puppies on the beaches. The pups often die of parvo or other illness and it is a very painful death for these little ones.
Sometimes, the very basic needs of these dogs often cannot be met by the houseless owners. Many of the owners care deeply for their dogs and feel bad about not always being able to buy dog food. Most will feed their dogs human food scraps but some owners do not. Some dogs are forced to go without anything if there is no dog food. We also provide emergency vet care, flea/tick preventatives, nail trimmings, ear cleanings, safe collars, toys and many more things......along with LOVE & AFFECTION! Basically, we provide the necessities to help the dog's life be as normal as possible, considering their circumstances.
Many of the dogs recognize our cars and perk up on our arrival. Some even follow our car until we stop to get out. They know 2 things....they'll get something good to eat and they'll get all the pets and rubs that they want when they see us. It warms our hearts to see them so happy!!
Unfortunately, we also encounter the dogs who suffer at the hands of cruel and neglectful people. We will report abuse if witnessed, but most times we only see the after-math of the cruel act, in the form of injuries. Often we are frustrated about the senseless acts but we trudge on, because for many of those dogs, we are the only ones who care about their well-being. We have specific people out on the houseless beaches keeping a close eye out and they will call us to report what happened and that the dog needs help.
Our hope is to expand even further and offer emergency medical assistance to private dog owner's. If we can help, we'd never want a dollar amount to be the determining factor if a dog lives or dies. As we move forward to make this goal happen, we will fund raise to make this a reality. We believe that there are a lot of responsible owners on the island and there is no other entity out there that offers assistance to dogs, in this form. We strive to offer a solution.
It's all about helping dogs in need. No matter where they are.