Elektra Rescue Update 8/19/05
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We are so happy to report that the Elektra rescue Salukis are doing so much better. They are gaining weight and their medical conditions are gradually improving. Along with shampoos, volunteer groomers are showering them with the affection and caring they deserve, and the dogs are beginning to respond to the kindness.
We have received so many heartwarming messages of support pouring in from all over the world –offers of help, messages of concern, outpourings of emotion from people who care deeply about the plight of these dogs – that it has brought tears to our eyes many time and spurs us on to work even harder for these Salukis who need so much. We reach for a tissue and keep working, answering the hundreds of e-mails and messages we receive each day. To those who have sent us such beautiful notes by mail, we intend to reply to each and every one of you., so please understand that we are very grateful even though it may take us a little while to have a moment to reply.
We have received a very generous offer of food from Pedigree and we are currently arranging to have it transported to the shelter dogs. Georgia Saint Bernard Rescue is sending us a large donation of food. We are receiving support from dog clubs, individuals, and also from people in foreign countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. It is truly amazing what is being accomplished because the internet has made the world a small town, enabling us to request and get help from across the world in a matter of hours. There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child; it takes a united community pulling together to make a miracle - and that is what we are witnessing here. We will need to sustain our efforts over the coming weeks and months to ensure that the dogs will continue to receive the care they need until they are released from custody. We can never truly express the gratitude we feel for the generosity of all you wonderful, wonderful people who are offering support and love to these magical creatures we call Salukis.
We are in the process of compiling a complete list of corporate and dog club supporters for the web site, but at this time we would like to extend a special thank you to the following in the order received:
The Classic Saluki
American Saluki Association
Caddo Hound Club
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Borzoi Club of Delaware Valley
Garden State Saluki Club Challenge
San Angeles Saluki Club Challenge
Gray Stone Cavaliers
German Saluki Association
Borzoi Club of Northern California
Galveston Bay Saluki Club
Georgia Saint Bernard Rescue
Saluki Club of America
Saluki Welfare of the United Kingdom
Within a day or so we will have an update posted on the STOLA web site at http://www.stola.org including more photographs of Elektra rescues, and we will continue to post updates there, so please check back often. In the meantime, please remember to notify everyone you know of our rescue efforts for the Elektras by forwarding them the links for the Elektra Saluki Aid Fund http://www.stola.org/elektrarescue/index.html and the STOLA web site http://www.stola.org. In any messages you send please be sure to include that there can be no media coverage at this time because it could jeopardize the case.
Janet, Fiona, Sharon, Cherie
STOLA Support Council
PS: Please watch the Thank You list on the front page for updates.
AC REPORT 8/22/2005
At a glance, most of the Salukis seem in much better condition.
They have gained weight rapidly. They are now eating everything in
sight. Some will eat in front of AC in shared bowls with other
Salukis with no fights. Some will only eat when no humans are
around and a few will only eat if they are left totally private.
They also look better after so many have had their baths, dematted,
etc. Most seem to react better to human interference, some actually
stick their noses through the fences in search of a treat or human
interaction. A few still stand guarded, bark non stop, etc.
Security: AC is addressing their security needs this week with vendors and have moved the security issue to the forefront as a
priority. Among other issues, they will be installing a fence
around the property that is wired by ADT and connected to go off at
the Sheriff's Department for dispatch which is 5 minutes away from
AC. In the meanwhile, the Sheriff's department regularly patrols
the AC grounds, 24 hours a day. Since a fence for such a large area
is a major expense, the CA is still worried about funding.
Supplies:. The County Administrator's office and AC have a daily
routine to transfer the incoming donated supplies to AC. They are
in receipt of Frontline, Heartworm, etc. and AC is trying to
organize same at limited space in AC. The County Administrator is
in "awe" of the support and generosity of people not only in our
breed, but from all breeds and from all over the world. He is
grateful for all the support the County is receiving, actually
shaking his head in disbelief.
Food. The County Administrator received a form of authorization
from Pedigree for their generous offer and has already signed and
sent the form. AC has enough food from what has been delivered to
last another week. Close tabs as to food availability are kept
until they receive a bulk shipment of food.
Grooming/Socialization. The County has generously given the Saluki
Community the responsibility for caring for the Salukis. As the
Salukis receive medical attention, gain weight and are exposed to
more human contact, handling them will become easier. We must
sustain our level of support to these Salukis for an unknown period
of time. We will need more volunteers as time progresses to meet
this need. In the initial crisis, many volunteers expressed their
concerns of inadequacy, but it time, we all should be able to reach
them. Envision a day when one can casually walk into AC for nothing
more than lead walks, exercise runs, petting and cooing.
Vet Needs: All the Salukis have received initial veterinarian care,
blood and fecal tests, and treatments for worms and flees. At last,
they are feeling the relief of these ailments. Some Salukis may
require more intense veterinarian treatments; therefore, we would
need to sustain a donation drive for funding vet requirements.
A huge thank you is extended to all the people who have made
contributions of time, money and goods in such a huge undertaking to
get help to our Salukis in this tiny town in Virginia. May we now
band together to continue our support and meet the needs of the
GROOMING REPORT - August 31, 2005
Here is what the groomers have to say!!! These people are right there and seeing what is happening!! The groomers have been absolutely wonderful and instrumental in reporting their findings to us so we can take appropriate measures for the welfare of the dogs.
This is what the groomers have to say about the crew at Animal Control:
•They were all very nice and extremely cooperative. What a fantastic crew of people.
•The shelter itself was spotless. Brunswick County is very lucky to have found these animal control officers.
•What thrilled me though was talking to the officers. They are so concerned and making every effort to help these dogs. They described how they caught them trying to use the least trauma possible when they were so scared. I was touched at their concern. We certainly don't want to alienate any of them, that's for sure.
•I was very impressed with the building. It was very clean and well cared for when we got there.
Here’s what the groomers have to say about the Salukis:
•All these dogs did exceptionally well. They allowed us to bathe without difficulty. We were greatly encouraged with their improvements and demeanor.
•All 6 of the dogs we worked with are shy but coming around. I'm sure they can all be re-homed
• It's important that two people work together on these Salukis; one person just could not hold and calm the dog, plus do any grooming. All the Salukis seem to be settling in quite well; they obviously are getting used to having people around. I really didn't see fear in any Salukis' eyes, which is a very positive thing.
•The dogs were nervous but tolerant of being handled and touched. Some seemed to zone out into another world.
•I know the dogs have to be locked up every night so the runs must be awful in the morning with so many in a tiny area but each run was spotless (except for an occasional poop that just happened) and the dogs relatively clean of urine (I expected more really). Once the fleas can be treated with Frontline, they will look so much better. We both hurt to see the water run red from the fleas. They basically just stood there and as long as we were gentle and didn't move too fast they were very good.
•As far as the individual dogs, none tried to bite this week and all let us pet them.
•All in all, it was not as bad as we feared.
•We had a very good experience and I believe the dogs did as well.
•They have more stainless feed bowls than they will ever need. I heard mention of some Flint River ranch and it was used up. Someone sent at least 4 or 5 boxes of Pedigree dry. There is a bag of latex toys that is waiting to be emptied (I hope) once the dogs no longer have to be locked in so long, there were several cases of Red Barn. There are all sorts of leashes and collars and beautiful martingale leashes
5 Sept Groomers Report
The groomers are sent out in teams to work on specifically assigned dogs. They are given excerpts from Only Angels, available by Stola which gives tips for approaching and handling dogs. Groomers that have seen the dogs more than once remark on their progress. All observations from the Groomers are turned into the Team Leader who keeps a written history of each dog, his temperament, treatments, and progression. The written report seems promising. In order to stagger more people throughout the upcoming months, we need more volunteers. If you have light skills, please volunteer as I am sure you can be teamed up with a more experienced person and assigned the easier to handle dogs. There are about 6 that are very friendly and ready to go on someone's couch right away. Please write Lin Hawkyard to volunteer for one of these teams. If you have strong handling skills, we need you! Below are excerpts from the groomer reports:
• "Today went really, really well."
• "Today at the Brunswick shelter turned out to be mainly a
• "All the bitches in run 4 are getting friendlier"
• "They all looked good and no vermin could be seen on them."
• "In talking to the shelter personnel, they told us that none of
the Salukis would touch the dry food so they are feeding canned
• "All the dogs weight looks really good. I think there were a couple of older ones and you could still slightly see ribs."
• "These Salukis have a very positive future. I think that the ones we worked with today are going to make good pets."
• "They are only going to get better as time goes on and they get more used to things."
• "The kennels were spotless and there was no odor."
• "My observations would be that most are now in good weight."
• "The dogs were nervous but tolerant of being handled and touched."
• "There were lots of supplies arriving. I would suggest someone post NO Cloth bedding or toys"
• "The shelter people and the policeman that dropped by were all very nice. I gave the guys a box of chocolate for doing such a good job and a thank you card."
• "As far as the individual dogs, none tried to bite this week and all let the three of us pet them."
• "Because I was alone all AM, all I did was socialize and check
the dogs over. Only livestock I found were inchworms on floor, no ticks or live fleas."
On other fronts, the County Administrator is searching for a
warehouse to house the 10 pallets (20,000 lbs) of Pedigree food.
Animal Control is working on installing the security system that will give the Salukis more room to go in and out of their runs during nonoperational hours. The County has received many of the generous donations and are extremely surprised and grateful. SM is still being evaluated in the Mental Hospital but DA feels confident he will get a speedy trial once the Mental Hospital has finished testing.