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Reflections on the Year Past

Joy at having a forever home, Petey

Joy at having a forever home, Petey

It was a very busy but happy year: despite setbacks we all encounter in a day, 108 dogs passed through the Jacks Galore doors in 2014.  Those dogs that came to us for help that were not jacks were taken care of and placed in their forever homes through the Berkshire Humane Society, our marvelous local private shelter for which we also volunteer and which we love deeply.  The 97 needy jacks who found their way to us landed with marvelous families throughout the United States; some flew in cabin to their new homes, some went in our JG dogmobile. Most were picked up in MA but all landed safely to start a new life until they cross that bridge that takes them from our arms but never our hearts.

Sonic still waiting

Sonic still waiting

It also was a year of joy to see amazing people come to adopt a jack, to embrace a recycled animal and give it a new lease on life, something we wish more people would do.  A rescue jack may have its challenges, it might prove difficult and frustrating at times and there can be things that make you question your decision, but in the end it’s a gift you give of yourselves, one that a dog will also be grateful for in its own way.  No dog or human is perfect and we must learn that life is filled with imperfections, but the result is days filled with laughter (and sighs) and abundant joy, and in the end we’re better people for having made that choice.  A life saved, rescued from a home not worthy, a home no longer able to provide, or a shelter about to execute a confused and misunderstood animal: these are the jacks you give back to and you’re all to be commended for it.  Others will learn from your act of kindness, and we can only hope they carry it forward.

This year so many of you offered your support in other ways: those who could not adopt or already have too many of those furry things in their homes volunteered your time, your expertise, your words of encouragement, your home; vets from all over stepped up to help us in need; boarding facilities and our local dog daycare stepped up at the last minute; trainers provided a restorative solution so a jack can stay in its home, artists donated their crafts to raise funds.  Please know that without all of you, every single one of you, we could not have saved so many JRT lives.  Many of you also provided financial help, something our small but active rescue is always in need of.  You helped meet our three fundraiser goals so we could carry on with our mission.  The numbers saved may not seem like a lot but our clock at Jacks Galore runs 24/7: if there were more hours in a day or more space in a kennel we’d do more, but we do what we can with what we have and we’re proud of it!!!  So let me thank all of you who make it happen, who have a jack, who love or adopt a jack, those who stand by us.

the unlikely adopted

the unlikely adopted

even puppies got homes

even puppies got homes

We hope this New Year will be as successful in our placements of the dogs that come to us for help; more than 30 are already knocking at our door with daily emails, calls, pleas from shelters and vets.  Help us continue to save lives. Let’s all be part of the solution, and make a dog happy for the extra years given!!!  We need to ask you to continue to give and help, PLEASE.  THANK YOU!!

In the end always a  happy jack, Skippy

In the end always a happy jack, Skippy