A Successful Rescue
How a Dog Inspired a
In Lakewood, behind the Northwest Commercial Bank and next to The Ram
business offices, lived a dog who inspired a group of kindred souls to come
together for a life changing experience. "Hobo", the dog to whom I am referring,
lived for 1 1/2 years in his parking lot "home" fearful of the many people who
would come to offer him food or interaction. No one knew his history and no one
knew his future, but one thing people did know was that they loved him and feared for
Kindred Souls Foundation learned of Hobo in February 2006. We learned that Hobo
was smart and that he had no interest in being "rescued"! He saw his life as
being "just fine". His meals of steak, ribs, sandwiches and dog treats were
consistently delivered by the
people who cared so deeply for him and not a day went by that his bucket wasn't
topped off with fresh water. Sure he had to sleep with one eye open due to the
transients and other "scary" people who came by, but Hobo felt free and that he
was doing a pretty good job taking care of himself!
What Hobo did not realize was that his days of freedom, in that particular
location, were no longer an option. Due to the many calls made to animal control
Hobo was going to have to leave the home he knew for 1 1/2 years. Kindred Souls
Foundation made a commitment to help Hobo comfortably transition to a new
lifestyle. In order to do this, we not only had to catch him, but also had to
bring in various professionals to help us work with Hobo.
Kindred Souls Foundation has a holistic approach to the care we provide to
animals. We ensure that all interdependent parts of their being are addressed in
the healing process so
that the animal can function as a "whole". This requires services in the areas
of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We knew that Hobo was
going to need intensive services and so the emails and phone calls started going
out before a rescue plan was even thought up.
All practitioners currently working with Hobo responded within 24 hours of
receiving our request! They offered their expertise and donated their services
with a genuine concern for Hobo's best interest. They offered insights and
support before, during, and after the rescue.
Our rescue group volunteers responded with the same eagerness and commitment to
Hobo. They stayed in touch while the rescue plan was being developed and made
themselves available whenever we needed them. These two groups of people,
together, made up the most generous, talented, and caring team we could
have hoped for.
On April 1, we successfully rescued Hobo! It was an emotional day for Hobo and
all of his new friends. In the first week of Hobo's new life he experienced what
it feels like to be gently touched by loving hands, spoken to with kind words,
and loved by a group of kindred souls who have made him a promise to respect and
care for him for the rest of his days.