At the heart of Mojave Desert Animal Rescue is outreach and intervention.
Rammstein's Memorial Pet Food Pantry is named in honor of an incredible German Shepherd Dog.
Rammstein was was sixteen years old when he died of cancer on October 25, 2011.
All of his life, he gently cared for animals of many species, was a constant companion, protector, and was intelligent beyond words. Because of Rammstein's nurturing, gentle nature, and the unconditional love he so selflessly gave to his guardian, our pet food pantry is named in his memory. Every guardian we help to feed their own beloved pet is one less pet that faces the risk of abandonment to an already over crowded animal shelter. Would you like to help make a difference? Click here. An explanation of how the pet food pantry works is below the video.
The Mojave Desert is not exactly a metropolis, most people don't realize that thousands of people live in this region. Desert areas tend to have more depressed local economies than larger cities do.
Many people in our community struggle to make ends meet. Not month by month, but day by day.
Many of the people struggling to make ends meet have one or more pet
Sadly, the family pet is often surrendered to a shelter because of the inability to afford one simple staple: PET FOOD. Our animal shelters are bursting at the seams, and euthansia rates are very high.
Rammstein's Memorial Pet Food Pantry provides homeless citizens in our region with quality, fresh pet food, vaccination, and veterinary servives...
FREE OF CHARGE
This is how the program works:
At a pet food distribution events, we also do intake.
We register the dog(s) and or cat(s) and provide the owner with information regarding distribution dates, and program requirements.
We obtain the following information about each pet:
Name, breed/description, age, sex/spay/neuter, and vaccination history.
Each visit to a distribution event is logged. This gives us the ability to keep accurate records as to the number of times we provide help for each animal. We do not permit a pet owner to add additional animals, to avoid vaccination or spay/neuter services-all are mandatory to remain in the program.
By using a registration system, we know that animals truly in need of our support receive it, and that our resources aren't exploited. Care packages normally include dry food/kibble and treats. We also include wet food, when available. Other items, such as flea/tick treatments, leashes/collars/first aid for cuts and scrapes, vaccinations, and spay/neuter scheduling are completed at this time.
As we identify pets in need in our community, we know which pets need other services (vaccines, spay/neuter, etc) because of the information we have collected. We are working toward having ALL animals enrolled in the program altered. All pets in our programs must be altered; the only exceptions being advancved age-or a valid veterinary waiver due to a health issue.
Presently, 97% of the animals we help---share their lives with a homeless person, Homeless people come from all walks of life. Many are "new" homeless, having lost a job, and subsequently, a place to call home. Others are veterans, each having served our country in overseas conflicts. They bear the physical and emotional scars of the service they've given to our country every day.
Others suffer from physical disabilities, mental illness, and addiction, but that does not stop them from giving an animal love and care--quite the opposite! A pet is often the only thing that brings a person "outside" of themselves and their worries, gives them a sense of responsibility, and a trusted, constant friend who will not ever judge them. There is no better medicine.
Homeless people have very strong bonds with their pets. Their pet is their best friend, child, confidant, protector, and is often the only being in their life that gives them unconditional love and companionship. We strongly believe in fostering this incredible example of the human/animal bond.
Many homeless people in this region frequent soup kitchens for a hot meal In the past, they have often choose to feed their pet, instead of feeding themselves. This isn't healthy for either of them...human food isn't healthy for animals, and no human being should go hungry.
The pets of homeless residents are generally in good health, are very well socialized and friendly, well adjusted, and are more often than not-- very well trained!
By intervention, it is our hope that people the most in need of help for their pets will receive it, lessening the chances of local pets that are sadly surrendered to an animal shelter; lessening the possibility of contagious illness (parvo, distemper, etc.) with vaccination programs; the prevention of unwanted litters by spaying/neutering---and that homless individuals facing the numerous difficulties in trying to survive while homeless-are able use what very few resources they have - to care for themselves.
Would you like to help make a difference for an animal in need? Click here!