I am writing my first petition ever to try to help my friends at Old Souls K9 Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit rescue for senior and abandoned animals
---they are a wonderful, responsible, caring and compassionate safe haven for senior and disabled dogs and other animals, and a neighbor is trying to shut them down with lies
Paula has her PhD in Conservation Physiology and I met her when she was a "turtle doctor" at the San Diego zoo over 10 years ago. She had rescued a senior shepherd who was due to be euthanized at a high-kill animal shelter I was volunteering at. Back then, she rescued dogs one at a time, but she and Isaac vowed to buy their own farm so they could help more animals.
After saving for many years, they were finally able to buy a farm in Yuma, Arizona 2 1/2 years ago. Isaac quit his job as an Authorized Desert Tortoise biologist to stay home to take care of their animals, all senior or sick, and Paula began working at the University of Arizona.
I will never forget how they took in Hugo, the potbelly pig, when he found his way into a local Los Angeles shelter where I volunteer after he was dumped on Hollywood Boulevard, no doubt because he grew bigger than his owners thought he would be. I drove Hugo and Tess, a little sweet neglected senior dog who was going to be euthanized-- because no one wanted an old hairless dog --to Paula and Isaac, in Yuma, Arizona. [This is the video I made documenting the trip there: https://youtu.be/ 6q7jsyS5LyA
]. The animals quickly became members of the Old Souls family, finally safe in a home that would care for them no matter what, with people who would embrace them when they were sick, and would love them no matter what, and they would never be abandoned again.
Their rescue is clean, quiet, and well-run. Most of the senior dogs sleep all day and the property is surrounded by farms - it's very peaceful. But now, due to a neighbor who has complained that cats are coming on to his property, they are in danger of having to shut down a farm that is home to 18 senior and sick dogs, 5 cats, 5 tortoises, 3 potbelly pigs, 2 rabbits, 1 special needs goat, a pony, a miniature horse, chickens, and a blind rooster.
This is farm country where these animals are meant to be.
There is an enormous feral cat problem in the neighborhood, and Paula and Issac have HELPED the problem by trapping and spaying/neutering many of the cats. This neighbor has threatened the safety of their cats, and two of their cats have disappeared over the past year. The neighbor is instilling fear in other neighbors, encouraging them to speak out against Old Souls' permit request, by telling them that their property values will go down because of Old Souls being in the neighborhood.
The truth is that this rescue is a shining example of what good responsible rescue is, and it should make Yuma, Arizona proud. The Old Souls property is maintained at a standard much higher than many of the other properties I saw on their block where some homes are in a state of neglect and disrepair. Thanks to your support, they won a vote for a temporary, 1 year probationary permit from the Zoning Commission. Now we need the County Supervisors to approve that decision at a special hearing next month. We need to convince the County Supervisors that the fate of this safe haven for thrown away animals who have no place else to go is in their hands. PLEASE PLEASE TELL YUMA THAT OLD DOGS MATTER, AND PLEASE ALLOW OLD SOULS K9 RESCUE TO CONTINUE!!!!!!