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Recycled Rovers Rescue, Inc.
RECYCLED ROVERS RESCUE, INC.
Recycled Rovers Rescue, Inc., PO Box 8754, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Toll Free (866) 200-8843
From the small handful of animals in 2006, the program continued to grow. In 2007, Dr. Wendell rescued and adopted out 36 dogs, 13 cats, a guinea pig and a cockatiel. In 2008, the numbers grew to 65 dogs and 13 cats. Puppy mill rescue dogs were also accepted into the program. New protocols were integrated into the program including microchipping, more stringent screening of adoption applications, and focus on education for responsible pet ownership. Most of the rescue animals were housed at Dr. Wendell’s animal hospital, but a few were placed in volunteer foster homes. To date, just over 500 homeless animals have been rescued and rehomed through our rescue.
In March of 2011, the rescue was named Recycled Rovers Rescue. A focus on purebred German Shepherds was made, but we would continue to allow rescue spaces for other pure and mixed breed dogs. We typically rescue and house 15-30 rescue dogs at any given time. At least half of those spaces are dedicated to purebred German Shepherds. The other spaces in our program are typically taken by pregnant or nursing mothers and pups, or dogs with special medical or surgical needs (i.e. fractures or orthopedic surgery needed, trauma cases, severe illness that has hope for recovery, and abuse cases) that would otherwise be immediately euthanized in a shelter.
As we are governed by and operated by a veterinarian, we hold ourselves (as does the public) to a higher standard of care than most rescues. Each animal is appropriately evaluated medically and worked up medically and treated as needed. Our goal is to make each dog healthy prior to adoption to its forever home. We can provide information and educational support to a new adopter. In addition, each adopter signs a contract that if they are not able to keep the animal for any reason that they must return the pet to us. This helps ensure that the dogs we rescue and invest in do not become victims in a shelter in the future.
In 2006, Dr. Michelle Wendell began rescuing small numbers of homeless pets at risk for euthanasia from area shelters. She addressed any medical or behavioral issues and performed standard preventative medical care (spay/neuter, heartworm testing, fecal parasite testing, age appropriate vaccination, deworming, and flea/tick & heartworm prevention) to prepare them for adoption. As most pets in shelters were underweight and infected with parasite and respiratory infections, immediate medical attention was typically needed upon rescue.
Our future goals include continuing rescuing and re-homing the German Shepherd dogs and other in need dogs. Our dog rescue numbers have consistently grown the last couple years. We have established relationships with local and regional shelters as well as the pet adopter community. We are dedicated to helping address the local overpopulation problem and educating the public about responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter. Once RRR gains 501c3 status, we will be eligible for grants and foundation funding that will help fund a local feral cat trap, neuter and release program. We are confident that with the potential funding available, we will be able to allow Springdale, AR residents to trap feral cats and bring them to us for FeLV/FIV testing, spay/neuter, and vaccination for little to no costs to the resident. As our local shelter has an 80% euthanasia rate of cats, we feel this community service is desperately needed.
RRR is dedicated to helping the homeless animals in Northwest Arkansas. We look forward to rescuing the German Shepherds and other dogs in need and finding their forever homes. Our dedication to a trap/neuter/release feral cat program in our community will greatly reduce the numbers of homeless cats that end up in our local shelter and are inevitably euthanized. Public education in regards to responsibly pet ownership will also be a very important component in reducing the pet overpopulation problem. We are dedicated to being a long term fixture of support for homeless animals in our community.