The Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) is honoring an American hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice by dedicating one of the organization’s new rescue rooms in his memory. TAF has named its newly unveiled rescue rooms at Unleased, a boarding facility and doggie daycare in Chicago, after FC1 Arick Scott Ramsden of the U.S. Navy.
When TAF heard about FC1 Ramsden and is love for animals, they thought it was very fitting to honor him by dedicating this new safe haven in his memory. The rescue rooms will provide a much needed service to the many animals that TAF assists in rescuing, providing a safe haven and recovery area until a rescue can provide either a foster home for them or has found a forever home for them. The project is a joint effort between TAF, Unleashed and Project Rescue Chicago.
“Our hope is that local rescues can work together and use these rooms as a holding place for homeless dogs transferred out of “kill” shelters,” says Sue Naiden, founder and president of the Trio Animal Foundation. “Many foster homes or boarding facilities will not take in a recently transferred dog unless they have had a 10 day quarantine period to ensure that they do not have any contagious diseases/illnesses. The purpose of these rooms is to create a quarantine area and provide time for the rescue to find an appropriate foster home for each dog.”
TAF raises the funds needed and arranges for veterinary care for animals in open admission shelters. Because open admission shelters do not turn any animals away, the sick, injured and seniors are first in line for euthanasia. The organization gets the animals vetted and also arranges for any special care they may need and then they work with the shelters and rescues that have the experience and connections to care for the animals until they find a home.
One of the drawbacks in rescuing the dogs is that many rescues do not have a place to hold animals in quarantine for 10 to 15 days until they can make sure the animal isn’t ill or carrying a contagious disease. Other organizations may be willing to take an animal after it clears quarantine, but lacks the space in foster care until more animals in their care are adopted. This new facility will help provide a location for quarantine and to hold animals until a space is available at another organization.
According to Naiden, Unleashed has an isolation area with 6 state of the art suites, separate airflow and a separate entrance for dogs when they first come from a shelter. Their health is monitored and they are kept away from all other dogs. The dogs are spayed and neutered after the isolation period and then moved to a minimally decorated room so cleaning may be done more effectively. Once they are fully vetted and healed, they may be housed in FC1 Arick Scott Ramsden United States Navy Room.
“This room is designed to feel like home,” adds Naiden. “Soft music plays to calm the dogs and an air purifier runs 24 hours a day. Trio Animal Foundation also outfitted every crate with fleece blankets or Kuranda beds with Sherpa fleece beds. All of the bedding in the crates is cream in color so that we will be able to monitor any aberrations in the health of the dogs, such as vomiting or bowel movements in the crates.”
In the homelike settings, Volunteers may spend time socializing with the animals and reading a book on the couch while the dogs nap on their laps. It will also serve as a calming environment for the dogs that have lost a home for whatever reason.
The Trio Animal Foundation is named after Trio the dog, who was rescued as a puppy after being used as bait in dog fights. One of her legs had been chewed off. Naiden adopted Trio and eventually founded the Trio Animal Foundation to help other animals with a similar plight. In the few short years the organization has been in existence, they’ve helped save over 1,000 animals and have worked with over 30 shelters and rescues. Learn more about Trio Animal Foundation online or follow them on Facebook. Learn about Unleashed online or follow them on Facebook and Project Rescue Chicago online and on Facebook.
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