The Animal Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County, Alabama was formed for the purpose of providing Lawrence County with an animal compassionate shelter dedicated to ending the high volume killing routinely taking place within its five (5) districts. The mission of the organization is to promote the adoption of homeless dogs and cats, protect and advocate for the humane treatment of all companion animals and reject euthanasia as an option for controlling the overpopulation of homeless companion animals in the counties’ shelters. The organization offers a safe haven for the homeless dogs and cats in its care, providing them with love, compassion, shelter, food, and veterinary care until such time as they are either adopted to individuals or placed with rescue groups, animal protection groups or no-kill shelters. In that regard, all adopters and transfer organizations are thoroughly screened prior to the placement of a dog or cat with them. For the period from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013, the organization transferred 816 dogs to another agency or shelter thereby saving countless lives. At the present time, the organization partners extensively with Bideawee, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, and Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in transporting, at its own expense, dogs from its shelter in the south to the facilities of the transfer organizations in New York. The organization recognizes, however, that the placement of its homeless dogs and cats alone will not solve the overarching issue of shelter overcrowding on a county-wide level. Rather, a robust spay/neuter policy must be created and implemented thereby reducing the number of homeless dogs and cats entering the shelter system and consequentially reducing the rate of euthanasia. In furtherance of this goal, the organization sterilizes at its own expense all dogs and cats three months of age or older prior to release from the shelter, whether it be through adoption or transfer. For those puppies and kittens released from the shelter under three months of age, a signed contract is required stating that the animal will be spay/neutered and that proof of such will be provided or the animal may be reclaimed by the shelter. To the extent that funding may become available in the future, the organization is committed to providing low cost and free spay/neuter services to the residents of Lawrence County. The shelter is further determined to provide the residents of Lawrence County, particularly its children, with humane education programs emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering their dogs and cats and providing them with proper care. The organization also recognizes the need for the implementation of a TNR program in Lawrence County as a means of controlling the overpopulation of free roaming cats, the majority of which are euthanized in the counties’ shelters. While the organization does not have a formal TNR program at the present time, it does pay for a limited number of feral cat sterilizations and is committed to establishing such a program should funding become available. Lastly, the organization provides many low-income residents of Lawrence County with free dog and cat food thereby assisting these pet guardians in keeping their companion animals and not relinquishing them to the local shelters.
It is rare and unusual when a seven year old girl can make a difference in the world all by herself, but this is just what happened when Bobbie Taylor was seven. On Saturdays, she used to sit on her family's driveway in their rural Southern community and watch the mule-pulled wagons going into town. As they passed over the bridge of the creek that ran beside her house, Bobbie watched to see if they threw a tied up sack into the water. Bobbie would then run as fast as she could, because she knew she had to
save the lives of the puppies or kittens that were in those sacks before they drowned. When her family's barn became too crowded with all the animals that were saved, she herself would tie them up in feed sacks, with holes cut out so they could breathe and poke their heads out. She would throw the sack over her horse, Nell's, shoulders and ride all over the countryside trying to find good homes for them. Bobbie continued to rescue, shelter and find homes for these unwanted animals until she graduated from High School. She had wanted to attend vet school, but was told that vet schools in Alabama at that time accepted boys over girls and, besides, farmers would not feel comfortable talking to a woman vet about many medical issues.
Throughout her life, she continued to save animals, both companion animals and wild animals. She has records and pictures of the more than 8000 animals she has saved in Lawrence County, Alabama since 1940. She knows that she will not be around to care for them forever. Her goal is to make sure that a kill-free shelter will become a model for future shelters across the us. In the state of Alabama, animal cruelty laws are weak and rarely enforced. Over 150,000 animals are killed in shelters there every year,
some by the use of gas chambers. She has seen the cruelty and disregard for the lives of animals since
she was a child.
Bobbie is trying to raise the funds necessary to build her dream shelter in Lawrence County. She has located a building. Bobbie wants to open a no-kill shelter there that includes a low cost spay/neuter clinic.
Bobbie needs the help of donors to make her dream a reality!