This rescue is dedicated:
To the memory of Joanne Meredith Schneider
in celebration of her life and the love of her animals;
To the memory of my Rozalyn, Queensland Heeler/Dingo taken from me too soon;
And to all of the unwanted and abandoned dogs
that couldn’t be rescued;
Here in this house ... I will belong.
I will be home.
Payette Partners Rescue Ranch was born out of frustration at seeing the number of at large and at risk dogs roaming the streets while driving to work every day and of my own anger to the senseless brutality to my red heeler, Roz, in 2007 which resulted in my having to put her down due to the extent of her injuries.
The proverbial “straw” was in the fall of 2009 when I witnessed a red heeler being run over by a truck and large horse trailer and the driver just kept on going! And the car directly behind the trailer just drove around the dog who was trying so desperately to get up but it was obvious that his spine had been broken in two.
I pulled up behind the dog to block traffic so he wouldn’t be hit again. Long story short, I managed to pick up this dog and lay him in the back of my pickup long enough to stroke his head and tell him that I loved him and that it was ok to go … and he did .. in my arms. I made a promise to that little heeler as I did with my own heeler, Roz, that I would do everything in my power to see that their fate did not happen to another dog if there was any way I could prevent it.
So in the beginning of the summer of 2010, I began re-purposing my old concrete dairy milk barn into a functional and comfortable dog kennel. I scrubbed approximately 40 years worth of cow manure and dirt from the floors and walls and painted the walls. I thought if I could fix up the windows and doors to keep out the cold, insulate the ceilings and update the electrical wiring, it would take me about six months to really have something put together. Then on August 1st, 2010 I received a phone call that expedited everything.
Over the past five years, I’ve built stairs and a wooden deck to span the alleyway inside the kennel. We've added more individual dog kennels, installed an electric heater and a wood stove because in the beginning, the dogs’ water bowls were freezing up inside during the winter and last year I added an air conditioner because temperatures inside the old concrete building can reach upwards of 95 during the really hot days!
We've built a fenced in enclosure outside the kennel so the dogs have a safe exercise yard and potty area.
We've also built pole & tin roofs over the outside kennels to keep the rain & snow off the dogs.
I’ve also cleaned up the other two rooms inside the kennel; one to store dog food and other supplies and the other room to use as a quieter "meet & greet" room for prospective adopters. The old rusty metal doors have been replaced with new insulated doors and a large broken window has been replaced with a nicer insulated one. Most of the attic has insulation now too, which helps to keep them warm and snuggly during our cold winter months. I am still working on restoring water to the kennel. Currently I run a hose from an outside spigot to the inside so I don't have to use 5 gallon buckets to tote water!
Most of you aren't aware that I run this rescue by myself. My day starts at 5:30am and when I get home from my paying job, my home chores begin. Sometimes I don't get into the house until after dark. So if I don't answer your calls or emails quickly, it's because I've simply run out of "awake" time. Be patient with me!
I'm posting before and after pictures of the ranch so you can see what I had to work with when I arrived in 2005 and how proud I am of what we've been able to accomplish with lots of hard work, determination,
and the help of so many caring and generous individuals and groups along the way!
That call came from an extremely distraught woman, Sarah, who had just lost her mother days earlier very unexpectedly. Her mother had five dogs at the time of her death that were all running loose. Sarah managed to catch three of them but two of them, Watcher and Lady, were so traumatized they had to be tranquilized so they could be caught and were at the New Plymouth animal pound scheduled to be euthanized if she couldn’t find homes for them. I met her at the New Plymouth pound and after some doing, we got them into dog crates and we brought them here to the rescue. I hurriedly created a makeshift kennel using wire panels, boards and baling twine but it held and the dogs were safe; scared to death, but safe! It took almost six months of daily contact with those two scared dogs before they would even let me near them, let alone touch them. Sadly, on August 14th, 1014, our Watcher's time with us was over. He died in my arms with lots of kisses and reassurances that we loved him. Lady is still with us and has become the "matriarch" of the kennel. She will always have a home here and a special place in my heart forever.