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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2011
This video depicts Orchid, a Mastiff Boxer mix rescued from a high-kill heartsticking shelter in Youngstown, OH. Orchid was an owner surrender, missing most of one ear, either by home crop job, or an injury. Whatever potential horrors lie in Orchid's past, you would never know about them. Orchid traveled hundreds of miles with volunteers, and two other rescue dogs, to her foster family. She was fully housetrained, knew basic obedience, and absolutely adored everyone she met. Orchid was adopted by a great family, and is now named "CJ"
This is the video no one wants to see, but everyone NEEDS to see. This is one of America's dirty little secrets. Heartsticking shelters are animal shelters that use intracardiac euthanasia, as opposed to sedated lethal injection, to destroy unwanted animals. The footage from this video is from Robeson County Animal Shelter, this footage is what launched a campaign to ban heartsticking. And it was successful. Robeson now uses IV injections to euthanize animals. These practices still continue in many other shelters. Many dogs are hung with a catch pole, and stabbed painfully in the chest with a syringe. If they're fortunate, it hits them in the heart, and death is within a matter of minutes. Sometimes they miss and it needs to be done again. Often they miss, as the dogs are not sedated and struggle. The injection burns like acid. The fear is unimaginable. Watching their tales wag hopelessly is heartbreaking.
Friendly Giants Dog Rescue is a non-profit group based out of Ottawa, ON and Sarnia, ON. We rescue primarily *but not limited to* large and giant breed dogs from shelters across North America, just like this one. Our biggest hurdle is the need for more foster families. Transport volunteers are always needed as well.
Most importantly, people need to stop shopping for pets, and adopt from their local shelter or rescue. Spay and neuter your animals, and these dogs will no longer suffer needlessly.