GEORGIA – Remembering Ruthie Rescue and Sanctuary is a small, essentially one-woman animal rescue in the south. Sally Parker runs it out of Georgia, but she serves the Carolinas, too. The rescue is named after a dog in Parker’s life who passed away about ten years ago. Parker created the rescue shortly after, in Ruthie’s honor.
Parker focuses on helping dogs who are often overlooked in shelters: senior dogs, medically fragile dogs or dogs with behavioral issues. She has about 45 animals in her program (either with her at her home, or living with the people in her foster network).
When asked why she focuses on the “overlooked” animals, Parker says, “Because they get tossed away like trash once they’re no fun, (or) have medical problems their people don’t want deal with. We are all getting older with health issues. These dogs once had humans who loved them until they became a nuisance.”
Parker says, “I know the thought of me being tossed in a run-down nursing home isn’t very appealing. But for the dogs I pull, I hope to give them joy in whatever time they have left.” She continues, “As heartbreaking as it is to take on a hospice or senior dog knowing the outcome, I have to think that giving them their last days/months knowing love and compassion is better than being discarded and dying alone.” Parker is committed to these animals, but she needs help. Below are some of her most “in need” cases.
Maizie is an 7-8 year old border collie mix. She is a perfect companion in every way. She does have glaucoma in her right eye, requires eye drops, and that eye will have to be monitored by her vet. The glaucoma impacts her vision in that eye, so keeping that in mind when approaching her is important.