A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Monday, May 28, 2007
Back & Forth..

First of all, I want to say "Thank YOU!!!" to all those that have made donations..
Claudine had me in tears on the road..
I can't tell you how much your contributions mean to the rescue.
The vet bills and transport costs have gotten out of control and it is such a helpless feeling knowing I can get animals to places where they can be adopted and money is the thing standing in my way.
These stories and my successes are because of you; our collaboration and everyone helping me help the animals..
Claudine has been my best buddy for many years & for that I'm forever thankful. This blog & my website were built by her. She loves the animals but can't do what I'm doing.. It upsets her too much.
It just goes to show you, that we all do what we can and the cumulative actions, in the end saves the animals.
I just want to say I appreciate you all, for reading, commenting, supporting and loving the animals..

I arrived back from Chicago & Wisconsin on Saturday. I've been busy getting the rest of the animals ready to transport on Tuesday (tomorrow). We will again have a full transport. I probably won't do this many animals again without help.
It was truly a non-stop, exhausting feat having the huge numbers here this past month.
I have to say I'm not as young as I use to be.. (((giggles)))
The driving sure does take its toll on your body.
The dogs and cats that went last Thursday are doing well.
I spoke with the shelter directors this morning and many have already been adopted this weekend. Truly amazing!!!
The typical adoption once the animals get to the shelter is anywhere from 3-10 days.
Now mind you, the animals are in very good and healthy condition and this makes a huge difference.
They can go right to surgery the next day or so to be fixed.

I have received questions on how I made my connections and how a person would go about building and growing a rescue.
To answer this, it was very difficult at first trying to start programs and I had to prove myself and my credibility with the animal welfare organizations. But it has all worked out and many animals have a chance at life.

My advice is if you are thinking about doing this to start small. I started with only a few animals and over the years it has grown steadily each year. Never did I think I would be doing this much.
It took me many years to establish good working relationships with the Humane Societies.
A mutual respect and communication, that has and will make a better place & chances for the animals.
It has never been easy, everything is hard work, but the end result, the greater good is what it is all about.
Most of all be careful what you wish for, it is very difficult to get out once you start.
For at that point, you have seen the dark side of life for many animals, it is hard to turn that off, knowing that you can do things to help. You have to have a strong mind and heart, because if you don't prepare yourself, it can destroy you..
I don't say that to scare anyone, but to see what I see many days..
The evils that people do and the poor animals that suffer, well.. I know someday there will come a time that I cannot absorb anymore, but till that time, I'll do what I can for as long as I can.

I think daily of all the furry faces, all the different personalities that pass thru my life..
I often wonder where they are & what their lives are like. I worry, yes.. I worry..
But nothing in this life comes with guarantees and all we can go on is hope for a better tomorrow.
Hope that with every good intension, every act of kindness and love, that life will be the best it can be..
Love and Life is all we have and we have to make the best of both for the short time we are here on this Earth...
Again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of what I do and for taking the time to share my journey with me...
Blessings and Light to you all!!!
Just knowing you're out there helping these critters makes me feel better.
Keep up the good work!!!
Glad to hear you made it safely and that the donations helped.
you are so amazing! i'm glad that you had a safe journey. :-)
Thank you Bernie for doing the work that we wish we could be doing. The world is a much better place with you in it.
Bernie... God Bless You!!! Thank you for everything. I can't help but shed tears everytime I think of anyone hurting a sweet animal.

Bernie, your heart is so big! I can never read you blog updates without tears - some happy some sad. How lucky we and all the furbabies are that you do what you do so well! I know that some days you must feel frustrated and exhausted but please know that we love you and thank you, admire you and respect you - I only wish I could donate more than I have - I will continue to share your mission with others.
Bless you!
jackie smith
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