Refuge RR takes action after dog froze to death
When Refuge RR heard about the dog who froze to death in a Montreal homeless man’s arms the night of November 22nd, they were just as appalled as many others were and also felt it was something that should never have happened – and they took immediate action. First they put up a post on their Facebook page asking if anyone knew of a homeless person with a pet who was having trouble surviving the cold and offered to pick them up and house the animal, providing them with warmth, love and care – and when the weather was better, they would return them to their owner. And they did not stop there. By the following Tuesday, a Refuge RR volunteer ‘Rescuers’ team headed to downtown Montreal to see things firsthand and find out what more they could to do to help.
They printed out some posters with information and the Refuge RR telephone number, offering their assistance to any homeless person’s pet during the cold weather – putting them up along Ste. Catherine from the Bay to Berri St. and around the Atwater area. They also made a point of meeting directly with some homeless people, handing out their phone number and letting them know how they could not only help their pets, but themselves as well.
“We really just wanted to talk to them, to let them know who we are first and how we can help,” said Rob Boisvert of Refuge RR. “We put up some posters, but not too many because we don’t want to overwhelm people… we hope to slowly gain their trust.” They will be working with some Montreal outreach workers to help achieve their goal and would also like to bring the homeless people some blankets, backpacks and other supplies they may need to help them during the cold, winter months. And they got to meet a dog named Hamilton. “One gentleman gave us permission to take a picture with him, his beautiful dog named Hamilton and one of our team members. He stays with his loving companion on the streets of Montreal. There’s alot of mistrust within the homeless community and Hamilton’s human is very protective of his friend (Hamilton). Sadly Hamilton’s person is very sick and must visit the hospital weekly for treatment – and a fellow homeless person cares for Hamilton during this time. He could sure use our help to make sure Hamilton has everything he needs.”
Along with their program to house homeless pets during the cold weather, Refuge RR will also be collecting necessary items required to distribute to the homeless people in need. Based just outside Montreal in Alexandria, Ontario – they cover an area from here to Kingston and Ottawa – all through a network of volunteers.
If you would like to find out more about them or to donate items (in good condition) you can visit their website at: www.refugerr.org / Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RefugeRRforHorses/about/?ref=page_internal and for any emergencies you can call Rose at 438-837-1155.
Some items they need immediately include: clean blankets, knapsacks and sleeping bags, dog coats (big and small for cats also), dog boots, treats and chew toys, lightweight food and water bowls and plastic bags (for scooping).
Refuge RR (Rescue, Rehabilitate), one of Canada’s oldest and largest animal sanctuaries, is a provincially registered, charitable organization which rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned animals in Quebec and in Ontario. They provide refuge for animals who are no longer considered ‘of use’ to some humans or who are simply unwanted beings. They save animals from slaughter as well as from being put down for said reasons.
Feature image: Many homeless have dogs as companions