SAWYER — A house with out animals would not be a house for Christian and Shelby Chicken, the founders of the For Belle’s Sake rescue in rural Sawyer.
Shelby Chicken mentioned she grew up on a ranch, whereas her husband grew up in a one-pet family. They adopted their first canine from the pound not lengthy after they married.
“An animal has all the time been in our household,” mentioned Shelby Chicken. “It was simply the pure starting to our household.”
It wasn’t lengthy afterwards they began fostering animals and, a couple of years later, began the 501(C)(3) animal rescue For Belle’s Sake.
“We actually received closely into rescues in 2011 after which we integrated as a non-profit in 2014,” mentioned Shelby Chicken. “From 2011 to 2014, we had been doing it solely out of pocket.”
The couple mentioned they had been suggested to launch the non-profit so they’d be capable to obtain donations to fund the rescue.
Each Birds serve within the US Air Power and had began the rescue after they had been stationed in South Carolina.
“After we moved up right here, we thought we might be shutting down For Belle’s Sake,” mentioned Shelby Chicken, however they rapidly found that there was a terrific want for an animal rescue within the space.
The rescue now operates with 5 separate buildings. One is for cats and in addition capabilities as a meet and greet space for individuals who hope to undertake a pet. Two buildings are strictly for canines. The ability has been present process an enlargement and transform venture to higher accommodate all the rescued animals.
Donations assist run the ability, which additionally advantages from a core of devoted volunteers. There are about six common volunteers and extra who come ahead to assist on devoted volunteer days.
“After we attain out for assist, they’re there,” mentioned Shelby Chicken, who mentioned a number of the volunteers are individuals who beforehand adopted a pet from the rescue, noticed the necessity and wished to assist.
There are all the time extra animals in want displaying up at totally different instances and elsewhere.
The Birds had gone on a tenting journey with their 4 kids earlier this month but in addition made time to deal with a kitten that had been dropped off the evening earlier than.
On common, the Birds and their volunteers have dozens of canines and cats of their care which were surrendered by their house owners, rescued from high-kill animal shelters, or have been discovered as strays.
The rescue’s web site, forbellessake.org, has images of adoptable canines and cats, software kinds with necessities for adopting one of many pets and a want record of things wanted by all of the pets at For Belle’s Sake.
A few of the gadgets which might be most wanted are pet food, pet meals, cat meals, kitten meals, dewormers, bleach, pet toys, towels, cat litter and financial donations that assist pay to spay and neuter the pets and for the veterinary care that they want. Volunteers may organize to assist look after the animals.
The Birds save plenty of animals, who’ve discovered completely satisfied houses, however typically an animal has insurmountable well being or conduct challenges and there’s no different selection however to euthanize them. Shelby Chicken mentioned it’s hardest when an animal have to be euthanized as a result of its conduct makes it a hazard.
The animal rescue is devoted to transparency, so donors understand how funds are being spent and the way the animals are being helped.
The Birds will doubtless be transferred sooner or later sooner or later, which might additionally imply the rescue may go along with them. Nonetheless, they mentioned some native folks have additionally expressed an curiosity in preserving the animal rescue going within the Minot space.