From the Desk of Jeannine Culbertson, Executive Director
2017 has gotten off to a whirlwind start! A lull in intakes in March seemed too good to be true, and indeed it was! While the respite allowed us to focus on Boykin Spaniel Nationals in Camden, SC, and our annual volunteer meeting, it was just a little too quiet! Then BOOM! April hit and the Boykins started flowing in again! At this writing, we have taken in 22 dogs, a higher number than at this time last year. We've also managed to process a record number of adoptions for the first quarter, and a lot of BSR alums are now happy in their forever homes! We've only just hit our first heartworm positive intake, but sadly followed up by 2 more. Let's hope we beat our own odds and still end up with fewer of those cases this year! Our PFC roster has fluctuated a bit, with 2 new intakes, but sadly, 5 of our treasured Permanent Foster Care dogs have crossed the rainbow bridge since the start of the year. Please see our tributes to them further down in this newsletter.
Our big national events--the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) in Charleston, SC in February, and Boykin Spaniel Nationals in Camden, SC in March—were solid successes for the organization. Not only did we see record sales at these events, but also the increased time meeting and greeting our volunteers and interested members of the public always serves to refocus us on the dogs we serve and the people without whom we couldn't manage. Special shoutouts to Jennifer and Larry Griffin, Sybil and Howard Noll and Lynn, Elvis and Oscar McNair who keep our event operations running smoothly! SEWE is a very different event from Nationals, but it provides a great venue for us to meet and recruit new volunteers and spread the word about what we do as well as the who, where and how of our incredible organization. At Nationals, we get to reconnect with old friends and supporters, as well as share our message with those in the hunt, breeder and dog enthusiast communities. With luck, we even get some time to sneak off to some of the trials and watch in awe as hundreds of these little brown dogs converge to do what the Boykin Spaniel was bred to do! I would also like to publicly thank Will and Jennie Cannady for their generous (and delicious!) contribution to BSR derived from their renowned BBQ talents during Nationals! And last, but never least, a thank you to the Boykin Spaniel Society; they are so gracious to us during Nationals, and their unflagging support allows us to reach so many within the Boykin community.
As we move on through the Spring and into the Summer, I am very much aware of the time our volunteers share with us and often away from their own families, doing transports, fostering or carrying out home visits so that others might get a chance to adopt one of our rescues. Your efforts and sacrifices do not go unnoticed! But we've also taken notice of increased involvement from the children of our volunteers at our national events, and wanted to find a way encourage the next generation of rescuers. Rescue is something the whole family can find a way to be involved in! Our nest BSS quarterly magazine highlights some of these stories, so look for that! In the meantime, we've just launched a Junior Volunteer Program to draw on the amazing talents and energies of our youngest supporters! We've got more information on that later in this newsletter as well as on the “Volunteer” section of our website.
And speaking of our new website…please share your thoughts and ideas with us! We always appreciate hearing what we can improve on and how we can better serve our community! Got an idea for a new program? Want to talk about opportunities to assist in your area? Please let us know! BSR is working hard to be responsive to its volunteer base as well as those interested in adopting, and both sides of the equation balance out why we are here for the dogs!
Jeannine Culbertson, Executive Director
It's been a very busy year for BSR's Dog Care Team!
We have definitely started the year off with a bang! Here is the latest, through April:
- Number of Standard Intakes: 22
- New Dogs Placed Into PFC Program: 2
- Adoptions: 17
- Heartworm Positive: 2
- Intact (requiring spay/neuter): 9
- Crossed Rainbow Bridge: 4 Permanent Foster Care Dogs
The number of intakes this year is much higher than in 2016. The good news is that we have had only one intake that is heartworm positive! Sadly, we have lost four (4) of our beloved PFC dogs (please see our tribute to them below).
What does this mean? We are in desperate need of fosters, both long and short term. It also puts a strain on financial resources. Some of these dogs are requiring significant medical care and rehabilitation.
To view our Adopted Class of 2017, visit: