Let's go back in time a little bit. June, 2008 - flood waters chest deep flowed through our kennels and our home. People from every where, who heard it on the radio, saw it on TV or was driving by and saw all of the cars, boats and people on the dry land side and stopped to see what was happening, came to help. OLBH's volunteers, these wonderful good samaritans, my husband and I evacuated 137 dogs, 3 cats and myself over a two day period using boats. It was traumatizing for all involved but, the focus by everyone was the safety of these furry kids and ensuring not one was lost and all had safe haven to go to. Due to the continued hard work of all of these people and the mass amount of donations after the flood waters receeded we were all back on the farm a short 45 days later. The furry babies tucked in their kennels and my husband and I living in a small borrowed camper but, we were there. After much deliberation it was decided we needed to move to higher ground because no one involved wanted to go through that again. So, we did. We relocated to Poland, Indiana on 23 acres, built a wonderful new kennel facility with 75' long inside/outside runs, huge play yards, things were looking great and calming down.
Here we are present day, press release by OLBH from 5/21/09:
Our Lil Bit Of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary is facing a cease and desist order unless they can raise between $10,000 and $15,000 and fast! This, over a septic tank that the State Board of Health is requiring the rescue to install. The rescue was looking into a less expensive holding tank but was told this morning that they are considered a commercial entity and must install an expensive septic system. Along with this expense is the additional requirements that all of our outside runs be roofed, and routed to the septic.
The rescue relocated to Poland, Indiana after the June 2008 floods destroyed the rescue previously located in Martinsville. Thanks to many wonderful volunteers all of the animals were saved from the flood waters and now nearly a year later they are at risk of losing their lives again.
Currently the rescue houses and finds permanent homes for those dogs discarded by society. The current economic crisis has caused overcrowding in many rescues and shelters.. The rescue often referred to as “OLBH” is a non kill rescue and sanctuary and does not receive government funding. If “OLBH” were forced to close countless dogs would be without a place to call home and without anywhere to go facing the worst. This rescue keeps dogs safe, of the streets and out of government run establishments until they are safely placed in permanent homes. This rescue doesn’t cost tax payers anything and has saved hundreds of dogs over the past several years.
The dogs at this rescue are facing the worst. Please help. The rescue does have a donated website online at www.bitofheaven.org where paypal is set up to accept your donations.
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