They ‘Wouldn’t Have Had a Chance’

As the cost of living continues to rise, people are being forced to make tougher decisions about how to spend their hard-earned money. For many, these decisions are painful, forcing them to make choices they never thought they would have to.

Many animal rescue organizations have noticed an increase in abandoned animals and believe there is a correlation between inflation and the number of animals abandoned.

A person driving home from work in late October spotted an ongoing task as they approached a bridge in Lexington, Kentucky.

According to a post later shared by Paws 4 the Cause Rescue, the Good Samaritan watched as a person dropped a mom dog and her three puppies, and the puppies cried and panicked into the creek below.


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The initially shy mother ran away – but the good Samaritan was able to save the three puppies. The next day more people went into the area looking for the puppies’ mother and when she was found all four made their way to Paws 4 the Cause.

“These puppies would not have stood a chance,” Vice President and CEO Anita Spreitzer told WKYT-TV. “Well, this story could have ended really, really badly, but because a village of animal-loving people got involved between transporters, good Samaritans and rescue workers to get these animals to safe havens.”

At least one of the puppies had a skin infection and all were treated for parasites. The mother was also treated for parasites and an infection but all are in good hands now and should soon be able to find a forever home.

“Someone once loved that dog,” Spreitzer said. “I mean we’ve seen dogs and worked with dogs that you couldn’t even touch when they came in or they would be cowering in the corner. And that’s not the case.”

Luckily for the four dogs, someone was able to spot what happened and jump in in time to save them, which isn’t the case with every abandoned dog.

“We see a lot of dogs that are never rescued,” Spreitzer told WLEX-TV. “We see the dogs getting into bad situations. We’ve had some rescuers in some of these rural areas that have already found puppies that have died in sacks that have been thrown into the rivers and whatnot, so I don’t know what is making people so desperate, but it breaks our hearts.


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“They cannot feed themselves, how are they supposed to feed the animals? So instead of letting them starve, they make a hasty decision… If you ask for help and we can help, we will.”

But according to a recent post from the group, the rescue is operating at full capacity. It can’t take on any more dogs until they find foster homes for some of their current dogs – including the mom dog who was named “Laurel”.

Good Samaritans are what keep the rescue alive, whether they’re discovering animals in need, opening their homes to care for and adopting them, or supporting the rescue financially.

Paws 4 the Cause has said the puppies will be listed on their website as soon as they are available for adoption. Their names are River, Dixie and Sandy.

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she has devoted herself to writing and is particularly fond of animal-related subjects.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t know exactly how. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with an MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, and wrote her thesis on metacognitive development and literacy transfer in freshmen.
She has a range of interests that keep her busy including trying new recipes, enjoying the great outdoors, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, observing people, developing curriculum and writing biographies. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she had blue-green hair.
In addition to a book in the works on productive communication strategies, Amanda writes and illustrates a number of children’s books with her husband Edward.


Austin, Texas

Spoken languages

English and a little German

Topics of expertise

Faith, Animals, Cooking

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