Saving Pets’ Lives with Gabby’s Animal Rescue
Jun 21, 2017 11:00AM
● By Kendra Kaiserman
To the Rescue
Story by Kendra Kaiserman
Photo courtesy of Gabby’s Animal Rescue
Gabrielle “Gabby” Enns has been running an animal rescue for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she would bring home any stray animal she would find on her way home from school. She would also save up her allowance to pay for necessary veterinary expenses for her rescued creatures. She even has a photo album with pictures of parrots on her shoulder or her nursing kittens. “I didn’t think I would have a rescue until much later in life,” says Enns, owner and founder of Gabby’s Animal Rescue in Visalia, but her dream became a reality when she started her website in 2011.
Gabby’s Animal Rescue, which gained nonprofit status last December, is a no-kill, no-profit rescue. They help people who can’t afford veterinary care with services such as spaying or neutering their animals. The goal is always “helping the community and animals in need,” Enns says. They also focus on pulling animals from the pound that are on “death row,” as Enns calls it, and finding them homes. In the last two years, they have become advocates for the feral cat coalition by becoming involved with trapping, fixing and releasing feral cats.
When animals come to Gabby’s Animal Rescue, they usually stay for at least three weeks. There is a two-week quarantine period and the animal “almost always has something and almost immediately starts treatment,” says Enns. If an owner surrenders the animal, however, “the process can be much shorter,” Enns says. If the animal has no health problems and is fixed, it can be up for adoption relatively quickly.
Gabby’s serves mostly dogs and cats, but occasionally rescues rabbits, chickens and horses. Her animal shelter has held 50 dogs in the past, but “that’s drastically gone down,” says Enns, as it now holds 10 dogs. “It all just depends on how many foster homes we have...I become the overflow tank, the dogs that did not work out in their foster home,” Enns says. As for cats, last year she was practically begging people to take them, and now she has between 60 and 90 in the stable foster homes.
“The best part is placing these animals in amazing homes and those families giving you updates,” Enns says. “The hardest part is losing them...I don’t give up."
“I love animals and my life is dedicated to saving them. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a really hard job but it’s totally worth it,” Enns says.
Volunteers are welcome at Gabby’s Animal Rescue, and it is specifically in need of someone who can market for the rescue. Adopted animals receive a free health exam.
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