Tuesday, September 24th: For the Love of Animals


ACROSS NEW ENGLAND HAVE A SECOND
CHANCE IN LIFE. SEAN: AUDREY COX HAS MORE ON
THIS BRAND NEW FACILITY, AND THE
MAN WHO HELPED MAKE IT HAPPEN. ♪
AUDREY: YOU MIGHT SAY THE DOGS
HERE ARE JUMPING FOR JOY OVER
THEIR NEW DIGS. ♪
AUDREY: DOGS, CATS, BUNNIES, OF
ALL SIZES. EVEN RATS. ANIMALS IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE HAVE A BRAND-NEW
TEMPORARY HOME WHILE THEY AWAIT
THEIR FUR-EVER FAMILIES.>>IT HAS BEEN A VERY LONG
PROCESS. SOMETIMES WE HAD UPS AND DOWNS,
AT TIMES WE DIDN’T KNOW IF IT
WAS EVER GOING TO COME TO
FRUITION. AUDREY: THE POPE MEMORIAL HUMANE
SOCIETY IN DOVER IS THE NEW
BUILDING THAT REPLACES THE OLD
COCHECO VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY,
AN OLD BARN. IT WAS CRAMPED AND NEVER ENOUGH
SPACE FOR THE ANIMALS.>>IT TOOK LONGER THAN WE HAD
HOPED, BUT IN THE END, TAKING
OUR TIME, BEING ABLE TO DO IT
RIGHT FOR THE ANIMALS IN
STRAFFORD COUNTY, AND THE
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES IS WHAT REALLY MATTERED TO US. ♪
AUDREY: THIS BRAND NEW FACILITY
IS 1100 SQUARE FEET, EVERY INCH
OF SPACE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING
A SAFE HAVEN FOR ANIMALS, AND
IT IS DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF 90-YEAR-OLD LYMAN POPE OF
JACKSON. LYMAN POPE IS AN ENTREPRENEUR
WHO MADE HIS MONEY IN REAL
ESTATE HE PLEDGED — ESTATE. HE PLEDGED A MILLION DOLLARS TO
MAKE THIS A REALITY.>>I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN HIM HAVE
A DOG. WE HAVE DOGS NOW. EVERY POPE IN THE POPE FAMILY
HAS A DOG. AUDREY: LYMAN’S GRANDDAUGHTER
CAROLINE POPE SAYS HER
GRANDFATHER HAS A PARTICULARLY
SOFT SPOT FOR GERMAN SHEPHERDS. HIS NEW PUP IS NAMED SADIE.>>YOU ALWAYS SEE LYMAN WITH A
GERMAN SHEPHERD. HIS GERMAN SHEPHERD MAX PASSED
AWAY THIS PAST SPRING AND HE HAS
RECENTLY ADOPTED A NEW GERMAN
SHEPHERD. FOR HIM, BEING 93-YEARS-OLD, FOR
HIM TO HAVE A CONSTANT
COMPANION AND BEST FRIEND IS
SOMETHING HE NEEDS AT THIS TIME
OF LIFE, WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER. EVERY DECADE OF HIS LIFE, HE HAS
HAD A SHEPHERD NEXT TO HIM. ♪
AUDREY: THE PRIVATE NONPROFIT
WAS FOUNDED IN 1984, BUT HAD
BEEN OUTGROWING ITS SPACE AT THE
STRAFFORD COUNTY COMPLEX FOR
YEARS.>>I WAS ALWAYS SURPRISED AT HOW
CLEAN IT WAS AND HOW PRESENTABLE
IT WAS, CONSIDERING WE WERE IN
AN OLD PIGGERY, A PLACE THAT HAD
BEEN RUN DOWN AND SHOULD HAVE
BEEN TAKEN DOWN DECADES BEFORE THAT. AUDREY: THE NEW SHELTER BOASTS A
CAT ROOM WITH LOTS OF NATURAL
LIGHT, WHERE FOLKS CAN BOND WITH
THEIR NEW FELINE FAMILY MEMBER
A SURGICAL SUITE WHERE
VETERINARIANS AND VET TECHS PATCH UP THOSE PETS WHO ARE SICK
OR THAT HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR
NEGLECTED. LIKE JAWS, A LOVABLE PIT BULL
MIX WHO ARRIVED HERE WITH QUITE
A STORY. HERE AT THE POPE MEMORIAL HUMANE
SOCIETY, EVERY ANIMAL THAT COMES
THROUGH THE DOORS GETS COMPLETE
MEDICAL ATTENTION. TAKE JAWS HERE. JAWS WAS SEIZED FROM A METH LAB,
HIS LUNGS WERE DAMAGED, HIS
TEETH WERE ROTTED FROM HIS
ENVIRONMENT. BUT THANKS TO THE FOLKS HERE,
HE IS ON HIS WAY TO MAKING A
FULL RECOVERY. ARE YOU
YEAH.>>WE END UP TAKING A LOT OF THE
ANIMALS THAT OTHER SHELTERS
WON’T TAKE. WE TAKE BEHAVIOR ANIMALS, WE
ALSO HAVE A LOT OF ANIMALS THAT
HAVE MEDICAL ISSUES, THAT ARE
ABOVE AND BEYOND JUST SPAYING
AND NEUTERING AND DENTAL WORK. WE ACTUALLY WORK WITH OTHER
SHELTERS AND OTHER RESCUES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO EITHER
BRING IN ANIMALS, OR HAVE THEM
HELP US TAKE ANIMALS OUT. WE BOARD SOME ANIMALS AND GET
THEM SOME SPECIAL TRAINING, SO
THAT THEY CAN BE ADOPTED. AUDREY: THE FACILITY ALSO TAKES
IN PETS THAT PEOPLE MUST
SURRENDER. ON THIS DAY, THE OWNERS OF THIS
11-YEAR-OLD CHIHUAHUA SADLY HAD
TO GIVE THEIR DOG BECAUSE THEY
HAD TO MOVE AND COULD NOT TAKE
HI
>>HE WAS SURRENDERED TODAY AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS VERY
STRESSFUL WHEN THEY FIRST COME
IN. AUDREY: THE PUP WILL GET A
MEDICAL CHECK UP AND BEHAVIOR
ASSESSMENT AND AFTER THAT WILL
BE UP FOR ADOPTION.>>YOU ARE OK.>>THEY ARE SMALL SO THERE IS A
LOT OF ARCING AND LARGER DOGS. HAVE TO HOUSE THEM TO MAKE THEM
MOST COMFORTABLE HERE. ♪
AUDREY: THE POPE HUMANE SOCIETY
RELIES HEAVILY ON VOLUNTEERS.>>WE HAVE VERY LIMITED BUDGET,
NOT A LOT OF MONEY TO GO AROUND. SO WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE TO COME
IN AND HELP US TO WALK THE DOGS
AND FEED THEM AND HANG OUT WITH
THE CATS AND CLEAN THEIR CAGES. TAKE CARE OF THE SMALL ANIMALS. THERE IS SO MUCH FOR EVERYBODY
TO DO.>>IT IS TOUCHING, IT REALLY IS,
TO THINK AFTER ALL OF THESE
YEARS OF WORKING ON THIS, MR. POPE CAME IN AND LITERALLY
CHANGED THE LIVES OF THE ANIMALS
HERE IN STRAFFORD COUNTY. AUDREY: A NEW HOME, MADE
POSSIBLE BY A MAN WHOSE POWERFUL
BOND WITH DOGS GOES BACK A
LIFETIME.>>YOU KNOW, WITH THAT WEALTH,
HE CHOSE TO DO THIS. WHEN LOOKING AT HIS LIFE AND
WHAT HE WANTED TO DO WITH HIS
SUCCESS AND WHO TO SHARE IT
WITH, IT WAS REALLY OBVIOUS HE
WANTED TO GIVE BACK IN TERMS OF
THIS. HOW CAN I HELP ANIMALS SUCCEED? ♪

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