Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
 
    Allow me to introduce to you a wonderful organization here in the Kansas City area that helps animals in need.  
   I became acquainted with The Rescue Project through a mutual friend and I'm passionate about helping them in all they do. 


1. Tell us about The Rescue Project.
   We are a non-profit organization in Kansas City whose goals are to offer education on pet care.  Our team offers such resources as spaying, neutering, and vaccinations. We help in supplying animals with food, shelter, and most importantly, human interaction. Through our outreach trips, members trek through the city and give care for neglected animals. We educate pet owners so they can continue to improve the lives of animals in our town.
   
2. You see many conditions out there with animals in need. Can you share a few of your stories?
   Common things we encounter are a large amount of dogs kept on heavy tow chains (which can weigh 15+ pounds) that pull down on their necks. For these types of circumstances, we cut them out of these chains and provide the owners with tie-outs. We see dogs without adequate shelter (i.e. no dog house), so they're forced to face the elements. Leaving dogs outside all the time, can lead to heartworms if not given preventative medicine. We’ve seen dogs with no food or water. In the summer we see many dogs with bloody ears from bug bites, and for this, it’s as simple has hanging fly bags to keep them away.

   A specific incident over summer happened when we received a call on a dog with an unknown skin problem. After arriving at its home, we spoke with the owner who led us to the backyard where the dog lived. It was shocking to see such a young puppy with that level of mange. He had severe hair loss and covered in scabs. Not to mention the hot weather which made his itching worse. We explained to the owner that this dog needed to visit a vet; but, he didn’t have the means to give that care. Our team helped him financially and the dog now looks and feels so much better!

   We TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) cat colonies. We've seen colonies of up to 20 or more cats at one home. Caregivers will try to feed them, but this can become too much for one person, so we help feed and spay/neuter them to prevent more breeding.

3. For those interested in fostering or adopting, who can they contact?
   The easiest way is to visit our website www.TheRescueProject.net where the info needed to foster or adopt is available. From there you can browse pets near you that are up for adoption and fill out the required forms. Fostering is as easy as filling out a form and emailing it to mubbalifan2004@aol.com. We welcome all the help we can get!

4. How can one help if they cannot adopt or foster?
   There's a couple different ways. One can get involved and do outreach. This is where we travel around KC and its surrounding areas to supply animals with dog houses, food, flea treatment, etc. We educate pet owners on the proper care that their animals need.

   Another way to help is by donating through our website. There are specific supplies we always need (i.e. food, collars, and traps) and happy to accept. Monetary donations always go to providing food and supplies for animals, and can donate onetime or monthly.

   We hold a variety of fundraisers that people can attend or help out! There are online auctions and garage sales to which people can donate items. First Fridays in "The Crossroads," we always have a booth set up educating people on who we are and what we do. If anyone is interested in volunteering at our fundraisers, they can contact our volunteer coordinator:

Beth Meyer at NineLives7601@yahoo.com.

   To stay up-to-date on all of our events and work, people can follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.


   Thank you Rescue Project for taking time for this interview. Keep up the great work!


   I hope you will look up their page and stay in tune with their progress. Since I have became aware of "The Rescue Project," I knew I wanted to help them in anyway I could. Three of my titles, donates back to them. One dollar of each of my pet books sold, will be given directly to them. 
   As always, thank you! 
   Rosie 
Go to:
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Walmart carries two titles - Beasley's Journey and A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his Dog Named Cain.

Createspace 
You can also write me directly to order at booksbyrose.com
Due to shipping purchases, those orders are for USA only. 
 
 
   If you have been following Books by Rose, by now you all have heard of Beasley and the two books written about him.
   
   I'm excited to tell you the story of how his illustrations came about. 
   
   Paula Carlson has been a longtime friend. When I saw her two adorable Beagles, I knew they had to be a part in my books. 

   Enjoy this interview with Paula about her sweet Beagles.

1) Penny and Lexi were your family's pets for many years. Fill us in on them. 
 
   I met Penny and Lexy at the end of October 2003. I believe there were 12 pups in the litter.





   Penny was a fat little puppy who loved to tuck up her little rear end and run crazy from the other puppies in the litter. A friendly, happy little girl, with lots of brown and white spots on her, and the sweetest brown eyes! She melted my heart!
   The smallest puppy was Lexy, the runt of the bunch, small and skinny, but BOY could she howl! She fit in the palm of our hands and let out a howl that amazed us.  Lexy was our "problem child" of the bunch. She had black and white fur with a touch of brown.           She loved Busy Bones, and was always adamant she was ready, clean with no bath needed, and she told us that with her howling. 
   We began the potty training and the crazy wonderfulness of being Beagle parents. They were active babies, always getting into something. They never chewed up important things. Potty training came easy for them. I played soft classic music for them when I wanted them to nap. I did this for them until the day they died. 
   Hunting squirrels and rabbits in the little park in our neighborhood was a favorite for both of them. They never caught one.  Those two loved going on our canoe trips, riding and sleeping in the canoe. With dogs being experienced with canoes, they knew just when to shift their weight. We made stops and picnics along the many rivers we floated. They loved wading in the rivers and creeks we often took them too. We took them everywhere, on every trip.  When we weren't canoeing, we searched out different parks and places with woods to take them there. They loved being in the woods.

   Lexy loved kids. Our granddaughter dressed her up and played little tea parties. When our grandchildren were babies, I'd say Lex, watch the baby, and go upstairs or to the bathroom, and she'd sit or lay right beside them, watching them like a mother bird. She adored them. 
   Penny snuggled, and layed on the couch with them, and would get as close as she could, but did not appreciate getting clothes or hats put on her. She'd look at me like "HELP MOM," where Lexy was more the type, "I AM a PRINCESS", someone recognizes my royal blood! Now bow, you peasants! LOL. 
   Between the two of them, Penny was like my daughter, and Lexy was my best friend. They were different but both irreplaceable.

2) When they passed away, you became very passionate in helping other animals in need. 

   When they passed, I decided I wanted to do something that mattered for animals. Every animal deserves the quality of life that my girls did. 
   I found a wonderful organization called Beagle Freedom Project  that rescues Beagles and other animals from labs. They accept donations and offer items to buy with 100% of the money going to rescue! Beagles are the most used dog in laboratories because of their sweet and "aim to please" nature. It breaks my heart to see these precious animals exploited in this way. These sweet animals give so much love, yet they're abused. Animals should not be specimens for testing, and it's changed my life so I now shop cruelty free. I gave up many of the products I use, but it's important to take a stand on this! I use an app called Cruelty Cutter. You open the app, and scan the barcode of a product and the app tells you if the product if testing is being on animals. 


3) I understand you make many other crafts! Tell us more. 


   I make and sell memorial bracelets called Rainbow Bridge Bracelets. Included in each color of the rainbow in array of hand selected beads, a paw print, and a heart. I donate 100% of the profit to Beagle Freedom Project. They are a wonderful way to remember your pet!
   I love or should I say LIVE to crochet. I make amigurumi animals and dolls for my grandchildren, hats, scarves, Afghans, and even clothing!  I'm a passionate crocheter!

4) What advice do you give others to become more involved in helping animals in need? 

   If you want to help animals, there's many ways! Its great try to become cruelty free in your life. Search out products that don't test on animals. We have to get the message out and stopping buying these products sends a message. Commit to donating even $5.00 a month to Beagle Freedom Project or SPCA or your local shelter. Make or donate your used blankets to the shelter. Pick up a box of treats each time you shop and donate them. Frightened animals love the comfort of a soft blanket, a toy or a chew bone. It may be the first kindness they've seen. Little things matter. Many animals are in need out there. It matters much to ONE, and by helping one at a time, we can help each of them. It matters. 
    If you see or suspect animal abuse, call the authorities!

Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos of Lexy and Penny!
What great gifts to buy for someone and donating back to animals in need.  


If anyone is interested in buying a bracelet, or earrings, they can contact Paula at:
 pennysmom10@gmail.com, or call me at 816-304-6021.

   Feel free to print out this coloring page of Beasley! Enjoy! 
 

Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator