Sunday, August 1, 2010
Perry County, Arkansas does not have an animal shelter. But for 12-years Leah Van Marion, has made it her mission to take in abandoned and abused animals. The economy has since caught up with her. She lost her job but refuses to turn animals away.
She loves all 45 of her dogs; they all have names and personalities, and need homes.
Taking care of them is a labor of love because going through 50-pounds of food a day without a job to support them; Van Marion has been selling aluminum cans, scrap metal and furniture. She explains, "The house is just about empty except for the refrigerator and TV."
She is at her limit, but with it being dog breeding season, puppies are being dropped off, while donations have stopped. "After a while donors forget and I understand you know. It's difficult times for everybody," Van Marion says.
Each dog came from a life of neglect and abuse, Van Marion has let them take over 40-fenced in acres. She still keeps up with their vaccinations, gets them spayed and neutered, plays with them daily, but she has spent her life savings in order to keep them healthy and to give them a chance at life.
She says, "You do what you can, even when you don't have, so you do the best you can. I'm not in a business. I'm just a person who loves animals.
She loves them enough to let them go to a loving family. "Of course I cry afterwards because I always miss them, but to know they got a good home is great. Animals are here for us to take care of, they are here for us to enjoy, not abuse, abandon or throw away like trash. God put them here for companionship and you know I love them."
Van Marion asks, if you can't adopt, at least sterilize your own pets. "I happen to be one of hundreds probably who does this, and if you know of anyone who does this, help them out. Everyone who tries to find homes for these babies because it's a tough job right now it's not easy, it is not easy."
Van Marion is looking for a part time job.
She will not adopt a dog out without being spayed or neutered. It cost her $60-$80 dollars per animal.
Leah Van Marion cell: (501) 215-1564