Written by Daniel Warren / firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Loffelmacher has a special request from the community this holiday season.
Instead of buying gifts at the store, Loffelmacher suggests people get a little holiday cheer in the form of a new pet through her nonprofit organization Gurrs and Purrs Dog Rescue.
“I’ve been rescuing (dogs) since around 2010,” she said. “I am a nonprofit in the state of Washington, pulling and rehabilitating shelter dogs, screening them and finding homes for them.”
Loffelmacher has found homes for 230 rescue dogs in the state this year alone.
To do the work, she brings dogs from out of state to Washington.
“I focus on California, because that’s where I need to be,” Loffelmacher said. “In Washington state, there’s no need for rescue, really, because we’re a lot different than California. We really do take care of our animals. And there, they don’t. So I’ve focused on California for a very long time.”
When the animals go to shelters in California, they have three days to adopt them. After this period, they go into a “rescue-only” state for 24 hours at which point she can intervene.
“I work with different volunteers there and it’s all via Facebook, phone calls or text messages,” Loffelmacher said, adding that dogs are placed in nursing homes and taken to a vet to be spayed, neutered or given shots. “They’ll stick them there so we can arrange transportation.”
She pays for this endeavor with money out of her own pocket, but also through adoption fees.
Loffelmacher said it was able to resettle 230 dogs this year in part because more people are adding furry friends to their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would say the only good thing that has happened about COVID is that a lot of people have adopted animals,” Lovelmacher said. “That’s the only good thing I’ve seen with COVID. I know the media has been investigating a lot about the resurgence of COVID and things like that. I haven’t seen it. I personally haven’t seen a resurgence of COVID or anything like that.”
She said Loffelmacher, who owns Carrie’s Critters in Yelm, has always had a heart for animals.
“I’ve loved animals my whole life,” Lovelmacher said. “It doesn’t matter what kind, but I especially love dogs.”
Loffelmacher said she stands up for animals because they don’t have a voice of their ownSecond because euthanasia rates are high.
“I speak for them because they can’t, and I make sure every pet I keep gets the best chance in their new life,” she said.
She said the nationwide euthanasia rate for dogs ranges between 600,000 and 1.5 million. She said California’s euthanasia rate ranges from 200,000 to 300,000, although the numbers are not accurate, because shelters are not obligated to report euthanasia rates.
While the workload is significant, Loffelmacher said she doesn’t mind, because the workplace, as well as her heart, is.
“It’s my passion,” said Lovelmacher. “This is my thing. We all have our thing, right? This is my thing. I love it. It’s a lot of long hours and late nights and things like that, but then again, that’s what I do.”
Right now, there are about a dozen dogs that Loffelmacher wants to see this holiday season. All dogs of Gurrs and Purrs for adoption online can be found on the site.
Carrie’s Critters, which also includes Gurrs and Purrs Dog Rescue is located at 806 Yelm Ave. E. To learn more about the efforts being made, or to get involved, call 360-400-0903.