Boston woman helps rescue the rescues
By Kevin Lambert
The term “Animal Welfare” means different things to different people. And there are many unique paths people take to get to the same end goal: saving as many animals’ lives as possible. Thalia E. Haseotes, President of Cold Noses Foundation, Inc. in Boston, believes in what she refers to as a “realistic and humane” approach when it comes to helping homeless animals.
“I created Cold Noses after traveling around the world and seeing so many stray animals, and hearing stories about how some people deal with strays—like poisoning them,” says Haseotes. “I believe strongly in the trap-neuter-release (TNR) model. While obviously this is not the ideal, it may be the only option for some areas.”
According to Haseotes, a 4-year survey done by the NCPPSP (National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy) documented that over half of the dogs and three-quarters of the cats who enter shelters are euthanized. “We need to reduce the number of strays,” she says. “One way to accomplish this goal is with humane education—teaching the importance of spay/neuter and discussing the horrors of pet overpopulation. Another way is by making pet care more affordable. People want to take care of their pets, but the cost of doing so is high, and especially in a poor economy, this is often a deciding factor in keeping a pet or giving him up.”
Instead of starting from scratch, Haseotes was advised by animal welfare veterans that it would be more beneficial to raise money for established facilities already doing the work. “Before I created Cold Noses, I was seriously considering starting a rescue group,” she recalls. “However, after speaking with experienced ‘animal people,’ I decided the best way to help more animals was to fund those who are already doing the rescuing and simply needed donations to do more.” Cold Noses supports unique programs working to address the core problems such as helping animals become more adoptable, educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter, and making pet care more affordable.
One of Haseotes’ current favorites is the Junior Trainer’s program through the Atlanta Pet Rescue. “The program takes dogs who need behavior training and pairs them up with foster children, who train these dogs and help get them adopted out,” she explains. “It is a perfect example of a program that helps dogs get adopted, offers kids a sense of pride and accomplishment, and teaches humane treatment of animals at the same time—just the type of win-win concept that we love to get behind.”
Haseotes gets her daily fix of animal interaction through her dog boarding and daycare facility, Camp Canine, Inc. The space in her heart, however, is mostly reserved for animals in need. “I work with so many beautiful animals on a daily basis, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the shelter animals,” she says. “The rescued dogs I meet always seem to be extra sweet, and happy to be safe and loved.”
For more information about Cold Noses Foundation, visit coldnosesfoundation.org.