I don’t know that I’ve ever met a shelter tech quite like Rachael Bohman at Hesperia Animal Control. I met her a few years ago when I adopted my own dog, Ruby, a gorgeous and sweet Terrier mix from her. Rachael was so accommodating and made the adoption happen. The shelter is about a hundred miles from where I live so I couldn’t pick Ruby up until Saturday which happened to be when the shelter was closed. Rachael was there waiting for me so I could pick up my little one.
Since then, we have partnered on the rescue of maybe thirty or so rescues. We have done it one dog at a time. On one occasion, we were able to take a pair of Cocker brothers both at the same time. Rachael is always cheerful and hopeful. Some days when I’ve gone out there she will report that she has 18 dogs going to rescue that day and another dozen the next day.
Anyone who has ever been to an animal control shelter understands how grim and depressing those facilities can be.Understandably, the shelter staff are quite often bitter and impatient. What else can you expect when they spend their days watching people abandon their dogs for digging, barking or because the dog is just too much of a responsibility. It’s amazing to me that Rachael remains so positive and never loses her commitment to saving lives. I know that I could not do her job for one day. Even one hour.
Hesperia is out in the Mojave desert off Highway 15 on the way to Las Vegas. I’ve made the trip several times and this month, I went two weekends in a row. Rachel lobbied hard for the rescue of that seven year old female Cocker Spaniel. By coincidence, thanks to West Coast Cocker Rescue, she is going to her permanent home today. Rachael had another special project, an 8 pound female Yorkie mix named Maggie. She had contacted rescue after rescue after rescue with no luck.
Finally, she enlisted my help. Once I saw the picture of Maggie and her hopeful little face, I was determined. I networked her picture on Facebook, sent cold emails to rescuer organizations who don’t know me and I even emailed rescuers who don’t like me.
It was a miracle when Perfect Pet Rescue here in Los Angeles responded positively. After seeing Maggie’s picture and confirming she was not aggressive, Nancy Sarnoff the founder, agreed to take Maggie. I was so happy to call Rachael and give her the good news.
It was another exhausting Saturday but worth it once we had little Maggie with us. I can’t explain the feeling of knowing you are helping save an innocent little life. Maggie is doing great. She is happy little soul. She already went to her first adoption show on Montana Avenue and will be going back this weekend.