Sharing Marvin’s Story and Talking About Animal Welfare

Sharing Marvin’s Story and Talking About Animal Welfare


>>>YOU KNOW, THERE IS AN OLD
SONG THAT SAYS WHEN THE WIND BLOWS IN THE EAST IT IS NOT FIT
FOR MAN OR BEAST.>>AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT
HAPPENED IN DELMARVA TWO WEEKS AGO.
AND IN THAT TIME, A KIND MAN FAILED A HELPLESS BEAST.>>TAKE A LOOK AT MARVIN, NOT
ONLY WAS MARVIN JUST OUT IN THE BLIZZARD, BUT HE WAS STARVING,
BARELY ABLE TO MOVE. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE BRANDYWINE
VALLEY SPCA FOR IMMEDIATE CARE. WEEKS AGO. NOW, TAKE A LOOK AT MARVIN
TODAY. [LAUGHTER]
>>MARVIN JOINS US WITH HIS FOSTER MOM AND SPCA VOLUNTEER,
SHERYL CROW AND THIS IS THE CHIEF OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY. NOW, THIS IS MARVIN.>>YES.>>WHAT A GUY.>>YES, LONG WAY.>>SO, TELL US HOW HE WAS
FOUND.>>I BELIEVE IT WAS THE MORNING
OF THE BOMB CYCLONE, FOUND BY A FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, HE
WAS JUST HANGING OUT ALONGSIDE THE ROAD IN THIS PARTICULAR
PERSON CALLED THE BRANDYWINE SPCA WHOSE OFFICERS CAME TO
PICK HIM UP AND TAKE THEM IN FOR CARE.>>WOW.
AND HE IS ALSO BEING TAKEN CARE OF BY GRASSROOTS RESCUE?>>YES.>>WHAT IS THAT?>>SO, THE SHELTERS HAVE
PARTNERED WITH SOME LOCAL RESCUES, WITH CARE CONFERENCE
SUPPLIES, AND GRASSROOTS RESCUE IS IN DELMARVA AND WE TAKING
ANIMALS, JUST TO GET THEM OUT OF THE SHELTER ENVIRONMENT AND
OPEN THEM UP TO A NETWORK OF FOSTERS.>>RIGHT.>>AND IT GRASSROOTS RESCUE, WE
ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ADOPTION AND PLACING HIM.>>SO YOU USE ARVIN AS A
OUTREACH?>>ABSOLUTELY, HE IS THE SPOKES
DOG.>>AND HE SPEAKS EVERY NOW AND
THEN?>>YES, HE LIKES TO SPEAK. [LAUGHTER]
>>NOW, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS OFTEN?>>WELL, WHEN YOU LOOK AT STRAY
DOGS ALL OVER THE STATE, THEY ARE TAKING. WITH THESE ANIMALS, WE HAVE A
PLACE THAT WE POSTED IF YOU LOST THEM, YOU CAN GO GET THEM. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, IT 30 TO 40
PERCENT ARE NOT CLAIMED. THEN, WE REALLY RELY ON THESE
RESCUES BECAUSE PLACEMENT IS SO IT IS FAIR TO THE DOGS. THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN
REHAB, GETTING THE DOGS APPOINTED TO A FAMILY SITUATION
PLAY A BIG PART IN GETTING THESE DOGS PLACED INTO A HAPPY
HOME.>>NOW, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO
SPEND A LITTLE TIME WITH MARVIN, WATCHING HOW HE IS WITH
EVERYONE, AND THE SEAMS I AM AN OUTSIDER. I DON’T KNOW HIM AS WELL AS YOU
DO. YOU HAVE A MAGNIFICENT HISTORY
WITH DOGS. HE SEEMS BETTER WITH WOMEN.>>HE DOES, BUT LIKE ANYTHING
ELSE, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HIS HISTORY IS. HE COMES FROM A DICEY
SITUATION, JUST SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD HE MAY SEATED,
SO WE DON’T KNOW WHAT COULD’VE HAPPENED. IT COULD HAVE BEEN RELATED TO
AN ANIMAL OR WE DON’T KNOW. BUT I THINK A LOT WAS JUST WHEN
HE GETS TO KNOW YOU, IT IS LIKE WE CAN GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
AND YOU CAN TOUCH ME AND I CAN RELAX. BECAUSE IT IS HARD WHEN HE IS
IN THE ILLNESS THAT HE WAS JUST LIVING ON HIS OWN.
>>AND YOU SAID THAT YOU SAW THE MEDICATIONS THAT HE MAY
HAVE BEEN SOMEONE’S DOG?>>SURE THING. WHEN I HAD MARVIN, THE FIRST I
JUST GETTING TO KNOW HIM, WE WERE TAKING A VERY SLOW BECAUSE
WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS NEW TO HIM AND WHAT HE WAS GETTING
USED TWO FOR THE FIRST TIME. UPON FEEDING HIM, HE SHOWED ME
THAT HE COULD SIT.>>REALLY?>>HE SHOWED ME HE KNEW HOW TO
GIVE UP ALL. AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS JUST
LUCK, BUT HE FIGURED OUT WHAT TO DO WHEN I SAID STAY. SO, THOSE THINGS ARE OBVIOUSLY
INDICATORS THAT SOMEONE TAUGHT HIM, AND IT WAS NOT ME, MY
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD DOG CAN STILL NOT DO THOSE THINGS. [LAUGHTER]
>>A BY NO MEANS THAT I TEACH THEM THAT, AND I HIGHLY DOUBT
THAT IT WAS A NATURAL INSTINCT FOR HIM TO KNOW TO DO THOSE
THINGS.>>BUT IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT
CHERYL IS A FOSTER MOM AND HAS BEEN FOR MANY DOGS?>>YES.>>SO YOU KNOW DOGS.>>YES, IT IS LOVELY TO HAVE
THEM AND I LOVE TO SEE THEIR PROGRESS. IT WARMS MY HEART AND THIS IS
TRULY WHAT I WAS MEANT TO DO BUT IT IS VERY NICE WHEN THEY
FIND THEIR FOREVER FAMILY, AND I CAN LET THEM GO TO HAVE A
GREAT LIFE.>>SO, YOU ARE THIS IS JUST A
SAD STORY BUT IT WILL HAVE A HAPPY ENDING?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>AND YOU WANT TO USE MARVIN
STORY AS A WAY TO MAKE A CHANGE?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>TELLS ABOUT THE CHANGE.>>SURE THING. WELL, MARVIN’S CIRCUMSTANCES
ARE RELATIVELY UNKNOWN BUT WE CAN TELL THAT HE WAS EITHER
KEPT OUTSIDE, AND IT IS MY INCLINATION THAT A DOG IN HIS
SHAPE WAS PROBABLY AT SOME POINT TETHERED OUTSIDER KEPT
OUTSIDE. HE ACCLIMATE’S REALLY WELL THE
COLDER WEATHER. AND YOU KNOW, I THINK HIS STORY
AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE OTHER MARVIN’S WE DO NOT KNOW
ABOUT HAVE INSPIRED GROUPS OF US TO REALLY TAKE A LOOK AT OUR
LAWS, SPECIFICALLY THE TETHERING LAW WHICH WE PASSED
IN 2012. IT WAS GROUNDBREAKING AND
FANTASTIC AT THE TIME, AND I THINK LIKE EVERYTHING, WE
EVOLVED A LOOK AT CERTAIN DEFICIENCIES, THEN WE TRY TO GO
MAKE IT MORE APPLICABLE TO THE SITUATIONS THAT WE ARE SEEING
NOW. SO WE ARE USING MARVIN AS A
SPOKES DOG.>>AND I THINK HE IS DOING A
VERY GOOD JOB.>>HE IS.
>>IS THERE ANYTHING OUR VIEWERS CAN DO TO HELP?>>ABSOLUTELY. ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUSES OF OUR
OUTREACH GROUP, DELAWARE FRIENDS OF ANIMALS, DELAWARE
ANIMAL RESPONSE, THE SPCA, OUTREACH EDUCATION. A LOT OF FOLKS ARE NOT FAMILIAR
WITH THE LAWS OR UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SERVICES
AVAILABLE IF FOLKS FALL ON HARD TIMES. IT HAPPENS. THEIR SERVICES FOR FOOD, HAY,
STRAW HOUSES,>>YES.>>OFFICERS WHO REALLY PUT THE
INTEREST OF THE ANIMAL AND THE ANIMAL OWNER UPFRONT, AND THAT
IS>>THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING
TO DO. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE DO
ENFORCEMENT, THERE HAS TO BE A BALANCE, A GRAY AREA. SO PEOPLE NEED HELP OR
EDUCATION, OR DO THEY NEED TO BE ARRESTED BECAUSE THEY BREAK
THE LAW? AND I THINK THAT BALANCE IS
WHAT OUR SOCIETY NEEDS AND FOR US TO BE PRODUCTIVE, WE HAVE TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE EVALUATE EACH SITUATION INDIVIDUALLY. MOST PEOPLE LOVE THEIR ANIMALS. SO IF WE CAN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE
IF THEY NEED EXTRA FOOD OR STRAW OR WHATEVER, THAT IS WHAT
OUR GOAL SHOULD BE. POLICING WORKS AND THAT IS
IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.>>SO THIS REALLY IS A
PARTNERSHIP.>>YES, THE PARTNERSHIPS WITH
LAWMAKERS, BY NO MEANS ARE WE, YOU KNOW, OUR FOCUS IS TO
WORK TOGETHER TO BRING POSITIVE CHANGE, AND WE ARE WELL ON OUR
WAY.>>MARVIN, YOU ARE A GOOD
STORY.>>HE IS A GOOD STORY.>>IS VERY GOOD.>>THANK YOU.
>>AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR ANIMALS.>>ABSOLUTELY.

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