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Rescue of the Month: Long Journey to a New Beginning Animal Rescue

Dedicated to Rescue, Rehabilitation, & Forever Homes
By Susan Spisak | Nov 01, 2018

Monique Kramer, D.V.M. and founder of this month’s featured non-profit says she has been “doing rescue forever.” In 2005, she obtained a Maine shelter license, so she could help another group that was pulling dogs from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. In 2013, she officially registered her non-profit as a 501(c) (3) and added a treasurer and two board members, one of whom is her partner, Stanley McDonald.

Long Journey to a new Beginning Animal Rescue is a small in-home animal shelter and rescue--they foster most of the dogs themselves. The couple have a 6 acre spread in Stow near the NH border, and these animal lovers also have their own dogs, a couple of sheep and are permitted to manage/own wolf hybrids. And there’s the hospice dogs--rescues that aren’t adoptable due to medical needs and will live out their lives with them at their sanctuary.

McDonald is a veteran, retired from the Navy Seabees, aka the United States Naval Construction Battalions. While he works in Stow as an Animal Control Officer, he is responsible for the day-to-day care of the rescues and their animals. That’s a good thing because Dr. Kramer is attending to her clients at her practice, the Art of Alternative Animal Healing.

Their numbers are impressive--since the inception of Long Journey, she estimates they’ve come to the aid of several hundred dogs. Their dogs come from all over the country (but they don’t take in local strays, those go to contracted shelters). They’ll foster the dogs, providing socialization, vet care, exercise, love, and proper nutrition until the perfect home can be found.

They’re noted for taking in special needs dogs, in particular, merles and dappled dogs that were bred with another. There’s about a 25% rate that those pups are born blind and/or deaf or are vision and hearing impaired. Dr. Kramer’s first dog was a blind and deaf Australian Shepherd who brought her joy for 14 years--hence her advocacy of these and all special needs dogs.

She believes we have a moral obligation to animals, and she is upset with those who fail their responsibly adding, “I have a big issue with people abandoning their animals.” She said she is expecting a 5-month-old Siberian Husky named Densli—he should be available for adoption at the end of October. His owners moved out of the home and left Densli locked in a crate with no food or water; he was in such bad shape that his rescuers initially thought he was dead.

If you’re interested in adopting Densli or other dogs that they may be receiving soon, fill out an application at journeyanimalrescue.org/myform.html. Expect a home, vet and reference check prior to adoption. Once the application is approved, all family members must be present for a meet and greet with the dog. All their animals are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered, heartworm tested, and de-wormed prior to adoption. Their website notes that the adoption process may take at least a week.