Part of our mission to provide healthy lives for snub-nosed breeds is to give back to the incredible rescue organizations in this country. Having dogs is a responsibility and we owe it to them to give back the loyalty and love they give to us. I have recently gotten to know Lindsay Dial who operates S.N.O.R.T. (Short Noses Only Rescue Team ) SNORT , an all-volunteer registered 501( c )3 that rescues brachycephalic breed dogs throughout the Northeast U.S. What they do is amazing and Lindsay has such a positive attitude and tons of energy doing what she really loves. As our first donation in the startup of Snubbies, S.N.O.R.T was a natural partner with a great future. I want to thank Lindsay and look forward to more with S.N.O.R.T. Brian Devening
I had some interview questions for Lindsay and it went like this:
BRIAN: When SNORT animal rescued was formed in 2011, what caused you to focus on Brachycephalic or snub-nosed breeds?
LINDSAY: Our breeds have a host of needs specific only to them. They have several medical issues derived from their breeding, as well as certain behavioral characteristics that differ from the majority of breeds. Because our dogs require a certain level of knowledge, our volunteers are well versed in the unique qualities and the high maintenance health care routine these SNORTy dogs demand. Also.... they are the CUTEST.
BRIAN: What do you love most about these breeds?
LINDSAY: They are all CHARACTERS. Personalities off the charts!! All of them have demands and they make them known. They are smushy "little" (most are fighting some extra weight, but hey, who isn't) conversationalists. Each dog has their own unique personality- no two are alike. They are champion cuddlers and epic comedians. You never have a boring day with them.
BRIAN: What geographical area do you cover in the Northeast?
LINDSAY: We cover from Virginia through Maine, as far west as PA.
BRIAN: There was a big uptick in dog ownership during the pandemic, but did you notice an increase in rescues after people started going back to work.
LINDSAY: 2023 has been the busiest rescue year on record. We have NEVER seen numbers like this. We are not alone; all rescues have been inundated with requests. We are all volunteers and we are all working as hard as we possibly can to save as many dogs as we can. If you see ANYONE who volunteers or works in rescue, please buy them a coffee- we all are exhausted.
BRIAN: What are some of the biggest or most chronic ailments you see in your rescue dogs and how do you handle them?
LINDSAY: Omg. You name it, we got it. We have eye, spine, knee, hip, airway, ear, GI, tail, neuro, immune etc etc issues. Point to an area on the dog and we can list major ailments. Most commonly, our dogs all are prone to ear infections, skin allergies, and arthritis. Diet, supplements, and routine care go a very long way in treating these issues. We also see a lot of entropion and dry eye, which left untreated can cause severe eye issues, sometimes resulting in eye removal. We have seen an increase in EXTREME GI issues since the pandemic due to over/poor breeding. Scariest ailments are autoimmune, neurological and spinal (IVDD) issues. We have many dogs surrendered because diagnostic testing is too costly for the majority of owners, and surgery costs more than that! When we take on a dog, we ensure they get every single thing they need. That means MRIs, ultrasounds, and if necessary, surgery. Each dog is fully evaluated and their health needs are met.
BRIAN: Is there a particular brachycephalic breed that are most common in your rescues?
LINDSAY: We are seeing a lot of frenchies right now because of their popularity. Many people do not realize the extent of care they need, nor do they realize that they have very strong personalities. We do see a lot of English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Pugs as well- it's just that Frenchies have become so popular, poor breeding has created many issues.
BRIAN: How many rescues do you average in a typical month?
LINDSAY: Oh geez. This has changed a lot over the years and it is changing again. Right now, I believe we have close to 50 dogs in SNORT. In March 2023, 7 found forever homes. Just today, we received 4 surrender requests. We can only take dogs if we have a foster home for them; we do not have a single location, as our dogs do not do well in a kennel environment. So, we rely on our amazing volunteers to open their homes. We try to help as many as possible.
BRIAN: Do you think that a daily routine of preventative care is useful for these dog breeds?
LINDSAY: Daily care is imperative to keep our dogs healthy. If you let daily routines go, small problems turn into large problems, and large problems turn into gigantic problems. Regular ear cleaning can prevent ear infections. If ear infections go untreated, the ear canal can close, eventually resulting in the need for TECA surgery to reopen the ear. That is just ONE example of routine care preventing a huge and very costly problem.
BRIAN: As a 501c3 you rely on donations for operating support, what is the best link for people to donate?
LINDSAY: Please donate through our website snortrescue.org! You can also find us on socials @SNORTrescue.