The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








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Favorite Book: The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp
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Must love dogs
Live and Let Live Farm partners with Pilots N Paws

By Ryan Lessard

Teresa Paradis is the executive director and founder of the Live and Let Live Farm, an animal shelter in Chichester. She recently partnered with Pilots N Paws to deliver puppies to the farm by plane.

How long have you operated the rescue farm?
We were founded in ‘96, established here on Paradise Lane in ‘97 and became a 501c3 nonprofit in 2002.

When you first started, what was the mission of the shelter?
The mission’s always been the same. It’s just blossomed into a bush of roses instead of a single one or two. 

What kind of the animals do you shelter?
In ‘97 I had five rescue horses and I was rescuing dogs, cats and parrots or whatever needs us. In 2002, when we became incorporated as a nonprofit, we then had 20 horses and many other animals. Now, we average 60 to 70 horses at a time. We presently have goats, potbelly pigs, mourning doves, cockatiels, guinea pigs, rabbits, a Canadian goose with a crooked bill, another goose that was just hit by a car and dropped off, a bunch of roosters, a bunch of laying hens … cattle. You never know what’s coming, knocking at our door for help. There’s a wild red-tailed hawk that calls it home here. … The first goose that we got was found with a deformed beak in somebody’s backyard, and he’s been with us for about three and a half years. … There’s a production company out of Canada that came down here to our farm and filmed for two days to make a movie out of Crooked Bill. 

You recently received about 10 puppies by airplane. Can you tell me about that?
Pregnant dogs are the first to be euthanized in “kill towns” across the country. So, our focus has been rescuing pregnant dogs out of “kill towns.” Last year, we rescued 21 pregnant dogs and we also rescued puppies that are found on the streets. … In total with the puppies and other dogs, 176 were rescued and adopted out. This year has been absolutely crazy. We just rescued our 33rd pregnant dog for this year and adopted out 314, so we’re almost double last year, which was our biggest year. … One of the people who contacted me for help had 10 puppies who were being brought into a kill shelter, and puppies with no vaccines being brought into a kill shelter means they’re gonna die. … They gave me an emergency call and said ‘Can you tag these 10 puppies?’ … When a rescue commits to saving animals it’s called the rescue “tagging” the animals. So I did. … [One of them] had a connection with Pilots N Paws. … And Pilots N Paws flew [the puppies] right in and met me at the Concord Airport with the puppies. It was wonderful.

Why do you have your eyes set on rescuing dogs from out of state?
When you get way down to like Georgia and Texas, a lot of their shelters are like 95- to 97-percent kill rate. To control the population, the first thing that’s killed is a pregnant dog coming in to them. It goes right out the back door to be euthanized. It’s really hard with our stringent laws to rescue them. … It has to be quarantined where it’s coming from for two weeks, it has to be clean of parasites and they have to get out-of-state health certificates to come to New Hampshire. 

Do you expect to see more jet-setting canines arrive in New Hampshire?
We actually are seeing if there are any available pilots for the [weekend of Aug. 29]. … The same person who applied to us before … she knows whoever to send it to, a contact, and we’re trying to get some available pilots to come in… with some puppies.

I understand you have a fun naming convention for the puppy litters?
Because there’s so many different groups of puppies, we have to have a name for them. So, the ones that Pilots N Paws brought … we didn’t know what to name them. Then we came up with the “Veggie” litter. So you got Squash and Tomato. So, if anybody wants to adopt Tomato, then we [document] ‘Puppy Tomato of the Veggie Litter’ so we can find where they came from. — Ryan Lessard  

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