Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
This post is to support Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue – a global online event promoting the importance of dog rescue and adoption.
I’ve been a life-long animal lover and grew up rescuing dogs, cats, birds, and a host of other critters in need of a helping hand. In 2005, Petey (pictured here), came into our lives when we were looking for a companion for our rescue, Marina.
Petey’s story tugged at my heart immediately – he had been evidence in an animal cruelty case. Because of his submissive temperament, he had been used as bait in a dog fighting ring. When the case closed, he was scheduled to die. Thankfully, the officer that originally rescued him from his abuser was able to have him placed with Forte Animal Rescue hoping that he would finally be able to experience love and kindness in a forever home.
When I met Petey, it was love at first sight! He was five years old, a bit scared and skittish, but I saw an underlying gentleness that just begged for the right person to let him flourish in a Forever Home. Nearly seven years later, Petey is a happy go lucky “senior” and It’s been an absolute gift to watch his transformation. If it weren’t for his tattered ears, you would never suspect that his first five years of life were filled with horrific abuse. His resilience and unconditional love inspired me to create the blog – Dog Rescue Success which is organizing the event mentioned above along with BlogCatalog and BtC4animals.
Petey was incredibly lucky. Unfortunately not all stories have a happy ending. In this case, it took a group of compassionate strangers who shared a love and respect for animals to make it happen. An officer who saw his situation and cared enough to help, a compassionate woman, Marie Atake, who founded Forte Animal rescue and has received many awards for her service and dedication to the cause, Diane, an unsung hero who helped take him to adoption events and Raquel Magro who fostered Petey until our family came along.
Working together, is what will ultimately make a difference in the number of dogs being adopted. My hope is that by creating that blog and events like this, more lives will be saved and we can all help each other and learn from each other. We each have our own unique gifts and passions in life. We can accomplish amazing things by working together on our common goals. Thank you for taking time to read this and for spreading the word. Below are a few ways you can help:
ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY:
- Blogging about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
- Adopting a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
- Donating to a local dog rescue organization
- Fostering a dog
- Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
- Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!
- Participate in the Blog Hop portion of this campaign – See below