You know that kid who wants to bring home every stray on the side of the road? The kid who wants to be a vet? The kid who would rather watch Animal Planet than Disney? Yeah, that was me. I can still remember watching Animal Cops for the first time at the beach when I was 8 years old. We didn’t have Animal Planet on our tv at home, so I had never seen it before. I remember when I saw those animals in those horrible situations and how it made me feel. I had never seen anything like it. It was beyond my comprehension that people could do that to a dog. When we came home, I begged my mom for Animal Planet and we finally got it. The more I watched. the more determined I became.
When I was ten, I decided I was going to start an animal rescue “when I grew up” and I even had a notebook full of names for my rescue dogs and the blueprints I had drawn for my rescue. (See, I’ve always been a planner and a “notebooker”).
So, we began to foster for Labs4Rescue 2 years ago. In those two years, I have come to love this rescue group. We have the most amazing group of fosters down here, an amazing group of adopters up north, and the most wonderful coordinator who places our dogs with the best possible families. Also, we have some AMAZING dogs! This has been so rewarding, even though so many will try to bring you down. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me “You know you can’t save them all”. Yes, I know. But I can do my part and save the ones I can. It makes it so worth it when I get pictures of these babies I have loved as my own with their happy new families, knowing they will never have to want for anything and I can rest my mind about that one. That one is happy. That one is loved.