My Journey Into Rescue — It All Began with Sammy!

Rising up, canines have been at all times a part of our household. RIght earlier than I used to be born, my dad and mom introduced house a 4-month previous pet named Sammy, who’d been deserted in a mall parking zone. I shared every part together with her — toys, meals, you identify it — till we needed to say goodbye to her when she was 15. Our household rescued one other canine the next week, who was a relentless companion by my school years.

I knew I would undertake a canine alone as soon as I used to be settled. I would take a look at adoptable canine web sites always and take into consideration how cute all of the canines have been, however I used to be too afraid to truly undertake one on my very own. Then I noticed the cutest boy on Fortunate Canine’s web site: his identify was Lionel (he has since been renamed Ike), and he seemed terrified in his shelter photos. I utilized instantly and introduced him house. He was a pet, and he was a loopy, excessive power beagle combine. I might take him on runs and hikes with me and he was by no means drained. Individuals saved saying he’d “most likely settle down as soon as he is 2 or so.” He is 10 now and he is nonetheless loopy, however he’s one of the best and I am keen on him. 

Throughout the pandemic, I made a decision Ike wanted a buddy and I adopted Cashew (previously Posh) from Fortunate Canine. She was so scared and went by lots her first 12 months (together with heartworm remedy and stitches on her paw), however she bonded instantly with me and Ike and has grow to be very courageous and assured. 

Over the past 12 months, I wished to do extra to assist canines like Ike and Cashew really feel protected and beloved. I began volunteering as a handler at Fortunate Canine’s occasions, and now I foster and assist out as an Adoption Coordinator. Ike and Cashew have been nice leaders for all of the fosters and make them really feel proper at house, and so they (principally) love all of them! I’ve beloved my time spent with the Fortunate Canine group — it’s so rewarding to volunteer alongside others who genuinely care and love every of those animals.

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