Man’s best friend need your help and here’s why.
Back in 2012, I was wasting time scrolling through Facebook when I came across a page for a local animal shelter.
Every day they listed the dogs that were up for euthanasia for whatever reason. I was horrified! How could they do that? 2pm was the cut off time every day. So every day at 2, I would wait holding my breath to see if they made it or not. And every night I would share their pictures shouting “SOMEONE” do something! SOMEONE help these dogs!
Then on February 16, 2012, I saw a picture of a scared, blue eyed girl who was on the euthanasia list because she had heartworms. Someone on her thread said she would adopt her but needed someone else to pick her up from the shelter and drop her off at her work. Turned out that her work was on my way home and my work was near the shelter, so I offered, I was “that” someone.
I picked her up and she was the sweetest girl. She ate all the treats I had brought with me and watched out the window during our trip. I met Amber and handed her off. Amber got her well from the heartworms and contacted me about helping network her on Facebook for a forever home. By that time, I had become part of the group of volunteers on the Facebook page Partners of Arlington Animal Services and had a growing group of rescue friends to network with.
I shared Allie-renamed Ava’s picture but so far no adopter was found. During that time, our lab Sandy was diagnosed with cancer and we had to make the awful decision all pet parents dread. A couple of months went by and my husband started talking about adding another dog to our pack. He knew I loved huskies and when I showed him one at a local shelter, he said we should get it. I said if he was serious, I would rather see if Allie/Ava was still available. She WAS!
So my husband went and picked her up after work and brought her home. Ava didn’t seem to fit her so we went back to Allie which was the name she given by the shelter page group. Mac was added as a middle name. She fit right in with our pack. She is besties with our lab Jack. They run and play all the time. She is a sassy back talking husky/GSD mix of a girl! I could not ask for a better girl. She’s smart, fun, sweet, obedient and sassy. I get a little sad sometimes thinking how easily she could have not made it out alive because her prior owner didn’t keep her contained and up on heartworm prevenative.
This year, I entered her in the yearly shelter calendar contest and she made it! She is Miss August.
She is the perfect example of what shelter dogs have to offer….if we just look.
Article written by BR.