You know those moments when you feel like all of your hard work is truly worth it? Well thanks to my brother and his family, I got to have one of those moments this past weekend ! As I pulled up to my brother's house, I spotted an adorable little blond running and jumping in the yard... um, a blond dog that is. I soon learned who this happy little pooch was and how he found his way into our family!
I was so thrilled to witness a happy ending like this! It's the kind of thing we animal lovers work so hard to witness. I of course, grilled my sister in law, Susanna, for all the details on how she found Cheddar. Susanna is a super busy design author (and Martha fan!) so her time is limited. Adopting from the shelter is important to her and the rest of the family, so being able to search online for a good match was key to this happy tale!
According to Kim Jones who runs the rescue group that saved Cheddar, "Some people may not yet realize how many amazing animals are available at shelters and through rescue groups everywhere. We transport many north from rural shelters in the south where they have little exposure- the chance for them to be discovered and adopted is really low. We see mutts, pure bred dogs...every kind of pooch and all are just waiting to be adopted and loved."
When asked what she feels could help animals most, Kim said, "Having an animal spayed or neutered is truly the most important thing a person can do to save lives. I feel like a broken record when I say it, but I really want people to understand how critical this is to each homeless animal-and to animal welfare overall. " Kim adds, "Whether or not a person can adopt an animal- spaying/neutering the ones they already have or helping a neighbor to do so, goes far. It is a way so many people - whether they have their own pets or not- can make a real difference for animals."
Bravo to all involved in securing a new home for Cheddar! To Susanna, my brother Eric, my nephews, Molly, Minnou, Kim Jones and Adopt-a-Pet.com- Thank you!!
I'm so grateful to those who go the distance and open their hearts and homes for animals who need the help. They deserve the love and it's up to us humans to connect the dots.
Dr. Pia Salk
Be sure to check out Cheddar's friends who are still at the rescue group that saved him. Meet Ms. Belle. What a love! She is currently in a temporary foster home in Danbury Ct. Belle is hoping to be adopted into a permanent home soon...perhaps you can spread the word for her?