Athletes For Animals!

Posted by Pia

Some of you may recall my posts regarding the tireless animal advocacy of St. Louis's power couple Kelly and David Backes! This duo's dedication to our fellow creatures is only matched by David's tenacious talent as Captain and center of The St. Louis Blues Hockey Team. But that's only a part of the story...

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Luna and crew,

1 Luna and crew, "We can take up ice hockey if it helps land more homes for loyal shelter animals like us... where do we sign up?"

Minnow,

2 Minnow, "Mom just returned from this big Athletes For Animals (A4A) charity launch party in St. Louis!..."

Charlie's Angels? Not quite... More like Backes' Angels...
Dr. Pia Salk, Kelly Backes and Adopt-a-Pet.com's Abbie Moore gather for a conference call with Backes and Bosley on how athletes can put their muscles to work for homeless animals!

3 Charlie's Angels? Not quite... More like Backes' Angels... Dr. Pia Salk, Kelly Backes and Adopt-a-Pet.com's Abbie Moore gather for a conference call with Backes and Bosley on how athletes can put their muscles to work for homeless animals!

Upon mom's return from St. Louis, Minnow had this to say,

4 Upon mom's return from St. Louis, Minnow had this to say, "Hmmm... am I happy to see you? Well that all depends ...."

5 "At the risk of seeming impolite, I just want to clarify if you did, or did not, bring us any keepsakes from your journey abroad...lest you forgot to mention it..."

Luna,

6 Luna, "I'm hopeful that there is at least a modest treat amongst your piles of luggage... "

7 "...luggage that smells like a dogs and debauchery ... I might add, " Says Luna.

Dr. Pia,

8 Dr. Pia, "As if the launch party wasn't enough- we got to leave with yet another party... the one in our gift bags!! Yummy treats donated by A4A supporters..."

Luna,

9 Luna, "Ahhhh yes... that is just the sort of item that the girls and I were hoping for...does it squeak?"

10 "It squeaks! It squeaks!"

Kelly and David would never forget to send treats home for the fur kids of A4A supporters!

11 Kelly and David would never forget to send treats home for the fur kids of A4A supporters!

Minnow inhaled her portion!

12 Minnow inhaled her portion! "Thanks Aunt Kelly and Uncle David!"

Adopt-a-Pet.com (AAP) Executive director Abbie Moore with Brenda Bax, BFF to AAP and one of St. Louis's greatest animal advocates -  arriving at the A4A event!

13 Adopt-a-Pet.com (AAP) Executive director Abbie Moore with Brenda Bax, BFF to AAP and one of St. Louis's greatest animal advocates - arriving at the A4A event!

Tenth Life Cats founder Elizabeth Fricks with Adoptable kitty Lewis.  Lewis politely inquires about where he might find the 'litter box room.'
(See post for details on Louis and his rescue group!)

14 Tenth Life Cats founder Elizabeth Fricks with Adoptable kitty Lewis. Lewis politely inquires about where he might find the 'litter box room.' (See post for details on Louis and his rescue group!)

Chauncy,

15 Chauncy, "Ummm... mom, I'm thinking that Lewis and I might be related...He has a mute meow just like me! Best we adopt him, no?"

Adopt-A-Pet.com's Abbie Moore stops short of covering adoptable kitty Lewis with red lipstick kisses!

16 Adopt-A-Pet.com's Abbie Moore stops short of covering adoptable kitty Lewis with red lipstick kisses!

And what's an animal welfare event without at least one successful feline rescue?... David Backes demonstrates how compassion is actually a sign of strength and braun!
(David Backes rescuing lost kitty, Pia Salk!)

17 And what's an animal welfare event without at least one successful feline rescue?... David Backes demonstrates how compassion is actually a sign of strength and braun! (David Backes rescuing lost kitty, Pia Salk!)

Chauncy,

18 Chauncy, "Hey Minnow, this puck thing from the A4A party launch is big as you are... might even weigh more than you do!"

Luna,

19 Luna, "I'm at a bit of a loss here... what exactly is this A4A charity "puck" item meant for... I'm glad it has a pro-animal message but more importantly, can I eat it?"

Kelly and David have just started their own life-saving foundation dedicated to empowering other athletes to show their compassionate side and advocate for homeless animals everywhere!

Kelly and David encourage others to adopt from a shelter or rescue group! They share their home with three rescued dogs and two cats (one of whom is missing an eye). And just as of last night- they are fostering one very grateful rottweiller in need of a forever home!

This ethic runs deep for the Backes duo- Kelly and David met in kindergarten and have been animal advocates ever since. Kelly attributes much of her advocacy to the example set by her parents, "They always took it upon themselves to offer help. They taught me that with all the joy and love comes responsibility to offer proper care to those in need."

For those parents who think their children don't listen- take heart! Kelly and David have grown up to follow this lead and to educate by example, like Kelly's parents did. The stunning Kelly, who could just as easily opt to lounge and eat bon bons all day, is a woman of action! She shared, "We want to be a real voice for them!"

Kelly and David believe it is critical that people become educated about pet overpopulation. As Kelly puts it, "People can help by becoming aware of what shelters and rescue groups in their area are doing. Learn the facts and be a voice for animals in need."

When asked what he appreciates most about his own fur kids, David said, "I can count on them no matter what. When I come home from a roller-coaster of a day on the rink- they don't care about the score, or if I made a goal... They just accept me in a way I can depend on! I can unwind knowing that they are a constant source of love and support- no matter what."

David added, "This sweet Rottie that we took in as a foster just tonight has already come out of his shell! He reminds me how important this work is- and that at any moment, we can each make a difference for homeless animals everywhere!."

Powerful words. I second that for sure!
Let's all join the team! Helping animals is undoubtedly a group effort, and this team needs as many players as we can recruit!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Help find a home for Sweet kitty Lewis! (See photo in gallery above)

Take the A4A Pledge

Comments (8)

  • I wanted to respond to a comment from yesterday and the new post wasn't up this morning. Bad connections I guess. Anyway, I wanted to respond to Delia's comment about it being an odd time of the year to have puppies. I read it to Karen and it was funny cause she thought it was odd that you would think that. No, Karen does not plan any breedings for show purposes. There are shows year round all over the country. People have babies in every month of the year and dogs are no different except dogs only come into heat about every six months. Val, the girl that came to have her puppies here only comes into heat every 9 months. So, when they have puppies is all up to their heat cycle. I think cats come into heat many times in a year. I guess all animals are different in how many heat cycles per year and their gestation period as well. I hope that helps you out Delia. .
    As for today's blog, I rarely post on Thursdays but I think that while it is very important to have rescue organizations and shelters, more work should be done to shut down puppy mills and back yard breeders. This is where the majority of shelter dogs come from. They do not care where their puppies go or how they end up and that is a real shame. I know that many chow breeders that show their dogs raise all kinds of money through auctions and things like that to help chows that need rescuing. I know Karen is always trying to donate for the auctions by trying to give some of the things I have won at shows. She gets them out and puts them in a box and when she goes away, I take some back out that have special meaning for me and I replace the donated item with biscuits. She never says anything to me, just gives me that look. You all know the look I am talking about. The one where you just stand there and wag your tail like crazy till they smile Hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hi Dr.Pia, Minnow, and Luna, You sure did present us with another marvelous blog today with such fabulous photos of your friends Kelly and David plus many others who love to protect animals and save those who need new families that will care for them! How great that Dr. Pia brought you two great sweethearts who live with her such delicious treats and I'll bet the were yummy! I sure would love to eat some of them! I'm very lucky because Mom always has great tweets for me to enjoy! Sure hope you have another great day and a wonderful weekend again! Will check back later to see some of our buddies adding their comments! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Dr.Pia, Minnow, Maddox and my glue squad friends,
    Good job Dr. Pia spreading the word on Athletes for Animals and the importance of people adopting rescue pets. So many deserving animals are waiting for forever homes. I was a rescue kitty and Abby is a rescue dog now in our loving home.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!!!! Purrrs and woofs and mews to you on your special day!!!! Maddox, did you bake a cake???
    Today we are getting ready for turkey day, polishing silver, dusting, finishing cards, etc. Maybe I can dust by moving my big fuzzy persian cat tail all around.
    love to all my glue squad buddies, Luna and Minnow,
    James Dean the cat boy

  • :-) I remember Kelly and David and their love for helping animals...God Bless them!
    Oh what a cute photo of you Pia, and the photo of 'another' man is holding you! Minnow, Luna and Chauncy you are happy with your keepsakes. Hoping that Kitty Lewis finds a forever home!
    Maddox my dear, tell Karen Thank You for the breeding explanation...guess I was in the horse breeding world, as we bred for correctness and showing according to age...the earlier in the year they are born, the better.
    I can't believe how many rescue organizations there are, and that includes every breed of animal. I'm so happy to know that Kelly and David educate people about animal overpopulation. I feel it should be an enforcement of sorts.
    If they have laws about protecting endangered species, there also can be a law of uneducated careless breeding...one should be held responsible. JMO. ;-)

    Have a great day everyone!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Mom liked reading this story. She works very hard at a shelter at least once a week (sometimes more) and everyday for French Bulldog Rescue Network. She especially liked hearing about Kelly and David starting helping when they were very young because she started the program for youngsters that FBRN has called FBRN Jr. Volunteers. The sooner children learn compassion for animals and people in need, the bigger difference they will be able to make in the long run. And Maddox, I agree with you that there has to be more work done to stop puppymills and unscrupulous BYBs. I am glad that there are people who focus on that part of the equation, too!!!!
    A bientot!

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    Well, Minnow & Luna, you two sure have a super Mom who has great friends.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • ..so glad there are people out there that care about us poor rescue, shelter dogs..having been one..I was tossed around from shelter to shelter.. it was a a dream come true to have Lucinda and James take me home..I have a lot of issues to work on..but is it ever nice not to sleep outdoors and guess what i have gained 15 pounds and I have toys and my blankets and pillows and even wear an orange hunting vest when I go outdoors..doesn't get any better than this..I am truly a blessed red-heeler aka Australian Cattle Dog...and the best part i am a Glue Squad member and they are the best!.over and out, Chewy

  • Thank you so much, Pia and Daily Wag, for including sweet adoptable Lewis in your post! All of us at Tenth Life are grateful to Kelly & David for the opportunity to be a part of their launch.

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