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