Thank you for taking the time to check out my Strut Your Mutt fundraising page! As Team Captain for Utah FACES I find it fitting to share why I will always be a proud supporter & volunteer for this fabulous group which directly helps Salt Lake County Animal Services.
January 2016 I received an email from the foster coordinator asking if I would like to do a meet and greet with an injured pittie who needed a committed home to bring her back for X-rays but also have a chance to rest outside of a kennel. My fiancé and I took our pittie Kade in to meet Leela and see if the two would mesh well enough in our house. Our first sight of Leela was of a happy girl but very skinny, missing spots of hair and she began limping around the yard as soon as her adrenaline wore off. We immediately agreed to fostering Leela and shortly thereafter found out that she needed TPLO surgery. I am originally from Philadelphia and quite frankly, a pit with an injury at a shelter would be euthanized. I was told there is a group called Utah FACES who created an "injured animal fund" to help with these cases and we were just waiting for approval of the surgery. Shortly after hearing of this group of angels Leela was approved for the very costly TPLO surgery. She received top of the line care and on March 30, 2016 we were allowed to adopt her! Since bringing her home she has put on weight (ummm maybe a little too much hehe), stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake to explore the city and rack up some points, traveled to Colorado a few times to hike (which if you saw her when she was first at the shelter it would shock you to see she completes very strenuous 12 mile hikes), has moved up to Park City and gained a little pittie mix sister Callie and is often my smile after a very long day. I strongly believe that if it were not for Utah FACES our little Queen of an Angel would not be here today.
A second reason why I am a huge supporter of FACES involves another pittie named Sabrina. Sabrina has been at the shelter the longest at this point and was beginning to deteriorate in her kennel. Utah FACES approved funding towards Sabrina being trained through Side by Side training with the end (hopeful) goal of her passing the C.L.A.S.S. BA. I was part of her team and she passed her test in July making her much more adoptable as well as getting her out of the shelter to work on the skills (Sabrina is currently being fostered by me). Without the funding from FACES she would not have had the opportunity to show what a deserving and good girl she really is.
Utah FACES is family to me. I have seen first hand the good that the group provides and how many lives they ultimately save from the Injured Animal Fund, Spay/Neuter/Microchip funding and maintenance around the shelter which enables the dogs to have a safer play area and access to medical equipment/programs which most shelters do not have the funding for.
Please consider opening your hearts AND wallets ;) towards a donation for Utah FACES. There is truly no donation too small and your money goes towards dogs like our Leela and adoptable Sabrina who deserve all the love & happiness we can provide them.
Strut Your Mutt, hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, is an annual fundraising event that saves the lives of our furry friends in shelters across America.
So why am I joining thousands of fellow animal lovers and taking part in the event? Every day, nearly 5,500 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters, simply because they don't have safe places to call home. Together, we can Save Them All and reduce that number to zero. Your donation is tax-deductible. And what’s great is that each participating animal welfare group keeps all the money it raises (after transaction fees).
Thank you for making a lifesaving gift to the animals and for helping to Save Them All.