Thank you for taking the time to visit my Strut Your Mutt fundraising page!
If you have spent more than 30 minutes with me, you probably know that I love ALL dogs, but have a special place in my heart for those in need of a little extra help finding their forever family. Let's just say I have definitely inherited my parents love for rescuing animals and have watched them bring many animals into our family over the past 25 years. For example...
- Wooftie: The first Lloyd rescue (my parents' true first born), a stray who was found wandering around a golf course in the area. From there she went to a local shelter and then ultimately home with my parents. She started the shepherd obsession.
- Coco: A little senior corgi mix whose photo made her look like one of our larger shepherds at the time... however, despite our surprise when we saw her small size, in the car and back to CT she went (this was the only dog our parents let us name... let's just say we were not the most creative)
- Towzer: Adopted from a rescue in Tennessee after my sister and I found his photo on Petfinder, and decided that he would fit right in... after seeing his photo and his quirky shepherd mutt face, my dad adopted him straight off of a transport
Perhaps our most interesting adoption story was when my parents drove to a shelter in New York City to rescue a giant shepherd mix who we named Chuckles. This trip turned out a little differently than anticipated... When my dad went into the shelter to meet Chuckles, he also saw a senior dog named Kane. This poor guy was skin and bones, and covered in matted, dirty fur. So naturally my dad thought it was a good idea to bring that second giant shepherd home (spoiler alert: it was a good idea). After a few months in our home learning to trust us and growing increasingly comfortable with his surroundings, his beautiful, shiny coat came back and his true personality came alive. He was the most loyal, loving dog even after all that he had been through. He loved his time sprawled out in the grass in the yard and curling up next to whoever was doing homework at the kitchen table. It's easy to say Kane was lucky to have been picked up by our family, but we were truly the lucky ones to watch this transformation and have him join our family.
Since moving to New York, I have started volunteering with Muddy Paws Rescue to help give back to the rescue community. This year, I’m participating in Strut Your Mutt, a fundraising event hosted by Best Friends as a part of the Muddy Paws team. The money raised through this event will save the lives of pets all across the country, just like Wooftie, Coco, Towzer and Kane, who are looking for their forever families.
Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters, simply because they don't have safe places to call home. Each one is a loving pet just like yours and mine. Your donation helps support our efforts at Muddy Paws Rescue to continue introducing families to their new furry family members.