Hi, Dog Lovers and Dog Likers,
Those of you who know me on Facebook have seen pictures of me with Charlie. What you may not know is the arduous path he took to entering my life. Nine years ago this summer, he was a stray in South Carolina who was hit (and possibly dragged) by a car, and found by a Good Samaritan on the side of the road. There was extensive damage to the skin and muscle of his left hind leg. This lovely man brought Charlie to a vet, who realized that he needed specialized medical treatment. Arrangements were made with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue to bring him up to the D.C. area, where he had two surgeries to save his leg. He was fostered for six months or so by a wonderful woman who had to give him physical therapy every two hours for a week after one of his surgeries. He became a favorite at Lucky Dog, and ever since I adopted him I’ve felt like the class nerd who married the prom queen. I hit the big lottery number with him, to be sure!
Last summer, I started fostering dogs who came off the transport van from shelters in North and South Carolina. It’s been an enriching experience to have new dogs in our home and watch them grow more comfortable and confident with each passing week. Charlie appreciates the canine company as well. Yes, it’s sad to part with them when they’re adopted, but that moment of melancholy is compensated for by the looks on the faces of the new adopters when they make that furry addition to their family and by the knowledge that the dog will be safe in a loving home. That I’m participating in saving dogs’ lives doesn’t hurt, either.
But Charlie remains the love and joy of my life, and I am thankful every day to the people at Lucky Dog who made it possible for us to be together. Yet he is only one of thousands upon thousands of dogs who are mistreated or abandoned (sometimes both), and brought to shelters where they languish for months and years before, if ever, being adopted. And those are the fortunate ones. There are shelters all over the country that have run out of space for the dogs, and euthanize them.
If you have ever looked into the eyes of a dog, then you know what sweet, precious souls they are. Please contribute and help me to save as many dogs as possible from the fate of homelessness and euthanasia, and to give them a chance to find loving homes. Please make a donation today and help save the lives of homeless pets. Your donation is tax-deductible. And the best part is that each participating animal welfare group keeps all the money it raises (after transaction fees).