Every day, more than 2,200 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. We can all do our little part to help improve the lives of these animals.
For the second year in a row, I’m participating in Strut Your Mutt, a fundraising event hosted by Best Friends as a part of the Muddy Paws Rescue NYC team. Your donation directly helps support our efforts to continue introducing families to their new furry family members!
I'll tell you a little bit about what Muddy Paws means to me...
As my friends and family know (and basically anyone who comes into contact with me), we have a new furry addition to our family, Beethoven. Beethoven was brought up from the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society in Kentucky by Muddy Paws Rescue. I visited this shelter back in the Fall of 2018 as a Muddy Paws volunteer so I can picture exactly where B was living before Muddy Paws brought him up to NYC. Shoutout to Deana for putting our boy on that transport!
Weirdly, I happened to miss both events where his transport arrived and when he was adopted so I never met him before he was adopted the first time. After that adoption didn't work out, he was returned days before Christmas. I *begged* Juliette to give me a foster over Christmas since I had the whole week off of work, initially I was supposed to take a larger Shepherd mix (who my dad probably would have preferred based on looks), but instead I was asked if we would take Beethoven. I said yes, but was nervous about what had caused him to be returned.
After a giant puke in the car (poor baby), Beethoven made himself at home in Connecticut, snuggling up in his crate and making fast friends with Gus. Although Towzer was *not* a fan of having a new dog to share treats with in the house, we all fell in love with B's nibble kisses and cuddly tiny fluffy personality. We were happy when he got adopted for the second time and that we had success first fostering experience! He made our Christmas a little extra special.
Unfortunately, about a month later, I woke up to a text message that B was coming back to MPR because his second adoption wasn't a perfect fit. I texted my dad who immediately said "well, I said I'd take him if he got returned... when can I pick him up?" and the rest was history. Although B hasn't had a perfect transition into the Lloyd household we are in love with our litle foxy boy and are so thankful for all of Muddy Paws' lifesaving efforts that brought him into our lives.
On a more personal note, Muddy Paws has been a major highlight in my life over the past two years. I have met the most amazing volunteers, staff, adopters, fosters, and pups imaginable. My weekends are filled with laughs and joy because of this amazing organization. I cannot imagine my New York life without it and wouldn't want to spend my free time any other way.
Please visit the link below to donate to Muddy Paws' efforts & feel free to share with family and friends!