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Here’s a little note from the founder of Three Little Pitties All Breed Rescue.
My name is Heather Wood. I am the founder of Three Little Pitties All Breed Rescue based in Lake Jackson, Tx. People often ask me how or why I got into rescue and why it’s so important to me. So here’s my story...
September 29, 2010 I was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps after 12 years of active service due to a back injury I received 7 years prior. After moving back to Texas and thinking I was going to take some time off before finding a job and starting school. After a month of being home though I had gotten a personal training job at a local gym and enrolled in college. I was never good at sitting still for long.
By May of 2011 I was buying a house. The main requirement was that my two dogs, Gus and Itchy would have a big yard. It’s an older house that I had big plans of renovating. I was a full time student, working three jobs and buying a fixer upper. However, things don’t always go as planned.
November 29, 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stage 2 infiltrating ductal carcinoma. All of a sudden all the plans I had seemed so unimportant. School. Work. Friends. Nothing seemed to make since. I cried...for about 30 seconds. Then I began to hear in my head a motto that was taught to me in the Marine Corps. Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done. So, I stopped crying and began to research everything I could about my diagnoses. I made sure to go to every doctors appointment with questions that I had and wrote notes that I could go back and research more when I had time. I had everything planned out. Work and school was my number one priority I was in the middle of the semester when the surgeries began. Cancer had to fit into my life. So it got scheduled around my priorities. Cancer was never my life. It was just another thing I had to do.
While going through chemo my brother asked me to watch his dog ,Bella, for a month. She was the first pit bull I ever came in contact with and I was in love. She was gorgeous and loving and playful. And seven years later she is still my baby pibble and the reason I adore pitbulls.
In 2014 I got a call from a friend about a pit bull puppy that was found in Houston severely emaciated and severely neglected. He nails were so long he could barely walk and it was painful to stand. We rushed to find him but he had been picked up by animal control and sent to a kill shelter which did not adopt out pitbulls. And that’s when I was introduced to rescue. We called everyone I could find to help get this baby safe and out before is 72 hour holding period was up and at which time he would have been euthanized. A very sweet Angel called me the day before his time was up and said she could help me get him out. His name was Noah.
After that I volunteered at my local SPCA and began fostering other dogs for other rescues. After fostering for different rescues myself and two other girls decided to go out and start our own rescue. I had a vision of how I wanted it and believed I had found like minded people that shared my vision.
In January 2018, Three Little Pitties Rescue was started and a week later I found out I had 5% liver function and was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic cancer. Inoperable, incurable and given at best 10 years to live.
All of 2018 was spent at doctors appointments, testing, or at chemo. At the same time watching my dream for Three Little Pitties rise and fall. By the end of the year it was very apparent that the people I thought shared my vision had other plans and they couldn’t have cared less about me or what we originally said we wanted.
In January 2019 I decided that I still wanted the rescue I originally dreamt of. That if this rescue is the last good thing I get to do with my life then I’m going to damn well make sure it’s done right. I want to make sure that each and every dog has a loving and furever home. I want to help people in the community that may have hit a rough patch not feel that they have to give away their pets because of cost. I want to bring awareness about the loving nature of pitbulls. I want to connect with people, shelters and rescues that share in my vision and have a network of people working towards these goals around the world.
I want to be a voice for the voiceless.
This is my legacy.