As most of you know my passion is dog rescue and the rescue that has my heart is AAHA rescue. This rescue means so much to me and I am grateful for your help. Every day, about 2,000 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.
So, this year I am participating in their Strut your Mutt fundraiser in hopes of raising $10,000 for the rescue. As part of that I am hoping to raise $500. Can you help me?
AAHA’s dedication to help the more difficult to place dogs is truly amazing. We could easily adopt out a lot more dogs if we focused on puppies, but we choose to help the dogs that are often overlooked in shelters which are primarily filled with pitties.
While I helped AAHA before by making flyers and sharing their posts, I started to really get involved with them around 2.5 years ago when I tried to help a pittie at Harford shelter named Gracie. She was surrendered to Harford shelter over 4 years ago. And there she sat waiting day in and day out for 2 years for someone to come along and adopt her…but no one ever did.
Being an older pup and especially a pittie made her less adoptable. The volunteers loved her but in an open intake shelter there are only so many kennel spaces and Gracie was running out of time at the shelter. Emails to over 250 rescues went mostly unanswered or I was told that they did not have space for her. Finally, AAHA got involved and agreed to take her in. My husband and I decided we would temporarily foster her to get her into a home environment despite the fact that our home with 3 other dogs, a 1-year old and another baby on the way was not ideal. We made it work for a few months until we could find a more long-term solution for Gracie.
Mike, a previous adopter of AAHA’s, agreed to foster Gracie. I cannot thank Mike enough for his dedication to Gracie as it allowed her to be successful in his home with his dog Lucky despite the shelter requiring Gracie to be an only dog.
Sadly, even our adopters overlooked Gracie for a long long time. She spent 2 whole years in foster with Mike and his dog Lucky with no interest from potential adopters. When Mike shared with us that he wanted to move to Germany soon we started to get nervous about having to find another foster home for Gracie. He was willing to take Gracie with him but unfortunately Germany enforces BSL and so Gracie would not be allowed to enter the country. We posted her repeatedly on our Facebook page to give her more exposure with no luck. Finally, a few months ago we got a call from Nicole. She had seen Gracie’s post and was interested in learning more about her.
It turned out that Nicole was just what Gracie needed. Soon after their initial phone call Mike took her for a visit to Nicole’s Virginia home and Gracie made herself right at home. Mike said that he had never seen Gracie so comfortable in a new environment. I was in tears when I heard that they wanted to move forward with the adoption. It has now been a few months that Gracie has been in her new home and things are great. Gracie has claimed her favorite spots on the couch. She loves going for walks with Nicole and her girls. Exploring streams and splashing in the water is still her favorite thing to do!
Without AAHA I know Gracie would not have made it and I will forever be grateful for that.
Please support me by making a donation to my page. Every dollar helps AAHA rescue. Thank you!