UPDATE: July 31, 2020 -
I want to thank everyone who helped me reach my goal of $500 so quickly through donating and sharing WE MADE IT!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU!
Our team goal of $10,000 is far from met so I am raising the bar because I know I have the best friends and you all always come through.
This is my fourth year to participate in Strut Your Mutt to raise funds for Adopt A Homeless Animal
I have always been a dog lover and was fostering for another rescue when I found Adopt A Homeless Animal (AAHA). Needless to say, I love the compassion all the volunteers have for each and every dog that becomes AAHA family What makes AAHA special (besides this passion and compassion) is that they give the "difficult to place" dogs the life they were meant to live. And they follow through for the life of the dog. Every dog is made to feel special.
I began as a volunteer walking dogs at the kennel. Hiking the woods with a dog by your side is a great way to find peace. And while on a hike you look into those eyes and you know you fell in love with an AAHA dog. And then another and another. But that's a great thing. You see, your year becomes filled with many opportunities to celebrate, to do a happy dance for the new life they found with their very own family.
There are always a few dogs that will grab your heart and just don't let go. Marshall, Treasure, and Coco are just a few of mine.
Marshall was a super special dog who sat with me after my mother's funeral three years ago this July He didn't care that we didn't walk but just sat at a picnic table in silence. He spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at my house that year and let me dress him up in silly outfits. He will always have my heart.
When a snowstorm was forecast 2 years ago this November, I picked up Treasure who was boarding at a kennel further out. She was the only AAHA dog there and I wasn't sure if we could get out there to walk her once the storm hit so home she came. It was the week before Thanksgiving so why not stay a little longer. She's still here and now officially a Telfort. Watching her blossom into the silly dog she is today is a gift for which I will be forever thankful.
Of course I cannot forget Coco, Coco Bean, Cokie, Bean Butt, Bean. Last year she was part of Strut Your Mutt and walked with me at Wheaton Park. She was amazing (though hated the car ride). Coco is the dog with the look everyone wants but because she became anxious at the kennel, needed that special adopter She came home with me last November as AAHA continued to looked for a home. She is such a character, quick to learn routines, likes to complete puzzles, tear up stuffies to find a squeaker and eat- boy does she like to eat With the help of a trainer from Humane Domain and lots of hard work on Coco's part, she conquered her anxiety. In April she fell in love with her new mom and now her adventures are just beginning. I am so lucky to get regular updates from her adopter and witness the joyful life she now has.
From walker to foster to adopter, I am proud to be an AAHA volunteer. I strut because these dogs deemed "hard to place" deserve the chance at the life they were meant to have. And AAHA doesn't give up on any dog.
Please support me. Please support AAHA. Please support the dogs. Join our team, donate, spread the word. And if you want a year filled with happy dances, come volunteer.