This past weekend Rescue Strong had the honor of providing some of our tees to the models in the Show Your Soft Side(SYSS) Pawject Runway Event that featured adoptables from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). It was a surreal moment that made me sit back and reflect on how far this whole project has come, and got me excited for the impact we can have as we continue to grow. I’m thankful for the community that got us here (you) and wanted to send a special thank you to our Director Of Giving Things, Francesca who reached out to Show Your Soft Side and set all of this up.
You can view more photos of the event on the SYSS facebook page.
A little more about Show Your Soft Side:
"Show Your Soft Side is a public service campaign that was created to change the mindset of young people who all-too-often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless cats and dogs as a sign of “toughness” or “manhood.” The campaign’s message that compassion toward animals is a strength, not a weakness is one that, overnight, struck a nerve with old and young alike. Today, Show Your Soft Side uses its reach and resources to build a better world for animals and, in doing so, build better adults. "
And a little more about BARCS:
"BARCS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. We are an open-admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door. A staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS every day. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food, medical care and a loving touch. Yearly, this equates to more than 11,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and exotic animals that need care and placement.
Each year, BARCS is growing, evolving and working to implement new innovative programs that benefit animals in need and the neighborhoods that support them."
😭 From @kimacosta312 :
“In May 2016, my then ex-boyfriend called me that he found an american bulldog roaming a busy road near my house. From the photos he sent, the poor girl was in rough shape. She had obviously been on her own a while. He brought her to my house -- and by then he had named her Cookie. We had intended that I would foster her, but after a few vet checks she became a foster failure and family member. From the moment she was found, she was ill. But the only contagious thing about her was an exuberant and loving personality. We were fortunate that our vet helped us with costs as we got her the surgery and medications she needed. She was happy despite the bumps in the road. Her sickness turned out to be cancer - terminal cancer -- and she was with us for only six short months. The day we said goodbye was one of the hardest in my life. But I am thankful; I learned more compassion from her than any other creature on this earth. It is because of her I started to volunteer with animal shelters and rescues. Her incredible attitude and silly nature led me to love harder. And her presence in our lives helped heal a broken relationship and led to a beautiful engagement. Thank you Cookie girl, we miss you.”
Thank you for sharing.
In the 21st century, dogs are more a part of their owner’s lives more than ever. So naturally if you own a dog, you start to get connected with social media groups related to dogs, inquiring about training sessions, and even volunteering at your local shelter to raise awareness so that millions of other dogs get to sleep at night feeling loved just as your dog does. But, as a pit bull owner, you have a breed that is deemed vicious, aggressive, and even “monster” like. As the owner of a pit bull, you don’t see any of that in your dog. You see a loyal companion who likes to give sloppy kisses and whose tail thumps against the floor, but how do you get other people to see what you see in your dog? How do you begin to change people’s views about these dogs?
This is exactly what Shine A Light ATL founder, Colleen Cruz, set out to do. Colleen did
not grow up with pit bull dogs nor did she really know anyone who even owned one. Her family adopted many Great Danes as a child which help to build her foundation for rescuing the misfortunate. It wasn’t until the investigation of Michal Vick and Bad News Kennels dog fighting rings that made her more determined than ever to help change the view of pit bull dogs. Her journey began by volunteering at the Best Friend’s Humane Society in Utah that housed many of the dogs from the Michael Vick case. It was there that she saw that despite their scars from their past, despite what they had to go through, they were forgiving individuals just waiting to be loved. When Colleen returned from her visit in Utah, she continued to volunteer at the local Fulton County Shelters in Georgia and decided to participate in Rebecca Corry’s Million Pibble March to end breed specific discrimination. It was during this time, that Shine A Light was created.
Shine A Light wasn’t just created to showcase pictures of dogs with their families but to
showcase pictures of pit bull dogs with their families. Through these pictures and descriptions of people’s pit bull dogs, Colleen hoped to help persuade the public’s view that these dogs are just like any other dogs. Colleen’s first struggle was to find volunteers for her session. What individual would be willing to set for a picture with their dog? She found her answer with the social media group, Atlanta Pitbull Parents, who was more than happy to participate because as a pit bull parent, you’re all about raising awareness. Any opportunity you get to raise awareness of something that you’re compassionate about is something that you do not pass by which is exactly why Colleen was excited when Life Line Animal Project reached out to her about showcasing Shine A Light on their pit bull awareness page. This meant that if more individuals saw her pictures, read their stories, that there might be a chance of more pit bull dogs being adopted or at least an individual pondering the thought, “Are pit bulls really just like any other dog?”.
Shine A Light is a project that Colleen is very compassionate about, and when she is not
working on projects for Shine A Light, she is working as a Senior Director for a Software
company or you can find her and her partner, Dan, hanging out with their English Mastiff, Zsu Zsu and their pit mix, Charlie Brown.
*Information and inquiries can be found at http://www.shineliteatl.com/
This post was written by Samantha. Samantha and her husband now live in Georgia after spending some time in San Diego. She has grown up rescuing all types of animals including horses, goats, ducks, and many more. She has a passion for rescue and hopes to become more involved with the community to raise awareness. When she is not at her day job she is with her dogs hiking and working on ideas to open her own shop. You can follow her dogs on instagram at @chevyandtank.
Before we go into the post I wanted to send a huge thank you to Vinita and Poseidon Brewery for nominating Dog Days Search and Rescue and pledging to match $5 per #leveragelove4 post. AND...a big thank you to Nug and Family (@curly.n.mags.corner) for a bonus $50 donation!
#leveragelove began after seeing the popular dog shaming signs on social media. Since we believe strongly in positivity we thought we would flip the idea into sharing positive messages about our furry family members. We've run 4 #leveragelove campaigns, #leveragelove, #leveragelove2, and #leveragelove3 as awareness and fundrasiers for different organizations. We've also been lucky enough to have the campaign featured in popular sites like the Dodo and the Chive and in a short interview on the Dogslife.co. Our first campaigns combined to raise just over $2500 and #leveragelove4 brought in $700 after we donated $350 and Poseidon Brewery matched post for post with us for $350.
Vinita from Poseidon Brewery nominated the recipient for the $700 donation - Dog Days Search and Rescue(DDSAR) based in Simi Valley, CA. Here is a little about DDSAR and why we chose to send the donation to them:
"Dog Days Search and Rescue's experienced team not only has the passion and drive for search and rescue but they also have the skills! Our exclusive team specializes in helping owners bring their pets home safely, along with catching and saving stray, neglected or abandoned pets in need. Using the latest equipment and technology we will conduct search and rescues in a professional and compassionate manner.
As a non-profit organization, Dog Days Rescue depends on your generosity. All funds donated are used to defray the direct costs of the dogs we rescue. Those costs include spaying, neutering, inoculations, veterinary care, food, grooming and training. Because we take dogs into our program without consideration of age or medical condition, our veterinary bills are high. We guarantee that each dollar you donate will be used to help the dogs."
It was a quick 2 weeks and there were so many amazing posts that were shared. We love the positivity and all the stories that are a testament to all the amazing things are dogs do for us every day. Here are some of the posts shared during the campaign:
From @thearistobrats ・・・ I taught mommy and daddy that working under and through seemingly impossible circumstances, especially when you feel defeated, is most pawsitively worth it. #leveragelove4 . . . #leveragelove4 is a campaign by @cjiro to raise money and awareness for Dog Days Search and Rescue @dogdayssar. Post your story before 8/12 and @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco will donate $5 per post!
From @mutts_in_suburbia ・・・ We got Marla in 2014 from a rescue called @mikeyschance in Eastern WA. At the time, despite having many dogs amongst our extended family and having had a (small) dog recently, my daughter Leah was terrified of all large or fast-moving dogs. Marla's goofy antics and zillion face licks helped her to love dogs and now Leah is teaching our scared neighbor kids to love dogs too. Marla is an oddball in many ways, but we love and accommodate her quirks, and she provides an endless source of laughter and connection for our family. She also inspired me to become a rescue supporter - we later fostered and adopted Dottie, have short-term fostered another pup (with plans to do more), and have donated to many rescue causes. Thanks Marla!!!! ❤ @cjiro 's #leveragelove4 campaign is going on through to raise money and awareness for @dogdayssar - Dog Days Search and Rescue is a non-profit that focuses on helping owners find their lost and missing pets. They also help place animals they find if an owner can't be determined. From now until August 12 @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco will each donate $5 per #leveragelove4 post. Rescue Strong will stop at $500, but Poseidon Brewing has no cap! To participate: 1. Make a positive sign about what your pup does for you. 2. Tag @poseidonbrewingco, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @cjiro in the photo 3. Write a post about your sign and backstory and use the hashtag #leveragelove4 4. That's it! Let's raise some money for @dogdayssar and share what our furry family members do for us.
From my favorite nugget : @curly.n.mags.corner ・・・ "Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily." -Epictetus Nug puts in work on the reg and she's a constant reminder that hard work is necessary if you want to make progress 🐥. She came to us almost 3 years ago from @itsthepitsdogrescue. They took a chance on this lil' shelter nugget who had all the odds stacked against her (black "pitbull" with a medical condition). In her 3 years with us, she's made tremendous progress. At first, she was scared to go out the front door or go for walks or car rides, she'd have accidents galore in the house, and loved snacking on 💩🙊outside or anything else that happened to be lying around inside the house (to name a few hurdles). Daily work has Nug living a happy life. She's excited to go for walks and rides in the car and I no longer have to supervise her after she goes to the bathroom outside 🤗😅. She's a work in progress, but aren't we all? 💕 Share your pup's story for the #leveragelove4 campaign ⬇️⬇️ 🔹@cjiro's #leveragelove4 begins now to raise money and awareness for a wonderful organization - @dogdayssar. Dog Days Search and Rescue is a non-profit that focuses on helping owners find their lost and missing pets. They also help place animals they find if an owner can't be determined. From now until August 12th @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco will each donate $5 per #leveragelove4 post. Rescue Strong will stop at $500 but @poseidonbrewingco has no cap! To participate: 1. Make a positive sign about what your pup does for you. 2. Tag @poseidonbrewingco, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @cjiro in the photo. 3. Write a post about your sign and backstory like the one below and use the hashtag #leveragelove4 4. That's it! Let's raise some money for @dogdayssar and share what our furry family members do for us.
From @zoomie_apocalypse ・・・ I've always wanted to do a #LeverageLove post. We love @cjiro and all that he does for the rescue community while being the most talented and most modest human we've ever seen. I never could summarize all that Zoe is in one picture, so here is a montage of sorts of what I want to be when I grow up! Zoe is many ways more mature than I am - she always has a tail wag no matter how boring her day has been; she knows how to have fun; she knows when to be serious and watch out for Mommy; she is patient and humors me and my desire to dress her up; she know the importance of rest and exercise; she has a healthy curiosity and eagerness to try something new; she loves everyone and is never upset if she comes across someone who doesn't care for her! Her spirit is buoyant and she always knows how to make people smile. She effortlessly makes non-dog-people into dog-crazy humans; she is clever and smart; she is gorgeous but totally oblivious of it! She came to me when she was 1.5 years old - she was a stray before. I don't know what kind of a life she had before then, but she never makes me wonder, 'cause with her every day is a new day and there are no carry-overs or grudges! She fills my life with love, she is happy with whatever I can offer, she loves me without question and reminds me that life is beautiful! Please head on over to @cjiro 's profile to know more about what the #leveragelove4 campaign is all about! ❤️
From @sliceofcountrylife ・・・ 💙Freddie turned 12 last month, but when he was 21/2 he spent 8 scary days in the emergency clinic. They gave him lousy odds at beating the autoimmune disease that he had developed. Every day we visited him and said our goodbyes. Thankfully, our boy survived that nightmare. He lost a toe to cancer last year and has other issues that he deals with, but our happy lad is still here! He truly is the meaning of Every Day is a Gift. We never take that for granted. Hug your pups tight today in honour of #leveragelove4 & the fundraiser for @dogdayssar Thank you @cjiro @rescuestrongsupplyco & @poseidonbrewingco for this awesome campaign. #cookiesneededforthispic #alotofcookies #adoptdontshop #adoptseniordogs #adoptastray #seniordogsrock #olddogsrule #frostedfaces #icouldntlovehimmore
From: @roccothepitbull ・・・ Our final post for today features @cjiro and his #leveragelove4 campaign. Life can sometimes be so challenging and it's comforting to know there are two things I can always count on. Here's to more years of cuddles, costumes and @cheerios. Happy 7th Gotcha Day RoRo! #gotchaday . . . . #leveragelove4 is back between now and 8/12, and this time @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco are helping to raise money and awareness for Dog Days Search and Rescue (@dogdayssar), a non-profit that focuses on helping owners find their lost and missing pets. They also help place animals no owner is found. So, hurry up and post away!! To participate: From now until August 12th @poseidonbrewingcoand @rescuestrongsupplyco will each donate $5 per #leveragelove4 post. Rescue Strong will stop at $500 but @poseidonbrewingco has no cap! 1. Make a positive sign about what your pup does for you. 2. Tag @poseidonbrewingco, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @cjiro in the photo. 3. Write a post about your sign and backstory and use the hashtag #leveragelove4 4. That's it! Let's raise some money for @dogdayssar and share what our furry family members do for us.
From @hesjustaboyd ・・・ #leveragelove4 ❤️ Our dog obsessed community often shares photos of our dogs "helping" us with so many of life's tasks, be it mundane or enjoyable. It can be cooking dinner, as they eat fallen food scraps. Or vacuuming, we all know the big bad floor sucker doesn't hurt us because doggo is ready to attack in our honor! Even farts, the sulphur is supposed to be good for us right? That's TOOTS why they stinker. Point being, they bring so much joy to our lives no matter what is going on! Boyd has no idea the way he impacts and "helps" our @faceanimalclinic fosters. He alerts me when one seems restless or needs something. He plays gently so that they can be socialized and placed in home with large dogs. He helps me find them when they are running about, not wanting to go back into their playpen. He cuddles with them when they need a warm body, and licks them just because he wants to express his presence. 🐶🐱 For this I feel lucky, and proud to call Boyd my dog-my best friend. He teaches me to make the most of every moment, and he MAKES me feel this overwhelming, meaningful purpose in life. 🐾 Each #leveragelove4 (use the hashtag and all tagged accounts below) post is a $5 donation to the outstanding @dogdayssar from @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco! Special thanks to my IG ohana bro, @cjiro :::tips hat and does a curtesy or something neat like that::: 🐾
I'M HAVING A FANBOY MOMENT. From @thewhitestpupsyouknow: Most of you already know but my dogs are literally my life. I fight with social anxiety and depression and have for years. I didn't even get my license til the age of 23 because my anxiety made me terrified of driving. When I finally did get it, it was thanks to Beebs sitting in the car with me helping me calm down so I could actually practice. Fast forward 5 years later and I still hate it. In all honesty, I haven't even driven in months...maybe even a year. I've gone back to my old ways of letting my anxiety control my life again. Thanks to the pups and my amazing friends (Manya and Lauren, THANK YOU), I'm slowly starting to get back out there again. The dogs give me a reason to get my butt back out there and try new & scary things even if I really don't want to and I love them for it. "The struggle you are in today is developing the strength for tomorrow." 🖤 • Want to help raise some funds for an awesome organization, @dogdayssar, just by posting photos of your dogs? Now is your chance! Our amazing friend @cjiro (the brilliant and kind soul behind @rescuestrongsupplyco) is running his Leverage Love campaign for the fourth time! From now until Aug 12th, Rescue Strong & Poseidon Brewing Co will donate $5 per post to @dogdayssar. (Rescue Strong will cap at $500 but Poseidon has no cap!) To help, all you gotta do is post a photo of your pup with a sign that explains what your pup does for you. Write in the caption the backstory for your sign. Tag @poseidonbrewingco, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @cjiro in the post and use the hashtag #leveragelove4. That's it!
😭 from @tarasfostersaz: What can I say about Grandpa 🖤 I do believe it was no accident he came into my life. At the time, I was more than struggling with a real shift in my life. People who I believed loved and supported me unconditionally, turned their backs on me after I struggled through a year long depression after losing a foster dog. I was having an extremely difficult time letting it go and moving on. I thought I was finally overcoming the crippling loss I endured, just to be knocked down even lower than I started. It was even starting to effect my health. That's about when Grampy showed up. I wasn't looking for a fourth dog, but when I saw him I knew he had to be a part of our family. When I picked up Grandpa, I was a bit put off. He had pretty terrible skin infections, and was much thinner than I had thought from his photo. His ears look like they have had so many repeated infections they are scarred like cauliflower ears fighters get. His nose was terribly crusty and his breath could knock someone to the ground. He had the remnants of a ligature mark around his neck, and his long nails would click on the ground. But even with the clear signs of a not so pretty past, he woke up each day with a "pittie smile" on his face and an attitude that proved his past did not define him. When it became hard for me to let go of mine, Gramps encouraged me to stop wasting my energy on the things I can't change, and be happy in the moment. I thank my nasty old man every day for the lessons he's given me. #leveragelove4 #rescuefamily #whorescuedwho @cjiro To participate: From now until August 12th @poseidonbrewingco and @rescuestrongsupplyco will each donate $5 per #leveragelove4 post. Rescue Strong will stop at $500 but @poseidonbrewingco has no cap! 1. Make a positive sign about what your pup does for you. 2. Tag @poseidonbrewingco, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @cjiro in the photo. 3. Write a post about your sign and backstory like the one below and use the hashtag #leveragelove4 4. That's it! Let's raise some money for @dogdayssar and share what our furry family members do for us. #leveragelove4 #adoptdontshop #rescuestrong
From @pearl.the.poi.puppy ・・・ "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" - Martin Luther King Jr. • Ok maybe Pearl wasn't Pebble's enemy but these girls haven't always seen eye to eye... in fact, surprisingly, Pearl has the distinction of being the first dog Pebble hasn't happily welcomed into our home and family. Pearl is boisterous and unpredictable which can be incredibly unnerving for our other dogs, especially because she can't see or hear their warning cues when she has crossed their boundaries. BUT! Through love, patience, and advocacy (we have learned to bridge the gap of communication by showing the other dogs that we advocate for them and protect them when Pearl is "too much."), these two girls have become the best of walking buddies and are slowly becoming anytime friends too. They both greet each other with tail wags and occasional face licks and a teensy little sprinkle of... love. #leveragelove4 🖤👯 • Our ABSOLUTE favorite Instagram campaign is happening right now and we want you to participate! From now until August 12, @rescuestrongsupplyco and @poseidonbrewingco will each donate $5 per #leveragelove4 post to @dogdayssar! Our pups have 8 posts planned to share with you and to help raise money for Dog Days Search and Rescue which is an incredible organization that helps owners find their lost and missing pets, and helps place animals if an owner can't be found. Head over to @cjiro to see how to participate. Can't wait to see your posts!
From @lexiethepocketpittie ・・・ You know it sounds so cheesy when someone says "my dog rescued me". Cheesy or not this is pretty much the case for me haha! At a very young age I had already began to take on a path of self destruction. I had no self worth and I didn't care about myself or my life nevertheless how my actions affected anybody else. I could only socialize with others if I was drinking heavily. Most of my early years I do not recall because I would heavily sedate myself with alcohol. I sometimes cannot believe how ungrateful and selfish my way of living was. It wasn't until I was 23 years old that I was awakened(cheesy I know lol). Thats right you guessed it... @lexiethepocketpittie came into my life. This little dog has taught me so much! Because of her I am more patient, I am loving, compassionate, altruistic. Because of her I have advocated for other unwanted dogs just like her and have helped find them forever homes. Because of her I have learned not to hate myself or be so critical when I make mistakes in life. Mistakes are a part of life, they are unavoidable. What matters is how I am going to move on and learn from them. How can a dog that has such a bad rap and hate, following them around like a dark cloud on a rainy day be so happy and full of sunshine. How can a dog that was left to rot outside in a pile of trash by humans be so loving to everyone she meets? It's like everything was black and white before Lexie arrived into my life and now there is color. #LeverageLove4
Rescue Strong exists because of the community. Soon this blog will feature posts from the rescue community about various topics but to kick things off I wanted to post some recent replies when I asked "why do you choose to rescue?"
Here is what some of our rescue community said:
marlyseb - Because all senior dogs deserve a comfy couch & an amazing family.
kellerdoghouse - We don't think twice about the fact that we, as humans, don't come from the "perfect" family. Nor do we expect others to judge us for having quirks or minor flaws, nor would we judge our children for those things. Yet, many people feel like they need a "perfect" dog from a "special" lineage with a celebratory pedigree for that animal to have value. I rescue because I have learned that was is true for humans is also the for animals -- perhaps even more so. Beauty hides in the quirks, perfection in the flaws. From that place of acceptance and growth comes the type of unconditional love we all yearn for. I feel blessed every day to have a house filled with rescue animals who, in their uniqueness, created our home.
siobhanbomb - I choose to rescue because there are kennels full of different personalities and the perfect match is waiting.
hesjustaboyd - Rescue actually chose me! I saw Boyd online after my boyfriend suggested me adopt. After that, and meeting fellow rescue/adoption friends, my life has completely changed for the better. I rescue because I believe in my heart that it's the right thing to do, knowing what I know now. I have Boyd to thank for my knowledge of this world. I am now involved DAILY in rescue by bottle feeding kittens, fostering, advocating, volunteering, etc. I rescue because it saves lives and I don't think there is anything more valuable in this world than aiding in, and/or saving a life.
gideonandkorratherescuepibbles - Some days (like today) I have no idea why I do this. Some days (like today) I have to euthanize one of my favorites (granted I am VERY lucky to manage a shelter with a 97% save rate, but it still sucks). Some days (like today) I look in the mirror in the morning and go "why in the HELL do you do this to yourself?!? You must be insane. Who wants to put themselves through this emotional roller coaster of adoptions and returns and abuse and neglect." But then I realize THAT is why I do it. Because yeah, its hard and yeah some days suck. But MOST days, I get to see both a family and animal's life improve simply because they found each other. MOST days I work to make the world a better place for the animals in my care. MOST days I get to go to work and do something I am BEYOND passionate about and know that this is where I am supposed to be. MOST days there is no better feeling than seeing a cat who has been on your books for 475 days go through the front door to their new home. I do it for the most days. Because yeah, those some days (like today, I'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge Birdie) SUCK and they make you question everything, but most days I couldn't ever imagine doing anything else.
zenrebelbuddha - My parents saved ( or attempted to ) every creature that they found. From rabbits to birds, deer, and dogs in need. No matter how busy life was, my parents stopped to help and made rescue a priority. It's in my blood. The over population and the number of dogs in need drive me to work harder to give back. How can these sweet souls be discarded? I believe every sentient being deserves love and care. I won't rest until we find a solution. And I've never met a fellow rescuer that I didn't like! My people ❤️🐾
janjan712- Rescues /shelters are the animals that need homes the most! Everyone should only adopt and not shop with an open heart
janjan712I - will always rescue and love them like my own babies 💕❤️ and they are potty trained 😂😂
malibusmama - We chose to rescue because we knew how many deserving animals are waiting for their second chance. We knew we had to give one a home of their own and show them that although all they may have known in thier prior life was neglect, abuse or worse... they mattered. We never planned to adopt when we did, but everything has worked out just as it should. We've given eachother exactly what we needed when we needed it and beyond. ❤ Volunteering is how we found our special girl and without it we would have never met Mu.
mondeambiant- We rescue because after my spouse died, we needed love. First Coda then my beloved Gryphon who has crossed the rainbow bridge. Then our big girl Noomi who was not technically a "rescue" but who the kids saw in a window and couldn't fathom seeing her in a box. New spouse brought new loves. Our little Oliver was a mange dog found walking the streets. We fell in love. We rounded our little family out with Miss Sugar our pretty pitty that was in a cage and used for breeding. Our next step is a farm with enough space to foster. We rescue because it's the right thing to do and the abundance of love is undeniable. ♡
yallop89 - Me and my husband wanted a friend for our boy we've had since a pup. We went to rescue and had a look at a little 1 year old small mixed breed (so cute!) The rescue then suggested they have the perfect match for Parsley and brought out Poopy. A 4 tear old staffy with mirrored patches. They got on fine and so we decided (although we didn't come in for another staffy) we would take her as she would be more difficult to re-home. 1 year in and they still sleep on each other!
kellimook - that whole " who rescued who" thing? it's real ... i know, because it sleeps under the covers with me every night!! ♥️ 🐾 i know she had a shitty past, but it's just that ... her past!! #fosterfail
enerihoo - Because there are no words to describe how much your heart explodes with emotions knowing that you can/are making a difference in their life & yours too....
haliewestphoto - I rescue because it means saving a life and helping reverse a problem that we have created. It means giving those who deserve it another chance at life. It also means finding your best friend!
jacksterthegreat - If I don't help, then who will and when. I was always taught that you can talk about doing all kinds of things in life but it doesn't really matter until you transform words into actions. I give a voice to the voiceless & stand up for what is right! I work hard everyday so my dogs can have a better life (and endless Benebones) & so that I may pass it forward to those in need!
jacksterthegreat - And I will continue to rescue until the day that we don't have to anymore and it will be a great day!
clark_kensington - We rescue because no dog should ever have to live a life without love! ❤️
mirjamdownunder - My boxer Pepper passed away and I knew I needed another furry friend. I was working a lot, so I wasn't able to get a puppy, which was fine with me. I was looking for boxers first, but there were no suitable ones for me at the time. And that's when I saw the fabulous Miss Anne on the net and the rest is history! 💕💕
gimmethecreeps - Because I used to be one of those idiots that would see the dogs in the pictures and say "somebody, do something!" And then I finally realized I was somebody, and I was the one who had to do something. 3 years later, I can say with total clarity that it's the best "something" I've ever done.
my_minnie_moo_- To save more lives. I will never and could never buy a dog from a breeder, not even by a "mistake pregnancy"... I will never see eye to eye with those that choose to get a dog from a breeder rather than a rescue.
autmo83 - I feel it is my calling to help animals. From a young age I have been coming across animals in need and helping them. My most current rescue is a kitten who was dumped in my neighborhood. I also have a rescued Alaskan malamute and 2 other rescue cats. I can't imagine a life that doesn't involve saving animals.
june_and_todd - It's hard to try to narrow down a simple question with so much depth. I adopt because I think about all the puppies people take home and dump once they get big and need attention, mental stimulation, training. I adopt because there are people who say they don't have time, they're tired of the dog hair or they're moving and can't take the dog after having it for years. That they need to "get rid of" said dog. I adopt because of the thousands of perfectly good companions put to sleep every year for no reason other than they run out of time or space at a shelter. I adopt because my shelter puppy changed my world Save a life and PS rescued dogs usually come spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped 🙌🏼
monicak.marshall - Quite frankly, it makes my heart happy. I love my pound puppies to the moon & back
thedustydingo - I chose to rescue out of love, I wanted to give a dog a second chance to live life and be happy doing so. However, I have have chosen to rescue but Dusty sure chose me and my family. And much as I think I'm teaching her, she is teaching me so much more. She makes my heart feel happy and I hope I do the same to her. ❤
megspeaks - I rescued because there is a huge amount of strays on this tiny island of mine and as much as I'd like to save them ALL, he's one less pittie on the streets and a spoiled rotten brat. All dogs should be spoiled rotten and loved loved loved.
nolaandcompany - Because quite simply put, rescues are the best dogs ever. I know it sounds silly but they know. And appreciate and reciprocate the love right back. My first dog, Chloe, was my first rescue and she was at the end of her line before we stumbled through that shelter that day. It was fate. Time after time. God proved to me that she belonged in my life and it just never stopped. When I started my "real job" managing a veterinary hospital in a parish with very little animal control options for people, it hit me in the face time and time again and our pack quickly grew to five. Not to mention the countless others I've had the pleasure of helping along the way....we saw so many who didn't make it, it's hard to swallow because they are so innocent but the ones you CAN help, oh they are so good. We're down one now but will find another perfect soul (how could we not, as many as there are). How could you not want to help some of the sweetest souls that ever walked this planet? That is why I rescue. I wish people knew there is a rescue group for just about every breed/"designer" breed etc out there...you just have to look. There is not a breed or type of mix that is NOT looking for a home right now. Be their person. Because they've either never had it or had a crappy one.
mnshajj - Because each time they save my life not am only the one who saves there life
aleishawesleyviau - Too many reasons to list ❤
stayclassy__sandiego - Because even old souls deserve love.
thevandogdiaries - Rescue is not just about saving one life - it's about changing lives - it's a lifestyle, it's infectious. I rescued one dog - this opened my eyes to a whole new world I made new friends , I rescued a second dog who literally had no chance - made more new friends - now I foster and have an impact on many dogs and lives. I was shy before but rescue has put me out there to the world - I educate the public on the importance of rescue and I have changed lives for furry friends and made some wonderful new lifelong friends. You don't need to adopt a dog or cat to say you rescue - it's so much more than that. Rescue is truly a lifestyle - and a lifestyle everyone deserves to enjoy once ❤️
fattopotamus - Simply, because they need us 💜
chrizzlp - I am a two time foster failure. I rescue because if I didn't, their heart would have stopped beating and they would never have known love or what it us to be part of a family. And I rescue because I need to, it's now part of who I am. A big part.
misslori_ot - It saves lives.
lamamounche - Pour rendre heureux un chien qui a été malheureux 😍
ghettorescue - Its a deep purpose, a calling. Real raw rescue.
i_am_the_beholder - Because it's the kind, compassionate, humane thing to do. It's hard to make a difference in this world sometimes, but this one was easy- save a life, give a dog or cat or hamster or whatever a home! They didn't ask to be born, we created the problem. Being part of the solution just feels like a no brainer ❤❤❤
giapia26 - I chose to rescue because it was the right thing to do and because I believe in second (and third and fourth and...) chances. While I am not a rescuer in the same ways as many of you... I do advocate and support and shout from the rooftops! I don't think there are enough words or ways to adequately answer such a rich and deep question but there does seem to be one common denominator: Love 💕. Have a great day everyone!
life_on_the_empty_rocker - Because you're not only rescuing them they are rescuing you. Because of my two rescues they have inspired me to now Foster dogs from the Utah Humane Society. I wanted to somehow give back and even though donations help a lot I wanted to do more.
bear.the.blind.pit - I rescue because every dog, regardless of breed or ability, deserves to live their life surrounded with love. No dog should be damned to die in a cage. Dogs are intelligent, loyal, loving creatures and they should be treated as such.
liamandlila - Because the most amazingly resilient foster dogs have walked through our door...and there were two I just couldn't let go. One because of her personality and intelligence (and she's now a therapy dog). The other because he had a lot of issues to work on and a lot to teach me.
sibliftcious - Because all dogs are inherently good and deserve to live and realize their potential even though the odds are stacked against them.
hanknhana - For the love of dog. ❤️
nini_nano - They give us unconditional love and they also deserve to know how being loved feels. ❤️
z_huntsman - We were all born to help, weather it be the environment, each other or those who cannot help themselves. The love you give will be returned tenfold 💚🐾
jgzgurl24 - I was raised in a home that never "bought" pets.... I was raised to rescue... and I'm no kid!!!!! As far back as the late 60's, my Mom always said that there were so many (at the pound) that needed homes...
westernheartstudio - Because they can't speak for themselves. And we control their environment.
focusonthefabulous - Because my ex got us a pitbull, and within a matter of days he shattered all stereotypes I ever held. And then this breed of dog became a social justice cause for me. And so full of love!
mml312 - Because ALL dogs deserve to be taken care of and a forever home full of love, regardless of their breed.
pnwmutts - I grew up with rescues and I always thought that's where you got a dog. I rescue because I wouldn't even think twice about finding a breeder because I love the variety I get with mutts! I highly respect those who dedicate their lives to be the voice for animals in shelters. I always wish I could do more to support them.
tenalokken - We rescue because it's the right thing to do. We are offended by the concept of buying a designer dog when so many wonderful dogs languish in cages waiting for someone to love. Our pit bull mix, Luke, reached out to us via email - abandoned, depressed, with kennel cough - at about one year old. 11 years later, we are still over the moon in love with this amazing dog! Rescue is the only choice for us!
acute.episodes - It keeps me sane! I'm an emergency department social worker and every workday I'm reminded how puppers and doggos are simply better than people. They are the purest of souls and just feel better when I'm helping them.
just.another.sara - I chose to rescue because I can't stand to see these dogs, helpless and alone. They've had such a rough life and I want them to be able to experience happiness and comfort.
sahamby - I didn't start out intending to rescue in my dog search, but ended up in a shelter to meet a dog. When the staff led me to the kennels I was instantly overwhelmed with the sound, the sheer number of dogs, and my heart broke. I started sobbing as I walked down the row, meeting dogs, reading their stories. Then I came to "Bear". She had been adopted in July and then returned. I asked the shelter staff if I could take her for a walk. She wasn't very interested in me, but enjoyed sniffing around. I promised her she would never be in a shelter again. I asked the staff to hold her and not put her back while I did the paperwork. The instant we stepped out of the shelter gate she stopped, looked at me intently for the first time and started jumping around like crazy. She rode the whole way home in the passenger seat with her head on the center console staring at me. Six years later, Ember is still the best decision I ever made. She is why I rescue.
chinapelada - I didn't grow up with a dog, but I always wanted one. Sadly in my home country pets are not a popular thing, very few people have them. When I moved to Canada the first thing I did was go to a Pet Store, I didn't know any better, but after talking to a friend about getting a dog, she luckily educated me about puppy mills and pet stores and pointed me in the right direction. Ever since then the two dogs that I've had have been rescues 💜they have been the most rewarding and loving experience of my life, Noah sadly passed away last year and Oliver have been with me for a year and we are looking forward to many more years together 😄🐶❤️
friday_fur_real - Rescue will always be my favorite breed. Volunteering at a shelter opened my eyes to just how many animals are in need of a warm, loving home. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should purchase a breeder dog when there are millions of dogs available in shelters (some are even pure bred). Regardless of their past, all dogs deserve a second chance in life. Our second rescue dog, Viernes, is living proof of this. Over a span of three years, she's grown from a fearful, aggressive dog to one who is confident and an absolute joy to be around! Giving up on her was never an option and I'm so glad we didn't.
zoeysplacerescue - Rescuing came to me one day when I spotted my first litter of kittens and mom hiding in the warehouse at work ...I had just taken this job and there it was ...one family at a time , one starving kitten at a time , I slowly built Zoey's Place rescue . Once I rescued my first surgery case , I knew I had found my calling . We have now specialized in critical and trauma cases and if anything , rescue has taught me the incomparable resilience of animals ... we often get cats on the brink of death and we are often told they would not make it but ...I push until every possible avenue has been explored and happy to say , we have some pretty amazing success stories. Rescue has taught be unconditional love , incredible patience and also sadness in knowing how cruel humans can be...I rescue because I become alive knowing I can make a difference ...I can make a change ...even for one life !
love.always.luna - ❤️ I choose to rescue because it's genuinely a part of who I am. Just like a second language, or a spiritual belief, that you are taught from a young age. For as long as I can remember, it has always been a part of our family. I am forever grateful to my parents for sharing their love and passion for animals with us. #rescueismyreligion
lifeofadogmom - Sometimes rescue just chooses you. I had been wanting a dog for a long time, when my husband finally caved and suggested me look at the local shelter. When Lola Jean looked at us, it was love at first sight. Ever since bringing her home about 3.5 yrs ago, she's shown us how grateful she is to have a second chance at life. She made me want to become an advocate for other rescue dogs.
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