I Was Nearly Another Heartbreaking Casualty of Euthanasia.
In 2017, I was brought into an animal shelter, I was a few weeks old, extremely emaciated and sick. The in-house veterinarian examined me but didn’t believe I would make it, therefore, I was put on the euthanasia list.
This particular animal shelter housed about 700 dogs, and 200 cats that month. In order to reduce the amount of animals they house, they work with other animal shelters and rescues. These other shelters and rescue facilities let them know how many rescues they can acquire each week and they transfer animals to the organizations willing to help, thus, making room for the overwhelming volume of strays entering their facility.
Miraculously a dog rescue asked the shelter if there were any dogs that were going to be euthanized and just like that I was off the list, however, not out of the woods. I was taken in by Ghost Town Dog Rescue where they provided me with all the medical attention I needed but more importantly they gave me love. The daily bonding sessions granted me a feeling of warmth and security. The sessions consisted of the owner wrapping her arms around my frail little body while my front legs wrapped around her shoulders. This created such a deep bond between us that I would follow her everywhere she went. Truly, this is the reason why I made it out of the horrendous health predicament I was in. The hugging sessions gave me the strength to keep fighting for my life. After some time I finally received a clean bill of health, making me ready for adoption, thereafter, my mug shot (it’s quite adorable) was posted on petfinder.com
My pet parent saw this image and completely fell in love. She reached out to Ghost Town and expressed her interest in adopting me. Shortly after, I was adopted and brought home.
It has been over three years since my life was spared and I have been dedicated to making a positive impact in the world of shelters and rescues. There are an estimated 3,500 animal shelters, and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in the US and North America. Most organizations do not have the personnel, budget, or marketing savvy to pull a large audience to ensure they receive the donations, fosters, and adoptions they require. Small shelters typically rely on private donations; for that reason, funding shortfalls are common for these organizations. The Zoey Rescue Fund (an organization inspired by yours truly) is on a mission to fill the funding deficiencies small shelters and rescue facilities face. I have been given the honor to represent The Zoey Rescue Fund and help them on their mission. In order to help shelters stay in operation and continue saving lives we need to support them in every way we can. I invite you to subscribe to The Zoey Rescue Fund and join the community looking to improve the lives of homeless pets.
I would like to thank the rescue that saved my life (literally), and all of the volunteers, and individuals that work in the industry that make their life work ensuring dogs and cats find a loving home. Your work isn’t glamorous or lucrative. You chose this line of work because you care and for that I'm immensely grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I am the product of the work and sacrifice animal shelters and rescue facilities make. I'm not particularly special or unique in regards to this. There are countless stories of dogs and cats that were saved from being euthanized because a shelter or rescue facility got to them just in time.
I would love to hear the stories of your rescue pets. What impact have they made in your life? If you would like your story to be featured by The Zoey Rescue Fund be sure to enter it here.
Shelters and rescue facilities need all the help they can get to save as many companion animals (like me) as possible. You can help by donating to a local shelter or rescue facility, be an advocate for shelter pets and never remain silent in the face of animal cruelty. Together we can make a difference.
Zoey is the Ambassador for The Zoey Rescue Fund, an organization dedicated to helping animal shelters and rescue facilities. Zoey is determined to make a positive impact on rescue shelters by educating, donating, and raising awareness.