Why did you decide to rescue?
I've only ever known to adopt from shelters or rescue groups. As long as I can remember our dogs have always been rescued.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
We currently have 4 rescues. I adopted the first, Banjo, when I moved to Alabama for college. He came from a local kill shelter where he was a long time resident because he was an adult hound dog with no house training. He's been my best friend, my running partner, and my mentor for new dogs ever since. Shep, our blind beagle, came along a few years later when I saw his face on a local rescue group's social media page. I knew we were meant to be together and I immediately contacted them. Despite being a graduate student with a tiny apartment and another dog - and his "disabilities" - they picked up on my connection to Shep and he came home with me and Banjo. Once my husband and I graduated college and felt settled we decided to add another dog to the pack. We were living in Los Angeles at the time so I researched the oldest dog I could find up for adoption near us. Our sweet soul, Big, was 11 the day we brought him home. He's now 13 and still has a lot of life to live! Jag was a foster failure who came to us when I was working for a rescue group in Maryland. He was seized from a hoarder along with 200 other dogs. He has a lot of emotional and physical issues, but he's safe and happy to live out the rest of his years.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I never hesitated to rescue. I can't think of a single reason not to - even after four dogs! They are all so unique and grateful.
Would you rescue again?
No doubt about it.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
Having a dog. That may be an obvious answer, but to have a dog who goes from being beaten or neglected, to being hugged and fed is the most sincere and heartwarming thing to witness. A rescue dog's ability to forgive and forget and be completely selfless is amazing.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
There are SO many good humans working tirelessly, day and night, holidays, weekends, all of the above, to rescue animals. We dedicate our lives, our money, our hearts to this. And when someone buys a dog from a breeder, or Craigslist, or a pet store, it sets us back significantly. The only way to keep up is to educate people on their actions and introduce them to rescue and animal welfare efforts.