Why did you decide to rescue?
For us rescue was really the only option. We've always been very passionate about rescuing. I can't imagine NOT rescuing a pet.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
I suffer from depression and anxiety and a few months ago was actually diagnosed as bipolar. I had read many articles about how pets can help with these things, and I love dogs, so I decided to begin my search. I put in a few applications for various pups, but they all got adopted before I could get to them. I saw a photo of Freddy on petfinder.com and knew immediately he was the pup for me. He had been in a kill shelter in Midland, Texas for about six months and was put on the euthanasia list when the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin found him and pulled him into their rescue. I'm so grateful they did!
Freddy is very bright and bubbly and loves people more than anything, and I've always had a passion for volunteer work so getting him certified to be a therapy dog was a natural fit for us. We went through lots of training and he got officially certified in August of 2016. We visit hospitals, nursing homes, and elementary schools! He loves his work and I'm so thankful that we're able to make a difference in people's lives.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I kind of adopted Freddy sight-unseen, so I was terrified of many things. Would I be able to potty train him? Did he somehow have an aggression I didn't know about? Would he fit in with my family? Why was he in the shelter so long, what was wrong with him? All these things fell away when I picked him up from his foster mom. He ran up to me and gave me snuggles and kisses and I knew immediately that everything would work out perfectly. It really was love at first sight.
Would you rescue again?
Absolutely! When you rescue you save two lives: the life of the pet you adopted and the life that will take your pet's place in the shelter/rescue. Shelters and rescues don't have unlimited space and a lot of dogs have to be turned away simply because they don't have the room or money.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
For me it was knowing that I saved a life. I got to see the dog that someone threw away, that nobody wanted, turn into a beautiful, happy boy who has a great life and is loved by so many.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
Rescuing is so important. Thousands of animals die each day because their forever home wasn't found in time. Thinking about all the pets out there patiently waiting for a new family breaks my heart. If you aren't able to adopt at this time, there are many other ways you can contribute to the rescue community. You can of course donate financially, but most shelters need volunteers to walk their pups or take them to adoption events or the vet. There's many opportunities for you to get involved.