Harold, Sazzy, Tedward, and I are asking for your support
I’ve had hundreds of animals in my home over the years – beloved family members, foster animals, and the pets of my family and friends. I can’t imagine a home, or a life, without them…
My current animal family members all started out as HRA fosters. Harold was an outdoor cat who was missing half of his face when he came to our home to recover; once he gave me the feline version of the Star Trek greeting, we drew up the adoption papers. Sazzy was a grievously injured abuse survivor. When she came to us as a puppy, her jaw was smashed (from being kicked) and she was covered with bite wounds from an older, bigger dog. We decided to keep her the day we brought her home from jaw removal surgery – our half-mandibled girl insisted on kissing every person in the lobby on the way out.
Our newest family member was born in my office in July 2018. His mamma, Frankie, gave birth to five chiweenies in a makeshift whelping bed. One of them weighed only 1.3 ounces, and he struggled to survive. For a month, I bottle-fed little Tedward (named after Teddy Roosevelt, who overcame his own significant health challenges on his way to Mt. Rushmore).
Through the fostering of animals, I see the amazing dedication and commitment of the HRA team up close. Our community cats team rescued Harold. Our field officers – both animal control and humane law enforcement – rescued and investigated the case of Lila, a foster who is now my grand-dog. I see the incredible TLC our caregivers give to each animal; the tremendous devotion and skill of our medical team, who treated all my pets; the attention and dedication of the behavior team; the compassionate adoption counselors who work so hard to make the right match; and the staff in every department who dedicate their lives to ensuring all animals get a good life, too.
This spring we will see hundreds of animals, and our team will give each one their best. I’m participating in this Spring Forward campaign to honor their work and ensure that each animal who comes through our doors gets the care they need to survive and grow to become loving members of someone’s family. The only way we can do so is through your generous donations to offset the costs of medical care, food, and supplies that each animal needs to thrive in our care. On behalf of Harold, Sazzy, and Tedward, thank you for your support!
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