These are my dogs. As you can see…Sadie hates taking Christmas pictures and she was traumatized for about an hour after this little photo shoot. Sofie, however, posed nicely with the promise that she’d get a cookie after. That dog is all about her belly and she’ll do anything for a snack.
Finding these dogs and adopting them and making them a part of our lives is the best thing we’ve ever done. They chew on the furniture and they throw up on the rug and they pee on the bed and their fur is always all over the floor no matter how many times I sweep…and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I love them more than I ever thought it would be possible to love dogs. They have made my life so much richer and I can’t imagine what life would be like without them.
Both of my dogs were rescued…Sadie from a family in Staten Island who was fostering a pregnant dog and unexpectedly ended up with nine puppies they couldn’t handle and Sofie from a kill shelter in Mississippi where, if we hadn’t rescued her, she would have been euthanized.
When I started planning this project, I knew I wanted to include an organization that helped rescue pets…and what better one that the North Shore Animal League. They are the world’s largest no-kill adoption and rescue organization and since they opened their doors in 1944, they’ve saved over 1,000,000 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
North Shore Animal League always needs help from the public to continue doing their amazing work, but this year, they need it more than ever. See…they are currently operating an emergency shelter for over 400 animals affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are doing emergency rescue and providing temporary shelter, food, water and medical care for animals that had to be separated from their families. They also have mobile units traveling to the hardest hit areas and providing free dog and cat food to people who might not have access to it otherwise. It’s a huge relief for families that have been displaced and are living in hotels and temporary housing to know that their pets are safe and well cared for while they get back on their feet. If not for this amazing service the Animal League is providing, so many dogs and cats might be out on the streets…or worse, they could have died in the storm.
If you can help, please go to animalleague.org. You can make a financial donation. If you are local and you have the time and the space, you can foster an animal. If you are looking to adopt a pet, you can find listings of the pets they have who are looking for forever homes. Or you can simply spread the word and encourage others to help.
Dogs like Sofie and Sadie wouldn’t be here without incredible organizations like this…and my puppies thank you for your support from the bottom of the hearts and the tips of their wagging tails.
UPDATE: Go check out this video from the Animal League about all the great work they do. Those little puppy and kitten faces make me want to adopt all the homeless animals.