“Please find my dog a good home. She is very sweet, loves people and children.” That was the note left in the drop box at the shelter when the family walked away. “Can you consider one more?” asked the shelter staff about little Matty, a 10-month-old black German Shepherd who had been picked up as a stray with a limp. “Can you help Marcy, a very sweet six-year-old girl returned to the shelter by her owner?”
The family didn’t consider that their sweet little girl they left at the drop box would be so afraid of everyone the next day that it would take more than a week in the shelter for anyone to even be able to touch her, dedication from the shelter workers to help her learn to trust before she could even have a chance. Matty, who had been picked up as a stray, had to wait 11 days for an owner who would never come before he could be treated for his limp, a broken leg. His x-rays showed he had been hit with so much force that it broke the top of his joint leaving half in the socket and the rest of his leg horribly displaced, 11 days. Marcy jumped against the glass door when she saw our volunteers, waiting for anyone who could let her know everything would be okay, all the time looking into the distance for the family she had been so loyal to.
Please join us on May 23rd, 2019 for our Annual Bushfire Kitchen fundraiser, raising money for dogs like Matty and Marcy, who were in the shelter with only two paths to take. One led to freedom and the other led to the end, and neither were in their control. Their lives depended on rescue.
This year our goal for the Bushfire Kitchen Fundraiser is to raise enough money to be able to purchase a van, a “Freedom Train” to bring dogs like Matty and Marcy to safety. Each week we get calls from the shelters, begging for our help. We answer the call and then do our best to search for a way to pick them up, never knowing if we will have someone, but always knowing that we can never tell the shelter NO just because we don’t have a ride. No one should ever have to look into the eyes and feel helpless, knowing that as much as they would like to pick up the lost soul sitting before them and carry them every mile, they just can’t. The Freedom Train will be a vehicle that anyone with a license can drive, one that can be available to volunteers the moment we get a call.
In the end, the same Freedom Train that brought them to safety will bring them to adoption events, events where they get to spend the entire day with volunteers, all getting TLC, some getting TLC for the first time, all enjoying a day without bars, a day outside of the kennel. And, for the lucky ones, they may watch from a distance as someone catches their eyes and, for the first time, doesn’t look away. They may finally meet the family they’ve been waiting forever for and will make one final trip, the trip home. To many the Freedom Train may seem like just another vehicle, but to the rescue and the dogs who make their journey in it, it is a chance for a tomorrow.