Dog Rescue Fundraiser
Organized by: Caitlin Drown
In December of 2013, a friend on Facebook had shared a post about a dog in urgent need of foster care. The dog was at a kill shelter and for weeks, the workers there had changed her date of entry, further prolonging her date to be euthanized in hopes that she would be adopted. When their boss discovered what they were doing, he scheduled her to be euthanized the following day, along with 25 other animals. Someone who has since become a dear friend to me went and picked her up along with two other dogs. When I saw the plea for an emergency foster home on Facebook, God spoke to my heart and told me simply to get her. We had four dogs of our own at the time, and had never fostered before, but through this first foster, we discovered two things. First, how personally gratifying it is to save a helpless animal, and secondly, just how tirelessly dedicated this friend is to saving dogs in need from anywhere at anytime. She is one of those people that animals are naturally drawn to.
Since my first foster in December, I have fostered seven dogs for her and someone who was a stranger a few months ago now feels like a lifelong friend. She spends endless hours rescuing, day or night, and will do anything to save a dog. I have known her to spend her entire grocery budget for the week to get two dogs out of a bad situation. Because of her fun loving nature, I have heard many of her rescue stories, from scaling fences to retrieve an abandoned dog, to traveling into the city late at night when told "if you want these dogs, they will be chained to my fence" (this was a case where the owner moved out and left the dogs). I have seen her husband at the grocery store jokingly saying, "someone's got to fix the kid's dinner."
The reason for this fundraiser is because I have watched her selflessly coordinate all vet appointments, dentals, and grooming to prepare these dogs for a new life. She incurs many expenses that she pays out of her own pocket, and I can tell that this is a burden that weighs on her. However, when it comes to saving an animal, she puts them first, regardless of cost. For this reason, I have established this fundraiser to anonymously pay off her mounting veterinary expenses. All funds raised after the goal is reached will also go to rescue efforts. She has never asked for financial help, but I know this anonymous gift from all who are able to donate would mean the world to her.