BENEFITING: Humane Animal Rescue
ORGANIZER: Humane Animal Rescue
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
I'm happy to say that it is my fourth year in a row running the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon to raise money for The Humane Society and the Animal Rescue League!
This year is particularly special for me, because I running for two very special dogs--one that left my life, and one that entered it.
We adopted Jazzy J the Lab-Mix in 2007 when she was estimated to be 2-3 years old. She had been abused, and adopted and returned to the shelter twice. When we adopted her, she fit right in to our crazy family, and I am glad that we got to spend nearly 10 wonderful years with her. Jazzy died this past November due to a quickly spreading cancer. I miss her bark, the way she'd look at me quizzicly, and her deep love for tennis balls. I am grateful for organizations like the Animal Rescue League and the Humane Society who made Jazzy's life with us possible. It was a beautiful ten years that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Losing Jazzy left a big hole in our pack. Jazzy had been the most energetic of our three dogs, and Freya and Opie seemed lost and sad without her. I stopped at the Humane Society on a whim about a month after we lost Jazzy, and met a big, silly, grinning pitbull/lab mix. His story was similar to Jazzy's--he'd been pulled from the euthanisia list at a high-kill WV shelter. He'd been adopted out twice and returned twice. The vet found damage to his teeth that usually occurs from a dog trying to chew its way out of a crate or cage.
I had doubts about adopting another dog so soon. But something told me I should do it. I couldn't think of a better way to honor Jazzy's memory than by rescuing another dog in need. We'd given Jazzy a second chance at love and happiness, and I think she wanted me to extend that same chance to this big, babyish pitbull mix.
So, he came home. We named him Toro (he is the absolute epitome of the "bull in the china shop") and fondly call him "Yellow Dog." He reminds me so much of Jazzy, so much sometimes that I look in his eyes and says "Jazzy, are you in there?"
Every time I look at Toro smiling in his sleep as he's sprawled on our bed, or at pictures of Jazzy beaming up at the camera, I am eternally grateful these two dogs found their way into shelter systems here in Pittsburgh, and then found their way into my life.
So this year, I'm running for Jazzy. I'm running because she loved to run. I'm running because she filled my heart with so much joy, that she made it big enough to let another dog in. I'm running because I want every dog to have a chance like Jazzy and Toro did.
INFO ABOUT WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL DO:
Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center wrote -
Welcome to Paws Over Pittsburgh, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center and Western PA Humane Soicety's page for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. We're thrilled that you have decided to step beyond yourself and include the well-being of domestic and wild animals as part of your overall training plan. By choosing to partner with us, you will be an advocate of our mission to educate people, as well as care for and restore animals to good homes. In return, we will partner with your training through opportunities to meet and exercise with like-minded friends, receive fun prizes for your advocacy milestones, and encourage your desire to Run for their Rescue!
Here are some of the ways we'll use the funds you raise:
$30 will cover the cost of micro-chipping a cat or dog.
$50 will provide low-cost spay/neuter services to a family who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
$100 will provide behavioral training for an animal to help her find a new home more quickly.
$1,000 will cover the total care for an animal that stays in our shelter for one month.
Relay Team - $750
Full Marathon - $500
Half Marathon - $350
5K - $150
Kids Marathon - $50