Bre-anne Harris via Crowdrise
October 24, 2014
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In September, I was elected President of the Board of Directors at Quincy Animal Shelter and am working to help the homeless, neglected and abused animals on a different level with the same love, passion and tenacity as before.
QAS is a great organization full of the most amazing volunteers whose cause is near and dear to my heart. For this reason I have chosen to run the Boston Marathon and raise funds on their behalf.
If anyone can raise $5,000 and run 26.2 miles for the love of animals, it Has 2 be Bre!
On December 26, 2005 I adopted a deaf Dalmatian, Pongo from a shelter in my home town. At that time, Pongo had spent most of his 5 years in and out the shelter as his prior homes were not the right fit for him; thankfully the shelter took good care of him in between. What I didn't know at the time was that I needed Pongo as much as he needed me - you animal lover know exactly what I mean. We had a long road ahead of us but it turned out to be the road we both needed to take. What I learned from Pongo was a lot about myself and even more about what I had to give. Seeing the dedication to the animals this shelter had for Pongo and the other animals, inspired me to get involved in the local cause and help other animals that were not yet in their forever homes.
So in the spring of 2008, Pongo and I were nicely setteled in and I started as a volunteer at the Quincy Animal Shelter (QAS) as a dog walker. I quickly joined the Canine Team, then the Canine Training Team followed by the Adoptions Team and I even headed up a few fundraising events. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do...helping the animals of Quincy find their forever homes and taking care of them until they found their humans!
When Pongo was sick in the spring of 2011, I knew this was going to be a really tough time and needless to say I took a sabbatical from QAS. Pongo passed away in June of 2011 but he and his story continue to inspire me every day.
In 2013 I realized I was ready to get back to it and I started getting involved with QAS and helping with some events and other miscellaneous needs. I joined the Board of Directors in January of 2014.
In February of 2014 my husband, Mark and I adopted a Golden Retriever, Dexter from QAS who with his English Springer Spaniel older brother, Ducky are the love of our lives. We may not have room in our home for more dogs but we certainly have the love in our hearts to help others.