BENEFITING: Jades Rescue
In the summer of 2014 I lost my wife to an aggressive brain tumor after a 12 month battle. Jo Ann Wilyat passed away August 26, 2014 at the age of 56. She was an amazing woman and my true love. Though she is no longer with me in this world, she lives on, her passion for life, unselfish giving, and love of all creatures defining traits.
Jo has a long history of helping or adopting animals in need. Jo is a veteran of the US Navy, and while we were stationed in Key West we had two dogs and still adopted a cat from the local humane society. Jo even helped find a new home for a neighbor dog that was neglected. Our next duty station was Guantanamo Bay and our dogs and cat went to Ohio to live with her parents since it was not possible to bring them to Cuba. Guantanamo has a dog pound, and Jo and I went to adopt. Jo picked out a mangy looking 3 year old mutt because "she's old and ugly and no one will ever take her". Jo was her salvation. While stationed in Cuba the ticks were bad and the neighbor behind us had a black Eurasier that would become covered in ticks. Routinely, Jo would reach through the fence and remove large ticks, many times removing 10-15 ticks.
After we were discharged from the military, we relocated to the Brewster, OH area and quickly adopted a dog from a nearby dog pound - another mutt rescue. Eventually we moved to Chicago, and shortly after moving there we again adopted. This time it was a puppy from the local humane society - a litter of puppies had been left on the doorstep of the society. We took one - we have no idea what type of dog it was, but all that mattered was it needed a home.
Jo's last dog was another rescue. While visiting Kansas CIty for Christmas, Jo noticed a dog in a nearby backyard that was neglected and treated inhumanely. After watching this for only 3 days, Jo could take no more. Jo and I went over and asked to buy their dog. Needless to say, that dog is now in a loving home.
Throughout my 28 years with Jo, she was always finding animals in need and donating to animal causes. A fundraiser to help animals would touch her soul. In cooperation with Jades Rescue Shelter in Canton, OH (near Jo's hometown of Brewster, OH) we are holding this fundraiser to benefit that charity in Jo's honor. I will contribute $5,000 to Jades Rescue and the challenge is to collect another $5,000 in donations to match that amount (or more). Jades Rescue is a "no kill" shelter that is committed to the health and well-being of all animals. Please pass this link to your animal loving friends.