Last year, I realized a void was missing in my life. I wanted to get a dog. Following a long family tradition of adopting dogs in need, I was directed by a friend to a website promoting endangered dogs at the New York City ACC kill shelter. One in particular, Lee (now Chunk), caught my eye, and Rebound Hounds helped rescue him for me on the day he was scheduled to be put down. 1 year later, it was clearly one of the better decisions I have ever made.
Every day at the New York City kill shelter, dogs are euthanized in bunches due to overcrowding, disease, underfunding, bad policy, and poor communication. Hundreds of adoptable, curable, young dogs are needlessly put to sleep. In large part it is due to the stubborn, dated policies of the NYC ACC, and the New York City government's gross underfunding of their animal rescue system.
There are droves of non-profit rescue organizations who stare animal cruelty directly in the eye every day, pulling as many dogs as they can financially afford to save from danger and near-certain death. These incredible men and women and driven by nothing more than their own love for animals and their passion for saving lives. But money does not grow on trees. They need funding for boarding, veterinary care, and other such expenses, and rely mostly on donations. The more money they have, the more animals they can save from the terrors inside the New York City shelters.
Rebound Hounds is one such rescue. Without their help, Chunk would not have had such a happy ending, and we wouldn't have been blessed to have him in our life. He's a wonderful dog, and I'm certain he's one of many to pass through the shelter system each and every day.
This November, I'm running the NYC Marathon. It's a personal goal I've had for the past 4 years, ever since I ran my first and only marathon at Disney World. Now that I've finally gotten in, it would be shame not to use my personal goals to help others - whether they have two legs or four.
I already got into the marathon via the lottery system, so I don't have a minimum line to reach in order to get my runner's badge. However, I want to thank the people at Rebound Hounds for what they did for me and Chunk, and for having the passion and courage do a job every day that most of us can't stomach - pulling animals from harm's way.
To date, Rebound Hounds has saved over 750 animals since 2010. If I can help them save even a couple of more lives, in any way, that's a way more meaningful goal than any personal record I could set on a stopwatch.
If you can donate anything to my cause, rest assured it will all be put to very, very good use, and that there will be some four-legged friends out there who will have you to thank. Who could ask for anything more?
Thanks, and God bless,