A little over a week ago I was approached by someone I work with asking if I might be able to help with a friend-of-a-friend that was trying to re-home their dog. I got their information and reached out, sure that I would not actually be able to help, but wanting to try anyways. The young girl was nearly in tears as she told me about her recent breakup that left her a struggling single mom and how she loved her dog but felt she couldn’t afford him anymore. She was having a hard time even affording food and was struggling with a flea infestation. I was so thankful. Hear me out! So often people want you to come and just take their dog; their mind is made and they are resistant to any sort of help outside of what they have decided they want. Here was a girl that really, really wanted to keep her dog and was willing to accept help.
Over the weekend I was back in Tallahassee for a friend’s birthday and to meet with the president of Last Hope Rescue (more on that soon!) and we were able to get together enough supplies to last this girl about four months. On the way back to town I stopped at a Home Depot and got her some things to try to get rid of the flea infestation in her home as well. While dropping off everything the girl also asked for help finding a veterinarian. Her dog wasn’t neutered and I was more than happy to oblige! Here in Jacksonville there is actually a clinic that performs free spay and neuters of pit bull type dogs so I got her all of their information.
I am thankful that the person I work with thought of me to ask for help. I am thankful this girl wasn’t too proud to accept my help. I’m thankful Last Hope Rescue was willing to help me help this girl keep her dog in her home and out of the shelter. I am thankful there are low cost spay and neuter clinics. Most of all, I am thankful to have met so many other people that are willing to work together to save lives. What are you thankful for the most this year?