AUGUST 2020 CHARITY SPOTLIGHT | PETS WITH DISABILITIES
At the end of very month, we donate a percentage of every sale to an animal advocacy group.
This month, we chose to donate to Pets with Disabilities.
AUGUST 2020 CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: PETS WITH DISABILITIES
At the end of very month, we donate a percentage of every sale to an animal advocacy group. This month, we chose to donate to Pets with Disabilities.
When Mike and Joyce visited a local shelter to adopt a new family member, they met a vibrant young shepherd, and there was no doubt in their minds - Duke was the dog for them! Then one spring day, the playful young pup suffered a devastating injury when another dog jumped on Duke’s back, severing his spinal cord.
After an unsuccessful surgery, Mike and Joyce were told Duke would have no quality of life and were advised to euthanize, but they had made an unconditional commitment to Duke - through sickness and in health.
Duke spent 13 years in a wheelchair but was still an energetic, loving dog who slowly became a voice for other dogs in need. Mike and Joyce heard about another dog, Misty, who had spent over five years in a New York shelter. Unwanted by the hundreds of people who passed by her cage, Misty had problems with her hind legs and was in need of a wheelchair. Mike and Joyce traveled to New York and welcomed Misty into their hearts and lives.
Through these experiences, Mike and Joyce recognized a great need for a support system for disabled pets, and Pets with Disabilities was born! A labor of love that quickly took on a life of its own, this grassroots nonprofit has evolved into a thriving rescue, rehabilitation refuge, and adoption resource for disabled animals.
The Pets with Disabilities Rescue Facility is situated on three wooded acres behind Mike and Joyce’s home. Dogs are housed in a modern barn with climate-controlled 10x10 apartments, plenty of light, and access to the great outdoors - no dog runs here! Mike and Joyce believe in treating animals the way they would like to be treated, and they pride themselves on making sure every dog is safe, stress-free, and comfortable.
The mission of Pets with Disabilities is to promote adoption of dogs. Every animal that finds his way to the shelter has special needs that require humane sheltering and specialized veterinary services.
They also offer invaluable support, resources, and education for families considering adopting a pet with a disability and families whose pet has unexpectedly become disabled. Serving as a bridge to a better life, Pets with Disabilities helps disabled dogs transition to a new life. Some will be carefully rehomed in with forever families. Some special dogs will spend their lives with Mike and Joyce at the rescue.
The animals served by Pets with Disabilities have remarkable spirits, and each dog is hoping for a special "Heart Connection" to support their care. Reading their stories will surely bring a smile to your face! Mike and Joyce invite you to be a part of the extraordinary effort to open hearts and change attitudes. We hope you will join 4Knines in supporting the important work of Pets with Disabilities.