Dog Days Of Summer Were Rough On A Mom and PupsJuly 14, 2016 | 7:39pm
It was over 95 degrees outside, but as I entered into this trash-strewn shanty, I could barely breathe. The heat was overpowering inside while sweat started to drip like a leaky faucet. The sounds of a protective mom's bark could be heard as I went up the stairs, and when I turned the corner there she stood. Growling and barking, she was just being a protective and guarded mom in horrific circumstances. Why should she trust me?
Tan, tattered and thin, she actually led me to her "room." Making friends with this mama was a priority so I could touch her pups, for they were overheated and lifeless at first glance. We connected as she sensed I was there to save her and her family.
Once outside, I could see just how bad Mamacita's (her new name) condition really was. Mange, emaciation and dehydration were the obvious battle scars from this dreadful "dog day of summer." Mamacita and her 3 pups are safe now with us, and the healing has begun. I can't stress enough how important it is to give during our matching grant. You are directly saving the lives of Mamacita and her pups.
Double you donor dollar now, and help me save their lives. So many sad rescues that require emergency medical care, I need your help during these Dog Days of Summer matching grant!
Love and woof, Randy
More about the grant:
Over the next 30 days, I will be highlighting what your donor dollars will accomplish and the amazing four-legged souls it affects. Read their stories. Look into their eyes like I do. Don't turn your back because it's hard to see, but instead do the right thing and help us to ensure there is money to treat every battered soul we save. They deserve a chance at life, and you are their lifeline.
The summer heat just hasn't let up this year. I have seen the heartache of watching dogs with heatstroke fight for their lives and not make, and witnessed the joys of seeing the ones who do. This really is the "dog days of summer." The entire city feels as if we are trapped under a hot humid sauna dome. The dogs forced to live on the streets are even finding it hard to find any water source or food. Yes, this really is a make or break time for these innocent souls who need our help now. I need you.
For the next 30 days, The Dog Days of Summer Matching Grant is in effect. The concept is simple. We raise $50,000, and your contribution will be matched up to that amount – an additional $50,000. That is $100,000 to save the stray and abused from the brutal heat. As a team, a family and a community, I know we can do the right thing and give to hit this goal. They are counting on us, but time is running out for them.
With many folks on vacations and in the midst of summer fun, our donations drop. But our need to save these awesome dogs and cats is way up.
Specials thanks for the grantors who made this matching grant a reality:
• Marilyn Schnuck
• Michele & David Lommel
• Steven & Bonnie Katz
• Alison Cahill
• Shirley Sostman
• Eileen Pacino