Precious Friend at Precious Friends Needs Help
I got this e-mail at work from Precious Friends puppy rescue. They are the group on Kraft Street that works with the North Shore Animal League in New York, taking puppies and moving them north. They also care for some adult dogs who come to them as they can. Here is the story of Pugsley:
"Hi, My name is Pugsley. I'm a 2-year-old pug mix. A couple adopted me when I was a cute little adorable puppy. About a month ago the couple moved but for some reason I was left behind to fend for myself. I was running the neighborhood,scared and alone. One of the neighbors was feeding me. But with winter coming she knew I couldn't make it outside. Because when I was left behind I was left with a shattered hip bone.
"My neighbor called Precious Friends and they took me in. In the picture you see I'm wearing a red, white and blue bandanna. That's because Precious Friends calls me a little trooper. Even though I'm hurt and was abandoned, I love people and am very friendly, and I have lots of love to give.
"My Christmas wish is for a home, but first I need surgery to repair my hip. I wish for everyone to open their hearts and make a donation to Precious Friends to help pay for the $700 surgery I need. Remember the Christmas spirit. Being the trooper I am, I deserve this surgery and a good home. Besides, It's Christmas, a time for wishes and dreams to come true.
"I am going to go on and say thank you, because I know you are going to come through for me. Alot of people thinks Precious Friends is completely supported by North Shore Animal League America. Both places are limited no-kill shelters. North Shore only pays the expenses on the puppies sent to them. Any animals that come in with problems. Precious Friends has to pay with the help of donations from the public. They have payed for several surgeries and treated about 18 cases of heartworms this year.
"Since the troops at Fort Campbell left, we have taken in a lot of grown dogs to find homes for. This has really put stress on our budget. Sometimes the troops have no choice but to give up their pet. I figure the least thing we can do since they are fighting for America is to find homes for their pets.
"I have a really great idea. This year instead of buying wrapping paper, bows and cute little stickers for your gifts, wrap them in newspaper and brown bags and make your own decorations. You could donate the money you save to Precious Friends to help them save lives. And I know the people receiving the gifts won't mind. Your gift will be tax deductible. Go to our website and read about our program. www.preciousfriends.net. Our address is 110 Red River St. Clarksville, TN 37040 Phone number 931-551-4407. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone."
I know many of us have been giving to so many animal causes this time of year, but this story touched me, as it reminds me of the story of Data, a border collie that was also abandoned with broken bones in the hip. He's now in his forever home with the family who owns Rock 'n Rocks downtown. I'd like for Pugsley to find the same happy ending. And after reading his story, I think maybe his name should be Trooper!
So if you can send Precious Friends any amount to help this sweet little guy, please do so! And the topic of military giving up their pets is a topic for another day. Like anyone else, no one should get a pet unless they plan to keep it for it's lifetime and not dump it on the community. Military members know they are subject to TDYs, deployments, etc. I know many wonderful military families who do what it takes to move there pets all over the world when they PCS. I also know that MANY do not and simply get rid of pets when it's time to go. But as I said, a topic I'll delve into more another day.
posted by Sandy at 12/17/2007 09:16:00 AM