Bonnets for Abigail Dog Fight Victim Finds Fur-Ever Family & Potential Fame
I shared the story of Abigail (@BonnetsForAbigail) the dog with its gut-wrenching details with you a few weeks ago. I’m glad her circumstances moved and inspired you to help. You can still help. ROCK THE VOTE FOR ABIGAIL (see below) AND EVERYBODY WINS!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Abigail was found on the streets of South Florida, and was a victim of extreme abuse. She was being used as bait in dog fighting, and had the right side of her face and entire right ear torn off and mutilated. Abigail was also anemic, infested with ticks, covered with a mix of mud and blood on her head, neck, and back legs; her multiple infections were so bad that she nearly died from sepsis alone.
Abigail was rescued, “repaired” and rehabilitated over the course of nearly one dozen surgeries and countless treatment procedures. She survived so she could thrive and live out the rest of her days loved, and loving in return.
I was in touch with Abigail’s foster mom (her initial rescuer, who runs the non-profit Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue) just the other day. She had three incredible announcements to make on behalf of sweet Abigail —
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!
Announcement 1: Out of about 100 families who originally applied to be chosen as Abigail’s fur-ever adopted family, one lucky, wonderful family was selected!
Abigail has joined her mother, father, and sister-dog (also a rescue) to live happily ever after. They are pictured here, on Facebook along with some of Abigail’s rescuers, her vet, and fans. Abigail has already started enjoying her new life, a life that once seemed impossible, and that she well deserves. BEST.NEWS.EVER.
Announcement 2: Abigail will become a therapy dog!
Abigail and her new loving family are all about paying it forward and living in the moment. Abigail has already scheduled her evaluation and will soon be attending classes and training to become a therapy dog, visiting hospitals and the like.
Good girl, Abby!
Announcement 3: Abigail has been nominated to receive the American Humane 2017 Hero Dog Award, and will soon be on her way to the ceremony in CA!
You can help Abigail and her team get there by visiting her Go Fund Me page and donating whatever you can.
WAIT A MINUTE! HOW DOES A DOG GO FROM THIS CONDITION —
TO THIS CONDITION?!
PEOPLE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN ABIGAIL’S JOURNEY. THEY STILL DO.
An Emerging Hero – the Pup-Arazzi Awaits Abigail
We all agree that we must end dog fighting wherever it exists. As a spokes-dog for this important cause, Abigail’s family and her team of supporters have already begun to make a difference.
Abigail already received enough votes to make it through round one of judging in the American Humane 2017 Hero Dog Awards, handily winning in the Emerging Hero category. As part of paying it forward, Abigail has selected Dogs on Deployment as her charity partner for the Hero Dog Awards.
Abigail wants to help Dogs on Deployment continue its important mission of assisting active military members and their family pets. Since Abigail made it through round one of judging, American Humane donated $2,500 to Dogs on Deployment. If she wins the title of American Hero Dog, then Dogs on Deployment will win an additional $5,000!
As of now, Abigail is among the top 7 dogs nominated for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Award! No doubt, all the dogs are wonderful in their own respect. But I love Abigail, and I love Dogs on Deployment (I am their proud online blogger & chief editor), so I will vote for Abigail to win TOP DOG.
Will you join me in voting for Abigail now and every day through August 28?! Please? Show your support!
Click here: http://herodogawards.org/dog/abigail/ and vote for Abigail 7/14-8/28/17.
Abigail is on Facebook @BonnetsForAbigail with over 17k followers.
Abigail didn’t need therapy, Abigail is the therapy. She loves people and dogs.
She has a mission to continue to teach forgiveness and end dog fighting.
I Support the PAWS Act
“PAWS” in this case, stands for PET AND WOMEN SAFETY.
Love and loyalty to our pets will often make us go to any lengths to shelter and protect them. I was recently enlightened to the fact that many victims of domestic violence and abusive relationships (the majority of whom are women) remain in those circumstances so they can continue to care for their pets.
That is a God-awful choice. I asked, “what can I do to help?”
- I signed a petition. The link above takes you to YouTube, where you can learn about the cause from the video, and go on to sign a petition yourself.
- I reached out to my local government representatives for support. I’m proud to say that I got this positive response from my N.C. state Congresswoman, Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.
“No one should have to choose between leaving an abusive relationship and ensuring the safety of their pets. This is why I proudly cosponsored the PAWS Act.”
More info is available at The Animal Welfare Institute. I thank Congresswoman Adams. I hope many more congressional representatives and legislators step up.
Seems like a no-brainer for those of us with brains and a heart. What do you think?