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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!!

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL

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 —

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TO THIS CONDITION?! E63C2ABA-6231-49C6-AD98-334490725540

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.

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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: Share the Story

“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?

 

 


The Northeast landscape in the fall is an astounding array of colors so vibrant, they don’t seem real. From amber gold, to crimson red to bright, burnt orange, leaves on the trees beckon you to appreciate their magnificence, if only for a short while. On a beautiful Autumn day one week ago I drove through just such a scenic landscape on my way to Chatham, New York, where I visited Equine Advocates, a “Safe Home Equine Rescue & Sanctuary.”  I made the trip for two reasons.

For one thing, I needed the animal therapy. Earlier this year, I lost a sweet, beloved, long-time pet. More recently, my dear and kind mother passed away after a horrifying ordeal with cancer, during which time I served as her full-time caretaker. The scars from these losses will undoubtedly mark my body and mind like tattoos. (They are also why I haven’t been blogging.) For an animal lover and advocate like myself, ultimately there is no better medicine for the soul than the presence of and the love provided by a furry, feathered or finned creature. It’s the reason why I volunteered as a zoo docent, and ultimately adopted three pets in the wake of my last husband’s death, and in the aftermath of my experiences on 9/11.

The second reason I made the trip is because my friend who volunteers some of her time at Equine Advocates suggested I have a look around the farm. In life, I’ve found that when we’re asked to “look around” it pays to say yes. I know I’m better off when I’m asked to learn or consider something new and different, or to challenge myself in some way.

Generally, in life, I’ve found that when we’re asked to look around it pays to say “yes.”

Equines & Ethics

Other than admiring equines (which includes donkeys and ponies), and the absolute beauty of horses in particular, I previously only knew that horses have a typical life span of about 25-30 years. Clearly, caring for them can become a considerable expense. Some equines have the benefit, for whatever reason, of a lifetime of proper attention, diet, veterinary care, and safe shelter.

But I’ve now learned that the end game for many equines is not always a pretty or painless one. Regardless of their level of fame/notoriety, their working contributions to society, or their success in breeding, great numbers of equines are:

  • left abandoned (and only sometimes found and rescued) in unhygienic/unsanitary conditions,
  • rounded up for horse slaughter and sold to countries including Mexico and Canada for food,
  • made to continue in service without adequate veterinary, dental and hoof care, resulting in disease and degeneration,
  • made to spend years (female mares, in this case) in the Pregnant Mares’ Urine (PMU) industry. PMU is used by pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies to produce estrogen and hormone-replacement drugs and personal care products. PMU products are made by keeping mares constantly pregnant and confined to stalls where they may not turn around so as to collect their estrogen-rich urine.
  • and the list goes on and on.

Whether these animals have spent their careers as race horses, carriage horses, doing farm work or simply being made to serve as riding animals for amusement or enjoyment, and whether or not they were once wild mustangs roaming free or once-gifted thoroughbreds earnings millions in the racing industry, their long-term fate is always uncertain.

I’m trying to avoid getting on a righteous “soap-box.” I have been to petting zoos and have previously taken a horse-drawn carriage ride. I know two different people who own registered race horses. I may have even used a personal care product containing PMU in the past, without any concept of how PMU is sourced in the first place. Check out the disheartening statistics on the web for yourself. There may now be as many as 100,000 PMU mares currently on PMU lines in China. There is no long-term care plan for them when they have outlived their usefulness.

I am simply hoping to remind you that for every action there is a reaction, and a consequence. Please just do the right thing.

For every action there is a reaction, and a consequence — for thousands of horses, that may be slaughter.

As with all good causes, opportunities abound for our participation and involvement to help. We can volunteer our time, volunteer our skills (like writing, in my case), donate money or just spread the word. For example, this Sunday, November 8, 2015, there will be an Open House at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary. See http://www.equineadvocates.org and discover how you might be able to lend a hand to the rescued equines.

Become an advocate for these horses by learning about legislation that affects them. Make your concerns known and your voice heard. Arm yourself with the facts by visiting one of many valuable sites like the WWF, the HSUS, or the ASPCA.

Or, even consider small opportunities to make a difference like that found through the AMAZON SMILE Program. Now when I’m online shopping at Amazon, since I’ve selected Equine Advocates as my charity of choice, a portion of the purchases I make gets sent from Amazon to my fave charity. A win-win!!

Having just celebrated and acknowledged the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi (Patron Saint to animals) my wish and prayer is that someday we won’t have a need for any animal rescue haven, zoo, or sanctuary of any kind. Until then, the horses and all animals need us to do the right thing.