I hope you’ve been following the inspiring tale of the 141 dogs sheltered and cared for by our Red Star™ Rescue Team in Memphis over the past few weeks. Since World War I, our team has been ready to deploy around the world wherever and whenever there are animals in need of our care. Finally the control of the animals was ceded from the owners to the authorities, which meant the animals could then be adopted.
Last week I was proud to tell you how 47 rescued dogs flew from Memphis to South Florida thanks to the generosity and compassion shown by FedEx. The international shipping company carried with them not only a very precious cargo, but something bigger and more important: hope. Hope for these animals that they can now live their lives as they were meant to. Once they landed the dogs were taken from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the Tri-County Humane Society in nearby Boca Raton, which was founded by our board member Suzi Goldsmith. Suzi has been a great friend to the institution over the years, and I cannot thank her enough for agreeing to bring in these dogs so they can soon be adopted by loving families and given a second chance.
I was in South Florida over the weekend and had the opportunity to stop by the shelter and visit with these dogs and all of the other beautiful cats and dogs in the shelter and I wanted to share with you a few photos and stories.
Buttercup was once considered a “bait dog” by dog fighters. When she came to the shelter her back legs were broken and because of this she needs very special care. She’s still waiting for her special new home, and she is a great example of what donations like yours to our Second Chance® Fund can do to help animals like her in need get the TLC they need and deserve.
Two-Toe Tobey is an older dog who loves everyone. Although he has some unusual features — like those two toes — it doesn’t stop him from running up to you and giving you a big lick, always with his tail wagging!
This little girl is Misty. She came with her 46 companions from Memphis and can’t wait to be taken to a new loving home. She’s always ready to play!
Finally, I’m happy to report that the media attention generated by our Memphis Airlift helped Tri-County’s longest resident to be adopted. Mona has had a tough road, and has been a resident at the animal shelter since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2006. A local family saw the coverage of the Memphis rescue and headed to the shelter where they saw Mona, learned her story, and knew they wanted her to be part of the family. Please remember that wherever you are, there are many beautiful cats and dogs at local shelters who need our help and most importantly, our love.
Please consider a contribution to our Second Chance® Fund to help poor animals like Buttercup get back on their feet again or to our Red Star™ team to ensure whenever disaster strikes, the rescue rig is fully-stocked and ready to go.