I get regular emails from the Animal Rescue League (ARL) in Des Moines. This article caught my eye, and I thought it was worth sharing.
Occasionally I will hear the comment from a person that says they only support “people charities”. While the charities they are referring to are certainly worthwhile, I am always struck by this because it assumes we only help animals. Though animals are the basis for our non-profit work, there is invariably at least one person, often several, involved with each of the tens of thousands of animals we help each year.
To that point, I am reminded of Charity and Hammy. Charity found herself in an abusive relationship and like many of us know, the love of her adopted dog Hammy during this stressful time in her life became the focus. When the abusive boyfriend tracked Charity to three different states, she found Des Moines with a new identity, a new life, and no old friends or family – just herself and Hammy.
But money was tight and she was unable to afford dog-friendly housing yet she knew she could not surrender her friend and lifeline, Hammy. Fortunately, she found the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and our Crisis Foster program which provided care for Hammy during the few weeks it took Charity to find work and a place she could afford that accepted Hammy.
Reunited, Charity and Hammy are happily living together again, far away from abuse and fear. I think you will agree that a person and a pet were helped.
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This post was written by dwagner on June 20, 2012