A couple weeks ago I wrote about our Sassy-versary, when we celebrated an entire year with our Hurricane Harvey rescue, Sassy. (She's charming our office manager, Lisabeth, above.)
A couple days later, I filmed a video clip for an award ceremony, and the mandate was to talk about why I do what I do, not about FetchFind. So I just let it flow and figured that whatever came out would be what I needed to say. And you know what happened? It circled right back to Sassy.
Or, I should say, it circled back to what Sassy represents in my life, and it’s all about rescue. It’s so much a part of who I am that it’s practically encoded in my DNA. From Sam and Lydia to Mimsy and Sassy, I’ve always had rescue pets. They’ve taught me so much, and have guided my career in so many ways, that it’s impossible to imagine who or where I would be without them.
So this is what I'd like to say to you: adopt a pet when the time is right. Foster an animal when the opportunity arises. Donate time and money whenever you can. Rescue isn’t all about the giant, splashy, one-off efforts that earn praise from an adoring public, but the quiet, daily acts of kindness over months and years and decades. You may only have a foster dog for a month, but that one month in your care can translate directly into a forever home. Because you took the time. Because you made the effort.
Because of you, another living being was given the chance for warmth, and security, and love. It doesn’t get much better than that.