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Jamie Sickles

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September 30, 2012

I cannot imagine my life without tail wags to greet my every day. My love for animals continues from my childhood in which my neighbor would allow me to help her with the rescue of all kinds of injured animals in trouble. Years later, I took my passion to Africa, and began to work with Zanzibar Society for the Protection and Cruelty of Animals. As I returned to the states, I wanted to continue my efforts towards being a voice, advocate, and helping hand with animals in need. I researched many organizations and RedRover (at that time United Animal Nations) grabbed my attention with the programs it had to offer. I decided to join as a Responder. Not long after, I was deployed as a RedRover Responder to St. Louis for the largest Federal Dog fighting raid in U.S history. This was a life changing deployment for me. The dogs had taught me the definition of strength by their resilient nature, tail wags, and sloppy kisses despite the immense pain, suffering, and torture they endured by a human hand. It was beyond comprehension. Their eyes, touch, and faces will never be forgotten. In addition, the compassion, kindness, and teamwork I experienced from my fellow vollies were powerful! I was proud to be a small part of an enormous effort. I was proud to be a RedRover Responder. My level of respect for RedRover’s programs far surpassed anything I could ever have imagined. After meeting the CEO and staff, I realized that not only is this a well run organization with several wonderful programs, but also, it is run by extremely compassionate and hard working individuals who all share the love of animals. As a result of all that transpired, I am now humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as a RedRover board director. This is an organization that I whole-heartedly believe in and am committed to its furtherance.

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