I am honored to write a letter of support for CARA. I first became aware of CARA last year when we lost our little yorkie Brunhilda, and we were looking for a companion for Bailey, Brunhilda’s sister. By the happiest of accidents a friend volunteers for CARA and had posted pictures from CARA's annual Dog Days of Summer on her Facebook page. I was immediately drawn to Baxter and was soon filling out an application. Baxter came to join our family on Labor Day of 2010, and we cannot imagine our family without him. The whole family competes for his attention, and he has helped us with our grieving from losing Brunhilda. CARA made the whole process so easy, and they even brought Baxter to my house so Baxter could see if he liked us and we liked him. He does, and we do.
Once I was aware of CARA, I became a fan, helping with donations when I could. Then last winter I saw CARA at its best when they helped a puppy survive who had been thrown away as a box of garbage in the winter's cold. When found the puppy, Francis, was in a coma. Yes, Francis is named after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. I, like many others, checked CARA's site often to see if Francis had survived another day. A CARA worker nursed this puppy to health by giving him round the clock care. Once he came out of his coma, the hard work started of getting him to stand and walk. To watch this unfold was humbling, and CARA with its team of volunteers performed this miracle with a community watching and praying. Francis became the face of animal abuse, and our state's new animal abuse legislation was passed, surely in part, because of CARA and their tireless work for abused and discarded animals.
Francis is truly an inspiring story of triumph over adversity. While certainly not as extreme or emotional, we feel Baxter has given our family much the same injection of hope and spirit as Francis has given North America. Baxter is a bundle of joy who is always glad to welcome us home. As soon as you open the door, he is the first to greet you. He has trained the entire family to give him treats when he wants them. We are sure he believes humans must be slow learners. He is a beautiful dog with a spirited personality who has inspired love and affection.
joined the CARA Community Council in 2008. I had been sponsoring a dog there by the name of "Dexter" for several years and know I wanted to get more involved with the Shelter. On my first visit to the shelter I was so overwhelmed and emotional to see all their many dogs and cats. I decided the best way I could help them was to get involved with fundraising and events to make everyone else aware of this wonderful organization. I have seen so many miracles occur these last couple of years. Dogs brought in on the brink of death or in horrendous conditions., newborn puppies abandoned at the door without their mother, you name it. Whatever the situation the wonderful staff always has the animals' best interest at heart. They tirelessly bottle feed the babies, patiently lay with the suffering, take them into their personal care for days and always find a way to nurse them back to a hearlthy dogs that any family would be blessed to adopt. People sometimes tend to misjudge the CARA Staff--they are not trying to be anything but the earth angels they are to all their shelter children. God bless them.