In just a few weeks, on July 27th, we will be celebrating the one year anniversary from the day we adopted Withers. We had casually been looking online and stumbled across a sweet little face with a bio that shared: "My name is Withers. I was rescued from a nasty animal breeding mill. The place where you shy away from people, the sort of place where there's no kindness, the sort of place where you just survive. I'm just now learning that people can be kind, can scratch my ears for me, and provide yummy things. Who knew?" Between how overtly cute he was and the fact that he seemed like he really needed a good home, we took a gamble and headed to Pet Smart. When we walked into the store we immediately saw a scared looking dog with his foster near the front of the store, far away from the rest of the dogs and their fosters. Immediately in my heart, before approaching him, I knew I wanted to be the one to give him a home. I could see that his experience at the breeding mill has psychologically impacted him. When we approached him and his foster to meet I reached my hand out to him to sniff and he just kept taking steps back. We knew when we adopted him that he was special. In the days that followed his adoption, he found one corner of our apartment that he deemed as his. We had to carry him outside to go to the bathroom, he wouldn't eat, and he would occassionally rub his nose in the carpet near his bowl until it would bleed. It was the most heartbreaking thing I had witnessed. After about a few days of having him we decided to set up Keegan's phone, record him, and step out for a while. When we got back, we had a video of him exploring the apartment, running around, and playing with his hot dog toy. From the video, he seemed happy, which was unlike anything we had seen from him yet. As days turned into weeks, he moved from his little corner to next to my desk while I studied, he insisted on hour long walks, he grew very curious of people and very, very excited any time he saw another dog. It was maybe 9 months after rescuing him that he fell asleep in my lap for the first time. Watching him choose to trust and love us has been one of the most incredible experiences of our lives.
This is why Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) means so much to us. On the day that we arrived to meet Withers, we weren't the only ones who were interested in him. Yet, they chose us. They also transported him to Chicago and provided him with expensive heartworm treatment, vaccinations, fed him, gave him a safe home with his foster and provided his microchip.
We realize that there is an unfortunate number of dogs, that like Withers, start their life in an unsafe place. We believe that all dogs deserve a good, safe home. We know that by helping SCCR fund this adoption center, we will be providing them with the tools necessary to help even more dogs find loving homes.
With that said, we always knew we wanted to do something special to commemorate the anniversary of the day we got Withers. When we found out about SCCR's Capital Campaign, we knew that this was the perfect way to commemorate adding Withers to our family. It is our goal to fundraise $2500 to sponser a kennel in the adoption center! We recognize that there are so many incredible organizations and causes out there and that so many people are hurting from losing work due to COVID, but we are reminded that even when our world is in turmoil, it doesn't change the fact that there are still dogs out there looking for a safe place to call home.
We ask that you please consider joining our team, as we know that Withers' story is just one of many stories that show how SCCR has changed the lives of both dogs and humans, as they have found homes for over 3,600 dogs. If you are unable to join our team, we would love for you to donate to this incredible cause. We see no donation as too small, even a dollar gets us one step closer to our goal! We realize that not everyone is in a position to donate so we ask that if you are unable to please share this with others.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
7/13/2020: Today we will match all donations made (up to $500).
7/14/2020: Today we will continue to match all donations made (up to $500).
7/15/2020: Today we will continue to match all donations made (up to $500).