I’ve seen a lot while rescuing animals from horrific conditions. Too much, really.
One animal stays with me. Her name is Honey.
One of twenty dogs seized in a July dogfighting raid, Honey lived her life either staked in a yard or, worse, fighting for survival in a bloody pit. She had a hole in her cheek to prove it.
Honey was the last dog I freed from the heavy chains that day. I held her in my arms as our team drove to the safety of a nearby kennel. There, we gave her the food, medical care, and rest she needed to save her life. But it was the toys, the treats, and the romps in the grass that changed her life. Now, her wagging tail reassures me that she has healed, inside and out.
This work — I’ll be honest — it can be overwhelming. There are so many dogs… cats… horses and other animals living in unspeakable conditions. When it gets to be too much, though, I think of Honey. That day, with Honey shivering in my arms, I didn’t need to be a hero for every single animal in need. Just one. Her.
That’s what it all comes down to at The Humane Society of the United States. Each of us doing what we can every day to be a hero for just one animal. Just one sweet pooch who wants to go home. Just one lonely cat waiting to be rescued. Just one starving horse in need of nourishment. So, so many — and each needs a hero.
Friend, you can be that hero today with a gift to support our work for animals. You can be the hero that helps animals like Honey not just survive, but thrive in the new year — provided we reach them in time. That’s why our goal is to raise one million dollars online by December 31.
It’s ambitious — but so are our plans for saving animals next year. With your help, my colleagues and I will not only continue to help bust dogfighting rings, but we’ll also take on the individuals and industries that profit from animal suffering — from people who club baby seals to death, to those who confine animals in factory farms, to those who abuse dogs in puppy mills.
It isn’t — ever — easy work. But with your support today, it’s a little more possible.
Thank you for everything you do for animals.
Manager of Animal Fighting Investigations
The Humane Society of the United States