with Disabilities Story
PWD is celebrating 10 yrs of
rescue efforts this year (2010)… and it all began with a little 6 mo
old, white headed shelter pup that broke his back during some “puppy
play” 2 mos after we adopted him. Duke, this regal german shepard mix,
changed our lives and has impacted 1000’s of others that he has met.
In an effort to learn how we
could provide Duke with a productive, healthy life - even with a broken
back - we discovered there were very limited resources available—and
even fewer “animal welfare people” that acknowledged the value his
life had as a disabled dog. We knew our dog - and we knew he may not be
able to walk on all 4 legs anymore, but his spirit wasn’t broken.
Duke quickly had an assistant
in his work - Misty! Misty sat in a NYC shelter for 5 YEARS, paralyzed and
overlooked. Once we adopted Misty, she became quite a “spokes-dog” for
her cause. People started looking at her, seeing the life in her eyes, and
the heart she wanted to share and commented on what a wonderful dog
she was, and “How could she had been in a shelter so long?”
Duke and Misty have changed attitudes and perceptions.
For 8 years, while Mike and
Joyce both had full time jobs, they traveled to events and expos’ to
speak on behalf of these wonderful spirits and set-up a website to post
animals needing help. Due to the constant need, they decided to expand
their efforts and build a rescue barn, in order to help more dogs. In
2007, Joyce made a huge decision to close her small business and volunteer
FULL time on behalf of the disabled animals.
With the expansion of the
rescue, she committed herself totally to helping these dogs in
need. Many people that visit the website, think it’s a
huge organization, when in fact, it’s one person and some caring
volunteers. Joyce takes no salary for her hours and hours of work This is
a labor of love.
Duke and Misty have both passed
on after long productive lives, but left us with a mission and the
experience of their everlasting spirits. Dogs traveling in
wheelchairs have the most courageous nature and giving hearts. We
hope with the expansion of the rescue again, thru the Duke and Misty
Memorial Fund, we are able to help many of them find their potential with
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