I spend a ton of time working at my job as an animal advocate. Every day is busy helping find homes for orphaned pets that simply want to prove they will be devoted, loyal family members if just given the chance.
I love my job. It’s hard work, but I love it.
But every once in a while something happens to just make me so humbly grateful to be doing what I’m doing. That happened to me last Friday night in Atlanta.
You see, in addition to my regular job working with Central Georgia CARES, I was named mascot of the Homeless Pet Clubs at a news conference at the Atlanta Braves game that night. Homeless Pet Clubs is a nonprofit organization currently in 18 states and rapidly expanding all across the country.
And what an experience that announcement was for me. Of course, I’m very proud of CARES for putting me in a position four years ago to really make a difference for homeless animals in Middle Georgia.
CARES knew that, as an abandoned puppy that almost didn’t survive, I was well aware of what animals go through when they realize they’re unwanted. I could relate. I could feel their pain. So CARES knew I would be the perfect mascot.
The work CARES and I have done in the community over the past few years has not gone unnoticed beyond our county borders. So when Dr. Michael Good, founder of the Homeless Pet Clubs, learned about me, he thought I would be able to do a good job for them too.
I am honored to be Homeless Pet Clubs’ mascot. And I promise to work just as hard on a large scale as I have in Macon.
There were some things that really amazed me at the Atlanta news conference. For one, I’d never been to a Braves game before, so that was pretty awesome. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Atlanta before, so that was new.
But what I was most touched about were the number of people who came from Macon to support me on this very special occasion. Everywhere I turned I saw familiar faces of people who have been at most every event I’ve had in Macon. Of course I expected my parents and my aunts to go because your family is required to attend everything you do in life, right?
But there were tons more Macon people other than my family standing with me at the Atlanta news conference. I just couldn’t believe the support and love from these people who drove all the way from Macon in horrendous traffic just to be with me. From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you.
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