I always like helping a homeless pet find a home. It's so rewarding to see a pet that was lonely, orphaned, not sure where his next meal was coming from or where he should go in a bad storm and then see him turn into a confident, self-assured boy. And it's so exciting when that big change comes when a perfect family decides to adopt him.
There was one such story last week, a story that had an interesting beginning, an unusual middle and a happy ending. That's just the kind I like to hear and just the story I like to tell.
It all started with the relationship between my nonprofit group, Central Georgia CARES, and Daybreak, the beautiful facility for the homeless on Walnut Street in downtown Macon.
I was helping to promote Daybreak's great Sleepout, an event when people sleep out in the cold for a night to get a glimpse of what it's like to be homeless.
In fact, CARES' own Jeff Battcher was one of the folks who braved the cold temperatures for Daybreak. The event was quite successful for Daybreak in terms of participation and fundraising.
In the process of bringing that event to a close and trying to get back to business the next few days, Daybreak realized they had another homeless one on their hands. Only this time is was a sweet little girl dog that was all alone.
Sister Catherine watched her all day long, thinking whoever brought her there would be back to see about her. But as the day grew long, Sister Catherine knew she would soon need to leave but didn't want to leave the baby girl alone.
So she called CARES for help. Although CARES is not a rescue and can't take in dogs, the CARES village snapped into action. Before two shakes, Daisy, as we'd named her, had been retrieved and was safe in a local vet's office. There was even discussion about her being taken to a rescue organization in Maine.
In fact, Daisy's story and photo had been put on Facebook so the folks from Maine could see her. Can you believe not only was Daisy seen, but someone offered to adopt her on the spot? That was under the condition she gets along with other dogs, that is.
That's when we sought the help of one of the most interesting people who understands animal behavior and animal psychology, David Ladner. He has been so good to help CARES before with animal issues, and he was only too kind to help us again.
He appeared at the location where Daisy was boarded. He did an initial evaluation but wanted to take Daisy to his house to see how she would react around his big dogs. After all, the lady who was adopting her has another dog at home, so we were hoping Daisy would pass the test.
We really didn't have any doubt she would pass with Mr. David working with her. He is like the local dog whisperer and can do wonders with scared dogs. And pass she did at Mr. David's house with all his dogs. Daisy turned out to be the perfect companion in a multi-dog home. In fact, Mr. David took video to share with the lady in Maine, and she confirmed she wanted Daisy.
All that was left now was to get Daisy on the trip to Maine. But who could we trust to take Daisy to meet the transport team outside of Atlanta? Of course, Mr. Chris Brown, the sweet man who has helped CARES so much. He agreed to take Daisy to the transport for us.
Because of the efforts of so many like Sister Catherine, the folks at CARES, Forsyth Animal Hospital, David Ladner and Chris Brown, Daisy is no longer homeless. She's no longer a Georgia girl. She's a Maine princess.
It's amazing what good can be done when people care.
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