Atlanta Pet Recue & Adoption Holding 2nd Annual Paws in the Park
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Centennial Olympic Park
Event to raise funds for the APRA’s ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts
“Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal” …. Author Unknown
Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA) will host the 2nd Annual dog walk and pet expo, “Paws in the Park,” on Sunday, September 23rd, from noon to 5pm, at Centennial Olympic Park. This event highlights the importance of active, healthy lifestyles for humans and their pets and serves as APRA’s primary fundraiser for 2012 with a goal of raising $150,000 for ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
In addition to basic care, APRA rehabilitates trains and socializes the dogs and cats in its care to ensure they are placed in loving homes that are the best fit for them. What makes APRA unique is that we take in animals that other rescue groups turn away because they can’t afford to provide the care and treatment they require. Many of our pets require expensive surgeries to repair injuries or genetic defects. We provide each one the best care we can, including an enriched environment and training to make them more adoptable. The ability to offer this level of care is totally dependent on the generosity of donors because adoption fees cover only a fraction of our operating costs. That is why Paws in the Park is so important to Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption.
If you would like to support APRA by participating in the Paws in the Park Dog Walk, please register at www.pawsintheparkatlanta.com.
I Rescued a Human Today.
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so
she wouldn’t be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my
cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the
future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on
her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up
against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.
So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.