We asked our volunteers and supporters to share with you why they walk in the Petathlon and why they raise funds for Save-A-Pet through this annual event. Here is a story from Save-A-Pet volunteer Andi.
“You never know when your life is going to change…
For Dr. Mittens, that moment couldn’t have come at a better time. Found outside on the coldest day of the year, Dr Mittens couldn’t move. All he could manage was a pleading meow, which lucky for him, someone heard. Dr Mittens was so cold when he arrived at the vet, the thermometer couldn’t read his temperature. His paws were frostbitten, he was hungry and scared, but he was finally safe.
When no one claimed him, the vet knew Save-A-Pet was his only hope. After recovering from his wounds, Dr Mittens came into the FIV room at Save-A-Pet. The first time I met him, he looked up with his scared, soulful eyes, and let out a purr. I held him in my arms, and yep, I was in love. I slowly stood up, and he lifted his head, looked out of the window, and saw large, heavy snowflakes falling to the ground. His purr immediately stopped, and he struggled with everything he had to break free. My heart broke when I realized – he thought he was going to be left out there again.
Dr Mittens hid in a cubbyhole for days. While his frostbitten paws had healed, it was obvious that his heart had not. The staff and volunteers quickly went to work, bringing him plates of food, and making special trips to the room to sit with him. He soon found a new place to feel safe, on top of a cage where no one could reach him… except tall people like me. I climbed up step ladders, stood on my tippy-toes, and reached out so the tips of my fingers could brush under his chin. And soon enough, there it was again… that purr.
Nowadays, Dr Mittens will come over to greet you, climb on your lap, and sleep there for hours (if you let him). While his story is special, he’s just one of the hundreds of animals Save-A-Pet rescues every year, and every one of them has a story of their own. Every one of their lives will be changed, and every one of their lives will be safe. This year I’m walking for Dr Mittens, and all of those animals with wounds we can, and cannot see. They all need time, and that is what Save-A-Pet promises to every animal that comes into their care. Time to heal, time to hope, and time to find the home of their dreams.
Please help me to support Save-A-Pet through their annual Petathlon. Every donation makes a difference in the lives of these animals. Together we can make a difference to animals in need and give them a second chance at a new life. Thank you!”