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 Julie.
“I became involved with Save-A-Pet in 2010 with the intention of creating a few adoption videos. 3 years, 100+ videos, 5 committees, a podcast, and thousands of pictures later, Save-A-Pet has become a mainstay in my life. Why? Well, sometimes the pictures tell the story better.
This is Evy. She was rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control on June 11th, 2012. A movement is swelling all over the country to move towards the no-kill model and on June 11th, rescues, adoption centers, shelters, and communities came together for ‘Just One Day‘. Save-A-Pet believes in no-kill and has for its entire 40+ years of existence. On this ‘one day‘, Save-A-Pet saved 20 animals. These dogs and cats, like the smiling Evy in the picture, now have the chance to find a home and a family that they deserve. Evy is living in a home and I’m sure that smiling face brings joy to a family that adores her.
The thing that really amazes me about the work Save-A-Pet does is simply that it is never a one day thing. Everyday Save-A-Pet saves lives. Everyday they take in new animals and adopt out rescued animals. Everyday they form new partnerships that help guarantee a better quality of life for countless cats and dogs. Everyday for over 40 years.
It isn’t cheap. It isn’t easy. But it is a mission worth sustaining and things like the Petathlon help provide the financial security needed to make it all possible.”