Meet Therapy Dog “Popeye”
Have you ever heard of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary? I was not aware of this organization until I spoke with my wife’s co-worker Trisha Crowley. Trisha visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and ended up adopting her dog “Popeye”.
Michelle will tell you the rest of the story:
Popeye and I are a certified Therapy team through Therapy Dogs, Inc. Just as a quick background, I have been an animal lover since I was born. Through the years I have done thousands of hours volunteering and interning with several rescue organizations and animal hospitals in my “free” time. Through everything I have learned and experienced with different breeds, pit bulls and other bully breeds and mixes pull at my heart strings the most. They are by far the most euthanized breed, mainly because of irresponsible owners, which lead to overpopulation, neglect/abuse, ignorance and fear. Then, there is dog fighting, which is unfortunately very prevalent in inner-cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. For every puppy who is placed in a home by a backyard-breeder, usually not spayed/neutered or micro-chipped, with no way of knowing where the puppy truly ends up, there is a pit bull in animal control who is euthanized or use in a dog fighting ring as a fighter or “bait”.
My goal with the Therapy work with Popeye is to unravel the stereotypes to the best of our ability and try to increase the amount of animals spayed and neutered and DECREASE the amount of animals that end up in our local shelters, or even worse, neglected, abused, or used in dog fighting.
I am also the Vice President of The Silver Lining for Pit Bulls, Inc., an ALL-BREED dog rescue. We are a registered 501 c 3 non-profit organization. We do not have a facility and we are completely volunteer based. We are able to function solely on donations, fundraisers, pet expos and other local events, and our foster homes (people who generously open their homes and lives to a rescue dog until they are adopted). We focus on pit bulls, and other bully breeds and mixes, however, we also rescue other breeds including, but not limited to Chiuauas, Shih tzus, Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, and all types of mixed breeds. Every dog deserves a good home, we do not discriminate. If we are able to help a dog that is not a pit bull, we will.
We are an All breed rescue, and people can find us on facebook and Petfinder.com.
Here is the link for the article on Popeye:
Link for Therapy Dogs, Inc., through which we are certified as a Therapy Team: