Remember Me Thursday was started by Mike Arms, the President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, to raise awareness for pets euthanized in shelters due to not finding a home.
As part of Remember Me Thursday, I wanted to dedicate today’s post to talking about my rescue dog, Echo, and the work that his rescue, Releashed Rescue, does to get dogs out of shelters and to find homes for them.
If you do not remember Echo’s story, Releashed rescued him, his mom, and his 8 siblings from a hoarding situation. Thanks to the work of Releashed Rescue all of them found new homes. Echo has become one of the best dogs I have ever owned. He is extremely smart and eager to learn, loves being around his humans, good with other dogs, never destructive, and just an all around good dog. I have put a lot of time into training him, but that is because I am hoping to compete in dog sports with him. He is doing fabulous in his agility training and is very confident with all of the obstacles. He has also earned his CGCA, Community Canine Award, from the AKC, as well as a trick dog title. Echo loves training and learning new things. He has great focus and drive. Many people would doubt that a mixed breed dog from a rescue would be able to do all of that, but Echo is proof that they can and I believe that many other dogs from shelters can too.
Had a rescue organization like Releashed not stepped up to help the dogs, Echo and his family could have ended up in an over crowded shelter, like many other animals in those situations do. Shelters do not have the resources or room to accommodate the number of animals coming in and, as a result, many are euthanized.
How can people like me and you help?
Adopting either from a shelter or from a rescue and giving a pet a home. Over population is the biggest reason why so many dogs and cats are being euthanized in shelters.
Volunteering to foster for a rescue so that they can help more pets find new homes. The more foster homes a rescue has, the more dogs or cats they can help.
Donating money or supplies to help a rescue or shelter. Rescues and shelters go through a lot of food and supplies. Even feeding just a handful of dogs can be expensive- a whole shelter full of dogs and cats is even much more so! Every little bit counts.
Lastly, raising awareness. If you have a dog from a rescue or shelter, share their story and tell others about the amazing pet you love. Participate in Remember Me Thursday by sharing a photo of your pet from a shelter or rescue and tag #RememberTheRescue. You may even win their contest and get food, money, and toys for your favorite rescue organization!
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share a photo of your rescue pet!
Katie, Gracie, and Echo
Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky did not receive any compensation for this post. Photos of Echo jumping and getting award are credited to Alexanderhof Training Academy. All other photos are property of A Girl and Her Husky. Do not use without permission.