If you have ever been involved in animal rescue, you will certainly understand this heartwarming story from our friend, the Amazing Angie, who works tirelessly to help the Potcakes at Abaco Shelter. For people who devote their lives to rescuing animals, it is a passion that pulls at the heart strings. Every day is filled with wonderful highs followed by heartbreaking lows.
We started Project Potcake to help this small shelter that rescues, houses, feeds and cares for these indigenous dogs of the Bahamas. We have been inspired by the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to make a difference for these animals. As we get to know these people better, our admiration grows.
Angie shared this story with us today and we were compelled to share it here. This is not just a story about animal rescue, but a story of human compassion. It is a story of making choices and it is a story that shows what these volunteers face daily. This is the emotional roller coaster of animal rescue.
Not only does this small shelter take in sick and starving dogs, they go out and feed the feral dogs of the island. Many of these dogs would starve without their efforts. It is a difficult and exhausting task to find and feed these feral dogs.
“I don’t know quite how to describe our days on feral feeds, my heart breaks and soars and breaks again. Today I was on my way to pick up fellow rescuer Anita Martin, and a little boy, with holes in his shirt, flagged me down for a ride. He told me he was out looking for work (he looked about nine years old!!!( heart BREAK) So we ’hired” him to help us feed the Potcakes. He was so happy to have a job. Then he told me how his neighbor had a “skinny, skinny dog” that he and his brother would buy food for (heart BREAK/SOAR). I mean this kid had rags on for clothes and he spends his money on dog food!
Angie continues the story of her encounter with the little boy:
“Thankfully, I had sunglasses on so he could not see the crazy lady crying in front of him. Anyway to end the story he will have school supplies and shoes (that is all he wanted) and dog food for his neighbors dog!”
“More news (heart BREAK) we came across a dog on death’s door (Of course we will help him) and one of our babies was taken off the streets (Heart SOAR) and given her first bath ever! She was covered with fleas and you had to see her glee at being rid of them.. roller coaster ride of the heart…”
This is just one day of so many days that are filled with enormous challenges for these volunteers. Each day brings the opportunity to help dogs and people and obviously they do both! Please open your heart and help Dr. Harvey’s help Abaco Shelter. While we will be donating supplies and food to the shelter, they also need financial support.
Dr. Harvey’s has started a GoFundMe campaign where you can help us by giving a donation to the Abaco Shelter.
You can donate by clicking here!
Please watch Wendy Shankin-Cohen, President of Dr. Harvey’s as she describes the company’s mission to help the Potcakes.
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