PIPER’S GOTCHA DAY; HER 1ST URGENT BIRTHDAY!
It was one year ago, 6/27/14 that I got an Urgent Part 2 – Urgent Death Row Dogs tweet and went on the #NYCACC at risk list where I saw Piper. I followed the Urgent how to guide & reserved her & another dog James because I wanted to save a life but, was worried about a dog conflict with either my resident Pittie or resident Lhasa apsos. Having never met any of the dogs, I picked a male & a female based on the pictures and notes/bios. When I arrived at the shelter, they brought Piper for the interaction first & because it went so well they wouldn’t let me see James. I loved Piper but, I agonized over a decision that could very well mean the death of one of them. How could I live with such a decision, if the dog I pick gets a home with me and the dog I don’t gets killed? That guilt would haunt me daily. James did go back on the list twice but, thanks to Courtney Bellew &S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast James was rescued three days later at the last minute. That was a huge relief! Adopting Piper has been the best thing I ever did. She is the joy and happiness that has made an incredibly tough year marked by illness & tragedy so much easier & brighter for our family. She uplifts and she loves, and it makes all the difference. I remember coming home in tears, after being at the hospital for 48hrs straight and seeing her happy face as she ran around in circles gleefully, exploding from the joy & excitement at just the sight of me. My tears turned to a smile then laughter & she wasn’t even trying to cheer me up. She was just so happy to see me. And honestly that’s how I feel whenever I’ve been away from her for a few days. Piper is just a bright ray of sunshine. And I’m so grateful for immense privilege of having her love & companionship. I truly wish more people knew what amazing best friends are waiting for them at the shelter & how many of them die simply because no one comes for them. When Piper was on Deathrow, her shelter photo was a terrible mug shot for a while. But, luckily the dedicated & lovingly devoted volunteers took beautiful pictures of her, so that the photo I saw on the list that day was a good one. I think back to that day a year ago & if I had seen her intake picture on the at risk list, would I have still reserved her? And I honestly can say I’m sure that I would not have. When you’re under such time pressure to make a decision about a dog, that you haven’t met, the picture is much of what you have to go on. It is what draws you to one dog over another. And so thank you Rachel Bennette Kelley Shaw David Klimovich Kristi Grunsten Lydia Espinoza and all the other BACC (MACC & SI) volunteers who take beautiful & life saving pictures. They make all the difference between life or death. I’m so grateful that Piper is a part of our family, and that would never have happened without Urgent. It was urgent that alerted me to the plight of the cities homeless animals. It was Urgent (through their instruction pages) that told me exactly how to save Piper. They gave me clear instructions on what to do, what to expect and what was required. They work tirelessly to advocate for the #NYCACC animals, and without Urgent Pets on Death Row they would have no chance at all, no one to speak for them. So thank you to everyone who had a hand in giving me the greatest gift, my beloved & precious best friend, Piper. Happy Gotcha Day Piper, it’s your first Urgent Birthday, may you & all the dogs make it to many more. #PiperGotchaDay #GotLife #Urgent #DeathrowDogs
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