Help Us Make a Difference!
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my page and taking a moment from your day to learn about why I support the Kentucky Humane Society. As many of you know already, the Kentucky Humane Society is a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals. Every donation that comes to KHS gives a second chance to an animal who may have not been so lucky otherwise. One of those lucky animals was my best friend and soulmate, Opie.
Exactly two weeks after my kitty Cheese passed on, I was walking down the kennels at the Kentucky Humane Society and something caught my attention. From the corner of my eye, I saw a strange dog looking at me. That strange dog’s name was Opie. He was small, skinny, looked to be older in age and was frantically dancing around his kennel on his back two legs. While the dance made me stop to look at him, it wasn’t his moves that stole my attention. It was something in this lanky dog’s eyes that caught me off guard. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was for a moment but then it hit me like a freight train, Opie’s eyes looked just as sad as mine.
As it turned out, Opie was brought to the Kentucky Humane Society through the Safe Haven program, a partnership between KHS and The Center for Women and Families that helps victims of domestic violence. Through Safe Haven, KHS takes the pets owned by women and men seeking help from The Center and places the animals in secure, anonymous foster homes. The dogs or cats can spend up to 90 days in their foster homes, allowing their original families time to get back on their feet and to secure safe housing. Opie was in need of somewhere safe to stay and I was in need of a distraction. We were perfect for one another.
I brought Opie home the very next day and learned that he was 13 years old- the exact same age Cheese was the day he passed away. Opie might’ve been older but he was one of the smartest dogs I had ever had the privilege to meet. He knew sit, down, stay, wait, dance, was completely house-trained and would even bring me my shoes when I asked him to. Even more impressive, Opie was extremely tuned in to my emotions. I have suffered from chronic depression and panic attacks my entire life and as it turned out, Opie could sense when they were coming on.
After 3 months with me, Opie's original owner decided she could not come back for him. While I was devastated for her, I was thrilled for my family. We would get to keep the dog who gave me hope after losing my Cheese. Opie is now 15 and while not in the best of health, he is spoiled rotten and has never wanted for anything. I have my very best friend because of the wonderful work and partnerships the Kentucky Humane Society have and because of this, I would do anything in my power to support their lifesaving mission that brought me and my bestie together. This year, please give to help the Kentucky Humane Society continue to care for animals, like Opie, in our community and afar.
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