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All that I do, I do in memory of my beloved pets, including Brandy... our roo roo girl who I truly believe was sent from up above to help me recover from my car accident. She was rescued at age 10, lost six months later from previous brain injury and neglect. I could not save Brandy... so I save others. Brandy was greeted in heaven by my beloved Doberman Pinscher, Malo, who was my best friend for 10 years and was faithful to the last beat of his heart. Apache, whose uniqueness and 11 years of devotion will never be forgotten. And Puss, my cat who loved popcorn, and who lived 17 years by my side.
Together they protect those in heaven that we cannot save. Together they give me strength to do what I do for the animals.
While I was growing up, and still today, my parents always make sure animals basic needs are being met, whether it be our own canine or feline family members, strays, or others who are less fortunate. Their kindness and compassion towards animals reflects the person I am today. I know first-hand the healing power of animals and the value of the human-animal bond. My husband and I now rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home companion animals. While we are saving the life of one, hundreds more are reproducing, right here in our rural community. Wayne County is full of surplus dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are left homeless. The suffering and waste of life is of great concern to us. We believe the only solution is teaching responsible pet ownership.
On September 28, 2000 Teresa Bullard along with Tonya Link held the first organizational meeting for ARF. A large number of caring people were on hand to learn more about how they could help make ARF a reality. Plans were made to elect a Board of Directors, Officers and organize a volunteer program. Amber Roser from Carmi's Pets at Risk group was guest speaker. And the rest is history!
PREVENTION IS KINDER THAN DESTRUCTION
The displaced and disposed of pets in our community should be a concern of every citizen not just animal lovers. It costs taxpayers as much as $100 per animal to pick up, house, and eventually destroy unwanted animals. Remembering this quote by Mead, I decided to get the community involved.
- Teresa Bullard, President and Founder