Unbeknownst to me, prior to the surgery they fed Tate, a big no-no, and never treated him for parasites, in spite of being in the shelter for more than 5 months. Tate died on the recovery table. He choked on the food he was not supposed to be given, and his immune system was so compromised for lack of treatment, he couldn't withstand the surgery. I was devastated....and angry. Shortly after, I fostered and subsequently adopted Artie, a mutt also on their kill list and listed as a dangerous animal. He's been with me for a year, and the only danger he represents is if you are allergic to his wet kisses. I have since taken in a foster, Lily, an abused pit bull, who was used for breeding and discarded. It moves me to my core to see the love this sweet girl gives me and to everyone she meets, in spite of all the abuse she has been through.
' Artie '
Many of you have read or are familiar with my story. For those of you who are not, here's a bit of insight as to where this all began:
I've always liked animals, and as soon as I moved to a house, I immediately adopted two rescue cats. Last November, a friend of mine posted a moving, short video of Tate, a sweet stray dog that was on the kill list at Broward Animal Services in Florida. I spoke with her, rushed down to meet him and adopted him on the spot. He could not be released to me without being neutered, so I left him there, thinking I would pick him up in a day or two after the operation.
' Tate: You were loved '
I knew I had to do more, but I couldn't keep taking in fosters. As Bob (my husband) likes to joke, "My wife wanted a cat and I didn't, so we compromised and now have two cats and two dogs!" I started a petition to Make Florida a No Kill State, and I wanted to find a way to help all the small, understaffed and underfunded rescues in the area that are doing their best to save these poor cats and dogs on a shoestring budget. That's when I came up with the idea of a Yoga for Rescues program; yoga classes held for the benefit of animals in need.
Yoga can benefit just about everyone in both mind and body. Top corporations, gyms, shared work spaces, parks, cruises, hotels, apartment complexes... you name it...all have the ability to offer this wellness activity to their employees, residents, guests and members. Imagine if you could save innocent animal lives by doing yoga to improve your own health. Would you?