It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you!
Congratulations to Halie Weber, Misfit Animal Rescue: www.misfitanimalrescue.com
Here’s what Ruzena has to say about this fearless organization:
“Halie Weber is a 17 year old who founded Misfit Animal Rescue after realizing the plight of death-row animals in her local area. She and her mother went to adopt a new herding dog and were going to leave until they found out that the one they didn’t pick would be euthanized. Her county doesn’t have a low-cost spay/neuter program so many animals are put to sleep in the shelters every day because of overcrowding, sickness, and mismanagement of funds.
Halie saw this was a problem and she became an activist for animals — speaking to local legislators and committees and even ending up on the news as well as the front of the newspaper twice in the last few months. At first she asked her mom, “Why doesn’t someone do something about this?” and then she realized “I AM someone.” In the last 4 months, they’ve rehomed over 80 last-chance dogs and an unknown number of cats.
She and her parents and sister have been such an amazing inspiration for many of us. I adopted my dog from the kill shelter through them last month and ever since, I’ve become actively involved with trying to help them out. It would make me so happy to see some money go to them — especially now that they’ve just taken in some heartworm positive animals as well as a pregnant momma dog who is ready to give birth at any time. They’ll be having some major expenses soon.
Their hearts are so big and they’ve dedicated so much of their love and time to these animals. Not only has that changed their lives and the animals lives, but it’s changed mine. They’re a great example of a family who makes giving back absolutely contagious.”
A little more info:
“Our mission is to reduce euthanasia and take on animals that no one else has adopted and are therefore going to be euthanized. We are also dedicated to educating the public and our local government agencies about the importance of having affordable spay and neuter programs in our community.
The “misfit” dogs we save are generally larger dogs that are not adopted from county shelters as often as smaller dogs. We take them to our ranch and treat them as a member of our family while they wait for their forever home. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat please see our ADOPTION page.”