Hi folks, Kevin here. If you’re reading this post and are a dog lover, I want you to check the chip in widget below and give whatever you can to help Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue raise the $2,500 they need to buy a used van to help with Puppy Transport to adoption events. As it is now, they rent vans every time they take dogs to these events, which is a cost that takes money away from the care they can give to the animals. NOTE: All dogs receive full vet care and have complete records on file of all care given.
No donation amount is too small, and you’re quite literally saving the lives of animals that others have either mistreated or just plain given up on.
About Heidi’s Legacy All Breed Dog Rescue
Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and placing unwanted companion animals with responsible owners who are committed to loving and caring for them.
Based in Florida, Heidi’s Legacy has helped thousands of companion animals find loving forever homes. These are wonderful loving animals that often only need love, compassion and training to make them incredibly awesome family members and best friends.
This is the text taken from the Heidi’s Legacy site. There is real evil in this world, and I thank God that there are souls among us, both animal and human, who help to balance it all out. The BBQ community which I have been fortunate enough to become a part of is just one of the forces of good that make this world we live in a better place to inhabit. I thank “Papa” Clark Whitcomb and his wife Bridgette (Team Unknown BBQ) for the work they do with as many as 15 dogs housed in their home at any one time. Read this story of how Heidi’s Legacy got started, and you’ll be able to see a little of the heart and soul of these kind and loving folks.
How it all began…
On a Thursday morning, March 2001, while driving into work on a desolate back road where dogs and cats are dumped, as are other animals, and there is no hope for their survival, I found three adult female German Shepherd Dogs that had been deserted there.
In reality, there is no hope for any animal dumped in this area; just a horrible death of starvation, being hit by a car, or having an alligator get it as it seeks water from the pits. It was evident that all three dogs had been used for “backyard” breeding and were no longer needed. This could have been because each one was heartworm positive – Heidi the least infected. All three were extremely thin, frightened, and unsocialized. I stopped that night with food for them and I went down in a ditch to feed them (some people told me I was crazy but I could feel there wasn’t any danger from them). I feed them twice daily through the following Monday morning.
That first night I sent out literally dozens of e-mails pleading for help to catch them because of the dangerous area they were in. The ONLY person that responded was Dennis McCullough from Hillsborough County Animal Services. He came out with others the following Monday and they were able to dart two of the girls, but missed one - which turned out to be Heidi.
That evening, I went by that area and I was able to get her into my car and home. From that evening forward her name was Heidi and she was our girl. She was sensitive, gentle, and seemed to know and understand whatever we wanted.
In July 2001 I underwent a second lung cancer surgery. Heidi was by my side 24-7 until my full recovery some five weeks later. She sensed what I needed and would get a member of the family to come to me if I needed something. It is hard to explain but it was like she could read my mind. The night of September 10, 2001, which was the evening before the horrible and ill-fated September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, Heidi died suddenly of an aneurysm.
I truly believe and I have always felt, as does my family, that Heidi was an Angel sent to me when I needed her the most and once her “job” was done with me, she was needed to help lost souls cross over that next morning. I was graced with having her in my life for five and a half months. What an impression she made on me and now so many others.
In her honor and memory, Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue was started to save other wonderful companions.
Your Donation May be Tax Deductible
Heidi’s Legacy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization staffed entirely by volunteers that LOVE and RESPECT animals. If a life can be saved, we will do what needs to be done. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible so they can enrich the lives of their new adoptive families as they do ours. Your donation to help Heidi’s legacy will be acknowledged via return email stating the amount you gave, and you may be able to deduct this amount from your taxes. Check to be sure with your account or tax professional.
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