In 2019, the Greg Fund rescued many animals in partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Animal Place, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, and White Coat Waste Project among others. Today, I want to share with you just three of the most heartwarming stories from this year.
Elizabeth/Colley: In early March, I spent two days volunteering with PETA’s Community Animal Project, helping attend to chained and penned dogs in some of North Carolina’s poorest communities. At one stop, we found five dogs including Elizabeth (photo at left) tethered ten feet apart along the side of a house. When our team leader went to the door and began talking with the human owners, she learned that two of the dogs had recently been left there by family who moved away — and the owners were happy to release those dogs to PETA! So while the owners signed required paperwork, the rest of us moved the dogs into empty crates in our van.
After proceeding with more stops for doggie body condition checks, food and doghouse straw delivery, water pail refills, and waste cleanup, we returned to PETA’s Norfolk headquarters after dark. I helped get Elizabeth and her friend Bethany settled in to PETA’s shelter for the night (center photo) in preparation for transfer to the Norfolk SPCA Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic where they were put up for adoption.
Elizabeth and Bethany were both friendly and healthy, and successfully found permanent homes within a month. Elizabeth, now renamed Colley, enjoys nothing better than snuggling on the couch with her human “parents” (photo at right).
Remi, a Holstein who was born blind, was adopted by Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in February at three months of age, coming from a dairy in Pennsylvania whose farmers wanted her to have a good home. I met her for the first time in March as part of my weekly volunteer duties (photo). Remi has now integrated well with the rest of Poplar Spring’s rescued cow herd, and is able to follow them around the pasture even though she can’t see.
Badger is a 19-year-old horse who PETA’s Community Animal Project rescued in early October from a North Carolina neglect situation. The Greg Fund sponsored his foster care and rehabilitation — starting with long overdue teeth floating. I had the privilege of meeting Badger in mid-November, after he had gained almost 200 pounds and received a clean bill of health from the vet. The following week, he moved to a caring new permanent home nearby.