Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blog the Change and WOOF

Today I'm taking part in BtC4animals Blog the Change.

I'd like to introduce you to my friend and associate Sharon.
Sharon, a NYC resident, is dedicated to animal rescue, and founder of WOOF: Wagging On and On Forever! The picture at left is Sharon, right after 911, with some of her rescue friends.

Sharon tells me about her first rescue:

"One day I was walking home from being interviewed for adopting a dog--Hero had been shot while protecting his human companion. I took a detour through Washington Square Park. All I could think of was adopting this beautiful, sweet, heroic dog who had risked his life defending the man he lo
ved.

Then I saw a
big, black, furry dog tied with a thin rope to a big tree in a quiet part of the park. He looked so forlorn. A torn cardboard sign hung around his neck: "Owner died; please take dog." I never got to adopt Hero, there were many suitors for him. But I did take Baby Bear home that day, and he was my first rescued dog." (Here's Bear, left.)

Sharon rescues and finds homes for dogs, cats, birds and the occasional snake. Please check out her Petfinder listing for available pets up for adoption (scroll down to WOOF).

Check out Sharon's blog, WOOF!



23 comments:

Kenzo said...

Glad find out of Sharon and WOOF. Typical that the dogs that feature in a news story are so wanted. Happy so took Baby Bear with her home!

Priscilla said...

Hope there are more Sharons in the world and hope there are less strays and abandoned dogs in the world too.

Snoop und Emily said...

what a wonderful and heartwarming story. hope she'll always have success with her exemplary work!

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Edie said...

It takes a special person to take on a beautiful but BIG dog like Bear. Sharon gets double kudos for establishing WOOF and taking him in.

FiveSibesMom said...

What a wonderful person doing such caring work! Thank you for sharing her story, Peggy. We will go check out her blog right now!

Banjo and Millie said...

What a wonderful story! We have such respect and admiration for Sharon!.Thanks for sharing!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a wonderful story! We wish all pets could find their furever homes. Lots of love, Holly and mom

Kyla Duffy said...

Way to go, WOOF! I hope there are more Sharons in the world, too. Ironically, I work with a lot of rescues, and I can think of two off the top of my head that are run by Sharons (DARE Dachshund Rescue and Legacy Boxer Rescue). Does anyone know other Sharon rescuers? :)

Benny and Lily said...

Hi Ms. Sharon thank you for helping us kids
Happy Day
Benny & Lily

Marianne said...

That's a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

Pup Fan said...

Great post, Peggy. Thank goodness for people like Sharon. The story of how she adopted Bear definitely brought tears to my eyes.

Maggie said...

Wow. What a story. Thank goodness for people like Sharon! And thank you for calling attention to her work!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

People like Sharon are real angels here on earth...thank you for featuring her!

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Now, who would tie a dog to a tree with a sign? What kind of way is that to find a dog a home? We are glad it worked anyway because Sharon found him! We will visit her blog too.

Chandra said...

Great post! Thanks for introducing me to Sharon's efforts! A while back I wrote a post on Rufus, who's a retired champion show dog and now a therapy dog. I linked to video of a Guideposts reporter doing a feature on Rufus and it was a hilarious bit - Rufus was totally making out with her while she was trying to report! Now I realize that reporter was Sharon! I'll definitely be following her blog from now on!

-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

Karen Friesecke said...

Hero had his own purpose for Sharon that day. It got her thinking about adopting an animal and then suddenly, the right one appeared. What a sweet story :)

CindyLu's Muse said...

There is nothing like hearing about ONE person who makes life better for so many animals! Love this story - what a GREAT friend to have!!

Peggy Frezon said...

@Chandra so cool that you were interviewed by Sharon! I write for Guideposts too and we love to share stories about dogs.

georgia little pea said...

i can't imagine why someone would tie a [very large] dog to a tree and hope he finds a home that way. but luckily, there WAS a happy ending :) thank goodness sharon wandered by.

AVTMRI said...

thanks for letting us know about woof1

Kim Clune said...

If I ever ran into a dog with a sign around his neck like that, we'd be in big trouble. I'd have to bring him home too. Good for Sharon. This story was so short, sweet and moving. And Woof sounds wonderful!

Thanks for Blogging the Change, Peggy!

Kolchak Puggle said...

Bear would have broken my heart in the park like that! Kudos to Sharon for taking him home - and for all her work since. WOOF!

Pet Lover said...

May the world see more and more people like Sharon, and help her in the cause which she is fighting for.

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