A couple of years ago, after personal losses left a void, I knew it was time to begin distracting myself with positive activities that would make a difference in the world…or at least make a difference to someone. Forever an animal lover, I feel incredibly blessed to have become immersed in the world of animal rescue.
I am also incredibly lucky to volunteer for a remarkable rescue organization in Denver called PawsCo—a 100% volunteer-run organization that takes a comprehensive approach to reducing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter, pet food drives, and—the part of the organization, near and dear to my heart—adoption through fostering homeless animals.
Personally, I have been fostering animals for a few years and, together with my team of two- and four-legged kids, we have re-homed more than 80 wonderful, cute, crazy, smart (and sometimes not so smart ;), adorable and sweet dogs, and nearly a dozen kitties.
The people I volunteer with are committed, compassionate, smart, and fun professionals. Without exception, I am consistently inspired and motivated by this amazing group of animal lovers. PawsCo is run like a business—efficient, organized, process-oriented, resourceful, and fun! We stick to our mission and are privileged to say that in 2014 alone we rescued 414 animals, and found homes for all—including those who were sick, old, or had behavioral issues that needed attention.
Many of the animals we pull from shelters are considered “unadoptable” and scheduled for euthanasia. Two dogs I pulled recently—Toby (pictured first), a black lab/boxer mix, and Chaco (pictured below), a big ol’ chocolate lab/grizzly bear/teddy bear mix—were literally about to be euthanized. Today, I am thrilled to tell you they are well-loved members of wonderful forever families!
While 80 lives saved is a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of sweet souls who are extinguished every year, I am often reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.” Amen to that.
Dominique Leupi is a Strategic Account Manager for Good Done Great based in Denver, CO.
Not only does Dominique support animals’ rights but so do Good Done Great’s clients. Good Done Great partners with PetSmart and PetSmart Gives Back which has contributed over $2 million dollars to the local community and partners with over 200 non-profits throughout the United States and Canada.