Tuesday, April 24, 2012

V is for VICKTORY

     At first glance, the title of this post looks misspelled. But to animal rescue groups and particularly to the staff and volunteers at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, the word 'Vicktory' holds special meaning.
     Five years ago, 22 dogs were rescued from a dog-fighting ring at Bad Newz Kennels, owned by then-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (who thankfully served prison time). Traumatized physically and/or emotionally, the dogs were taken to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to heal and begin their new lives. Some of the dogs will stay at Best Friends forever, in the care of staff members who give them the love and attention they deserve. Others have been adopted after passing the sanctuary's Canine Good Citizenship class, and living with their potential adoptive families for a six-month trial period. You can see pictures and read their individual stories here.
Two Vicktory dogs 
     The latest Vicktory dog to be adopted was Georgia in February. Trainer John Garcia worked with Georgia to socialize her, bringing her to hotels, live appearances, even the Ellen DeGeneres Show! He blogged about working with Georgia and her adoption process here if you'd like to read it. Be prepared to get choked up; it's really an emotional story.
     The Vicktory Dogs are probably the most famous animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They came from a horrendous situation. Even though their plight was widely reported throughout the media, and they were thankfully rescued, there are many animals suffering who pass under the radar. If you'd like to help in some way, why not visit your local shelter.

5 comments:

  1. How can people treat animals so badly? It's beyond me. I'm glad these particular dogs have been given love and affection by dedicated people.

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  2. Since I live in Utah, I heard a lot about these dogs. Such a sad story. I'm glad that they've received care and I hope they can all be adopted.

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  3. What a great site you have, Dawn. You are multitasking, as most women do, by not only post for the letter "V", but bringing much needed awareness to the plight of traumatized animals... Good for you!!!
    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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  4. I never heard of this, but it's good. I do not understand how people can mistreat their pets.


    Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

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  5. Such good work. Thanks for sharing

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