It's that time of year again! We are hosting our annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser again this year. Each year proud ADPR supporters bring their four-legged friends to get their photo taken with the one and only Santa Paws in Alaska! Not only do guests leave happy with an adorable keepsake, but they also leave with warm hearts knowing they are helping the homeless dogs and puppies of Alaska! A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the injured, abused and abandoned dogs and puppies that we one our foster care homes.
We are excited to have Santa at our facility in Palmer on December 8th from 12:00-4:00 p.m at our Open House. Guests will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa and tour our new facility, meet some of our volunteers and foster dogs and enjoy some refreshments! It's going to be so much fun!
If you are unable to join us during our Open House, don't worry as Santa will be visiting the following locations as well:
Dec. 1st - Petco on Dimond and Old Seward from 11-5 p.m.
Dec. 9th - Paw Prince from 2-6 p.m
Dec.15th Petco on Dimond and Old Seward from 11-5 p.m.
We'll have both adoption clinics running this weekend. Please note that shortened hours will be observed for the Anchorage clinic and the location for the Valley has changed.
Please note: This week, both adoption clinics will be closing early. Both clinics will be open until 2pm.
For those of us who are animal lovers and animal rescuers, we often get asked why we spend so much time helping these animals. Tonight's story is one of many reasons. This is the Happiest of Happy Tails! So sit back, grab your Kleenex as we tell you the story of Maggie (aka, Kimba):
It was near the end of September when Maggie and Ty were visiting family and friends in Big Lake. One night while friends were watching Maggie, she slipped her collar and got loose. When her dad returned and found out, he was devastated. They have been searching for her ever since. He had to return to work in Anchor Point and had to have family continue the search without him. He has been lost without her. He had her since she was 4 weeks old.
In the meantime, ADPR went to do our weekly evaluations at Houston and MSB shelters at the beginning of October. At the Houston shelter, Julia evaluated a beautiful American Bull Dog/Husky who the shelter had started calling Kimba. The shelter workers loved her and said she was a wonderful dog and anyone would be lucky to have her. We knew the shelter was no place for this wonderful dog. We tried getting a foster for her for nearly a month. Seems like we ran into a glitch at every turn. We finally decided to pull her so she wasn't at risk of euthanasia. Rachel made the arrangements and Debbie was able to keep her at The Ruff House until we found a permanent Foster for her. Amanda was soon free and offered to foster her. Jessi Beverlin made a special trip to the valley to bring her back into Anchorage last Friday. As it turned out, we cancelled clinic in Anchorage last week. It's a good thing we did because of what happened next!
On Monday, October 12th (Veteran's Day) we got a call from Tyrone Hanna. Turns out that Maggie and Kimba are one in the same! After verifying that she was the same dog, Ty and his girlfriend dropped everything and made the 5 hour drive from Anchor Point to Anchorage to be reunited with their baby! Once their eyes met, there was no denying that this was Ty's baby girl he'd had since she was a pup! She knew her dad the second she saw her person! The unconditional love and bond between man and dog was never stronger than it was when these two were reunited! In Ty's words "this made his Christmas, his Easter...his year!" Everyone was crying tears of joy as Maggie rolled on her back and received belly rubs from those she loved most and she equally returned the love with wet kisses and happy tail wags!
For those that may not be able to have a dog permanently but would like to help us foster, this is one of the many reasons to do so. Not only was Maggie reunited with her owner, but the foster homes and volunteers involved also received the blessing of having such a wonderful dog in their lives even if for a brief period of time!