Last weekend I watched an incredible group of people, with hearts the size of the world’s largest twine ball in Darwin, MN , come together twice in one day. These are the people who make up Safe Hands Rescue. These are the people who give freely of their time and talents to help the helpless, the formerly hopeless, those with no voice. This year alone, this group has helped over 400 dogs who previously had no hope of a future find one. It struck me how dedicated this family is. How this is truly not just volunteering for “a group”, this is people coming together to make our group, to be our family, this isn’t just “a group”, this is ours. And honestly, it moved me to tears.
I watched as dogs were wrangled, photos were taken, prospective families greeted, assisted and interviewed. I watched our medical team providing the care our kids need to be healthy and strong. I saw people come early and stay late for the somewhat thankless job of setting up and tearing down because that job is just as important as any other. I saw the smiles on everyone’s faces and the kindness in their hands and hearts, with our kids, with each other and with people they’d never met.
I watched as new kids arrived, were carefully unloaded and welcomed into safe and loving hands. Most of them were so timid this time and our folks were careful, sweet and soft. I watched as these kids were bathed, held, loved, comforted, provided medical care and received a collar with a tag that says they are our kids now. I watched as one by one they finally let their guard down. I watched the new kids settle in and settle down and fall asleep, likely for the first time knowing they were safe. Go ahead sweet babies, sleep, we got this now.
Today I am thankful for the remarkable group of people who are Safe Hands Rescue. I am thankful to be a part of it. I am thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many dogs and people. I am thankful for the people on the ground at ground zero, the shelters we work with. I am thankful for the efforts they put in to save these kids and get them started on their journey to us. I am thankful for our partners in Starfish Animal Rescue who drive the “freedom train” and care for our new kids along the way. None of what we do would be possible if it weren’t for all of these folks. Together, we form a bridge, a lifeline, a safety net. Together we save lives and make miracles happen.
I am thankful for the love and support this rescue family has shown to me. I am thankful for the friendships made, the expertise shared, and the chance to learn and grow that working with so many different people presents. I am a better person for knowing all of you.
Finally I am thankful for my own “kids”, each one of them a miracle too. They are my heart and soul, my comfort and joy. They are my comedic relief. They are my safe place, my solace, my inspiration. They are the song in my heart and the beauty in my days. They are the mightiest treasure and I am a lucky woman for having the honor of sharing their lives and providing them a place called home.
Wishing you and yours a peaceful and thankful holiday today.