I’ve never met Ashely Owen Hill in person, but we know each other through the wild world that is face book.
Specifically the wild world of rescue groups and fellow animal lovers on fb. She works tirelessly to save animals in her neck of the woods (and a lot of other peoples necks too!) and she does important work that needs doing and is difficult. She works for those without voices. She seems to me (through the virtual veil that separates us) to be both one of the toughest and kindest people I’ve ever encountered. You have to be tough as nails to do rescue work or the emotional toll will down you. You also have to have an enormous amount of love in your body or you will pass over animals that are passed over every day.
There are three important things that I want you to know about Ashley.
1. She has a fabulous blog that is truly written from the heart, exemplifying both good writing and her kindness for animals. Her blog is located at: http://luckydogrescueblog.blogspot.com/ 2. She is the Dogs Deserve Better representative in Mississippi. If you aren’t familiar with Dogs Deserve Better then I hope you will visit their site and friend them and your local representative on fb. They work to get all dogs off of chains and into homes that will provide for them and love them fully. Not just tie them up and forget about them in the back yard, or use them as a full proof alarm system (I mean, if you were tied up way away from humanity, kindness, and often food and shelter then wouldn’t you bark like crazy every time a potential kind person came near that might pay attention to you? Works every time…)
You can click the image above for their sight or click here to follow them on Face Book.
3. As their Director of Communications, I think she would want you to know about Pet Pardons. Here’s the lowdown.
“Pet Pardons is a facebook application that allows users to get involved in trying to save dogs & cats on death row in shelters, in addition to promoting pets in no-kill shelters. The goal of Pet Pardons is to find homes for shelter pets who are scheduled for euthanasia, by getting their faces & stories out to the public. The hope is that someone will be able to help each pet by fostering, transporting, donating, and/or adopting.
In order to help a Pet Pardons dog or cat, the user can click the “Advocate” button on each pet’s profile. The “Advocate” button will instantly share the pet on the user’s facebook wall, allowing the user’s friends to see & share the pet as well. The more users who advocate for each dog & cat, the better the chances of the pet being seen by someone who can rescue or adopt—thus granting the pet a “pardon!”
I hope you’ll go to their page and scroll around. Or better yet, install the app, but whatever you do like their page so that they’ll continue to get coverage and grow. It’s amazing what the FB community can do to help animal when it comes together to help.
Now, as a bonus, I’ll throw in that Ashley also runs a kennel called Lucky Dog Retreat in Mississippi. Visit her page for the Retreat to learn more! http://www.luckydogretreatmeridian.com/ It sounds like just the place that Whiskey would love to visit (if we lived closer that is!).