his picture of Fletcher is one of my favorite.   We rescued Fletcher when he was 2 years old, and since then he has been rescuing us.   Fletcher came to us a beautiful face, a mix of lab and hound that made him look like a lab puppy, and sad eyes.  He had been hit by his first owner with a baseball bat and his hips were severely damaged.  After Palmetto Animal League took him in and medically treated his hips for 0 months including suspending his hip area for months, Fletcher was readied to be adopted.  He was in a pack of other rescues, and he was so quiet.  I just knew he was ours. They came to visit our house to make sure we were ready for the commitment and all family members were onboard.  My husband took him on a walk, and he said, “Yes, we need to give him a home, my father has passed away, and Fletcher has his sad eyes. “ 

Our house was filled with animals, rabbits, lizards, frogs, fish, and all of them were loved and cherished.  We had an inside zoo and Fletcher was our zookeeper.  He took his job very seriously and would do the tour of the animals making sure food, water and cleaning was going on with regularity.  The animals and Fletcher have brought us joy for years.  When we moved down to Florida, we had adopted out all the cage animals, ie the lizards, frog and turtles, but Fletcher of course was coming.  We got to Florida and I said, “Ok guys, we are living in a condo, we have to remember that we have no room for a zoo.”  Then one day we were walking Fletch, and he sniffed something small and brown.  I must admit I pulled him away thinking it was just another dog’s waste.  But then it moved.  It was a tiny kitten that had been hit by a car, and was still breathing. We called our vet but it was after closing time.  We kept the little kitten all night trying to feed it with a dropper and keep it alive.  She passed in the early morning.  We were so sad.  We took her to our vet to give her an appropriate burial.  I said how sad my children were.  The vet’s assistant said, “Well we have a batch of rescue kittens in the back.” My sons just ran to them.  That is when we found Priscilla, our silly girl.  She has become Fletcher’s best friend and keeps him company when we are away. Fletcher thinks he is silly’s mother and cares for her with bathing and structuring her naps.  Animals are a gift, if they are not the gift of life you need, then simply call a rescue league and make sure to keep them safe while you find them a good home.   The abuse of anything smaller than you, is incomprehensible.  Make a phone call.  Donate to ASPCA. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Based in New York City since its inception in 1866, the organization's mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."