WHY I STRUT...
Layla was the first dog I saw when I walked into the dimly lit, deteriorating animal shelter in Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 2014. She was one year old and had never been groomed or bathed. But, under all the matted fur and caked-on dirt, I saw the beautiful and sassy Queen Lay we all now know and love. So, I decided to take her home. I didn't own a dog bed or a leash or even have any food for her. I was simply determined to show this innocent little pup, who had been surrendered to the shelter twice in her short life, what it means to have a forever home.
Flash forward 2 years and I stepped into another animal shelter, this time in Dallas, Texas - and as a volunteer. The first dog I worked with came from a cruelty investigation seizure where he and his fur siblings had been hoarded and extremely undersocialized. Months passed, and I began to think that Bruno might not ever find his forever home. But, very slowly, staff and volunteers were able to build Bruno's confidence until the day he was able to walk out those front doors for good with a forever family of his own.
If it wasn't for organizations like SPCA of Texas, dogs like Layla and Bruno wouldn't stand a chance at knowing what it means to feel safe and loved. The work they do to rescue and rehabilitate these animals is truly immeasurable and allows these once homeless pets to become the Queens and Kings they were meant to be.
Please join me in my efforts to support SPCA of Texas by joining my team - Layla's Loyal Subjects - or making a donation in her name!
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