This week’s special feature from The Great Animal Rescue Chase honors an Idaho woman’s extraordinary devotion to shelter dogs. Jeramie is a one-woman adoption machine who enjoys an especially powerful bond with a dog named Holly who lives with an untamed heart and a tail that wags like the wind.
Holly was a feral bull terrier who had never had a home and was burned badly on her back from crawling under a steam pipe last Thanksgiving when the temperature fell to minus 15. She was taken to the Minidoka Shelter in Paul, Idaho.
I have been rescuing and finding homes for as many dogs as possible from this shelter, though it is almost 300 miles round trip for me each time I go. I have spayed/neutered, vaccinated, gotten hip surgery, bought as many cages and beds as dogs and given away and rescued 225 dogs to date since last June.
Her Eye Was Swollen and No One Wanted Her
Holly was a different story. She sat in an upper cage looking so quiet and soulful and would always put her paw up to hold my hand. I was hoping a pitbull rescue out of Boise would save her, but one day when I was there taking two litters of puppies home, I was told that because Holly’s eye was all swollen and no one wanted her, her time was up. I immediately took her and knew that she would be joining the other four dogs at my house that were not going to be very adoptable.
She has rewarded me with total enthusiasm and loyalty, plus chewed up my whole Jeep, including pulling and chewing up all the electrical in the back window. She eats books, chews on all my clothes, refuses to stop jumping on me…but she has gained weight and found safety. Not easy having two rescued female pit bulls since I am 62 years old and alone, but all five of my rescues are my life.
Holly’s New Brothers & Sisters
My beagle came all the way from Kentucky to finally find a furever home in Idaho. Brandy, my blue-eyed pit bull, is a refugee from Denver, Colorado. Bear was going to be shot in Shoshone, so this lab/chow has joined the mix. The fifth dog is from my own county’s no-kill shelter and is a lab/chesapeake who is now 12 years old and was only 9 months when I got him. I cook for my dogs, they sleep on my king bed and basically are with me 24/7. See more photos of Holly here.
Have You Saved an Animal?
Jeramie Dreyfuss is a participant in The Great Animal Rescue Chase, a worldwide rescue event with the goal of bringing together one million everyday animal lovers to unleash one of the largest rescue operations of all time. Every week, Care2.com features one participant from this event with an amazing story to tell. Please share your stories and photos on our website and in the comments below. You never know who you’ll inspire.
Laura Simpson is the Founder of The Great Animal Rescue Chase and the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity.
Photo credit: Jeramie Dreyfuss
By Jeramie Dreyfuss
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