River Oaks Preserve Clean Up

A SUCCESS STORY
FROM OUR FOUNDER

Meet Tina "T" Clark and the story of how Ms. Bailey come into her life and changed her forever.

After retiring from the Air Force I took a hiatus from life and tried to figure out how I could squash some of my demons I had obtained during my time in service. I wanted to be my best for myself and society.

I had recently lost one of my most beloved dogs and was truly feeling at an all time low. I knew this had to be a turning point. The VA, of course kept pushing pills and therapy but I decided the cure for me was to find another furry family member and quick. I only found myself feeling better when I was around animals. Most of the service folks I know, as well as myself are taught to “suck it up buttercup” meaning no complaints, whining or accolades.

A friend of mine Officer Dawn Higgins was the reason I came out of that very dark place. One day after my last rescue dog had passed she said "I'm coming to get you to go for a ride with me to a lady's house." She didn't give me a lot of information.

Ms bailey the rescue Beagle

As we pulled up I decided I didn't want to go inside. I sat on a chair on the porch to wait while Dawn went in. Soon the door flew opened and a beagle jumped in my lap. The rest was history! Ms. Bailey has been my inspiration!

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GALLERY

MY NAME IS DUALLY

Dually - He is the Germain Shepard and owned by a friend of mine who works with The  Humane Society of the United States.

Jeff rescued Dually at six weeks old and he has been by his side working every rescue mission they encounter. They have taught classes all over the country and been partners through several disaster responses. Dually is now 6yrs old and presently works at Huber right by Jeff's side and they constant make  differences in everyones lives they meet

MY NAME IS MACY

Macy - Owner Officer Dawn Higgins "My sweet girl, Macy, was found as a puppy abandoned near a gas station by my brother between the two of us, (It sometimes takes a village to raise a dog, too!), she was so loved.  She was truly one of the sweetest dogs I ever had, and incredibly smart.  She would certainly have been a good herder if she had been a working dog!"

MY NAME IS MS BAILEY

Ms Bailey Beagle (my rescue) Tina had just lost her Bassett Hound and was completely distraught. Her friend, Officer  Dawn Higgins, tricked her into riding to a lady's home who fosters. She said she would wait outside. The door opened and Ms Bailey ran straight to her and jumped on her lap and BAM.....Ms. Bailey rescued T

MY NAME IS KC

KC - I was rescued by Jeff and Mary.

MY NAME IS BOO

Boo - I was an Immokalee, Florida stray. Now in a forever home.

MY NAME IS ARCADIA - RESCUE FROM IRMA

Arcadia - I was a rescue after hurricane Irma in September 2017. I am now in a forever home.

MY NAME IS BROWNIE

Brownie was rescued from fighting ring.

RESCUED FROM IRMA

This puppy was rescued off of Facebook. A woman  in Ft Myers who was not licensed has been selling and over breeding for quite awhile  Henry now has a forever home.

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EMMA JEAN

Emma Jean "3 legged wonder" - was rsecued from a local "no kill" shelter.  I dropped a friend off to run in and get something at a local pet store.  After she went inside she immediately came back out and told me to bring my then toddler daughter in to see some puppies they had there from the shelter.  While I was looking at the puppies, my friend and daughter had picked up another dog, Emma, and were looking at her.  She was not a puppy, but rather a young dog.  I had no intention of getting another dog.  But, I looked at Emma and saw she was missing a leg.  I thought, "only an ass wouldn't adopt a three-legged dog".  So, Emma joined the family that day.  She never missed a beat, regardless of her missing leg, and was my companion. She would sit with me and watch TV.  She was fiercely protective of my daughter, and had plenty of sass. - Officer Dawn Higgins