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Monday, July 14, 2014

tranquility du jour #318: running a dog rescue

Welcome to the 318th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Jennifer Hessley on Running a Dog Rescue. You'll learn what it takes to run a rescue, ways to get involved, and how you can make a difference.

Featured Guest: Jennifer Hessley. In 2007, Jennifer adopted her very first dog, Abby, a 9 year old puppy mill survivor, who came with a tattoo’d number in her ear (a calling card of a breeder dog), the inability to walk on tile, and not knowing how to play with toys.  Jennifer thought she was rescuing Abby, but in reality, Abby was rescuing Jennifer.  Through her quiet, gentle, ladylike spirit, Abby  guided Jennifer to her calling in life, to speak for those who have no voice of their own, and to tell the story of rescue and the power and magic that can come from people working together to make a change for shelter animals.

In 2009 Jennifer was one of a small team of dedicated people who founded Dachshund Rescue South Florida and grew the plight of one breed of dog in three county shelters in one state in the US, to a global community of people that empower DRSF to rescue every dachshund that comes through the door of the three shelters they work with - 200+ dachshunds per year, many severely injured and sick, heal them in body and soul, and place them in loving families where they will never have to worry about anything ever again.

Along the way, each member of the DRSF team brings their skillset to the table, with Jennifer drawing on her business, finance, and networking background to hold down the financial side of raising money for and paying vet bills for 60+ dogs in foster care at any time, along with being one of a small group of the DRSF social media team who research and share resources to empower their 90,000 Facebook fans to be better pet parents, encourage friends and family to “adopt not shop”, and tell the day to day story of the DRSF dogs from their shelter photo, freedom ride, healing journey through any treatment, and finally to their forever home, with a Happy Tales Photo.  Jennifer tries with everything she has to let people know that no matter where they are, there are things they can do to make the world better for shelter animals and that if anyone doubts that there is good in the world, they need look no further than dog rescue….

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