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Until there are none, save one

Why do we do what we do?

(Because all the dogs in our rescue would have been euthanized without us)


Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was struck by the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the person he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It sure made a difference to that one!"


Until there are none, save one



 Read about The First Starfish


Sometimes, in rescue, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed with the number of starfish that we cannot save. If we focus on the beach ahead of us, and see the miles and miles that lay before us of the desperate starfish, we become tired and wonder if we really can make a difference. We must constantly remind ourselves, on a daily basis, to spend a little time with each and every starfish that grace our hands before gently tossing them into the cool sea. For each starfish that we touch, each and every dog that licks our face, would have died an untimely, horrible, lonely death, whether be dried up by the sun, or gassed in a kill box, it's the focus on the one's we save, rather than the one's we do not, that should keep us going another day.

Thank you for adopting a rescue dog from our organization. You give us the strength to go another mile on that beach.

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