1.12.2011

Welcome To My Rescue Blog!

My name is Ashley, and I'm an animal rescuer.
I was born an animal rescuer.
It's truly the reason I was put on this Earth.
As a little girl, I'd bring home every stray dog and cat in sight. Nurture them. Find them homes.
Back then... I remember how heartbroken I was... the first time I realized that not everyone was like me.
As I get older... I realize just how few people actually are like me.


It’s difficult to explain the way I feel... to someone who doesn’t share my passion. Most people will admit that it's painful for them to witness a case of animal cruelty. However... most people are able to see a dog in need, resolve to themselves that they cannot help the dog, and go about their lives as if they never saw the dog in the first place.


I am incapable of doing this.


The image of that dog will slowly eat away at my soul. I have nightmares about the dogs I cannot reach. I'm not the kind of person who can just look away. When others turn their heads, I look harder... and take action. I see the world for what it is, and I fight against it. I don’t live in my own bubble... where I think everything is okay. I know that things aren't okay... but I do everything in my power to change that.


I'm a voice for those who cannot speak... and I'm a voice to be reckoned with. The animals need me. In most cases, I'm their only hope.


As a rescuer, I get angry at the world every single day.
My heart hurts from the things I have witnessed.
I get overwhelmed.
I want to scream.
Sometimes, I just want to quit.
To completely give up.


But... when I think I can’t go on... when I think I just can’t do it any more, I look at the dogs. I look at these precious souls... living a life they never knew was possible. I look at their capacity for forgiveness--which far exceeds that of any human. My rescue dogs have experienced the worst the world has to offer. Most of them have been chained, beaten, and starved for much of their lives. Before me, they'd never encountered kindness on any level. But when I look at them today... I see no trace of anger.
There's no resentment.
No self-pity.
There is only the desire to be loved.
It's truly the most incredible thing I have ever witnessed.


The pain associated with animal rescue doesn’t even come close to the joy it's brought into my life. My heartbreak is healed daily by the love of those I've saved. They remind me that there's more to the world than my selfish needs. They make me smile, and laugh, and feel ever-so comforted by the unconditional love they give me.
They make me feel alive.
And with each that I save... my faith is strengthened.
My heart is made whole.
My soul is awakened.


Because... what most people don’t understand is this: 
I'm not rescuing them. They are rescuing me.

247 comments:

  1. I love what you do, what you stand for and the love you give all these animals!!

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  2. I love your heart and I wish there were a million trillion more people like you...

    Your blog is beautiful... God bless your endeavors to save more lives and to increase awareness of the dogs in need.

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  3. So happy to have found your blog. I so relate.

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  4. The last two lines are my favorite Ashley! I'm not able to foster dogs very often as I'm a Mom to two little ones, but I do everything else I possibly can to help and I am always in awe of people like you because people like you are my heroes! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you - donations, promotions, etc. I would also love to come take some photos for you one day and if you need any website help, my husband is a developer!

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  5. Joy, Amanda, Becky, & Allison, thank you so very much for your sweet words! I am beyond touched! It means so much to me that others can relate to my experience or even be inspired to get involved in whatever way they can. Thank you all for reading, sharing, & caring!!!
    Ashley Hill
    luckydogrescueblog.blogspot.com

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  6. Love it! So glad I could be a part of it! You're very inspiring and I admire you a lot. Keep it up, girl! I look forward to reading your blog posts and being "blog buddies".
    xo,cat

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  7. I understand that kind of passion about people who need to be rescued, but I don't get it when it comes to dogs. Spay and neuter ... I absolutely agree with you there. Mainly, so that focus can be put on souls. I'm not an animal hater, by the way.

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    1. why are you here?No one needs to hear you advice. i think we all know about spay and neuter!

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  8. Hi, Ashley
    Maybe you can help. I'm looking for a very small, calm (less energy the better), and low-maintenance dog for my grandmother. She is in her '90s and very lonely. (She lives in Jackson.) Let me know if any come along that fit this need.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer
    jenniferpwilliams@yahoo.com

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  9. You are an angel! Thank YOU!

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  10. Dear Anonymous,

    You should go back to your xbox and your oxy. The dogs are gonna be fine without your help, trust me. Have a good life.

    Chris Hoar
    Dog Lover, San Diego, CA

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  11. I'm so glad I came across you and this blog! I am sure to be a follower as I can relate to everything you said! I absolutely feel like I'm the only one, even among other dog rescuers sometimes...everyone is so busy and full for the "little" things I come across. Unfortunately, I'm not able to help as many as I feel the need to as I have 2 toddlers and a house full of dogs and cats, but I'm not going to give up! Thanks for your inspiration!
    Keri

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  12. Keri,
    Thank you so much! Definitely don't give up! They need you :)

    Chris- you are hilarious, as always.
    Love,
    Ash

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  13. Amen! Ah rescue. It breaks us and then it inspires us to keep going on and saving more.

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  14. Great blog. Great uploads on YouTube. That's how I found this blog. Your actions come from a deep and true heart. You rock. Thanks for being a warrior for the dogs.

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  15. Ned, thank you so much for visiting my blog! And also for watching my youtube videos! So glad so many people appreciate those :) I'll be adding more soon!
    Ashley

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  16. Ashley, I believe that the work you are doing it absolutely amazing. I am an animal lover myself and I truly wish I could save every stray that I come across. I look forward to following your blog and YouTube videos. Hopefully I will be able to make some donations to help support your cause.

    Sincerely,
    John Harrington
    Hattiesburg, MS

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  17. John, Thank you so much for reading & for caring about the animals. We need more people like you. If I can ever help you with anything, please don't hesitate to ask.
    Love,
    Ashley
    luckydogrescueblog@gmail.com

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  18. I foster occasionally for Northcentral Maltese Rescue. I am so happy to learn about you and commend the work that you are doing.

    Recently I adopted a Maltese, found in a shelter on the Mississippi Coast, to rescue him. I watched him on the web for several days, and no one adopted him which was surprising. I also visited him. Many had shown great interest in this very sweet dog. I was reluctant to adopt him if someone else would because I have four Maltese now.

    Finally, I gave up on anyone coming forward and adopted him myself. He had a severe respiratory infection and is still on antibiotics. He also has low thyroid and is on medication for this. I have released him to Northcentral Maltese Rescue and will remain his foster mom. They are paying his vet bills and after his recovery and dental, they will take applications, screen, find him a forever home. It is always hard to let one go to the permanent home, but rescuing these little ones, to give them love and new life, has been one of the most gratifying things I have ever done. They are always so grateful and so loving, giving back more to me than I give to them.

    I too put up a blog for our dogs and those we have rescued. Visit at http://poppypage.blogspot.com .

    Ouida

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  19. I put your photo and a link on my Maltese blog, Poppy's Page, featuring my dogs, rescues and other information. Spreading the good news about you.

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  20. Amen Ashley! Me and my mom agree with you whole heartedly! We are glad to know that there are people who feel the same way we do. For the people that do not understand that is their loss. You are going a great job if there is anyway we can help, you can reach me through facebook!

    -Bethany Linton

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  21. Thanks for all you do for these wonderful creatures, and for the way your express you mission in life. I admire you, and I strive to follow your example.

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  22. Ashley...you are not alone...

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  23. Ashley you are a SAINT and a true living ANGEL,if only more people were like you the world would be a better place your a true inspiration.I wish i had half the strength you have.

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  24. Kate from Cape TownMarch 9, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    You are a Special Angel Ashley - a term I would normally use for Animals who really show us what Goodness is - Thank you for showing us that human beings can also be angels on this earth. It is so lovely to hear someone express true soulful insight, compassion, empathy and Love... Well Done lovely lady - your stories touch my heart. Thank You for your Courage, Big Heart and Honesty x

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  25. I'm sitting here with tears running down my face. Ashley....I share my home with 6 special needs dogs.....they are the great loves of my life. And one very special girl made it all possible.....my beloved GSD Greta. she waits for me......I told her to.....and before she left this earth I asked to to care for those crossing over, keep them close until i joined them.....and knowing her, she is. I realized something when she left me.....and her story was hell on earth.....my heart breaks....it shatters....but in some ways it grows back and becomes just a little stronger. and everyone that comes and shares my life....a week, month or even a year.....the cycle continues......but my heart stays strong...it has to......to help heal the battered ones.
    god bless you.......Ann

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  26. I echo Sharon. Only a true angel could do this type of work. The animals love you Ash and so do I. Thank You!! I have 3 dogs and a wife with cancer but the main problem is a lack of cash. I could not afford to have an animal euthanized. I would love to help if I could only afford to.

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  27. You have a HEART OF GOLD and I so admire you for what you do.

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  28. Thank you so much, Ashley, for doing the work that you do for the animals. It is always wonderful to see someone following their true calling. I am so very touched by this. I too used to bring home every stray I found. Sadly, my mother always took them away.

    Now I have a wonderful dog of my own and I take care of dogs for a living. Although I don't like to think about it much, my 9 year old dog, Roxie, will not always be with me. I think seriously about adopting a series of elderly dogs to keep and love until their time comes. I wish there were a foundation or a source of money for people to draw from for vet bills for elderly adoptees. This would encourage more people to adopt these very sweet angels.

    Bless you in your work. You are gathering some very good Karma.

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  29. I am so glad I found your blogpot. I found it through: http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/amazing-story-of-animal-rescue.html
    I can't stop crying because I am so touched by your story. I am the same way. I finally can identify with someone. You describe what I think. Thank God for you. You inspire me.

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  30. I will continue to help the innocent and will not ever turn away. Everytime there is a disaster like the one in Japan, I get so sad and bothered because I imagine all the helpless animals and people. All I can do is pray and see what I must do next. I volunteer and rescue and find dogs and cats homes. Who knows what I will continue to do with rescuing on my own, but I will never stop to help. Never to do what every I possibly can.

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  31. I have seven dogs right now and foster cats. I am finding them homes and my mom and husband support me. My husband says I work to help the animals and it is an honor to save these animals that give so much love. Claudia Romero. Folsom,CA

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  32. NOW I know what the person who brought me a rescue dog meant when she said, "I had to practically rip her out of her foster mom's arms". How blessed my beautiful Lola was to have this wonderful lady take her home when she was on the "list" and then find a home for her.
    I sat right down and wrote a letter for Lola, telling her other "mom" about her trip to meet me and how we explored the yard together and took a nap together and how I learned, as the new "mom", that she loves ice cubes and belly rubs. I told her that Lola would never forget her kindnesses and I was told that the foster mom cried when she read the letter.
    Lola, like most rescued dogs, has a tragic story but shares herself so willingly and still trusts.
    I lost my husband and both our dogs within 9 months of each other. It was just too much loss and I couldn't even think about getting another dog. Almost three years later, Lola came into my life and rescued ME. She continues to rescue me every day.

    Thanks for what you do, Ashley. It takes a special person to give love so freely, knowing that soon you will be grieving.

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  33. I found this site through one of my FB friends that posted the link. You are awesome! You might very well be my new hero. Thanks!

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  34. To one rescuer from another.. you would not be blessed if you didnt have these feelings. To have an unconditional love that you cant brush off, or push to the curb.. to bring home, bath, feed, and just cuddle and say"its going to be okay" because im here and im going to love you.. and that is what makes us blessed.. God bless !!!

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  35. I have to say, that this is the most heartfelt blog that I have ever read. U can tell by ur words that u are ever so passionate about what u do & furthermore, believe in. I admire u, in many many ways...I feel like u have put into words, the feeling in ur very soul, and I so very much appreciate what u do & have let the world see in u. Thank u so much for sharing your heart...U are an amazing person, & if more of YOU existed, we could conquer the evilness that the animal cruel world, brings about..Thank u Ashley.

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  36. Thank you, all of you! Lara, your comment just touched me more than you could ever know. I do put my heart into my blog, and I'm so glad that came across to you. Thank you for your amazing words. You just made my day!

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  37. I think what you do for these animals is wonderful i read your story and i am so much like you. I love animals all animals with every ounce of my being so i know where your coming from i could never turn a blind eye and never would so thank you for doing the great work your doing your truly an angel.

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  38. Thank you for all you do. My heart goes out to you and all your beautiful and lucky dogs. Way to go Ashley.

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  39. Ashley,I would just like to thank you very very much from the bottom of my heart for givin these beautiful animals the love,care, and kindness they so much deserve.You give them hope a second chance at a beautiful life they so much need God blees you. I love what you do you make a very big difference in this world for the life of these animals,

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  40. You are Amazing!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    Andrea cohen

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  41. you are just an Amazing being! thank you for what you do!!!!

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  42. Frankie Taylor FisherMarch 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    ... you are an amazing young woman ... and an inspiration to many ...
    ... thank you for all the unselfish acts that you do everyday, for those without a voice ... your words are what has always been in my heart ... I save the ones I can ... and pray for the ones I can't ... love the saying 'if there are no dogs in Heaven ... I want to go where they went' ... you truly are an Angel ...

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  43. I just read your story about Annie and started sobbing uncontrollably. I, too rescue dogs but don't know if I could take in a terminally ill dog knowing our time together was limited. You, are truly an angel and an inspiration. Thank you for all you do. I haven't fostered in about a year but your story inspired me to seek out another foster.Thank You!

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  44. you are an angel :)

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  45. You are amazing!!!

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  46. Ashley,
    Every single time I read these stories, they make me cry! You are just a very, very special soul. Thank you so much for all you do for these dogs. Much love from an animal lover and her dog! :)

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  47. You inspire me!

    I know how you feel, about the realization that not everyone is the same. My grandmother always told me, "don't trust anyone who doesn't like animals- there's something wrong with them."
    I've always taken that into consideration when meeting people. I just can't understand how someone couldn't love a dog and everything they have to offer a person. A dog can truly be someone's best friend- they know unconditional love and compassion well beyond what a human is capable. Dogs have been known to risk their own life to not only save a human's, but to also save another dog's life. How many human's do you know who would do such an incredible thing?
    Most people aren't worthy of a dog's dovation to them.
    "Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Ghandi.
    I think you are doing a fine job of that.

    One of my favorite quotes: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" -Gandhi

    and a great new one I just discovered:

    "The question is not Can they reason? Nor Can they talk? But Can they Suffer" -Jeremy Bentham, Philosopher

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  48. I thought I would pass along this article I read recently.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/42283371

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  49. I would love to start my own animal rescue here in Miami, Fl. I also feel this is what I was put on earth to do. I too get angry at the world everyday & go through a lot of heartaches over the lack of humanity, kindness & compassion the human race has for our animal friends. I want to make a difference in every which way I can for them. Please help me help them. I need someone to guide me in the right direction. Can you please share with us your story on how you got started? I would appreciate any information that can get me on your path.
    I thank you for all you are doing- God bless you and our earth <3

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  50. Ashley,
    You are the greatest girl!!! I am so sorry about Rudy!!! I have read about you before, but I just now went onto your site when I seen that you rescued all those dogs from Mississippi. I really don't know what our world has come to with a lot of things, but to put bans on dogs, "What is wrong with these people?" It has never been the dogs fault. It is how the dog is treated, which is by the stupid people that probably made the laws. I am never stepping foot in that state. I found out from my daughter, that there are more states that have bans. We have to fight for the dogs rights!!! I am going to find out all the states that have the bans and there is going to be some serious action. I can understand why you get so mad. I have learned a lot myself just this weekend. We just rescued a Pitt Bull mix last year, and I wouldn't trade her for the world. Her name is Tempest. She has 2 nicknames from getting to know her personality. "Princess Pudding Cup" & "Snuggle Bugger" She loves to snuggle!!! Now, does that sound like a mean dog to anyone out there? I am so wanting an acreage some day, so I can help more myself. They need room to run and be free sometimes. Thank you so much Ashley for all you are doing until the rest of us can get there ourselves!!!!

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  51. Hi Ashley, I just wanted to let you know that I see what you see, & feel what you feel, I get so overwhelmed when I see all of the Cruelty, People & their greediness, Breeders, Dog Fighters, Puppy Mill Owners, Or just plain ignorant people who think is ok to beat up a dog, to feed them only once in a while, to have them secluded from anything or anyone, to mistreat them, to abandoned them, I get so Angry I just want to find these people & show them a lesson, I’ll like them to feel pain the same way they hurt poor defenseless animals, I get so angry at the world we live in, & then I see people like you, & I literally cry when I come across an amazing person like yourself! I feel like there’s still hope! There’s still people who cares, & works to make a difference, I truly thank you for giving people like me the happiness to know that not everyone is heartless, & to know that in between all of the darkness there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel .Thank you so much for being who your Are!

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  52. Thank you for what you do, I am a Pit Bull fan also. I have 2 rescued Pits, Ceasar & Dozer. Keep up the good work!

    Melinda

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  53. Your stories made me cry. I'm sorry about Rudy. I also learned about Pit Bulls from someone she said that people are given the wrong impression about them and that they very gently and only aggressive if they truly traumatized or in danger. I have seen many pitbulls adopted by my friends that I known and the information I heard and seen from others truly were right that many pitbulls are gental and kind. Sad thing is I have seen very awful photos where a few countries put a law out where pitbulls were dangerous and the certain ones they wanted to be put down. Its a tragic to see as me and so many others thought it was just a horrible sight to see a truck load of pitbulls that were put down and thrown on the truck as if they were trash. They aren't trash. I'm a huge animal lover and I am glad that many people out there are fighting for these defenseless animals. Keep fighting for them its worth it in the end.

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  54. I remember calling in sick because I was heart broken...just broken inside because a dog (at the time) that only had a number, but that I had named Sophie in my heart and mind, was put down at the pound because of some stupid tolerance test. She had given birth, was tired, scared, and she growled. I remember then, as I still do feel at times, angry at the world, questioning God, screaming at the images, at the lack of representation....and feeling alone. We aren't alone. There are many others that feel what you feel, BUT YOU HAVE CAPTURED IT. You, my friend in my head, are telling everyone what we feel. How we ache over dogs in pain, lying alone in sadness in cold kennels, confused and scared with every clank of the cage doors....YOU ARE POWERFUL! You are a bully for the bullies!!!! Nothing but love is sent from my keyboard to yours. I read your article on why you love Pit Bulls and I cried earlier, and shared with everyone. Now I'm crying again. Thank you kind, powerful, mighty soul. Thank you....Jo, Atlanta

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  55. you are amazing. thank goodness there are people like you.i am almost 53 when i was 19 i stood on a corner trying to get people to sign a petition to make dog fighting a class 6 felony. all day in the phx heat and i got 4 people to sign. but i got 4 people and i planted seeds. we just keep doing it and eventually things begin to slowly change.

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  56. Thank you for all you do for those babies :)

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  57. I get you 100% You are a trooper.I takes a super strong person to do what you do!To see the dogs like that just destroys a person.But you somehow overcome the pain and help them.Please dont ever quit.They need you so much.BLESS YOU! Allen

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  58. wonderful, so heartwarmed to see this. my "muttley" murray is my best friend i rescued him 11 years ago he is my best friend, and many of my friends consider him more than a dog, they call him their friend. he was abused, at the shelter they called him an 'owner seizure.' his previous owners had left him outsidewith no shelter in the bitterly cold montana winters with temps down at 40 degrees below zero and winds at 30+ mph. thankfully a neighbor noticed and made the call that saved his life. you are so wonderful for being there for these gentle and loving souls, thank you for being thier voice!!

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  59. my name is Erin. I am twenty years old and i live with my uncle, Lance. i am very interested in adopting Lucky.i actually cried myself to sleep last night after reading his story. the abuse people are capable of sickens me. i would like to ask you a few questions before filling out the adoption application. does he get along with other dogs? and how damaged is his leg? unfortunately, we live in new york but we are willing to arrange for his move up here. we have adopted two pit bulls from the local animal shelter and have given them a loving, happy home. One of them has special needs, he is blind. Lucky seems like he would make a great addition to our family. I would love for him to know the world is safe. Im sure your rescue has brought him hope and i would like to build on that. my email address is e.young63@yahoo.com. thank you.

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  60. i think you are truly amazing. i have a page on facebook, and i'm always trying to promote pet pardons. in fact i actually requested that everyone start going on it at least once when they were on facebook, and start advocating a dog. i also post the apps URL in comments for any dogs that other pages or people post asking if they've listed them there.
    you are one remarkable human being. i wish i was even half as awesome as you. thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do♥

    ♥be kind♥

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  61. HI ASHLEY-IM DAVID A SIOUX NATIVE AMERICAN IN MINNESOTA.I LOVE WHAT YOU DO.I WISH EVERYONE HAD A HEART LIKE YOURS FOR ANIMALS.WHEN I HEAR OR READ ABOUT HURT ANIMALS THAT PEOPLE HAVE HURT I WISH I COULD MEET THOSE PEOPLE.IF I HAD A BIG PLACE I WOULD HELP EVERY ANIMAL I COULD.AGAIN I LOVE WHAT YOU DO.MY HEART AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS...YOUR FRIOEND AND ADMIRER DAVID

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  62. You are one of God's gift to all animals who need help or rescuing. I have written to you before to give you kudos and let you know that you are an inspiration to all of us who do what you do but on a smaller scale. I tend to 78 cats in 7 feral cat colonies all over my community daily and cannot lay my head on my pillow without knowing that they are tended to every day. I utilize the TNR program with help from other caring ladies. I hope to meet you one day, Kim.

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  63. NICOLE NICHOLSONMay 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I HAVE JUST NOW BEEN ON YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE FIRST TIME. ON THE PHONE WITH MY SISTER WHO WAS SHARING IT WITH ME AT THE SAME TIME. NEEDLESS TO SAY BOTH OF US TEARED UP AND BOTH OF OUR VOICES STARTED TO CRACKLE. YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON, AND YOUR STORY IS SO AMAZING IT GAVE ME CHILLS, FOR MY SISTER AND I GO THRU THE SAME FEELINGS EVERYDAY ABOUT SAVING ONE, BUT LOSING THE OTHERS, THAT WE CANT SAVE THEM ALL, BUT EVERY ONE HELPS. FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN INTO SAVING MOSTLY CATS, AND SOME DOGS. ONCE I WAS CALLED THE KATWOMAN, BUT THAT NAME FITS MORE TO HER, FOR THOSE MANY NIGHTS SITTING OUT IN PARKING LOTS OF MALLS, FAST FOOD RESTURANTS, ETC, BEING, HOT, COLD, BUGS IN THE CAR, OUT OF THE CAR, WHISPERING, LAUGHING, FOR THE TIMES I TAKE THE FEEDING JOB WHEN SHE IS GONE, SOAKING WET FROM THE RAIN, CRAWLING UNDER BUSHES, NOT TO MENTION A CATAPILLAR RIDING TO WORK IN HER HAIR, I WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR A MINUTE FOR JUST SAVING THOSE THAT WE CAN. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS, AN ANGEL FROM GOD, THANKFUL TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF US OUT THERE, TO SHARE THOSE TEARS AT NIGHT ABOUT THE ONES THAT NEED US THAT CANNOT SPEAK.I ONCE ASKED MY MOM ON A DRIVE HOME FROM WORK, "MOM IS IT WRONG TO LOVE AN ANIMAL MORE THAN A HUMAN, OR LOVE ONE SO MUCH IT HURTS?" SHE SAID "NO"..

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  64. Ashley, I Love Lucky! I'm Trying to talk mom and Jerry to adopt him! He will be ours! i know he will because everyone loves him in our house!! dont doubt me!(:

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  65. Ashley, I Love Lucky so much! Everytime i sit down he will run to me and sit in my lap! Its obvious that he loves me too! I'm gonna adopt him! No doubts! The dogs love him, I love him, Mom loves him, Jerry loves him, and Andy loves him! we all do! Love you, Libby!

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  66. You truly inspire me Ashley, and reading your blog makes my drive to be a humane officer and get a shelter up and running much more stronger. Thank you so much.

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  67. Ashley, what you give brings tears to my eyes and smiles to my heart. The world is truly blessed by you being in it. If only there were more like you what a wonderful world it truly would be. God holds a special place in Heaven for people like you. May you always be blessed for your kindness and faithfulness to the cause.

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  68. oh my g-d, are you me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i use your words every day
    people say "wow, it is so great that you spend time rescuing animals'
    i answer- it is not a choice, this is me, i cannot ignore suffering. i lose patience with people 100 times a day. i hag up on people when they explain that they cant take the dog, cant afford the dog, dont like the hair etc, etc, etc
    i cant deal with people who allow their pets to breed, i had to stop buying organic products from a family whose dog had puppies. i just couldnt look at them. after day after day of seeing dogs with no where to go, deciding which we can help and which we cannot take, how do they have the nerve to let their dog have puppies, and then i start thinking of the generations to come because as we all know, it doesnt stop with this litter.... so although we will both go on suffering and experiencing great joy, it is comforting to know there is someone out there who unerstands
    eve
    jerusalem, SPCA

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  69. THANK YOU so so so so much, a million billion zillion times over!! You are doing what I dream of doing! You are who I dream of being! Thank you for who you are and what you do! Thank you so much, Ashley!

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  70. I love that u help the animals! I am the same way! I actually have 3 rescue kids at my house now. All 3 came from death row. I mean they were already on "the list" and I could not bear to leave them. One of these guys is looking for a family of his own now. He is the sweetest guy ever and so spoiled now. I would really love to find him a home soon so that we can take another one or 2 of "the list". The only problem is he is a pitt mix and people are scared of them. He Is so sweet he won't even snatch a hot dog from my hand while working with him. If u happen to know of a good family will u please pass the word along. he is housebroke utd on all shots including rabies as well as fixed already. loves my 11 and 17 yr old sons as well as my German shepherd and daschund. if u think u may can help or know someone who may want him please email me jimmy32514@yahoo.com thank u again for what u do!
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  71. Thank you Ashley. It is overwhelming to think how many sick, lonely, scared animals there are - in shelters, on the streets, on death row - who just want homes and love - that's all. Meanhile pet shops are churning out more puppies by the day. It is hard to know where to begin. But it is heartening to hear of all the people doing selfless work to give them homes, to give them love and dignity and a chance. Each of these stories is heartbreaking but also life affirming. I am inspired.

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  72. You are an incredible woman....wise beyond your years....compassionate, loving, driven,.....

    Thank You for what you do....EVERY day....I am inspired by you.

    God Bless you and keep you in good health.

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  73. Thank you, Ashley, you are a wonderful person, as I read your stories i have tears coming down my face - poor little creatures suffered so much, and you came to save them, you are an angel, good luck to you, i keep you in my prayers....

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  74. I'm also like you. I can not turn my back on hurt homeless animals. I go through each day sickened by how most people treat animals. All animals want is love and compassion. The love they give is so wonderful and unconditional. I hope to have a rescue organization some day where I can save the broken homeless animals from further neglect and abuse. I'm working toward my degree and on to law school to study animal rights law. The eyes of animals are so beautiful and soulful. I often wonder how anyone can look into those eyes and hurt the animal. Keep up the wonderful work you do and never give up. There are others like you out there and maybe we can make a difference.

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  75. Dear Ashley, I just read your story and it so touched my heart. I too, am so much like you. I too, can not just look away and pretend that I don't see how much these animals need us and how they are still capable of love even when they have never been loved themselves. If I had the capability, I would rescue each and everyone of them. Thank you for your compassion and courage to step out and do what you can to help them. I am a proud mom of 4 cats and 4 dogs and I love them like I love my own children. God Bless you for all that you do for these precious ones.

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  76. You're an absolute inspiration! Thank you for all you do for these precious animals and for sharing your stories with others.

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  77. Ashley, you are an amazing human being and an inspiration to me. Thank you for all you do.

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  78. Your words truly touched me...in fact, I feel the words could of been my own. I feel exactly as you do about animals-of every kind. I struggle daily with the inhumane way we treat them and the unforgivable cruelty that is done to them. In many ways, I can honestly say that I truly care more about animals then I do about humans. Animals do not have a voice. I really respect you for the love and devotion that you dedicate to them. You are an inspiration-and I really think what you do for these animals is amazing. God bless you for your loving and kind heart...

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  79. I think what you do is honorable and you deserve a medal! Thank you, thank you, thank you....I too am a dog advocate, it all started in August 2009 when I saved a dog on the side of the road, a pitbull who had just been run over by a pickup truck. I stopped because I had no choice, my conscious would never allow me to look the other way. I connect with you Ashley! as so many of us do. We don't look away and say oh someone else will stop and help, we stop, we help! The dog that I saved was a pitbull (didn't know it at the time-even hesitated because I was always afraid of the pitbulls-but there was no way I was leaving him! I named him Lucky! in AZ the law is to hold for 3 days in order for the owner to claim him, and we know how that ends up, well after the 3 days I claimed him! I called every pitbull rescue in AZ and only one person would help me, her name is Kathy Swaney with Valley of the Sun Dog REscue. I called her and asked her for help, I promised that if she could take him in and care for him, that I would raise the money necessary to put him back together, and she said ok! at first I thought she said no because so many others said no! So I put out a story on my facebook to all of my friends and asked them to all share "Lucky's Story" and the next morning starting at 6am my phone started ringing...so many people wanted to help me raise money...well my facebook story made it into the hands of a local television newscaster who called me and asked me if I would stay at the vets office and wait for her to do a story that would air that night! Long story short, it aired and made it national and people from all over the us and other countries chipped in, sent me cards and well wishes. Lucky needed surgery and pt and other medical issues tended to and he got it. He got it all....Lucky was my motivation and inspiration to help these dogs and never look the other way because we make a difference. I will continue my personal journey till the day I die, I will always be their voice...I have Lucky's story and pictures on my facebook, I would to be your friend, my name is Lore Anne Staecker-Brown. Lucky was adopted to a wonderful family last year, he has healed and is being spoiled rotten:) Thank you for everything you do for the animals.. God Bless. Lore

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  80. I think we are kindred spirits!
    www.crazyredheadsrescues.org

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  81. It's great to know that there are other people that love dogs as much as I do. Thanks for all that you do!

    Nick

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  82. God bless you!!! You are a wonderful soul!!!

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  83. The world needs more people like you! Your story is amazing and incredibly touching. I couldn't help crying as I read it. I live in a 3 dog household. There's no greater feeling in the world than walking in the house and seeing their smiling faces. Thank you so much for all you are doing to make a difference in the lives of so many very special souls. Maggie

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  84. thank you thank you thank you thats all i can think too say i cant take in anymore rescues im at my mental limit and price limit per month but every once in a while i have extra i would like too donate i am a groomer i groom out of my house and have no real overhead so if you need any grooming i will do it for free just message me on face book jolly jesters im in mobile alabama not too far from you

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  85. Wow, someone here commented "I understand that kind of passion about people who need to be rescued, but I don't get it when it comes to dogs. Spay and neuter ... I absolutely agree with you there. Mainly, so that focus can be put on souls. I'm not an animal hater, by the way." They don't understand the passion to help animals that are in distress and that need help???? How can anyone who claims to not hate animals say such a thing?! Just because some people put themselves out and do whatever they can to help needy animals (and not just dogs, by the way) does not mean they are oblivious to people who may need help in one way or another. Caring people usually have very big hearts and have the capacity to care about ANY living thing.

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  86. the world's a better place because of people like you Ashley! i'm so inspired by you & your work.God bless you & all those poor,lonely,sad & abused animals. they r so lucky to find U!!!
    thank you for ur unconditional love & boundless compassion. love & hugs; Krs

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  87. Speechless ~~~ with tears of compassion, sadness, and joy streaming down my face ~~~ I don't know how you do it. ((hugs))

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  88. You are an amazing woman. I am truly inspired by you. You have such a big heart. Wish there were more people in the world like you. I had to take several cats to the pound in March due to financial difficulties (I kept 2) and was promised they would be given to a loving home. They unfortunately were all put to sleep. It still breaks my heart everyday. You have renewed my faith in Animal Rescue. Keep up the great work. :)

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  89. God bless you and the work that you do. I have 4 dogs (2 rescued) and a rescue cat that was found stabbed and abandoned at the age of 14. I work weekends at a boarding kennel and was able to help convince them to foster with Northeast Coonhound Rescue. Since partnering up with Northeast Coonhound, we’ve successfully found homes for 6 coonhounds that at one point had nowhere to go. I wish I could do more. After reading your blog I will now look into volunteering at least once a month at a shelter. I don't think you realize just how powerful and inspiring you are. I try hard to help animals in need, and you just made me want to try that much harder. Thank you.

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  90. You renew my hope for our helpless friends in the shelters and inspire me to keep going. Thank you for ALL you do! I began volunteering at our shelter's adoption facility last month. I work with the dogs and absolutely love EVERY single one of them. They're the lucky ones because most will be adopted. But it still breaks my heart that they're there, how and why they got there, and the many others who don't get a chance. I am happy to say just this week I took in a rescue cocker spaniel who was going to be euthanized. His life matters, as do all of the other animals in the shelters.

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  91. Your blog was beautiful! You are right...the love of animals is so humbling to me. When I look in a dogs eyes that is suffering...there is no bitterness or anger....only a deep desire to shower their love on a person who will love them back. It is an unconditional love that has tremendous capacity.

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  92. This last post expresses so simply and so well the feelings of those who have known the love of a dog. It is repeated over and over by thousands and 100’s of thousands on websites, blogs and FaceBook. This is why I never want to be without a dog. This is what gave my husband (who passed away on 5/18) so much joy and healing during his last years and what continues to give to me. This is what I saw in my dog Juniper’s eyes as I cradled him in my arms like a baby that last time in June. He gave me many kisses, and then I released him into the ocean of God’s love.

    (I am a foster mom for Northcentral Maltese Rescue and have two Maltese, one Yorkie and a blind Maltese who is a permanent foster. Juniper was a Maltese, 13 years old and in great pain and unable to walk when he was put to sleep.)

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  93. What you do is amazing. I only wish everyone in the world felt the same way. I can't imagine why people harm animals, their just so innocent. I feel the same way, I feel like I was put on this earth to help animals.

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  94. You're a wonderful person. I too am heartbroken all the time by how horribly humans treat dogs (and all the other animals on the planet). The "they're just dogs" attitude infuriates me. They are thinking, feeling, loving creatures. I have rescued a number of dogs, I volunteer for a local non-kill shelter, I lobby politicians to increase penalties for animal cruelty - but it's a drop in the ocean, for every one I help there are hundreds of thousands more - it is probably the thing that upsets and stresses me more than anything else.

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  95. I just read "Rudy's Story" and it made me cry. You have a great heart like few out there. I have one of the same breeds, she's a baby not a bull. It's terrible people that give them the bad name. Thank you for all you do, and keep the pups hope alive.

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  96. I have done nothing but cry since I have read your words,and to know that there is someone like me. Of course you say it more elegantly than I can but I want you to understand that the words that you put to paper express my heart and thoughts. I have dealt with the same feeling of realizing that people aren't like me. I feel the same when I look at animals, I feel their hearts and it's as if I carry a guilt for not being there for them. As if I didnt do my job. I have been dealing with this for years. The fire inside of me has been it dampened from time to time, but it always comes back. Thats why I know in my heart, You are here for me and it was no accident to have seen your words. I believe to my core, That all creatures have a right to a good life and to know compassion and love, it is our human responsability to make sure it is so. to stand back and only care and donate money is a guilt for me of all those that have been put down needlessly.. I carry that on my shoulders and my heart and it is you that is my hero and angel and sign that I must follow what God has put inside my heart. Colleen Byrd , NC

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  97. god bless you and all rescuers be it for dogs and cats i live in a area where we can only have three cats and three dogs my cats dont go outside they are fixed and live indoors they have no reason to be out. my dogs are such lovers two of them are going to be 14 years old in october they are very large dogs and my little one will be 8 years old in feb. i have a total of nine cats and the are precious if your having a down day all i have to do is be arond my dogs and cats and it gets better very quickly and the all get along. i am glad there is other people in this world that are dog and cat lovers and am so happy that the pits have a rescue home my sister has 2 red nosed pits they are so loving and beautiful spirits my next dog will be a pit again love them dearly keep on bringing the sunshine into these poor abused animals and give them the love they dearly need.

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  98. Thank you Ashley, I have a pit myself, I resqued him the day they were gonna put him down at the age of 6 months. He is now 6.5 and a happy dog, beautiful and healthy. I wish you were closer so I could come and help you play with those sweet, loving, playful dogs. Keep up the good work!!!!Don't give up, they need you.

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  99. I .love you so much. Reading this was like reading about myself. May God bless you wit health, hapiness and love forever.

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  100. God bless you Ashley for all you do. Stay strong and keep the focus. I have five dogs at my house and my neighbors hate them.

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  101. One of my peeves is when a rescue group has to do a home inspection and won't adopt to someone if their other dogs aren't on appropriate medicine. Spaying, neutering, rabies and distemper shots and love should be the base. Some dogs would prefer a loving home to death.

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  102. Awesome work you do. Every time I think I can't do another one I tell myself if I don't who will? Hence the momma cat & 4 babies recently rescued and thriving. She was so under weight I could not believe she had 4 babies alive. Babies are at my business partners house & mom with me. Because someone couldn't spend 50.00 to spay her. More then likely they smoke cigarettes or drink pop that cost more than that. I always say if everyone out there(who can afford it)would spay/neuter one stray a year we wouldn't have to rescue.

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  103. I live in an apt. I have 2 cats. How can I help?. Can we do protests or something? Email me eeast@sbcglobal.net

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  104. God Bless You, Ashley. You have expressed so beautifully and so eloquently, both through your words and the work you do, what so many of us feel. As the adoptive parent of three incredible dogs and four wonderful cats, I couldn't possibly have conveyed it any better.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers, as are all the battered, neglected, or homeless angels just waiting to be loved and to share their love in return.

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  105. you are awesome amazing i love saving dogs and when i get older i am gonna try so hard to do what your doing and resue has much dogs as i possibliy can <3

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  106. Ashley, I just got done reading all the stories about the amazing dogs that you have for adoption. I have two geriatric german shepard/chow mixes that were found in a dumpster when they were puppies and brought to the Lawrene Humane Society in Lawrene, KS. Unfortunately, people were dissuaded by their breeds. I adopted them both as they were scheduled to be euthanized the following week. Radiographs displayed that they were born w/ bilateral severe hip dysplasia. Ginger underwent a total hip arthroplasty at the age of 13 months. They are now almost 12. I recently rescued an adult grey hound / lab mix from a rural pound / breeder. The grey hound mix was dropped off and was going to be euthanized due to her size and not being a pure breed. So, Thank You for making a difference and having such a powerful voice for the animals. My dogs are my children, pride & joy.- Heather Kollenberg

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  107. you are an awesome lady and thank you for your passion and hard work

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  108. I have been on pet pardons page alot and decided to find your blog and fully agree with everything and can relate to what you said. Keep doing your thing! I support you 100000%!

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  109. It's good to know that there are people who think like I do and who will not tell me I am crazy for finding the current state of things so beyond unacceptable, that I am willing to go to great lengths to do what ever I can to help. Our precious animals are every bit as important as any human being I have ever met, and certainly infinitely more deserving. They are incapable of doing evil. They ask for so little and give so much. Bravo Ashley!! We decidedly need many more like you.

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  110. I can't stop reading in amazement on the work you do Ashley. I cry, I laugh, I have hope - the hope there are other people who want to help. There is some hope......more people just need to act. Myself included...

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  111. You are doing an amazing job, too bad that there are no more people like you !!!

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  112. samantha j hicks hollowayOctober 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Ashley u are DEEPLY the most wonderful person i have ever met! What u are doin is the GREATEST thing a person can do! I also love animals and always have specialty Pitbulls. Which is truely weird because growing up i was bit twice by the same pit but i know now and then it was'nt him it was the owners. So now i own one her name is Diamond she just turned a year old yesterday and she is my world i love her as she is my kids.can't have anymore and my son is 16 so she's the baby of the house and people look at me at times like im crazy for all i do for her. but she is a part of the family and my kid. i love her. there's pictures of her on my page and i just really wanted u to know that im going bac to school to get my ged so that i can do some good for these animals who are truely misunderstood...become a veterinary and help people who can't afford a vet. i've also been there before to about a year ago with another pitbull i owned named King. he was blue and white and i found him on the streets nursed him back to health for him to turn around and get parvovirus. There was NO ONE who would see him NO ONE who would help me.. i just could'nt understand how these vets had the stuff and knew how to help but would'nt. It tore me up.. so with reading and seeing what u do i made that decision.Thanks for all u do and have done there needs to be more people out there like u the world would be much better.....

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  113. HI ..THE DOG YOU ARE HOLDING..THE ONE WHITE ONE WITH BLACK SPOTS ON THE EARS AND BODY..I HAVE A DOG JUST LIKE THAT~ THAT WE TOOK IN LAST SEPT..WE LOVE HER SO MUCH..MOST OF ALL MY HUBBY..I THINK WHAT U DO IS YOUR CALLING FROM GOD...PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP~~ONE QUESTION AND I HOPE U CAN ANSWER ME, WHAT BREED IS THE WHITE U ARE HOLDING..? THANKS AGAIN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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  114. Hi Ashley, I have been reading what you have been doing, and I wish I were closer to you to help. I totally get what you mean. It's something you are born with, something extra that can bring you from sheer rage, to extreme joy in moments just because a dog has licked your cheeks after being sorely abused. I want to extend a HEARTFELT thank you. You are my hero.- Aubrey Monjeau- MN USA

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  115. I completely understand that feeling of being ALONE in your passion to save, speak up, and advocate for the underdogs everywhere. I'm like that too. It was a heartbreaking day when I realized not everyone feels the same. But we CAN make a difference, and we cannot let those that would oppose us get us down or stop us from acting. We make a difference to every dog we help, and that is enough. Thank you for being a hero and a wonderful role model. You're inspiring. Chelsea, P.A., Wash.

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  116. just wanted to say thank you for what you do because it takes a lot of love and caring to do what you do. as animal lover/rescuer myself from a young age, i understand how its very hard to turn the other cheek to an animal suffering and in need. i often still dont understand how it is so easy for others to do because you are right there arent very many people out there willing to do what we do or understand why we do it. i truly believe we need animals as much as they need us and it is our job to protect them from harm. i hope you have many more successful rescues and good luck!

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  117. Ashley,
    You are so right, rescue breaks your heart and then restores it. The love far outweighs the pain. It's wonderful to find your blog and know that there are others out there like me & my rescue friends. I wish there were more...

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  118. I have recently come upon this website and read your story. I have no words to describe the respect and admiration I have for you. You truly are a gift to these animals and I applaud your efforts and your passion for what you do. Truly amazing and inspirational.

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  119. Ashley,
    I love you so much! I've never heard another human explain exactly how I feel about animals...ALL ANIMALS! Thank you so much! I often want to give up. It is so painful but I was once told by a very wise person that if they can go through the abuse, I can go through the pain I feel from witnessing it. It quickly occurred to me how selfish I was being. Sooooo much love and light to you and your babies!

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  120. I think what you do is amazing and want to say thank you for it. I hope to soon open up a small pitbull rescue and help some sweet babies find a forever home. We have plenty of land, just have to get the money together to do it!

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  121. You are what every Animal needs .I wish I could be you , but I can't sleep after seeing these stories ,and I am not sure I could let the person who did these horrific things to these Animals live if in my presence .I have Grand Kids so jail isn't an option. I think the way you write each Dogs story is with such passion ,and Love Thanks for being you and helping All of them xxx

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  122. I feel the same way, even the same words you spoke i own two dogs one is rescue and my other was given to us by someone who could not keep it. they are what keep me alive and going and i'l never forget what they make feel everyday of my life.

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  123. Dont ever give up! I love what your doing and wish I could do the same!

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  124. Tommy &amp; VickieNovember 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    We think you are doing a great job. We will continue to donate on a regular basis. Keep up the good work.

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  125. You are incredible! Your blog touched me more than you will ever know. People like you inspire me to keep on fighting for those who can't fight for themselves...at times I want to just give up too, but the animals are my life and giving up on them would be giving up on my passion. I know I was put on earth, just like you, for this very reason.

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  126. You are the Love of God. Thank you so very much. God loves you. The dogs and cats see and feel the abundance of love flooding from you and just feeling them with so much of the tremendous outpouring love that goes above and beyond what God wants his children to do. I am so very proud of you Ashley---so very proud of you !!! Your heart is beautiful, wonderful. You are an example of TRUE love meant the way you are living it. You are NOT selfish nor
    boastful. You are so real filled with the
    spirit of LOVE like no other. These dogs and cats/kittens are to be with Love and only Love that one can see and hope to be filled with endlessly and this is YOU. I love you for being the Love of Life and for every thing that is within. Your reward is the love that comes back to you endlessly with not only people/friends and family but with the outpouring love from the furry ones that you so graciously have given them. I love you for this and I cannot say this enough. Thank you so very much.

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  127. I just read your story about Rudy. I'm surprised that I'm able to type this through the tears. What a wonderful person you are!! The world is a better place with you in it!!

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  128. Ashley, I am amazed, when reading your About Me page, it was like i was reading about myself. I have reported people to the authorities when I see abuse, i can't just sit by and do nothing, its not in me. In one case the dog was put down but it was enduring a horrible existence no food or water, the dog had grown ugly do to the abuse so he couldn't be adopted out. I felt terrible but I had to recognize he was better off than starving, but that stayed with me for many yrs. When I read the pet pardons page I truly have tears in my eyes as i do right now. Because I can't help these poor souls
    I to see there faces when i close my eyes and somehow for me that being an advocate is not enough i need to do more. I am retired and over the yrs have rescued alot of cats and dogs. The dog i have now is a Coon hound, her owner didn't feed her alot of the time, and when she did she gave her macaroni or anything she had, she was a terrible person, she kept breeding her dogs one litter after another, so much that the puppies began to have heart defects and other medical issues, she gave me holly, but after she found out i spent some money on the dog, she called me 35 times in one day wanting her back and i refused to tk her back, she threatened lawyers etc, i didn't care.
    i am sorry i am taking so much of your time but you and I are so much alike. What can i do to help the cause. I have all the time in the world, I want to do more to help you can email me at sandyfletcher05@yahoo.com,. i sent you a message on facebook also.

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  129. hello ashley it just dawned on me that you are in meridian,ms i live in toomsuba,ms..i would love to meet you and all the babies one day or be able to help you with them..i am a dog lover also...u can reach me on facebook also tammy carroll..if your interested i would love to hear from you and excited...thank you for doin what you do your GOD sent...

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  130. That's wonderful what you do! I live with my 2 sons, & 3 pitbulls. In my neighborhood they have been dropping unwanted pitbulls at my doorstep. My heart breaks everytime. Thank God I have been successful finding them loving homes. I truly admire what you do. Keep up the good work!

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  131. Thank you for everything you do! People like you inspire me and give me hope! I've been fighting for Pits and trying to educate just about every person who will listen for years. Thank you again for being so amazing and giving these dogs the chance they deserve!

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  132. being a kid i am compleatly aware that not everyone loves animals the same way you and i do and at this age i realize yea i am to young to know what i know to young understand what people go through but the one thing i am old enough to know is that i am totaly in love 100% all the way and never will stop being in love with animals heck i have 4 dogs and for christmas i asked for a hamster (ha ha yah) i think the people how kill there animals are sick twisted dirty people so keep doing what you do keep loving animals the way you do and never dobt them or you

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  133. I absolutely love this! Seeing what you wrote makes me realize I am not alone in the way I feel. I get it and you! You are amazing!

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  134. You are an amazing person and I admire all you do for these animals. It makes me look at pits in a whole new light. I never realized how bad of a reputation these poor animals had. And I just want to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it's been a while since Rudy has passed but I know it's probably still hard when you think of him. I, too, have lost a few pets and I feel the same way....that it was my son and daughter that I had lost. Thank you for being such a wonderful and caring advocate for those who cannot defend themselves. God bless you!

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  135. I noticed this post on Craig's List yesterday for Meridian and hope someone can see about these poor starving dogs. I live on the coast so it is too far for me to see about them.

    "My best friend called me today and her husband is working in Meridian this morning and told her that there are two stray dogs in Meridian that are starving to death. Their ribs are poking out and they were seen eating PEBBLES... thats right PEBBLES!!! Can someone please help save these dogs or at least go feed them. He said he was going to get them some food over lunch. The address he gave her was 2328 Vallley Road Meridian off of I-20/I-59!! Please help same a life this Christmas seasons. Thanks for reading."

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  136. God bless you for all you do. I love reading your stories.

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  137. You are amazing! Praying for your grandparents. god bless you!!!

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  138. Praying for your family. May everything turn out for the better for ya'll. For everything that you and your family give back to the public in one form or another. Ya'll are truly great people that are doing good in this world. We are told to take care of the animals and are told to treat your fellow man the way you would like to be treated, I add in the animals to that because they deserve better than what some get and it's sad to see. Thank You, and may God bless your lives.

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  139. Thank you for all you do Ashley. I am grateful for your commitment to dogs in need everywhere. You are their angel. I will pray for your grandparent's speedy recovery.

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  140. I think your doing great with the animals and me and my grandma rescue animals if we see one that is running loose.We keep it till we find it a home and we don't take it to the shelter.We see if the place is good for the dog if it isn't we try to find it someplace else.Me and my grandma hope we have a place like yours someday.

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  141. I love what you do for the dogs! I wish there were more people like you in the world. It makes me sick every time i heard about animal crulety in any area of the world. I wish i could do more but don't know how. We have a rescue dog that we got last year from a shelter in New York State that they just got from a high kill shelter in Tennessee. I wish i had more room for more dogs. Any animal we have every had has been from a shelter. I don't ever want a pure breed dog that is perfect when i can get a dog that really needs us and they end up to be the most loving and perfect pets to us.

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  142. Hi Ashley,

    I'm wondering if you might be able to give me some advice regarding a rescued dog. My sister rescued a bait dog (3 year old pitbull) that was about to be put down at a shelter in East Baton Rouge, LA. He's a very sweet dog (badly emaciated) but is afraid of everything, especially other dogs. What is the best way to introduce him to other dogs and help him overcome his fears?

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    1. I live in Baton Rouge. You should go to Barnes & Nobles and get the book that the rescuer of the Michael Vick dogs wrote. It tells the story of many of the dogs and what was done to help these dogs become sociable and over their fright and mistrust. Only a couple of the dogs died, so people were very successful with them. I think after reading this book, you will know what to do to help this dog. It is so great that this dog was rescued.

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  143. Dear Ashley, I thank Jesus for you and anyone like you being sooooo passionate to save as many dogs, cats as you can, your very special lady!! I cried n cried of the precious rudy story, and sorry for his early passing? Not sure of his age. I saved n last 2 yrs, 5 cats,kittens,2 and they r the most appreciate animals!! have 12 now, all good nside, fixed cats,been thinking lately when i get a place w a yard, soon,to rescue r foster a couple of dogs,pups, but dont know how to train pottying,any advise,and not so familiar w dogs, but know soooo much of cats,had a pit visiter,lelo, for 5 mnths lst time n nov,2011, as her owners, let her run the streets,so 3rd time pound got her n put her down i think i still hav that dog n my heart! she only 8 mnths, can see on my facebook if u want pics of her, as I loved her!Please reply soon! r csll 435-267-2801.

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  144. I hope you are real, Ashley. Your story about Rudy just brought me to tears. I recently adopted a 15 year old dog who had been rescued from a shelter. Every day, he perks up more and more. It is such a joy to see them blossom. Thank you.

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    1. Haha I'm most certainly real. And thank you!

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  145. Please provide a reason/proof that you know it is a scam. I find it hard to believe. When you Google Chance's story, it can be found including information that the dog was sent to this rescue group.

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  146. I really appreciate and idolize you- Your actions are so beautiful words cannot describe. :)

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  147. you are such a beautiful person so careling for animals i just wish we had more people like you you are at the top of my lists of very sweet persons so much heart GOD BLESS and your baby dog is in heaven with my boy he will watch over him for you and agin GOD BLESS you and your family your friend priscilla

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  148. Ashley, I am so excited and relieved to know that there really is someone out there who shares my heart EXACTLY. It is so ironic that the story of your life mimics my own story. The primary difference is that I have not found a way to make my passion for rescue into my profession. I truly feel like my passion for Gods creatures is my spiritual gift, my purpose on Earth, from God. I am a nurse with 2 children and a wonderful husband who shares my passion. I have worked for several years with our local rescue in North Alabama, PAWS-Pets Are Worth Saving. I am a board member and foster parent. I have 7 rescue dog babies and 3 rescue cat babies. We currently have 4 foster dogs and 2 foster cats. My wish is to someday have a shelter like you do and pull/rescue animals that need my help. I pray for you and really appreciate all you do. You are truly my hero.

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  149. You're story is touching and the stories of your saved dogs !

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  150. It is so nice to see that so many people feel as I do about animals. I rescue cats though. I love dogs too, but cats just find me from all over. I spay and neuter them, get their shots, feed them and try to find homes for the adoptable ones, and keep the rest. I usually have about 20 at any given time. I am known as the "cat lady" in my neighborhood. This would not be necessary if people would find homes for their cats if they can't take them with them when they move away. I give each cat a name, and they all get some special one on one time getting their ears scratched, or belly rubs. Anyone with a cat, please get your cat spayed or neutered, and get a chip for it so if it gets lost you can be reunited.

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  151. Very inspiring thank you! I am beginning this journey myself. :)

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  152. Very inspiring thank you! I am beginning this journey myself. :)

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  153. i stopped a guy one time from beating a puppy with a tree branch. i took it away and hit him a couple of times with it and told him this is how it feels. i abhor violence. but i will not tolerate the injustice of an innocent creature. i told him that if i ever caught him doing it again that i would come back and break his legs. i have the power to do it. i'm sorry if i seem like a violent person,but i can not just watch and do nothing. someone has to stand up against these sadists and bullys. God bless you for the work that you do.

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  154. You are not alone, Ashley.

    ~ "As I get older... I realize just how few people actually are like me."

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  155. God bless you Ashley. What a special person you are.How lucky those sweet babies are to have you.

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  156. Thanks for all you do to help homeless animals!

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  157. I love what you do! I want to own a dog rescue in a few years!! I am glad there are other people as passionate as I am about helping animals.

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  158. I cam across this site quite by accident but am really amazed by the passion you put behind it! Keep up the good work and I think if we all had at least 10% of what you had in terms of dedication and unwillingness to quit, we could move mountains!

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  159. From one rescuer to another, thank you for all that you do for these beautiful animals. I share my home with two rescues currently and they make my world a better place to live in. The world needs more people like you in it.

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  160. As I read this I feel as if im reading my own story...nightmares and all..although I have yet to form a rescue organization as of yet. Sadly..there are so few of us..but we are a strong group, and can move mountains when we need to!! And you have done just that. I feel your passion for animals whole-heartedly..they are so lucky to have you on their side! You are their Angel. I look forward to keeping up with your blogs and site.. Keep up the great work Ashley!

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  161. You're AWESOME!! We need more people like YOU!

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  162. Ashley, you are doing wonderful things for animals and I am extremely impressed with your Pet Pardons Face Book page. I recently discovered Pet Pardons and immediately began advocating and sharing animals included on this awesome site. I usually cry the entire time I'm advocating, sharing, commenting, posting to my own Face Book page, etc. I desperately want to SAVE ALL THE ANIMALS. It finally occurred to me that I can help the most animals in a quick and short period of time by sending Face Book messages to rescue organizations in states where dogs on Pet Pardons are located. I have begun contacting Pit Bull rescues, so far in five states, asking them to go to Pet Pardons for information on dogs in their states and helping those dogs and I'm encouraging them to use Pet Pardons for their own rescue/adoption endeavors. I am also asking my Face Book friends to help by using breed specific rescue organization lists, first from the AKC, and sending all of those rescues, by breed and by state, messages about Pet Pardons. I believe we can all contribute to your efforts and use Pet Pardons to it's fullest extent and get rescues connected with humane shelters and save as many lives as possible. You are truly an amazing young woman and I applaud all that you've done in saving animals. Cynthia

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  163. Please don't ever give up Ashley. Remember the part you talked about a dog's capacity for forgiveness? They need you and we need more people like you in this world! You inspire me.
    Sending love, from Canada

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  164. The dogs of Mississippi are SO lucky to have you as their angel! Don't ever give up, you are awesome!! I would only hope to do half of what you do for the dogs in my community. Keep going and know that you're appreciated!!

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