Thanks to the joint effort of Paradise Animal Rescue and Pets in Peril, Reggie is alive and well. After being found in Flint, freezing and horribly malnourished, Reggie, a seven-month-old pit bull puppy, is now virtually unrecognizable. He’s well-fed and happy in his new home at Paradise, and the teams behind his rescue are now just waiting for the right owner to come and find him. And Reggie is just one of thousands that has received help from one or both of the nonprofit organizations.
Paradise Animal Rescue, (PAR), founded in 2002, is the only licensed nonprofit animal protection shelter in Lapeer County. PAR’s only goal is “to rescue as many animals as possible and to find them all loving forever homes.” Paradise has successfully spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and found homes for thousands of cats and dogs. Paradise does not receive local, state, or federal funding, instead relying solely on adoptions, fundraisers and private donations.
Pets in Peril was founded by Edith Campbell in the 1970s and is based in Flint. The organization provides food, shelter and veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, to dogs in need. Campbell and her team of volunteers travel around the Flint area looking for dogs and cats that need their help, asking hundreds of pet owners every year if there’s anything they can do to improve the lives of the animals. For years after the organization first started, Campbell would offer assistance to pet owners out of her own pocket.
Occasionally, Pets in Peril will come across an owner that can no longer provide for the animal, and will relinquish rights to the organization, who will then find a shelter or foster home for the dog or cat. In many instances, Campbell will call up the team at PAR to see if they have room for the animal.
Fortunately for Reggie, they did.
Heidi Douglas, the dog intake and adoption coordinator at PAR, said, “When Edith called me on a Sunday, she had to find a home for Reggie right away, because when someone says they’ll surrender their dog, she’ll want to get them to a shelter as soon as possible. So, he was here the next day. She wanted to bring him here, because we help to support them however we can. Whether it’s food or supplies, anything we don’t use, we’ll offer to them.”
“Now Reggie has a soft bed, ample food and toys for the first time,” said Hope Ponsart, a volunteer at PAR. “His eyes are bright and he’s starting to act like a puppy. It’s great how two groups, in two different counties could come together for the welfare of an animal. And, as you can imagine, Reggie is the cutest thing on the planet.”
For more information about Paradise Animal Rescue, visit their website at www.parpets.org. For more information about Pets in Peril, visit www.petsinperil.org.
Alex Petrie is the brand assistant for VIEW Group, the branding division of View Newspaper Group. He lives in downtown Lapeer with his girlfriend, Michael, and their two cats, Christian Slater and Ira Weiner.
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From left, Pets in Peril volunteer Paula Malknecht, Paradise Animal Rescue dog intake and adoption coordinator Heidi Douglas and Pets in Peril founder Edith Campbell pose with Reggie, a seven-month-old pit bull who was rescued from Flint.