On Saturday night, I accompanied my friend Laura to La Guardia airport to pick up her new four-legged family member. Coco, a three-year-old Chihuahua, had been placed on a flight from Oklahoma by her foster family and was set to arrive at 10:30pm.
Coco was rescued from a kill shelter in Oklahoma. Volunteers with the nonprofit organization Friends with Four Paws worked together to provide veterinary care, foster home placement and much-needed love for Coco. Laura adopted another Chihuahua named Zuzu a few months ago via this group, so when the time came to find Zuzu a friend, Laura immediately contracted the organization.
Coco arrived wagging and filled with energy and excitement to be in her new city. She slept on the car ride back to her new house and after a quick exchange of sniffs with new furry housemates, she settled in for the night on her new bed.
Coco’s story has a happy ending. Sadly, thousands of cats and dogs around the country don’t get second chances. Increasingly, cats and dogs like Coco are saved from the brink of death by volunteers determined to make a difference for animals in need.
Please support your local rescue group—there are thousands of them around the country working behind the scenes to save lives.