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In Honor of Her Dog

Posted on: July 14, 2015

SadieDogFundAs I have noted in earlier posts from this month, one of my passions is animal welfare. For that reason, this week, I’m featuring the picture book Sadie Dog. With the proceeds from this book, written in 2007, Pam Hoffman created The Sadie Dog Fund. Below is more information about Hoffman and her non-profit organization.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND
According to Sadie Dog Fund, Hoffman has always loved animals. She refers to herself as one of the lucky kids whose parents let her grow up surrounded by pets. “I have shared my life with many dogs, cats and horses that brought me much joy and unconditional love.”

BOOK BACKGROUND

As an adult, Hoffman owned a dog named Sadie who was the runt of her litter. A Cocker Spaniel with freckles on her nose, Sadie was Pam Hoffman’s soul mate. But Sadie suffered from severe allergies that required medication to treat and had so much back pain that she needed a chiropractor and acupuncture. This taught Hoffman that animals with special needs can be wonderful pets too.

After Sadie died, Hoffman wanted her memory to live on. She wrote a book, the proceeds of which went to setup the Sadie Dog Fund. Because of her own experiences, Hoffman knows the love between pet and guardian, and the challenges that can arise. “I would do anything for Sadie, like most pet parents would,” Hoffman told 1011 News. She pledged to help other pet parents who needed it. “Some are just at the end of their rope, they don’t know where to go and they’re so appreciative once we’re able to step in and come up with the funding.”

The Sadie Dog Fund is now a 501c3 non-profit organization. Every penny donated is used to help promote the fund or to save the lives of dogs. As for Hoffman, all of her time is donated to the Sadie Dog Fund and helping dogs. “She just brought so much to my life and I am very happy to be able to honor her legacy with the Sadie Dog Fund,” Pam Hoffman shared with KLKN-TV.

CHARITY BACKGROUND

The Sadie Dog Fund helps to save dogs’ lives by offering financial assistance for mobility solutions, therapies, or surgeries that are too costly for pet parents. Pets shouldn’t be disposable; They should have forever families. The fund provides an alternative to ending the dog’s life prematurely or surrendering it to an already overcrowded shelter.

It is my way of paying back the gifts in life that animals have so richly blessed me with.

–Pam Hoffman, Sadie Dog Fund

Since 2007, the organization has helped 300-400 dogs. In 2014, they served 58 dogs and their families. The number of requests keep rising each year and Hoffman hopes to keep meeting the need. The Sadie Dog works through veterinarian referrals only.

Why am I featuring a local organization? Naturally, I am proud that such a support exists in my area. Beyond this, I hope that in hearing about what Sadie Dog Fund does, you might feel inspired to contribute to, get more involved with, or even start your own animal welfare group. We are the voices for companion animals!

Tomorrow I’ll return with a review of Sadie Dog. Save the date: July 15!

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