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Roy has spent a lifetime taking in and caring for those in need, the vulnerable, and overlooked from people to animals, especially dogs. He continues to this day with the same passion and love with which he started many years ago even with his limitations imposed by age. He is responsible for the care both emotionally and physically for over 50 large breed dogs on a daily basis, with over half of the dogs considered seniors. His priority is to care for and prepare all of these dogs for their new lives. Although most dogs the care is relatively simple, the senior dogs especially abused or abandoned their care can be complex due to their life before rescue. Roy provides these special seniors with the best quality of care including: wellness and dental exams, vaccinations or titer testing, special diets, surgeries, long term medications and supplements. Dogs become part of our rescue family even after they find their forever home. Once part of our family, we commit to them for life. If the right home does not come along or the dog is unable to find an appropriate home, Roy commits to the dog for life.

Even though animal welfare is important to Roy, his personal mission to care for and rehabilitate abused and abandoned dogs not only physically, but emotionally begin the healing process to provide each dog to have the opportunity to have a healthy and rewarding life. Roy’s goal is to find every dog a forever home. Until adoption day comes, Roy works relentlessly long hours through his personal illness and physical limitations providing physical and emotional rehabilitation for these dogs giving them every advantage to succeed in future forever homes. Rescue dogs have strong personalities and difficult pasts. Roy believes that while their past may be written, their future is limitless. For Roy, it is about a dog’s quality of life and writing the next amazing chapters of the dog’s life. Even after adoption, he continues to provide support to the families until the end of the dog’s life.

Roy has been the catalyst in not only connecting dogs with humans that may never have considered that dog, but supporting the development of a bond between animals and their humans. More importantly, he’s built a community of people that work together to ensure that unwanted or abandoned dogs get a second chance at life. With his devotion and passion to rescuing worthy dogs coupled with his lifelong experience rehabilitating dogs and matching families, Roy has changes the lives of over 1000 families or individual lives. Aside from finding forever homes for dogs with families, Roy has placed once abused and abandoned dogs in families and situations where the dogs have become service, therapy, and personal support animals. For Roy, it’s not just about finding a dog a home, but finding that dog a place in the family to love and be loved by its human owners.

Roy has immense knowledge and the ability to rehabilitate dogs that other shelters would not or could not take. Roy takes all of the necessary time to impart those years of wisdom to those that want to learn from him. He shares his knowledge openly and is always open to learning more. Roy will not let a dog die alone in a shelter, if he can be there. He has picked up dogs from the sick and old shelter, only to have them for sometimes days or hours before he comforts them in their last moments on earth.

A $50,000 donation would have an exponentially positive impact going directly to the dogs and support of their facility. Senior dogs require much more care and expense than younger dogs. The money would pay for the perpetual vet bills. The kennels, exercise areas and fences regular require maintenance and improvements learned over the years that prevent digging, climbing and provide a safe enclosure for the dogs. Roy would like to implement a separate intake facility to completely isolate new dogs from the pack, helping to better insure seniors and pups are not accidentally exposed to undetected illness. This would also give the dogs coming in from shelters a chance to decompress in a quiet and more controlled environment. This facility could also be used for senior or sick dogs to be isolated and receive more individualized care in a specialized facility with all of the comforts of home. The money would also allow completion of a fenced community area allowing potential adopters a large interaction area as well as an area to introduce the adopter’s current dog to their potential dog. This would enhance the adoption process tremendously by letting the interactions happen naturally not in a confined space.

One wonders why a man would devote his life to such an effort. The answer: look into the eyes of a litter of pups with world ahead. See the fun, learning, love, and all the possibilities that could be. Hold them and feel the soft fur. Watch them run with that pure, unquestioning love. Then look into the greying and cloudy eyes of a senior and you see a world of life experiences, a dog that has shared its life looking for human companionship, feel that soft and bumpy coat then you will remember what true love really feels like.

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