Best Friends



AS I READ THE “More Capacity for Love” story in your July/August issue, my heart was warmed by the shout-out to Ruff Start Rescue. I have been a foster volunteer with Ruff Start Rescue since 2015, when I adopted my very first foster puppy from the group. I was hooked, and now I’ve fostered over 50 and have helped so many friends adopt and volunteer.

Within my neighborho­od of now 850 homes, my neighbors have adopted 22 of my foster dogs and even a few kittens! Whenever I get new ones, I have more than 20 kids asking to help socialize my foster puppies. For the kids who can’t have pets at home, I educate them on other roles they can play, such as socializin­g the puppies, gathering donations and talking to their friends about rescuing. Some have even sold lemonade and given me money for the rescue group.

Every Thanksgivi­ng, I host a blanketmak­ing day in our neighborho­od community barn. Last year, I had over 100 families come together to make fleece blankets and they also donated toys, towels and other necessitie­s. It was such a great event. In the end, I was able to send hundreds of blankets and towels to LightShine Canine, a dog rescue group, and the remaining toys and donations went to Ruff Start Rescue.

My entire neighborho­od is 100% supportive of rescue organizati­ons and they are so generous with their gifts. Whenever their pets grow out of collars and leashes, I’ll find a donated bag on my front porch. Their love and support for my passion for saving animals is exactly why I will never leave my neighborho­od. I have impacted not only the parents but so many children. In this time of COVID-19, the rescue stories and happy adoptions are the light in the darkness that we all need.

Dawn Reimer HOPKINS, MINN.

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