By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
Charlie, one of the dogs CK Animal Rescue recently saved, needs help. He is currently in a loving foster home, but sadly, was diagnosed with lymphoma. There is no cure for Charlie’s lymphoma, but CK Animal Rescue’s goal is to give him the best life for the time he has left.
Nancy Ball, Founder and President of CK Animal Rescue, has always loved animals for as long as she can remember. She always had pets while growing up and later on when her family was home. Once her children were grown and had families of their own, Nancy started reading about the plight of senior dogs in shelters. In August 2008, she was on a mission…..to save one senior dog from their local shelter. Senior dogs are often overlooked because potential adopters have a fear the animal will have health issues, resulting in high vet bills, or the senior dog may not live long and they don’t want the heartbreak. One dog caught Nancy’s attention at their local shelter. His name was Oscar, a senior Collie/Retriever mix who instantly became part of her family. Nancy adopted him within four days of seeing his gorgeous face. His personality was gentle, kind and loving. He went to work with his forever parents every day until he became ill. They lost Oscar due to kidney failure on February 1, 2010. Oscar lived a wonderful life during his time with his family and they miss him every single day. Ending up in a shelter for a senior dog is devastating. This is not the way a senior dog’s life of loyal dedication and love should end. Please consider giving a senior dog a warm bed to live out the rest of his/her life.
Shortly after creating an account on Facebook, Nancy started seeing pictures of dogs on urgent lists, meaning they had little time to be adopted or rescued. After reading plea after plea for a group of dogs in Missouri, she couldn’t sit back and do nothing. Nancy personally sponsored the rescue of 14 dogs from a shelter in Joplin, Missouri. Another rescue came forward with the donation, and paid and saved all 14 dogs, 5 who later came to her home where she found wonderful families for each one.
This created a sense of urgency where Nancy wanted to do more. After placing messages on Kijiji to ask if anyone in her area shared the same compassion as she did to form a local rescue, they had their first orientation meeting in October 2010. It has taken a lot of time and work, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, to form their new rescue organization, CK Animal Rescue. Nancy is very proud of their accomplishments since that first meeting, where a small group of animal lovers came forward to hear what she had to say about her passion to save dogs from high kill shelters. She will be forever grateful.
Now, Charlie, one of the dogs CK Animal Rescue recently saved, needs help. He is currently in a loving foster home, but sadly, was diagnosed with lymphoma. There is no cure for Charlie’s lymphoma, but CK Animal Rescue’s goal is to give him the best life for the time he has left. The rescue takes in many animals with various health issues, but this is the first time they have taken one in who was given so little time. Medical costs will include visits to his vet, medication and emergencies as needed as his health starts to deteriorate.
Charlie is full of life and love, and has no idea how grim his prognosis is. After a rough start to life, he deserves to live the life he always deserved, no matter how much time he has left. Read Charlie’s full story HERE. CK Animal Rescue is a registered charity and donations are tax deductible.
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Just some of CK Animal Rescue Dogs Waiting for Their Forever Homes