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My name is Shannon, I am the Founder of Northern Lakes Rescue. I have been doing animal rescue for about three years and have made it my life's passion. My dream is that there will not be a need for animal rescues and shelters, but until then I will make it my life's work to protect and save as many dogs as our rescue is able to. I rescue because all animals need a voice and I want and intend to be one of those voices. It takes a community to make rescuing animals happen, I am just one of many. By having Northern Lakes Rescue in Northern Minnesota I am hoping to bring awareness to foster-based rescue and educate people so they have a clear understanding of what the differences are between a shelter and a rescue.
My name is Neal Fisher, vice president of NLR, and I've been involved with animal rescue for almost 5 years now. I got started because my daughter fell in love with a deaf dog at our local animal shelter. We followed his story, and he ended up in a foster home for a rescue in the cities where I eventually became a volunteer. That got my foot in the door, and I've been hooked ever since. I have done everything from transports, to hosting adoption events, and everything in between! Animal rescue has become my passion, and it's where I've met many of my very close friends! I have been and always will be a voice for the voiceless. Together WE save!
My name is Shelley, I am the Secretary for NLR. I have had rescue dogs my whole life, but it really became a serious part of my life 5 years ago when we rescued our black Lab/ German Sheppard, Hamlet. Then came Lady, she was my Mother's Day present.
Finally, my amazing husband, Neal, convinced me we needed to foster this sweet little 6 week old puppy or she was going to die. Needless to say, within 24 hours I was a foster failure. Fast forward 2 years and Nala is the final member of our pack. I LOVE rescue because my husband, daughter and I are all in this TOGETHER. It's our family's passion.
Why I rescue… Why canine and not feline, children, equines, etc. One day my son came home with a dog, he found it in the dumpster behind the restaurant he worked at. The dog’s breed was outlawed in Colorado, he was a pit bull – we moved to Minnesota, gave him a name "Oso" and he would now become a part of our human family. He was the love of my life for 17 years, we put him to sleep when he got cancer. When the vet asked if I wanted to say good-bye, I hugged him and laid my hands to pet him one last time – I said, " until we meet again, please come back to me."
He has since guided me into the lives of many canines that needed a voice, a meal, a hug, some compassion, and a warm bed. How can I turn away the needs of so many that were sent here to give unconditional love? I wonder how an animal gives its’ heart to all of those that do not deserve the love of an animal with so much soul. I drove 1700 miles to save a beagle – why would I do that for some dog that I did not know?
Why do I care? Because the one being rescued in 1987 was me being saved by a canine, he saved me from an abuser and I swore I would give my soul to the next one that could not help themselves from a striking hand, being kicked, not being fed, cared for or even loved. And canine or human, we deserve better. That's why I rescue…
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