2015 #MyGivingStory Award Winner

By Lesley Estrada

Meet Carlos. He stands about 14 inches tall at the shoulder, weighs a strapping 35 pounds, has a short corkscrew tail, and this tongue. This tongue that insists on sticking out. It's become a trademark for all who know and love him.

Carlos is a dog I foster through NorCal Bully Breed Rescue. Why do I foster? Because it saves lives. Carlos was found nine months ago, wandering town, skinny, with a massive cleft palate and a prolapsed rectum. We would later discover he was also heartworm positive. Given all of these medical issues, any of which could have killed him, Carlos was labeled “rescue only.” In other words, not available for adoption to the public. The reality of this label is that Carlos would die if a rescue didn't step up to save him. Enter NorCal Bully Breed Rescue.

Carlos is one of the numerous dogs NorCal Bully Breed Rescue has saved from death this year. Instead, rescued dogs are given an opportunity to flourish with a family. That is why I give my time and effort to this cause: to save lives. The problem of pet homelessness is man-made, and we must work together as a community to defeat unnecessary animal euthanasia.

Tonight I was told yet again, “you can't save them all.” Challenge accepted. Together, we can.

Written in support of NorCal Bully Breed Rescue.