This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Sonya Zorn King, Founder and Executive Director, Two by Two Animal Rescue
What inspired you to start giving?
When I saw the need; the hungry, struggling dogs, I started giving of my time and financial resources to feed and meet the other needs of the abandoned dogs roaming an impoverished area of a southern Birmingham suburb.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community? T
he tag line of Two by Two Rescue is “The good hearted are kind to animals.” I believe we honor God by using our time and energy to bless God's creatures. The needs are so great, and as someone committed to no kill, it is imperative that we continue to give life to all abandoned, abused, stray and distressed animals without regard to age, breed, color, or medical condition, and to keep pets in their homes by offering relief to people in crisis.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Know your passion. Be sensitive to the needs around you. Ask God to show you where to start and how your time, talents, and treasures are needed where you are!
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
The reason I named the black shepherd mix dog Lazarus is pretty obvious once you hear his story. Lazarus was surrendered by his owner at an animal shelter. At the time he was bloody after being hit by a car. Because he wasn't adopted, his euthanasia date arrived. He got the shot, still had a faint heartbeat, so got the shot again. The veterinarian declared him dead. The next morning, when shelter workers arrived to remove the other dogs that had been put down the night before, he was sitting up in his kennel.
Lazarus was set to get another euthanasia shot the next day. I was contacted by an animal advocate who saw Lazarus’ story on Facebook and within an hour I had arranged transportation to get him from the shelter, over 150 miles away.
When he got out of the car at my house, I immediately named him Lazarus. It only took a couple of seconds. I said, Lazarus, I'm so glad to meet you, and he responded to his new name.
Initially Lazarus had to wear a temporary cast to protect the pad on one of his legs that was torn off when he was hit by the car. Unfortunately, Lazarus was infested with heartworms, so he was started on treatment for that potentially deadly condition. And Lazarus had to be neutered when he was healthy enough for the surgery.
I believed only God could take this dog. Two by Two placed him in a loving foster home where he has lived for four years. Lazarus’ story can be replicated over and over because of the volunteers and donors who give selflessly to the rescue.