Local Rescue-Turned-Therapy Dog Needs Your Vote

By MEGHAN DANAHEY / NewsChannel 36, September 24, 2012

Angel, a local rescue-turned-therapy dog, is one of four national finalists in the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Tales of Greatness Contest.


 Angel and her seven pups were starving to death and left to die in their owner’s backyard until S.A.F.E. Animal Haven of Matthews rescued them all.  Now, if she wins, Purina will donate $5,000 in food to S.A.F.E. Animal Haven in Matthews.

“Our dogs come from all over–from the side of the roads, we’ve stopped and picked them up, we’ve gotten them out of shelters, we have calls of neglected or abused animals, we’ve gone and helped out with puppy mills–you name it. They come from everywhere,” said S.A.F.E Animal Haven co-founder Beth Brown.

Angel came into her new home exhausted, limping and skinny, with severe heart worms. The vet found air pellets inside her abdominal cavity during her spay operation, so there it was obvious she had been shot. You can’t tell any of that when you meet her today. Despite all she has been through, her new owners said the love just pours out of her eyes. Angel has thrived since her rescue.

Just one year later, she is a certified A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen and she’s certified with Therapy Dogs International. Her wagging tail and sloppy kisses delight the senior citizens at The Laurels in the Village at Carolina Place.

“Angel gives back in so many ways, so much more than I feel like we’ve given to her, constantly, so that’s why she deserves to win,” said her new owner, Marie Boucher.

She may not know it, but Angel has a legacy. At least one of her puppies–he happens to be our dog, Rooster–just might have a future in pet therapy.

Voting closes October 24.

To vote for Angel, copy and paste the link below into your web-browser:


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