Starting Over Dog Rescue
Cici - the rescue dog
Cici had twenty-four hours to find a home before she would be killed. She had not eaten for days, had an open wound on her foot and her hip joint had been smashed. She was one of the lucky ones, rescued by Starting Over Dog Rescue.
Read her story and find out how you can help other dogs find a loving home.
What drove you to join Starting Over Dog Rescue?
They chose me. I was in a dog pound in country Victoria and had 24 hours to find a home before being killed. I had not eaten for days, had an open wound on my foot and my hip joint had been smashed. Fortunately, the kind people from Starting Over Dog Rescue drove 6 hours from Melbourne to pick me and 3 other dogs up.
What’s been your proudest moment in business?
When I first walked on four legs after the hip operations Starting Over Dog Rescue paid for. I still struggle to use my leg all the time but I am getting there.
What mistake have you learned most from?
Not to chew the toys in my foster family’s house. They have a 3 year old boy who is fun to play with and he was so upset when I chewed one of his toys that I’m trying hard not to chew anything else.
What would you say is the recipe for success in your sector?
Truly being ‘man’s best friend’ and helping people in the community enjoy living with a dog. Young Hugo, at my foster family, tells everyone about his ‘Cici’ it is very touching. When we get the whole community involved in a cause it’s amazing what we can achieve.
What have you learned about yourself?
I have an amazing temperament. Despite being badly treated, having lots of pain from my leg I was still able to cuddle up and be loved by my foster family – I’ve even overcome my fear of cars.
What has been your biggest sacrifice for the business?
I’ve had to move 6 hours from home but as I have found a caring foster family I am learning to love it.
Given what you know now, what would you do differently?
I’d like to say get my owners to treat me, and dogs like me, better. We have feelings too – and so much love to give.
Who would you most like to employ in your business – famous or otherwise?
People with big hearts. Starting Over Dog Rescue needs more foster cares, general volunteers, donations and people to adopt dogs like me.
If you care, please help by contacting them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Best piece of advice to other not for profits?
Stay true to your cause and keep telling the community what they can do to help.
Not-for-profits make the world a better place and so keep tugging on the heart strings of people who care about what you do.
Cici has just found a new home and is loving the company of her new dog friend Levi and his family.