UPDATE: July 6, 2020:
Our trip is mapped at and accommodations are booked! We will be driving a northern route to enjoy a milder climate, leaving on Friday, July 10 from Fairfax, Virginia -> South Bend, Indiana -> Lincoln, Nebraska -> Denver, Colorado -> Moab, Utah and finally arriving Acton, California on the night of Tuesday, July 14. Then taking Taz to Save Them Dogs the next day and flying back from LAX that evening!
I've increased the goal to $9000 - Taz will be saved regardless thanks to you all and I've already paid the invoice! But the trip is going to cost at least $2000, which is really going to hurt - and there are Go Fund Me fees I have to pay as well. It's worth it for this pup, and I hate asking for more, but anything additional would be so appreciated. I probably should have asked for more initially, but my priority was just making sure we had the $ for the program.
I'll be sure to get lots of pictures and videos along the way and I'll let you all know where to see those! Planning to do a little practice run today to see how Taz does in the car - wish us luck!
Wow! We did it! AMAZING - can't believe it and so happy for Taz! Thanks to your amazing generosity we've met our goal and I'll be taking him cross country to Save Them Dogs in mid-July! I will update here once I have a firm date and details, and I'll be documenting the entire adventure, so stay tuned!
I'll be leaving the fundraiser up and accepting more donations to hopefully offset the Go Fund Me fees and some of the hefty travel expenses - but the important thing is we got what we needed so on behalf of Taz and all his supporters,THANK YOU!!
Taz came to the shelter where I work after his owner, who raised him from puppyhood until he was 5 years old, died. When he first arrived he was very scared and defensive. Within a day, Taz warmed up and became the loving, hilarious goofball that our staff knows him to be.
Unfortunately, last week a staff member was walking him around a blind corner where a new volunteer was standing - this surprised Taz and resulted in a bite to the arm. This followed a bite that occurred when a foster was introducing him to a stranger in the home.He is now out of options with the shelter, and will be euthanized unless we can find another way out. Taz is amazing with the staff and has had no problems meeting new people at the shelter using a simple introduction protocol. But due to liability issues, the organization feels we cannot safely place him in a home. But thanks to the amazing Steffen Baldwin and his organization Save Them Dogs, we have the awesome opportunity to not only save Taz's life, but make sure he is getting exactly the type of care he needs by the best in the biz! And we have been authorized to try to secure the funds for Taz outside of the organization to get him there!
We are so grateful that they are making this opportunity available to him and us. But it does come with an understandable price tag - $7000. As someone who had their own training facility, this is actually a BARGAIN for what they provide. Their work is top notch - intensive and thorough - and they will take full ownership of Taz and do everything they can to provide him with a safe, happy life! I'm really excited for him to get this opportunity, but we need to get the funds!
All the love puts a big smile on Taz!
Taz catches the ball - now please help him catch a little luck!
If we raise enough to get him into the program, I will personally drive Taz from our shelter in Fairfax, Virginia to Save Them Dogs in Acton, California. This will surely be a hilarious adventure - Taz is a really funny dog - and I'll post a running diary of our hijinks here.
The shelter isn't giving us much time to get this together, though no firm deadline has been given yet. But we are definitely talking days, not weeks, to come up with a plan for him. So please, if you can, donate a dollar or two and help give Taz the second chance he deserves!!!
On behalf of Taz and his supporters, thank you so much!
Taz likes to pull me around the room while I sit on his bed.
Taz puts himself to bed.
- Stacey Pawson
- Ann Lindholm
- Jennifer Peterson