Sally Mellon Bell is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Iwona Sobieraj.
For anyone that has met her, you will know the kind of lady Iwona Sobieraj is. Kind, loving, and most of all selfless in her pursuit of saving dogs and cats in need. She pulls unwanted animals from high kill shelters, takes in the lost souls from owners that are no longer able or willing to care for them, and gives them a second chance at a better life. Iwona foregoes the luxuries of life to support her aging mother, son, and the animals in her care. She drives a van that often needs repairs to stay on the road, travelling many miles per year to reach dogs and cats in jeopardy. If you visit her property, you will see her extensive efforts to provide the best place possible for the animals on a very low budget. Fences need repairs, electricity and heat bills need to be paid, there are extensive veterinary bills, food, litter, cleaning supplies, the list goes on. In a devastating turn of events, Iwona's son Damian has been pulled, deceased, from the St. Lawrence River in Brockville. His death is currently being investigated as a crime. For a woman that has done so much to give back to the world, to sacrifice daily comforts so that others may live better, this loss and the nature of her son's death is utterly horrific and unfair. On top of her daily financial struggles in animal rescue, she now faces funeral and aftercare expenses as she attempts to crawl out of the darkness that only the loss of a child can bring. PLEASE consider a donation, small or large. Every dollar added to this fund will make a difference and hopefully will be a tiny light in the dark for Iwona.