Kristin Boswell, Director of Patient Services and Billing, contributes this entry.
Growing up I was fortunate to be the proud owner of all sorts of pets - dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, fish, every box turtle I could find to bring home, even a rabbit at one time. So, it’s really no surprise how much of a bleeding heart I have when it comes to four legged (sometimes even three legged) creatures. Every animal, no matter how big or small, deserves a great home. For all these reasons, at the end of a fulfilling week of enriching the lives of Dankmeyer patients, it’s off to help those who are unable to help themselves. To find homes for those who have no means to find their own home. To love those who might not feel loved.
Many of my weekend days throughout the year are spent at fundraising walks and events to support homeless animals and shelter adoption. Being able to promote awareness and simply advocating for animals provides me with the opportunity to enrich even more lives throughout many different communities. These annual fundraising events are about saving lives, both human and furry.
Most recently, my husband and I, along with Dankmeyer’s resident 3D dog Digit, participated in the MuttNation March in Nashville, TN to support the MuttNation Foundation and their efforts to raise awareness for the countless shelter pets who are desperate to find their forever home. Over 1,000 people participated in the inaugural MuttNation March, raising well over $15,000 for homeless animals. Sixty shelter dogs were also adopted out over the course of four days! This even made Digit’s tail wag!
There really are no words to describe the feeling you get when participating in events to promote awareness of homeless and abused animals and helping them find their forever home. Each event has not only allowed me to give back to the community, but has enriched my life as well.
(You can read about Digit's trip with Kristin and Richard by clicking here.)