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I adopted a dog from you 6 years ago

Hello my name is Emily Sherman. You probably don't remember me but I adopted a dog from you just over 6 years ago in January of 2004. His name is Bear and he is a black lab/chow mix. I randomly found your email while going through papers and decided to send you a note telling you how happy of a life we have had with Bear. He has been an amazing dog and continues to be to this day. He's sweet, gentle and truly a part of our family. We have since had two kids since adopting Bear and he's been an incredible companion to them. We now live in Michigan and Bear enjoys playing outside in his huge back yard and his nightly walks with the whole family.
This dog has changed my life and has been the best dog I have ever had. I can't thank you enough for bringing him into our lives. I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that he is well and continues to bring happiness to us daily.

I hope the last 6 years have treated you well and that you have been able to sucessfully change people's and animals lives by finding their forever homes.

Thanks so much!
Emily Sherman

Commemorative Speech by a Volunteer

Take a moment to imagine this scenario. Solitude is all you’ve ever known. Picture your life in a cage, unloved and unwanted. Life with no meaning, nothing to hope for.  All this love bound inside you with no one to relay that unconditional affection to or even return it. Just watching through what little tunnel vision you have searching where noises are coming from. Doors slamming, people talking, cats meowing, dogs barking…Loud! Always on edge because of the fear and curiosity of what is happening. Never knowing what the new noise means. Waiting for death. Then that one day where you think it may be your last, a friendly face greats you and smiles. You leave with these people in hopes for a better future. These people are from an animal rescue organization.  Domestic animals such as dogs and cats experience this every day in shelters across America. Animal rescue organizations save as many animals as they can in hopes of their adoption to a loving home with a loving family. According to an accredited website, www.caninetalk.com, “seven dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the United States of America. Of those, only one in five puppies and kittens stay in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining four are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter.” Since so many shelters or humane societies in America euthanize their animals due to overcrowding and everyday illnesses that arise, organizations such as Pitt Friends here in Greenville, NC saves our fuzzy friends by fostering. They welcome as many cats and dogs into their homes and take care of them until they are adopted in order to spare them from a horrific and an untimely death. An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. As stated in a recent statistic from The Humane Society of the United States or the HSUS. That means that one animal is euthanized every six and one half seconds. These deaths can be easily prevented if we were all more aware of organizations such as Pitt Friends. Pitt Friends is an organization that was started because of the local kill shelter in Pitt County. Miss Bobbie Parsons started Pitt Friends after working at the kill shelter to save animals sentenced to death. This involvement will make every attempt to save an animal before it is euthanized. The volunteers of Pitt Friends will foster as many animals into their homes as they can to provide a better future for them.  I am so happy that Pitt Friends dedicates every weekend at Petsmart to help the public become more aware of these animals that need to be adopted. Most people never even think of going to the animal shelter to rescue a pet. By being at Petsmart, more pets are adopted into warm, loving homes. It only takes one innocent glance to fall in love with these pure hearted companions. Everyone has the ability to change a life. Pets come to the kill shelter for a number of reasons; anywhere from previous pet owners deciding that they no longer want their pet for unknown reasons, to strays found in various places. Whatever the reason, they are still euthanized if they are not adopted within a certain amount of time. If we didn’t have Pitt Friends in the area, so many animals would spend their remaining days secluded from the world. Kill shelters force these animals to have a poor quality of life. They are only provided food and water. On a rare occasion, a dog may run in a fenced yard when a potential adoption arises. Overall, they do not receive enough love at a shelter. Pitt Friends will provide the love and care needed to ensure our friends a happy life. I am so thankful to know that enough people care to volunteer their time with Pitt Friends and the animals in need.  I personally have donated my time with Pitt Friends and its other volunteers. I have experienced the overwhelming compassion that I share with so many others towards animals in need of a better future. This experience has told me that we need rescue organizations such as Pitt Friends to help these pets. I have witnessed many cats and dogs adopted through Pitt Friends during my short time with them. It brings so much joy to my heart knowing these animals will live a happy life. People don’t always realize that by adopting a pet, they are sparing a life. Pitt Friends even stays in contact with most of their adopted friends and new families. They like to make sure everything is going smoothly. They even offer to take the dog or cat back if the relationship doesn’t exactly work out. No questions asked! What more can you ask for in an animal rescue group?  

I feel that I have been very fortunate to be included with Pitt Friends even if it was for a short period of time. They have showed me how so many pets can be saved and loved. There should never be a need for a kill shelter in our society.


Amanda Frankow September 15, 2009