Enter Laken, who fell in love her at first site. She filled out the adoption papers, not knowing that had it been a different rescue, or a different time at our rescue, she would have been denied. Was Laken a bad pet owner, a bank robber, or a car thief? Not even close. She was a college student, and carried the stigma that she was too young to adopt a dog.
Fortunately, Angels of Assisi had been coming around to a different way of thinking, and the adoption papers were signed. From day one, Laken brought out the best in Sadie, and we loved seeing the photos roll in, especially those that showed the gentle care she took to cover Sadie's neck scars.
As Laken has grown, so has her advocacy, and last Friday she kicked off the inaugural Putts Fore Paws golf tournament to benefit the Biscuit Fund and the Guardian Angel program for pets caught in the middle of domestic violence.
The day was absolutely perfect, and made even better by the smile on Laken's face as the golfers kept coming and coming. Truth be told, there is no more humbling experience than to see how much work people put into hosting events that help the animals at Angels of Assisi, and how many people show up to support them, with Putts Fore Paws being a perfect example. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all.
Laken is graduating from college today, and we're so proud to have witnessed her voice tuning up for a lifetime of ringing loud and clear, for those who need her most.
Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.