Ashes for hope
Ashes for Hope has always approached supporting animals from a "nameless, faceless animal aspect" ......until now and until Minnie. We thought that we would take a leap of faith and put a name, face and story with a "Memory" collection. Minnie will be our first. I was approached by a selfless, caring, devoted animal advocate and volunteer with Minnie'w story and cremains. Ashes For Hope Supporters and family will now be able to purchase any piece in our collection containing precious cremains from Minnie. So without further adieu: Here is Minnie'a story in the words of one of the countless, loving and amazing volunteers.
"As a volunteer at a local animal shelter for the past two years I have seen over 100 animals get adopted into loving homes, over 100 happy endings.Minnie's story does not have a happy ending.Minnie came to the shelter after spending the first year of her life tied up outside. She was underweight and showed signs of resource guarding which is not uncommon for dogs that have been chained up and not properly cared for. That being said, it did not take long for Minnie to show what a lovable playful dog she was and she quickly stole the hearts of volunteers and staff at the shelter. Not long after arriving at the shelter Minnie had what appeared to be a miscarriage.This led to health complications and although Minnie was taken to the vet several times it was apparent that she was not herself. She continued to be loving not only toward many of us at the shelter but we also watched her lick the vet staff that poked and prodded her on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, Minnie did have trust issues and along with being in distress she acted out aggressively when she approached by someone she did not know well. This resulted in a person getting hurt and the worst possible outcome for Minnie. She was quarantined, labeled as "un- adoptable" and scheduled for euthanasia. This is the heart breaking and harsh reality for dogs who behave aggressively at shelters. There is no such thing as a no kill shelter. Animals that become a liability do not get second chances. During her last days at the shelter Minnie was showered with gifts and as much love and affection that we could give through the other side of a kennel cage. Although we all know that we cannot save them all, it does not make us shed less tears or ease the pain of grief when we lose one.The only thing we could think of to do was to pitch in an cover the cost of having Minnie's ashes returned to us. By donating them to Ashes For Hope we hope that in Minnie's Memory she can contribute to their mission of saving shelter and rescue animals, even if it is one at a time. You were not only loved Minnie but now we know you will be remembered as well.