They say it takes a village to raise a child, save a person or save an animal. Sometimes it starts with a village then dwindles down to one person who still continues to care and refuses to give up.
Thus is the case of Anastasia Devaris who rescued five dogs in the Tampa, Florida area. These dogs were all strays running loose in an area where dog fighting is still prevalent. One dog was almost hit by a car. Anastasia could not leave them to roam the streets with all the dangers around them. With the help of a fellow rescuer all five dogs were taken off the streets and placed in boarding.
That was five months ago. In the interim, the fellow rescuer abandoned Anastasia and the dogs in their care and left Anastasia with the financial and emotional burden of caring for the dogs. In addition to walking out when her help was still desperately needed, she pocketed the adoption fee that was received for the one dog that did get a home, never giving a penny to Anastasia to help defray the cost of vetting and boarding all five dogs.
There are four dogs still in boarding. Anastasia is looking for help networking the dogs to try and get them into foster homes or adoptive homes. They have been living in cages for five months. She is also reaching out to the rescue community for financial assistance to help pay off the enormous bill accrued over the past five months. The sooner the dogs get out of boarding the sooner the bills will stop accruing.
The four dogs needing homes are Willow, a male dog, Sadie, Lucy and Diamond all three females. All for dogs were given a personality profile by someone who has worked with a certified canine behaviorist but is not certified herself. Diamond is the only one of the four who suffers from food aggression and has started with a certified trainer to overcome this.
For more specific information on each of the dogs or if you are interested in rescuing, fostering or adopting any of them please message Anastasia Devaris on her Facebook page.
If you are able to donate to help with the boarding and vetting costs please visit the fundraiser page
Donors are welcome to contact Temple Terrace Animal Hospital at (813) 988-1189 to verify the costs. If anyone requests a full itemized bill of the expenses to date, Anastasia will be happy to email that upon request.
“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7