This Is The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Children At Risk And Stray Dogs, And All Because Of A Veteran!Matthew Russell
They’ve served their country bravely, and sacrificed so much. Disabled veterans deserve all the support they can get from their fellow Americans.
A select few are strong enough to continue their service, however. Among them, perhaps none stronger or more selfless than Grace Hamlin. Hamlin’s W-Underdogs program is keeping Atlanta youths out of gangs, and teaching them to care for homeless pets.
According to the Dogington Post, Hamlin noticed gangs In her Peoplestown/South Atlanta neighborhood were targeting local children, hoping to recruit them into lives of crime. But the veteran wasn’t about to let those lives go. She invited a small group of kids to help with the stray dogs she had been caring for.
Our beautiful baby girl brownie and sweet puppies leave us today! And as you can see Thomas is exhausted he had puppy duty last night and bless him!! Gave me a night off. Thank you so much for helping support vetting and care of these gentle souls, who now going to @twotailzrescue for the care and homes we just can’t find without help!! Please support them and rescue!! Means so much to our work to have them helping us!!
The experiment was a success, and many more would soon follow. While the stray dogs are groomed and shown a love they have long lived without, the children are taught leadership and life skills with the new responsibility. They build dog houses, cat trees, and even share food donations with pet parents who could use the supplies.
“We teach the kids how to manage, care and train dogs and cats and vet them as needed. They learn personal discipline and responsibility as they rehabilitate the animals. They learn how to care for animals and in turn, how to care for themselves and compassion for others.”
Look at that face! This kid only 5 but he already knows being a Hero what he meant to be!! Don’t you love that all kids want to be cops or Vets!! Soldiers or Doctors!! We say do it, support it and make it happen!! Anything possible with that face and his loving mom!! Together they now part of the W-Underdog team!! TO THE RESCUE!
More than 300 dogs have been cared for and rehabilitated through the program. Both the children involved and the Peoplestown/South Atlanta neighborhood have been transformed as well.
Thanks to Hamlin these children can now make more of themselves than life in a gang could ever offer. They have a brighter future, and others are starting to take notice.
Recognize this kid? This W-Underdog has been with us since the beginning!! Then he was 9 now he is 15 years old getting his learners starting high school. Gary has taught me so much about kids and what is the most important thing in life!! When you have a loving home, friends and love for animals, you will have a great chance at finding happiness. Gary is one of the kindest kids we work with everyday and will lead us to better world one community at a time helping animals and inspiring other kids!!
“There are heroes in every community who dedicate their lives to helping animals and are true lifesaving champions,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “Honoring a few of these people and telling their stories is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of them. And perhaps these stories will inspire others to become heroes for animals, too.”
The Petco Foundation and pet behavior expert Victoria Stilwell have honored Hamlin as an Unsung Hero, an award bestowed on those who demonstrate lifesaving efforts on behalf of animals.
“Seeing firsthand the outstanding work being done by these people in their communities was truly inspiring,” said Stilwell. “It was a tremendous honor capturing on tape the spirit and passion of what they do every day, and I’m very excited for a wider audience to witness their amazing work via the Unsung Heroes video series.”
The youth is where we start and believe the most good will come out of! These kids just don’t quit, they believe in what they doing helping their communities, the animals and making them stronger everyday. Where when they get older they believe and know anything is possible. Building empathetic leaders our mission!!
Watch more in the video below!