Many of you may remember my December plea for help concerning a pit bull named Legion – sentenced to death for protecting the woman who abused him? (If not, please go here for that story...http://www.dogheirs.com/deborah7/posts/2444-legion-a-good-dog-s-sad-story )
This is an update about Legion – the current, HAPPY chapter in the inspiring story of his journey from abuse victim to healthy, contented dog, living the good life through the love and dedication of the many folks who believed in him and refused to give up along the way. (For Legion's first sad chapter, go here... http://www.firststarontheright.com/legion.htm )
Thanks to an incredible out-pouring of support from the compassionate people here on Dog Heirs, Boycott Belfast for Lennox, and elsewhere, we have managed to raise the money needed to get Legion transferred to the no-kill facility at Best Friends in Utah. The arrangements have been finalized, and today, January 31, Legion begins the trip to this new forever home. He will be accompanied by a couple of the many good friends who cared for, trained and loved him back to health and normalcy during his long, temporary stay at the Longmont Humane Society Shelter in Longmont, Colorado. Another lucky dog, Mitchell, will be making the trip to Best Friends as well. They will be driving straight through (spending the night in Moab) and should arrive at Best friends on February 1st.
Once there, and all the necessary check-ins and paperwork out of the way, they will return to Longmont with the five adorable, adoptable pooches – Lillian, Ava, Elijiah, Dweezil and Jingles in “trade”.
Legion with Gypsy and staff at Longmont Humane Society Shelter
Everyone who loves dogs should take the time to send a message of support and appreciation to the wonderful, caring staff at Longmont for their work with Legion and other troubled dogs like him. Thanks especially to Rhea Moriarity, Behavior and Training Department Manager; Marianna Langan, Training and Behavior Coordinator ; Annie Wyatt, Training Specialist; and 4th level volunteer Michael Schupp. Their dedication to dogs is nothing short of inspirational. Special thanks also to shelter Executive Director Liz Smokowski who supported the efforts of Rhea and Marianna in assisting Legion. Annie and Michael will be accompanying Legion and Mitchell to Best Friends.
Before Longmont Humane Society took Legion in, Lewis & Clark Humane Society Shelter in Helena, Montana had the custody of Legion. We would also like to thank those folks – especially Tanner, the animal behaviorist there, who first tried to make a difference for Legion.
And, lest we forget... before all... Legion was temporarily fostered with the original heroine of this story, Tammara Rosenleaf (known to those of us at Legion's Legion simply as Gypsy), who found and rescued Legion from his abuser, laid the groundwork during his early stay at Lewis & Clark Humane, followed through with his ultimate reprieve from death row, and kept charging steadfastly on to his intensive rehabilitation in Longmont, Colorado, and finally, through the fund-raising efforts that won him a forever safe place at Best Friends. Without her love for all dogs – and for pit bulls in particular – Legion would not be alive and well today. The group, Pit Bulls 4 Peace, of which Gypsy is the Founder and Rescue Manager, was vital in saving his life. We can never thank her enough for her dedication to dogs! Though circumstances prevented Legion staying with her, Gypsy loves him dearly, and will continue to monitor his progress through life, and keep us posted. (Read Gypsy/Tammara's story with Legion here... http://www.care2.com/causes/pit-bull-chained-to-a-wall-stops-a-murder-and-now-needs-a-home.html )
Fortunately, Gypsy was able to fly up to Longmont, Colorado this week to say a personal goodbye to her “boy” before he goes to live at Best Friends. Longmont generously made arrangements for Gypsy and James Travers -- webmaster for Pit Bulls 4 Peace, and another of the very early and dedicated Legion rescuers – to spend a special day and “sleep-over” with Legion. These photos capture some of their visit with Legion and friends from Longmont HSS.
Saying good-bye (for now) at Longmont HSS.
And finally, all of us here at Legions' Legion would especially like to thank YOU, the Dog Heirs community for your commitment to Legion, and for the donations that made his transfer possible. Give yourselves a big pat on the back!
~for Legion's Legion
We invite you to send a personal thank you to:
Tammara Rosenleaf at Pit Bulls 4 Peace – firstname.lastname@example.org
Longmont Humane Society Shelter in Longmont, Colorado
For more information, you can direct questions or comments to us at:
Pit Bulls 4 Peace – email@example.com
Legion's Legion – (a Care2 community of pit bull lovers and advocates organized by PitBulls-4-Peace) http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Legion
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