Tracy’s love of dogs began as a child and only became stronger with time.
The seed was planted in her soul long before she knew how to utter a word. The love of dogs grew and grew in her heart. She was meant to be surrounded by these blessed creatures.
It was her dream, if only a distant dream. A dream she hoped would come to pass but for so long was only that. Her love of dogs began as a child and only became stronger with time. She always wanted to begin a dog rescue. She had a dream to rescue the dogs, that she loved so much, from all sadness and hurt. She didn’t know if it would ever come to fruition.
Her heart is so big, so filled with love, compassion and caring. She thought it might bust if she didn’t share it. Her and her husband fostered and then adopted two children and rescued four dogs. They had a houseful of activity and joy. They were happy.
Then in July of 2013 the Lord looked down and smiled. It was time. She was ready.
The right people entered into her life, people with a heart for dogs. Some had the contacts, resources and knowledge to help her fulfill her dream. They all believed in her and her mission. They all felt it was time. And so the dream became a reality.
A Board of Directors was formed, five members. The appropriate forms to become an official non-profit were filed. Plans were being formed and a name was chosen. They would be Harper’s Haven Dog Rescue, featuring Elderpaw and Hospice Hope. With the goal of giving abandoned senior dogs a sanctuary to live out their lives in peace and a place for the dogs of people in hospice to stay as long as they needed.
As long as there is a dog in need she will be there to help. There is never a shortage of dogs that need her. There are dogs that need to be loved and cared for, dogs needing to be rescued. There are dogs that need to be removed from the abuse. It is knowledge of this that drives her every day to keep going.
There are currently five puppies, their mother, a Malti-poo, a beagle, a German shepherd, and a Cane Corso. She wants to help more but there is no more room and very little funds. Until the non-profit status becomes official and she can apply for grants she only has small donations and her own funds to use to care for the animals. A few caring souls have put together fundraisers to help. But there will always be a need for more.
The biggest (financial) goal she has right now is to raise enough funds to build an appropriate building. Until those funds are raised they are all living in her home. There isn’t any more room. Her and her family have sixteen acres of land they can be free on. But that doesn’t protect them from the elements.
It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of love to run the rescue. She will use her last bit of energy and resources to help these animals. After all, it’s been her dream since before she could utter a word.
The website for Harper’s Haven Dog Rescue is, www.harpershaven.org. And they are also on facebook at Harper’s Haven Dog Rescue.