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We do this so they have the life they deserve, not the life they didn't ask for.


The neglect changes you. The abuse hardens you.... The suffering breaks you.

The ignorance angers you. The indifference disturbs you. The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis…your faith will be tested. Your heart will be wounded.... Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself. You’ll question your strength. You’ll question the world.

On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down. You’ll get up. You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis…you’ll look back… You’ll see faces… You couldn’t save them.

You’ll learn to mourn. To grieve. To sob. You’ll learn to trust a little less. To do a little more. To fight a little harder.

You’ll learn to try. To hope. To pray. You’ll learn to fail. To succeed. To accept. You’ll learn when to hold on.

When to give up. When to let go. You’ll learn who you are. What you stand for. Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter. You’ll question what you’re doing. You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But…here’s the good news: When you forget, when you question, when you wonder… All you have to do is take a look around…

And you’ll see them. You’ll see their faces. You’ll see their smiles. You’ll feel their love. In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…

You’ll remember their beginnings…You’ll know how far they’ve come… You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…

When they didn’t trust you…When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them… How you loved them…How they loved you, too. And as you look back…

You’ll want to move forward… For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…

Because you existed.

In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased. Every question will be answered.

Every worry will subside.

Because in that instant…in each of your hearts… You both share the very same thought:

“Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”

And honestly…no matter what else happens… Those moments hold all the strength you need… To keep going.

Rescue is pain. Rescue is joy. Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it. And that’s the honest truth.

~ Author unknown

We have a wish list!

Maybe you can’t foster or adopt but you can still be a huge help!

We are always in need of:

  1. Food (dog & cat)

  2. Cat Litter

  3. Containers/buckets

  4. Warming Discs

  5. Blankets

  6. Good Quality dog food

  7. Lysol/Clorox wipes

  8. Someone to do Laundry!

  9. TOYS! (Kongs like the

        one to the left)

Any help you can give is always appreciated!

Strays That Can’t Pay will be holding our annual Sud/Spud Fundraiser Nite at Houston’s in Brandon on Oct 6th, 5-9 pm. We cant’t wait! Join us for dinner and stay for 50/50, silent auction and more!

Tickets are only $20 - available at:

Goldon Acres Boarding (1st & Patricia)

Sola Dog Salon and Daycare (752 1st St.)

Pet Value

Animals come in. Animals get fostered. Animals get medical care. Animals get adopted. Bills get paid. There is a team at strays that can't pay. They often work the hardest and thanked the least because their work is not so public as mine can be. I am often thanked for what 'i' do but this 'i' is a group of dedicated, loving, committed, maybe slightly OCD, opinionated, strong minded women that bring to the table much more than I can. Through thick and thin. Richer and for poorer. In good times and bad. Like any relationship there are ups and downs. No one gets paid a wage and all of us have lives and family that we try to 'fit in' with what we do. But I am proud of each and every one of them. Thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart, truly.

xxx ooo            - Alicia