The National Grand Prize Winner Is Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Rescue!

The National Grand Prize Winner Is Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Rescue!

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Athena The Dreamer


Athena The Dreamer


Patti Pulliam
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*Athena the Dreamer was a very sick, possibly dumped girl, in East Texas, Sept 2020. I started fostering her, through Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue. You name it, she had it. Parasites, worms, high heartworm positive, every kind of mange, embedded harness, severely underweight, teeth ground to the gums. She had, and still has, a heart and soul full of love. Through the amazing help of SDC, the volunteers, vets, everyone, she started to heal, and quietly stole my heart. She has been the most amazing therapy I could ask for. We've helped each other heal from our yesterdays, and still continue to do so. She makes my days brighter, never dull, and, we're guessing between 8 to 11 yrs old, acts like a puppy, and every day is a new adventure for us! She now helps me with other fosters we have coming in. She shows them it's a safe and loving place, and how to be a part of love. I adopted Athena in March of 2021. Or, as we call it, a foster fail! Thank you, SDC, for everything đź’ś
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Pawsitive Notes From Our Panelists

Our Panelists loved reading through your stories and hearing about the amazing relationships that your rescue organizations helped to build. Here’s what they had to say about the Fresh Start initiative this year:

"These were all so moving, it made it nearly impossible to decide!"
Sarah Michelle Gellar
"After reading these stories, we are filled with HOPE. With every bad story comes the sweetest outcome. It's so easy to become surrounded by the negative, but so much positive comes with rescuing."
"These stories illustrate how rescues and shelters play a crucial role in not only giving pets a second (or first) chance at a loving, stable life, but also helping to fulfill families of all shapes, sizes, gender, and race. I salute the rescues and shelters across the country who are doing the important work of saving lives and elevating the magic that is the human animal bond."
Dr. Aziza Glass
"It absolutely warms my heart and soul to know that so many wonderful dogs are finding their person because of the dedication, love, and kindness that is carried out by shelters all across the country."
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
"I loved reading these stories and learning about all the people across the country who have opened their hearts and homes to special animals. It is people like this who give us hope in animal welfare that forever homes are possible!"
Pennsylvania SPCA

Congrats to all of our 2022 Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated to help us give dogs and cats across the country a Fresh Start. Because of you, we were able to provide much-needed funds to rescues doing the hard and crucial work of finding forever homes for animals in need. We appreciate your ongoing support of the program, and have no fear – Fresh Start will be back next year!

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