by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris / Rescue Diva ~
Meet Rescue Diva’s wonderful new friend and fellow animal rescuer Robin!
On Thanksgiving Eve while walking our pooches, we noticed Robin at a local park. She was getting herself and her cat and dog ready to sleep, looking for a spot where they and their shopping cart full of belongings wouldn’t get drenched by the lawn sprinklers, as they had the night before. They also needed a place where they wouldn’t get chased away by the police, who had already told Robin to leave. The problem was that the police hadn’t offered any alternatives.
Refused to abandon her animals
Robin has a developmental disability, so at first it was difficult for us to understand what she was trying to explain. As we began to figure it out, we realized that she is a remarkably brave, resourceful, and loyal person.
She risked her own life to save her dog, Chance, from a man who was beating him. Then, while suffering months of hardship on the streets, she turned down offers of help from homeless shelters and churches because they would have required her to give up Chance and Tiger and “dump” them, as she said, in animal shelters.
Nevertheless it’s clear from the excellent condition of the pets that she somehow managed to take topnotch care of them both.
Safe and comfy
We’ll bring you more on Robin’s story soon. For now, Rescue Diva is delighted to report that Robin and her animal companions are safe, warm, dry, and comfy. We checked the little trio into a local motel. Robin and Tiger will lodge there till we arrange their return to Robin’s hometown.
After a few days at the motel, we moved Chance to a pet hotel, where he’ll board till he finds a foster or forever family.
Their expenses are all covered by RescueDiva.com.
A very thankful Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day, Rescue Diva and Hubsy enjoyed a dee-licious vegan feast with Robin at Native Foods restaurant in Encinitas, California.
The star of the long buffet of yummy items was the Native Foods Wellington loaf served as the main course–homemade seitan snuggled into flaky puff pastry with caramelized onion, savory herbs, and tangy sweet potatoes–a panorama of flavors and textures.
We enjoyed some good laughs as we got to know each other. Rescue Diva feels privileged to meet a courageous rescuer like Robin, and to be of assistance to her and to her animals.
Update: RescueDiva.com sponsored all the expenses for the rescue of Robin, Chance, and Tiger, a total of more than $3,500.
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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris, a career news reporter and fiction author, is RescueDiva.com’s founder and editor. Her fiction includes 17 novels for Simon and Schuster, E.P. Dutton, Avon, and other major publishers (under the name Kathryn Makris), as well as a teleplay for CBS-TV, and a short story for The Bark magazine. She has written hundreds of articles for regional wire services and for outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales, NBC’s Petside.com, RescueDiva.com, AnimalIssuesReporter.com, and Examiner.com (Animal Policy Examiner).
Together with coauthor Shelley Frost, Katerina wrote a step-by-step guide for hands-on, in-the-trenches dog rescue, Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press).