RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Boxers and Buddies is a local non-profit with a mission to rescue dogs from high-kill shelters. So far they've saved thousands of dogs, and impacted nearly as many families.
"He is total family," says Sue Bugajsky. "I wouldn't have it any other way."
Sue and her husband Steve adopted Murray from Boxers and Buddies a few years ago. And he came along at the perfect time, just a month after their previous dog had to be put down.
"It was traumatic for both of us," says Steve. "And when we got a second dog that quickly, it kind of eased some of the pain. Murray has probably settled the family down a little bit."
Sue has seen both sides, not only adopting, but now serving as the fundraising and volunteer coordinator for Boxers and Buddies.
"You never get the full story of a rescue," admits Sue. "What's happened in the past, the most recent story is what we get. You know, you get them back into health. You take care of the mange, you put some meat on their bones. And then you find the right family."
Their work is never-ending, with over three million dogs nationwide entering shelters every year. And 670,000 of them are euthanized annually. Those who adopt or foster are literally saving lives, all while impacting their own.
"We've seen a lot of things on television about foster children. That's a very big step in somebody's life," says Steve. "If you can't make that step, take a little step and take a pet. Look for a dog, look for another animal that needs some love and attention. And you'll probably find out, he's loving you back."
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