By Katie Kohler
“Who rescued who?”
People who rescue animals from shelters often have this saying displayed on bumper stickers, magnets, or tee shirts.
Saving a dog from a shelter and seeing the joy on their face during their “freedom ride” to their new home could even make Cruella de Vil to crack a smile.
The person oftentimes gets rescued in a way, too. The dog becomes a source of happiness and comfort through hard times.
The “who rescued who” forges tight bonds.
Jennifer Robinson is a great example. She is the CEO of Purposeful Networking and sought-after to conduct keynotes and workshops on business networking topics for universities, conferences, companies and non-profits. Robinson is also the President of FemCity Philadelphia, a contributing writer to various publications, and a lawyer.
On Tuesday, October 30th at Kendra Scott in Ardmore, she will be enjoying another one of her roles, “crazy rescue dog mom.”
Kendra Scott in Ardmore does various giveback events and Robinson won a raffle to hold a party at the store. She decided to choose a fundraiser – Sip, Shop and Support Saved Me Animal Rescue. From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy sips, treats, and networking while supporting Saved Me Animal Rescue who will receive a portion of the evening’s proceeds. There will also be a doggie contest and prizes for the best costume. Ray Little, volunteer coordinator at Saved Me, will be in attendance with a few volunteers and one or two adoptable dogs.
Robinson has been on the board of Saved Me for about two years and has spent eighteen years involved in the rescue community. The event is also a chance for her to show the power of “who rescued who.” Robinson and her husband, Walter, are on their fifth rescue dog. Currently, they have two rescue pit bulls, Braxton and Jake, from ACCT Philadelphia.
Jake’s backstory is unknown but Braxton’s was a sad one before his rescue. He was tied to a fence outdoors in Philadelphia for two years with little food and water.
Today, through the care of Jennifer and Walter, Braxton is at a healthy weight and well-socialized. He will also be at the event in costume – a cape and crown – with Robinson who is planning on going as Minnie Mouse.
“I see the impact rescue animals and any animals can have,” said Robinson. “There is a stigma attached to bully breeds and rescue dogs in general that they won’t be wonderful animals. A lot of animals really get it. They know they were in a shelter and they are now in a beautiful home and have a nice life.”
Saved Me is a non-profit organization focused on saving dogs and cats from shelters that are forced to euthanize due to limited amount of space. They provide medical care, shelter, food, and a safe & healthy environment for rescues. Since their inception in 2014, 9,429 animals have been saved.
Saved Me has adoption centers at all Doggy Style pet stores and an operations center is planned to open in early 2019 on Federal Street in Philadelphia.
“There are still a lot of people who are hesitant to go into city shelters. Sometimes it is depressing to walk a city shelter. But I think if they did, at least half of them would choose to adopt,” said Robinson.