Once upon a time, a father took his family to the Humane Society on the Big Island of Hawaii. They made their small monthly donation, then spent some time with the animals. They talked about volunteer opportunities, and realized how much certain dogs reminded them of their own dog back on the mainland — which made them miss him even more.
The older girl, who was almost 4, began to wonder: what was the Humane Society for, and how did it work? Difficult as explaining this was, mom and dad were honest with their daughter. Looking at one timid little dog named Frodo, they spoke candidly about his chances of survival.
Smiling, the little girl nonchalantly walked up and down the aisle. Stopping at each kennel, she let the dogs sniff her carefully cupped hand before petting them.
The father’s head buzzed with bits and pieces from his daughter’s conversations with the kennel dogs: “I promise my daddy won’t let anyone take you to heaven yet.” She asked, “We only make promises we keep, right daddy?” His head swirled, a lump filled his throat. Tears welled up in his eyes, his heart pounded. How could he recite the carefully rehearsed speech that would break the young girl’s heart?
“You see sweetie, what you have promised these doggies is impossible. I don’t have the power, knowledge or resources to even attempt such a feat, much less overcome the odds and be successful. We’ll do what we can, but unfortunately for many, it will not be enough. Sometimes, bad things happen and we can’t stop them.”
Those words would not leave his mouth. “My daddy is going to save Frodo,” the girl beamed with pride to the worker. “He’s going to save them all.” Then her daddy found the right words to say: “That’s right sweetie.” In reality, he had no idea how he’d accomplish anything, but figured he might be living with several dogs if he didn’t come up with a plan. At that moment, he just wanted to relish in the fact that he was his daughter’s hero.
Five days later, Frodo was on a plane to the West Coast; in five more, he was adopted to his loving forever home in Portland, Oregon. In less than 60 days Big Island Dogs Rescue had sent several dozen other adoptable dogs to the U.S. Mainland. With corporate and individual sponsorship dollars, and through financial support from our generous donors the number of loving companions finding mainland forever homes continues to grow.
To rescue even more, our search for sponsors continues. Won’t you help us reduce the high kill rate of adoptable dogs among Hawaii humane societies shelters to zero?
There’s a little girl who believes that together, we can do it.