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8/22/2014 11:22:00 AM
Red Rose now focuses on rehab and healing center
Tina Allegrezza and Rosey
Tina Allegrezza and Rosey
Tina Allegrezza
Special to The Villager

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals was founded 5 years ago and has primarily been known for bringing to the community a variety of organized special events for the benefit of animal rescue: art and craft shows, pet adoptions, motorcycle runs and rummages for rescue.

Now that the Red Rose Thriftique is open at 41 Bell Rock Plaza, we are working towards our future rehab and healing center which will provide help to canines and felines who are suffering physically and/or emotionally from abusive situations.

All the wonderful programs that we offer, from Emergency Medical and Free Spay/Neuter to Trap Neuter Return for Felines to name a few, not only greatly benefits pets but their owners too.

I was contacted earlier this month by a veteran who had a desperate plea, he wrote: "The last 6 years has been a series of hardships and have diminished my physical, mental and financial capabilities. This is heart wrenching, I come to tears over this. I wish somebody could help."

This individual believed he would need to place his two dogs in a home as he could not afford the medical care they required. He had exhausted all the other possibilities and this was his last ditch effort to find them a home before using Craigslist, which he had heard horror stories about and really wanted to avoid taking that route.

I immediately called him back and asked the questions that led me to the perfect solution. The reason he was considering surrender was based strictly out of necessity due to financial reasons.

So I asked specifically, if we (Red Rose) can take the financial burden out of the equation for the needed surgery, would you consider keeping the dogs? With tears of joy his answer was, Yes!

Later, he wrote me a letter not only to express his gratitude, but also to thank me for changing his belief in the human heart. His exact words were: "Red Rose is proof, people do care. Most of all thank you for the hope."

Red Rose is not only about helping animals, it is also about helping individuals and families through tough times.

Behind every situation, there is a story. Since part of our mission statement is about connecting animals with people, we are delighted when we are able to make a difference and impact people's lives through the programs we have created.

In 2013, a new program was founded as collaboration with a transitional home in Cottonwood - "Getting Back on Your Paws Fund."

This fund has helped pet owners who have fallen upon hard times, and are so dedicated to their animals that they would rather remain homeless than to give up their animal.

Through Red Rose, we have established a place where people can stay with their pets while working to find permanent housing.

In 2014, Gary DeGeronimo, in association with Red Rose, created The Gentle Hearts Service Dogs.

The Gentle Hearts program was formed in order to provide trained and qualified canines as Service Dogs for those in need, with a particular focus being on autistic children. Most other disabilities are considered for this program as well.

People are often amazed about Red Rose and the programs we provide for animals.

Red Rose is not only about the animals, it is just as much about the people we impact and the lives we change by way of financial assistance through our programs and our simple acts of kindness.

I thank you for your continued support, and together we are making a difference.

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