After 14 years of Abuse - Sarge Was Rescued!
And just celebrated turning 16 with a birthday party!
The American Dog reports
Every dog has his day, but for Sarge that day came after 14 years of abuse. On September 25, 2009, the Pennsylvania SPCA rescued Sarge and 30 other dogs as part of a major animal cruelty raid in Philadelphia. On that day, Sarge "“ at the ripe old age of 14 "“ began his new life as an "Elderbull" with a mission: to change minds and open hearts to pit bull type dogs like him.
After spending five months in protective custody, Sarge was adopted by Kim Wolf and Thad Stringer and joined their five other rescue dogs in a loving home. Sarge now works as a Certified Therapy Dog with Pals For Life and visits nursing homes and hospitals. Because he suffers from severe arthritis and has to be carried everywhere, Sarge bonds quickly with elders who also struggle with age-related impairments. "He empathizes with elders on a level that younger dogs are not able to. And the fact that he's still 'working' at age 16 (112 in dog years!) means a lot to them," Kim said. Sarge also spends time with children and in May 2010 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter named him "Humane Educator of the Year" for his service to the community.
Sarge empowers children to be proud of who they are and to ignore stereotypes about physical appearances. "Sarge shows kids that everyone is an individual and deserves to be treated as such, whether they're a dog or a human being," Kim said. To prove his point, Sarge wears his crown from the 2010 Philadelphia Barking Beauty Pageant: although the judges drooled over his good looks, it was Sarge's loving spirit that made him the first pit bull type dog to win the crown! Of course, his "girlfriend," a 10-year-old pug named Mary Todd Lincoln, always knew he was a winner. Kim recalled, "From the day we adopted Sarge, it was love at first sight for him and Mary Todd! They're always on the couch snuggling together. She never misses an opportunity to give Sarge kisses."
In September 2010 Sarge celebrated his "Sweet Sixteen" birthday by launching "The Sarge Fund" at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (www. phillypaws.org). With support from the Animal Farm Foundation and private donations, "The Sarge Fund" subsidizes spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and microchips for pit bull type dogs in Philadelphia. "Sarge's goal is to encourage responsible pet ownership by providing affordable and accessible vet care to pit bull owners," said Kim.
*In November, Sarge is receiving an award from the Pennsylvania SPCA at their annual "Good Dog Gala" fundraiser. And in December, he's being honored at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals' "Holiday Hair-Ball" annual gala (http://francisvalehome.org/). Kim just bought him a new tuxedo (tails, actually) for the occasions!
To learn more about Sarge and to follow his adventures, visit his blog at: