For as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for animals, especially man’s best friend. I grew up in a household that had at least two dogs if not more and they were more than pets, they were family. For the better part of my birthday parties growing up I would request donations to my town’s local humane society rather than presents. Needless to say my love for animals has not dwindled in the slightest. I not only have my own dog, Ajax, that I love more than life but I also got back into volunteering at an animal rescue here in Brooklyn.
When I first moved to the city with Ajax I got countless questions: “How do you manage New York with a dog?”, “Do you have to exercise him a lot?”, “What do you do if you want to go out?”, “Wow you have a big dog in the city?”. Honestly it baffled me how surprised people were that I not only had a dog living in New York but a big dog nonetheless. Maybe because I moved here with him so I was in the ‘owning a dog’ mindset but it never seemed like an issue to me. I have been able to find apartments that allow dogs easily, exercise is not a problem because we run and go to off leash hours in the park and we walk… everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like owning a dog is a walk in the park, it’s hard work and you should never impulsively get one unless you are sure you are ready. After constantly getting approached on how I manage having a dog in this city my urge to volunteer at an animal rescue came booming back.
Step in Badass Brooklyn. It’s a wonderful feeling witnessing the joy in someone’s face when they adopt a dog from Badass at one of the adoption events, it brings me back to how I felt when I first got Ajax. The constant unconditional love they give you is priceless and can bring so much to a person’s life. I’ll never forget the day I got Ajax, to this day I consider it one of the greatest moments of my life. I always knew I would get a dog due to the fact that I grew up in a dog household but I never knew what he would do for me in a time that I needed it the most. Right before I got Ajax I was at rock bottom in my life, my whole life had felt like it had fallen apart and I was being crushed by the rubble, believing there was no way out. With one last shred of hope I decided a dog may be my answer and savior. The minute I held Ajax I knew we were meant for each other. He was so relaxed in my arms and I had never experienced someone or something look at me in such a loving, devoted way. From that point forward I began to rise from the ashes of my life and slowly put things back together again because I knew I needed to be strong for Ajax and that he believed in me as cheesy as that sounds. Constantly remembering that feeling is one of the main reasons why volunteering at Badass has been so remarkable. I want others to experience that exact moment of finding unconditional love, the kind you can only truly experience and receive from a dog.
There is an endless number of animal rescues in this city, however Badass is the one that caught my eye and was recommended to me by a friend. Volunteering has not only been enjoyable and gratifying, it’s been a great way for me to connect with other animal lovers along with dog owners. Not to mention it’s beautiful seeing how happy the dogs are knowing that majority of them have not received the love they deserve so dearly. If you happen to live in the New York area and are ready to bring home a furry friend, visit Badass Brooklyn and attend an adoption event. I’ll post upcoming events along with the dogs that are available. Frankly it’s hard for me to not adopt all of them but hopefully another loving heart steps forward.
Next Adoption event is April 22nd at NYC Pet in Williamsburg. Event will take place from 12 – 2 PM, find out more on Badass’s Facebook page.