Monday’s Med”L” Of Honor

This Monday’s Med”L” of honor is dedicated to Chad Atkins from Paw Works Rescue Group in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Chad and I became fast friends last year when I contacted him about bringing some adoptable dogs to our show and he immediately replied with “I’d love to hear more, but can we talk about it over drinks?”

I mean dogs and a glass of wine??? It was a friendship meant to be!

Anyway, Chad and his group of rescuers at Paw Works are truly amazing. They’ve saved 5,000 dogs to date and have no plans slowing down.

After the Woolsey fire devasted Southern California, Chad arranged a massive dog rescue operation. He, along with many other fantastic rescuers, went to all the local shelters and pulled more than 100 dogs (especially large ones) so that all the displaced animals from the fire would have a safe place to lay their head.

They also helped rescue scared horses, petrified pigs, lonely llamas and anything else that crossed their path during the fire relief efforts.

My respect for Chad only grew over Christmas when he saved a fospice dog named Sawyer. I fostered Sawyer for a few days and it was very clear that Sawyer needed more medical help than I could offer. I paced my kitchen Christmas Eve unsure what to do. Sawyer was going downhill and I desperately DIDN’T want to contact Chad on Christmas Eve. Finally, at midnight, I felt I had no other option. After a few rings, Chad answered and couldn’t have been more kind or helpful. He walked me through the process of caring for this sweet, old boy and sent a colleague to come help early the next morning.

For Chad, no matter how old, young, cute, funny looking, large or small an animal is, they deserve the best life paws-ible.

For that, he deserves this week’s Med”L” of honor!

Thank you to Chad and his courageous and beautiful team!!!

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