I want to briefly tell a sad story, but one that I hope will end well. For everyone who ever loved a dog – this is meant for you. It is the true story of a dog named Legion, a badly abused pit bull.
One night, a man tried to murder Legion's mistress by choking her. Legion bit the man's hands and kept him away from her. For his heroic action, Legion was deemed an aggressive dog and sentenced to death. You will likely consider his act something greater than mere heroism when you hear that this same woman whose life he saved, had abused Legion terribly for the entire two years of his young life with her. (You can read the first part of the story here... http://www.care2.com/causes/pit-bull-chained-to-a-wall-stops-a-murder-and-now-needs-a-home.html and the second part here http://www.firststarontheright.com/legion.htm and then find links to other parts of the story from there.) Legion's future was not looking good, but then...
PitBulls 4 Peace – a group of pit bull lovers in Montana, rescued Legion and got his death sentence commuted to provisional “incarceration” at a rehabilitation center at the Humane Society facility in Longmont, Colorado. They took Legion there, where he has made great progress over the weeks of his stay. Unfortunately, he was so emotionally damaged by the abusive situation in which he lived, that he is not considered safe for adoption at this time.
Since the Humane Society at Longmont was never meant to be a permanent home, and they do not have room to keep Legion -- despite his progress -- his brief reprieve at Longmont has become a new death row. His only hope, at this point, is to reach sanctuary with the no-kill shelter at Best Friends in Utah, ( http://www.bestfriends.org/ ) where they have the facilities and the staff to help him, and give him a home for life. In order to make space for him at Best Friends though, Longmont has agreed to take four highly adoptable dogs from Best Friends into their facility in exchange. Unfortunately, all the shifting around costs money – around $4000, in fact. (Mostly for the costs to Longmont for transporting Legion to Utah then bringing back the four exchange dogs –gas and other trip expenses, staff, etc.)
This is where Legion's Legion comes in. I am one of Legion's Legion -- a Care2 (http://www.care2.com ) group of pit bull lovers and advocates organized by PitBulls 4 Peace to spread the word and collect funds to save this sweet, deserving dog.
We have raised $1436.40 (much of that in pledges – so not 100% certain yet) and still need $2563.60 to pay Longmont to get the ball rolling for Legion's new life. Time is running out, however – Longmont has no choice but make room at their shelter for more adoptable dogs and if Legion does not go to sanctuary soon they must consider euthanasia. Legion will die – without having ever really lived. And just when he is learning to trust and play for the first time in his life.
So what it comes down to is this...
There is no big glitzy promotion for Legion, no star-studded campaign -- only one very needy and deserving dog who must get to sanctuary at Best Friends in Utah or die. It's that simple.
We contacted a lot of big name organizations to help raise awareness (which we hoped would lead to donations for Legion). All we asked was a little bit of publicity for him -- just to post a message putting the facts out there and allowing supporters of those organizations to decide for themselves whether they were in a position to contribute. Legion was not "lucky" enough to be abused by a celebrity like Michael Vick. His abuser was an ordinary bit of scum, so we were not able to grab headlines and stand in the limelight as the organizations behind that, and other spectacular rescues, did. But... he is no less deserving than any of the dogs Michael Vick abused. Those organizations declined to help. That leaves us dependent upon the kindness of strangers – those individuals who know a deserving cause when they see one – even without big names to help rake in the donations.
The bottom line here is that this IS a very good and deserving cause.
Please help Legion get to sanctuary. Send donations in Legion's name to either Pitbulls 4 Peace (facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pit-Bulls-4-Peace/172404279560491 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for better information on how to donate) OR to the Longmont Humane Society Shelter ( http://www.longmonthumane.org/ ) directly. (Pitbulls 4 Peace is collecting and sending the money on to Longmont, but I am quite sure direct donations will work as well – please call or email them ahead to ensure the donation gets properly earmarked for Legion.) Legion will thank you, and we thank you too,
PLEASE?! He doesn't have much time left -- I know many of you are dog lovers -- won't you please donate to help him or post this to your personal website, facebook or myspace pages, etc.? It would really help. Thanks!