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The Freckles Freedom Fund _ Spock

“I see that you are redoing your website and if it’s not too late I have something for you. I am so thankful for everything you did to help us with Spock and the whole experience has really changed my view on dogs, breeding, and my perception of rescue/shelter dogs & pitbulls! I have been working on a website to donate to The Freckles Freedom Fund, to give back because I really appreciate all that you do! I’d be more than happy to change anything around as you see fit and am able to make any additions you’d like as well as show you how to update and manage it!”

We sent this message to Wendy after her help with a stray we found in our neighborhood. He was in very rough shape, emaciated, mange, worms and his face was full of wounds and scars. First impression looking at this dog was … pitiful. He was the second we had found in our neighborhood in this condition so we already had a connection with The Freckles Freedom Fund. When we called Wendy she offered to pay for the costs of vetting and neutering this dog, he just needed to spend the night at our place until we could get him evaluated for adoption and a foster home. We already had a pack of 4 dogs and weren’t sure about his temperment or health so he spent the night in the garage until we could get him looked at.

After his 1st vet trip and a positive behavior evaluation we introduced him to our dogs and our house. Well to make a possibly long story short we became his foster family, then we couldn’t imagine him living anywhere else and officially apdopted him into our pack making him dog #5! Out of our 5 dogs Spock is the most eager to please, the calmest, most loyal, and the easiest to train. This goes against all of my preconceived notions of pitbulls, rescue dogs, and dogs involved in dog fighting. I had little to no experience with the breed, and zero experience with abused animals.

Spock has shown me that virtually any dog can be rehabilitated and rehomed with a little work and love! He has changed my mind on so much involving adotion and breeding, rescuing animals, pitbulls, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Thank you Spock and The Freckles Freedom Fund for changing our lives forever!

Nick Lariviere
– Outspand, LLC
Spock

I grew up with dogs. I had my own as a kid, my step-brother had one, my dad, friends of mine, and in my neighborhood dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments roamed so freely that I have to wonder if my childhood memories have over the years become a little romanticized. It seems now, looking back, that if so many rugged dogs were running around, that someone, somewhere would have been crying for a little regulation. Or were they?

If you were to read through the Miami-Dade municipal code, Sec 5-17. would begin, “This article is intended to utilize the authority and powers of Miami-Dade County in order to secure for the citizens of this County the protection of their health, safety and. welfare. It is intended to be applicable to dogs which are commonly referred to as “pit bulls” and which are defined herein.” It would continue, all the way to to Sec 5-17.7, to describe regulation specific to Pit Bull breeds. Over 600 cities in the U.S. have enacted breed-specific legislation (BSL).

Until recently, I had never kept a Pit Bull of my own. Perhaps because the breed was always talked about as the benchmark of how ‘tough’ a dog was, maybe because I remembered the energy that seemed to course through the body of that buckskin APBT my dad’s ex kept on her farm, maybe it was because the mainstream media and a certain number of sheltered, caustic city officials considered them dangerous, the Pit Bull was one of the few breeds I decided to look for in searching for a canine companion.

I met my little black dog at a ‘Pit Bull walk’ in Broward County. It was a sort of response to the sad failure to overturn the BSL in Miami-Dade. I recognized him from the photos and walked the few miles with this little energetic, insanely curious puppy. There were probably more than 70 dangerous dogs on this walk, all within arms reach of each other. The march ended completely without incident, and I was about to know first hand what life is like with a Pit Bull Dog.

The history of the American Pit Bull Terrier is a fascinating one. And understanding a bit of how these dogs came to be, I understand more about my dog. Boz is, though I can never know his lineage (or even breed), a very true to breed Pit Bull. In a world without other animals, Boz would be an angel. It becomes instantly obvious to welcomed visitors in my home that he wants nothing more than to be loved. His desire to keep me happy is perfectly exemplified by the bursts of speed his tired legs find, exhausted from pulling me and my bicycle for miles at a time, coaxed by a “Come on, buddy!” and a little slap on the rump. He has never once sat down and said ‘I can’t do this any more.” Boz has helped me carry gear through weeks at a time of hiking, and has sat patiently across numerous cross-country drives. Here is a dog that is as equally comforable hunting game as he is sleeping belly-up on the couch next to my little sister. I could not ask for a more beautiful dog.

In singing the praises of this wonderful breed one must include a verse of warning. APBTs were bred for a purpose, and to deny that purpose is to invite failure. This is not to say that all Pit Bulls, and all the breeds that have borrowed DNA from them are necessarily dangerous. But it doesn’t take much imagination to see how a dog like this could be directed toward any activity- blood and all. His natural instincts and prey drive are something I must remain vigilant over. Is this what makes the breed ‘unsuitable’ for life with man? Or all the more desirable? Is a Ferrari more dangerous than a Honda Accord? Do we then, as a people, erase Ferraris from existence or demand so many more dollars for one? Dogs, ALL dogs, are a product of human manipulation. We own a responsibility to prepare ourselves for their care. For all the damage thats been done to them, responsible, knowledgeable care is something that Pit Bulls- dog, bitch, and breed- surely deserve. I couldn’t be happier to do what I can with the one I have.

JudeJude came into our lives in a very unexpected fashion. Jude was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Florida by a local organization. He quickly found a foster mom in Louisiana and a transport service was arranged to get him there. His sweet personality and temper won over his foster mom’s heart and in no time they were off to their very first road trip; a show horse in Nashville, TN.
Unfortunately, Jude fell very ill while in Nashville and ended up at an emergency hospital fighting for his life; the sweet 6 month old pup was diagnosed with parvo. Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease that compromises the gastrointestinal system of a dog, resulting in terrible vomiting and diarrhea. The survival chances of an infected puppy are of about 50%. This means Jude is a survivor Yes, he survived parvo but remained hospitalized in isolation for more than a week.

Read more about Jude and his recovery here

The Freckles Freedom Fund StoryIt was April 20, 2010, and sweet, mellow Freckles sat quietly at her kennel door, begging to be freed from her incarceration at LA’s East Valley Shelter.  She would lie in the back of her cubby, just looking out, hoping the next footsteps took her to a new home; she never barked, she just waited.

The ladies who now form the Board of Directors of the Freckles Freedom Fund, decided that she needed a second chance, but what could they do from all the way across the US in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Florida. So, thinking outside the box, they offered to spo​nsor the adoption fee for Freckles which would translate into a gift for the family that could take her or the rescue that pulled her. With her sponsorship attached to her kennel, Freckles was soon free, and this was just the beginning of the Freckles Freedom Fund.

Since that day, the Freckles Freedom Fund has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help free pups just like Freckles.  By providing the financial backing, rescues are more willing to take wonderful, healthy and adoptable pets into their rescues.  Over the years the group has expanded into helping families with medical needs to avoid surrendering their pet and pulling and adopting pups on their own.

Whether it’s financial backing, medical treatment or surrendering a pet, the Freckles Freedom Fund is proud of the work it does and looks forward to the many more pups it can save.

Saving one dog may not change the world, but to that one dog his world is changed forever.