Chicago, Illinois The tight knit community of Animal Welfare volunteers and trainers has gathered ranks to come to the aid of two of their own.
On August 1, 2015, friend Jillian Marie received a phone call from friend and trainer Keilah Jones to meet her at the hospital as her business partner and close friend Tasha Truong has suffered bite wound injuries. Tasha attempted to break up a fight between a pack of five, using her body to shield & block the dogs; unfortunately the tactic took a toll on her small framed body. Jillian is quoted on the Go Fund Me page she set up to help her friends as saying, "She suffered a good 20 to 30 puncture wounds (my estimate) and is paying a high price physically and emotionally."
This alone can destroy a person, when your passion is caring for, training and rescuing dogs. Unless you have worked with dogs and have seen how quickly a situation can escalate in a matter of seconds, please don't judge and even then what trainer, groomer, shelter volunteer, or veterinarian hasn't witnessed a dog fight. Tasha acted on instinct, which is to save the dogs from harming one another; it's in her nature to protect those she loves. Tasha doesn't just love her job; she loves each and every dog she works with to turn their lives around, giving them a second chance at finding forever homes.
The nightmare continued when an early morning call came in that their home had been massively damaged by a fire. Losing one's resident is hard enough, all the material and sentimental items destroyed, but their heartache runs deeper. Six of their beloved companion animals perished. Keilah in a matter of hours, not only endured seeing her friend, roommate and business partner rushed to the hospital, but she had now lost her entire fur family. The loss of her beloved fur family has left Keilah in shock, the emotional toll is more than most can bear.
Fortunately, the dogs in their care at the home in board & train from local rescues are all safe. The dogs have been returned to their respective rescues and placed in foster care after having the veterinarian do a health check. Unfortunately, the dogs in the "Pack of Misfits Rescue" headed up by Tasha and Keilah are left homeless as are the trainers. Friends, rescue volunteers have stepped up to take in the dogs deemed healthy, while those still needing veterinarian care are being boarded at the animal clinic.
Tasha has been released from the hospital after a two day stay and will continue to have follow-up visits with her doctor for wound care and to monitor her Lupus. The pair has asked for help in locating a new home/facility to live and work. They truly want to get their personal animals and the animals in their care & charge as part of the rescue back together to begin anew. The true healing process will begin when they are back together looking towards the future.
The Go Fund account is at: Help our Rescue Friends where you can read Jillian's plea for help.
Any donation amount is deeply appreciated and your compassion for fellow animal lovers and caregivers in need is a kindness that can only be described as greatness.
Photo's courtsey of Tasha Truong: Pictured are Keilah and her beloved companions lost to the fire. May they rest in peace until they are reunited with Keilah.