This past Sunday I was invited to a fundraising event for Kane’s Krusade. The spokesdogs (or, as they are called, ambassa-bulls) for the organization, Kane and Tess were two of the hero pit bulls included in my book so, of course I could not wait to meet them. Kane’s Cookout is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. It was a great day to get out and support Kane’s Krusade and, as an added bonus meet celebrity dog guests such as Juno of Juno’s Place, Burt and friends of Burt’s Brigade, Cherry Garcia, a dog formerly owned by Michael Vick and now owned by a wonderful family with young children and Lilly the Hero Pit Bull who risked her own life and lost a limb to save the life of her owner. Lilly is also featured in my book so, as you may well imagine, I was thrilled when I heard she would be in attendance.
Kane’s Krusade also offers medical treatment, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, microchipping, grooming and behavioral training. The volunteers work in the poorest neighborhoods of Western Massachusetts to lend a helping hand to the pet owners that no one else is reaching. In 2014 alone, it has provided over $9,000 in medical care, over 60 individual in home training sessions and held a free vaccine clinic for 70 pets. It distributes about 1,250 pounds of dog food to families each month.
Sunday’s event featured videos from families that Kane’s Krusade has helped and speeches from people who have received services. Many of the families were there with their dogs to celebrate the day. It was very moving to see and hear from the people this organization has helped.