Since Rhubarb’s passing, I have been working on harnessing this energy of helplessness and creating something that would actually help, instead.
Specifically, help other pets in need. I contacted Best Friends and met with one of their gift advisors. We discussed the options ranging from tangible, “in memory of” items like benches, plaques and the like, none of which were resonating with me. I got more specific knowing that there has to be a pretty large percentage of pets that show up at the shelter with very special needs…Rhubarb did. These needs go beyond food and shelter…they are medically specialized needs such as the hole in Rhubarb’s heart… They are conditions that all the love in the world will not fix but perhaps love and a veterinary specialist can. That’s where I wanted the focus to go.
This idea was taken to the Best Friends Director of Animal Care. She loved it and began expanding on this idea checking into the areas where the fund could do its greatest work for other pets in need. Today on this 2 month anniversary there is something very wonderful happening that will actually help those pets in need of specialized care. In fact, at this very moment the signed agreement was delivered to Best Friends and it is official. The “Remember Rhubarb Fund” is active!!
WHAT WILL THE FUND DO?
As explained by the Director…
“The Remember Rhubarb Fund will provide financial support for orthopedic special needs cases where complex surgeries are required, and which the team at the sanctuary are not able to perform. We currently bring in a specialist, Dr.Trish, two to three times a year to work with our team and to perform these more complex surgeries and this fund would cover that and also would allow us to increase her visits. We could also use it for animals that need to be sent to a specialist such as a cardiologist or dermatologist. It could also cover specialty training and equipment used for these special needs cases. And, would also support any animals with mobility issues who come to the sanctuary.”
From the moment we adopted Rhubarb, we knew that he had a very special purpose for being put on this earth and we would be so honored by anyone who wishes to help keep his inspiration of love, joy and courage alive. We feel this can absolutely be accomplished by donating to the Remember Rhubarb Fund. During this holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, there is something to be very grateful for. My heart still yearns for Rhubarb every single day but how blessed we were to spend every precious moment with him. Those memories will always be alive thanks to the most special of dogs. What a way to pay his memory and inspiration forward.
Best Friends is working on receiving donations online but until that time, please mail your checks indicating your gift is designated for the REMEMBER RHUBARB FUND - MAIL TO:
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Rd.
Kanab, UT 84741
***Remember to indicate on your check your gift is for the
“Remember Rhubarb Fund”
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for there is no greater gift you could give to honor him. “That’s what Rhu would do”