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Tonka - Rescued from a Life at the end of a Chain



Tonkaıs time had run out. He spent half of his life tied to a junk car. And although at two years of age he was rescued and had then been boarded for awhile, it was a situation that had run its course. And an animal rescue effort was needed to save his life.

Julie Hensley of the Baileyton area of Tennessee went on the internet asking for assistance from anyone who could help. There were no offers by anyone to open their hearts and their homes to him. But a groundswell of support came about when the Associated Humane Societies offered to take him. Many volunteers took a leg of the journey ­ from Baileyton, TN to Bristol, VA to Whytheville, VA to Salem, VA to Staunton, VA to Strasburg, VA to Fairfax, VA to Catonsville, MD to Deepwater, N J to Forked River!

It was the tireless, generous efforts in animal rescue by many people that brought Tonka to us ... Julie Hensley who started it all: `Thank you all again. As I said, I know you did it for the boy, but you did it without having met him. Itıs my tears right now that are grateful ones because so many people took the time and made the effort to do this'.  And to Elizabeth Secilla of North Carolina Animal Resource and Education Services (N.C.A.R.E.S.): `Thanks to each of you and your willingness to help out a dog in need. Tonka is now in N J and will be able to live there until a wonderful forever home is found. Iıve been worried about sweet Tonka for quite some time, e-mailing everyone I knew to try to help him (and thatıs a lot of people!!). Finally, Roseann (Director of the Associated Humane Societies) came through for us and most importantly for Tonka. She has a soft spot in her heart for dogs with sad backgrounds like him. But no more sadness ... this is the beginning of a happy ending'.

We do admit to a soft spot for animals with particularly tragic situations or those in desperate straits. Our animal rescue efforts have given hope and happy endings for so many animals over the years ... and we hope you'll support our efforts.

If you're interested in adopting Tonka, his file number is L-12561-NM and he is currently waiting at our Forked River shelter for his forever home. Please contact us at NJhumane@aol.com if you're that special someone or come down and visit.

2/17/2006

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