Story: Pup and Adopter Stand Up for Fellow Abuse Victims
The awards honor “the powerful relationship between dogs and people and recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs.”
Susie was only a puppy when her owner beat her savagely and set her on fire, leaving her for dead in a local park in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After being rescued by a local animal shelter and nursed back to health, she was adopted by Donna Lawrence, who had been the victim of a terrible dog attack that nearly killed her and left her without the ability to have children.
Together, they helped each other heal from their physical and emotional wounds, triumphing over pain and fear to become voices for abused animals and helping pass ‘Susie’s Law‘ in North Carolina, which calls for harsher penalties for convicted animal abusers.
Susie became the subject of the movie, ‘Susie’s Hope,’ and working side by side, Donna and Susie continue to make the world a better place for others by visiting hospitals, schools, and nursing homes to inspire people never to give up.”
— American Humane Association
Susie’s charity partner, Paws & Effect, an organization that raises, trains and places service dogs with disabled children and veterans, received $5,000 in her name.
Give $10 to the American Humane Association to help animals and children in need. Text HUMANE to 80888.