Shakela Brown walked to her car, hoping to sit and rest for a minute after hours of door-to-door canvassing in southeast Washington, D.C.
But when she pressed the button to unlock her car, nothing happened. After trying it a few more times, she called the dealership: Turns out the clicker needed a new battery. She tried a few stores. She walked up and down Minnesota Avenue. She crossed over to Pennsylvania Avenue.
In February 1966, in the weeks after Batman made its television debut and Beatles guitarist George Harrison broke hearts by getting married, millions of Americans met Lucky.
Life magazine ran a two-page photo of the emaciated English pointer, kicking off a powerful photo essay that introduced the country to the issue of dealers selling dogs—including lost or stolen pets—to laboratories. “YOUR DOG IS IN CRUEL DANGER” warned a headline on the cover.
Christie Rogero was walking home one day years ago in San Francisco, where she was studying theater at the time, when she saw a small crowd gathered outside a row house. They were all staring up at a cat stranded on a roof.
“I’ll do it,” she told the crowd, and up she went—her fear of heights and all. Scaling a thin metal ladder, she clung to the third-story roof with one hand and safely corralled the cat with the other. Later she’d think, with a laugh: “What the hell was I doing?”
It wouldn’t be the last time she set aside her fears to help an animal.
The HSUS’s Pets for Life program is bringing the human touch to neighborhoods where pet care services are scarce, but love for animals abounds. Learn how to implement this amazing and unique program in your community.