“Knowing that when Light is gone, Love remains for shining.” -Elizabeth Barrett Browning, of her dog
In Lydia’s too brief time on earth, she was a champion for those creatures without a voice. Or at least a voice we can understand. As a little girl, she was the tireless collector of dogs and cats who had lost their way, the indignant adopter of classroom mice who had outlived their educational roles, the passionate savior of the biology class-hatched goose, and the frenetic trapper and releaser of household moths. She was relentless that way and she kept it up for her entire life. To honor Lydia’s “reverence for life,” we have chosen three organizations close to her heart to receive the first of the donations from the Lydia Ann Fund. All-Breed Rescue in Colorado Springs, Colorado was where Lydia found a home for all of the love and passion she felt for the abused, neglected, and cast-off dogs around her. It was here that she found the perfect outlet for the synthesis of her considerable intellect and her huge heart. As a volunteer, she led fund-raisers, edited newsletters, interviewed prospective adoptive families, created a Public Service Announcement for local PBS, taught behavior classes, and completed an exhaustive course of study and internship to become one of the few nationally-certified dog trainers in Colorado. And it was here that Lydia found a place to show her compassion with endless walks with the beloved Pit Bulls too abused to ever find a permanent home, to show her bravery as she went toe-to-toe and pound-for-pound to bring a sense of trust to a dog who only saw humans with fear, and to show her courage to walk into the local animal shelter on a group of dogs’ very last days and walk out with the few she thought the group could save. In the last few weeks of her life, Lydia was planning a fundraiser to help in All-Breed Rescue’s efforts to care for the animals displaced in the Waldo Canyon fire. The Wild Bird Information and Rehabilitation Center of Denver, Colorado is an organization that Lydia greatly respected. She certainly made good use of its rescue efforts! The family car was on auto-pilot to the Wild B.I.R.D. facility every Spring as Lydia directed rescue missions for baby birds separated from their mothers or stalked by neighborhood cats. It was not uncommon to see Lydia running around City Park trying to rescue a goose that had befallen some calamity, eventually trapping it beneath a coat, packing it into a box, and rushing it off to the Wild Bird Center. Surely, many of you have been persuaded to join her on these missions. For none of her family or friends or even the Security Staff at the Denver Zoo could ever resist Lydia when she was in rescue mode. Proteccion Animal Ecuador provides veterinary and adoptive services for street dogs and cats throughout Ecuador. Against everyone’s advice, Lydia spent countless hours of her semester studying in Quito patiently luring and trapping homeless dogs and feral cats, transporting them to a local rescue agency, and helping to tame them for adoption. Her friend tells of visiting her on one weekend and watching Lydia – arms covered in scratches – patiently trying to pet dozens of wild cats and then returning the next weekend to find her with the same cats purring in her lap. Lydia also loved her human friends with all of her big heart. And so, we have decided to further honor her with random acts of love for those close to her. In this first round of giving, the Lydia Ann Fund has provided financial help to two dear friends who are struggling with serious medical conditions. Many of you have generously contributed to the Lydia Ann Fund and we thank you. We hope that others will consider making a donation so that we can help deserving animal welfare organizations continue to carry on the work that Lydia held so dear. And so Lydia’s spirit can still be felt in random acts of love. We love Lydia so much and we miss her and we know that her memory lives on in us and in all of you.
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