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By Sandra Ackerman, San Clemente

I’d like to extend a very big thank you to Tom Blake (“On Life and Love After 50: Samson Finds a Home,” DP Times, Jan. 8-14) for trusting that a 150-pound German shepherd needed him and for stepping up and taking good care of the dog until he could get him to the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. He was hesitant and not terribly confident, but he did it.

As a founding member and longtime volunteer (33 years) I am very proud of the work we do. With the support of our two cities, the dedicated manager, the director, our dog trainer—who never gives up—and our Animal Control officers, I couldn’t be prouder.

The volunteer group, Pet Project Foundation, with the community’s help, works very hard all year raising funds to take the very best care of the animals until we find them their forever homes.

To see a child walk out with their first pet, or a young couple starting out, to the lonely elderly who need the unconditional love and companionship that only an animal can bring, is what it’s all about.

I’ve often said, “You can’t be in the animal business and not be in the people business too.”

Thank you. It does indeed take a village.


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