R.O.A.R. Squad: Rescue Owners Are Rockin’
I am very pleased to introduce to you the latest R.O.A.R. Squad member: Pam Townsend! Pam is a tremendous animal advocate: from her fundraising efforts for the National Canine Cancer Foundation through the sales of her books, to being a foster home to almost 20 fortunate foster dogs, and her work with the SPCA/Humane Society where she currently serves as Vice President, Pam is a genuine asset to the communities she supports.
Check out Pam’s photos on Digital Doggy Photography, and be sure to visit her blog (Dancing With the Digital Doggy)!
About Pam: My name is Pam Townsend and I’m a writer, photographer, and proud human parent to two dogs: Tango and Ceiligh (pronounced Kaylee). Until February 15, my canine children also included Samba (Tango’s sister), who died following a short battle with cancer.
Tango and Samba: My husband and I adopted Tango and Samba when they were almost 14 weeks old. We saw them at an adoption show and they looked so much like Boris, our beautiful black Lab/golden retriever who had just died, that they made us cry. And that was that.
And Then There Was Three: Ceiligh joined our family after Mark and I went into a pet supply store to get goldfish for our pond, and a local rescue group was there with a litter of black-and-white puppies. After holding Ceiligh for a few minutes—just to help socialize her, you understand—I was smitten. So instead of goldfish, we went home with an 8-week-old, 5-pound Jack Russell Terrier/Pointer mix pup.
Fostering & VP’ing: Over the past 6 years, my husband and I have opened our hearts and home to 17 foster dogs (some of whose photos appear on my website) on their way to loving forever homes. I also produce the SPCA/HS newsletter and currently serve as vice president.
Black is Beautiful: Because Tango and Samba were black dogs, I became aware of the difficulty black shelter dogs face finding homes, a situation sometimes referred to as “Black Dog Syndrome.” In an effort to increase awareness of this issue and to expose people to the beauty and diversity of black dogs, I self-published a photo book called Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs. All of the profits supporting the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County (you can find Pams’ books if you go to her website and click on “Books”).
A is for Angel: More recently I published A is for Angel: A Dog Lover’s Guide to the Alphabet, which features the photos of dogs whose names begin with each letter of the alphabet. Virtually all of them are rescued dogs. Half the profits from sales of this book will support selected animal welfare organizations, including the National Canine Cancer Foundation, which provides grants to researchers studying ways to prevent, treat, and cure canine cancers. I’ve also established a fundraising page in my Samba’s memory (click here to read her story).
Bottom Line: I can’t imagine being without my rescued dogs! Whether they have “issues,” like Tango, are a “mama’s girl,” like Ceiligh, or are a “bitch to Tango and sweetheart to everyone else,” like Samba was, they are a gift I never can repay.
Want to meet another gorgeous black dog? Meet Karen and her dog, Rosie!
Join the R.O.A.R. Squad
Do you want to be join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you!
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Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!