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Aubree Canady,
Social Media Coordinator

Aubree canady - social media coordinator
Bama Bully Rescue

I have been an animal lover my whole life. I was the little kid that would “rescue” all sorts of bugs and creatures from my back yard. Once I started driving, I wanted to bring home every stray animal I came across. My parents taught me a very valuable lesson that you can’t bring home every animal and realistically provide them with the life they deserve. They taught me instead to focus my efforts and do the best I could to figure out a way to make a difference along the way. I have volunteered at a couple different shelters and realized rather quickly, the severity of the pet overpopulation problem. There are so many extraordinary pets stuck in shelters that sadly never get the chance at a good life that they deserve. It has become a great passion of mine to not only make a difference in the lives of a few dogs, but also to tackle the root of the problem through animal advocacy, community education and encouraging responsible pet ownership.

When I was a kid, my cousin Julie had a bully mix named Tia. She was one of the sweetest, smartest dogs I had ever met. Julie would ask her every Sunday, “Tia Marie, do you want to go see Aubree?” and she would run out the door and jump in the car. As soon as she would come in my grandparents’ door, we would make eye contact and she would come straight to me for a belly rub. I remember being so amazed by all of her tricks and seeing how proud and loyal she was. She introduced me to bullies and truly made me fall in love with them. As a young adult, I was ready to get my first dog on my own and knew it had to be a bully. I got Chief and have had him for the last 10 years. I, like many other people, have struggled through some difficult times in life. During the hardest of days, Chief can look at me with a comfort and understanding that transcends words. He has changed my life, and I am forever grateful for his companionship. Bullies have an uncanny ability to become more than just a dog; they are family and they have a loyalty and a capacity to love that is indescribable.

After the loss of our American Bulldog, Zeppelin, we began paying close attention to the posts on the BBR Facebook page. We came across our Panda’s picture and saw how mistreated she was in her former life. We just knew we had to have her so we could show her what it means to be loved. We adopted her on New Year’s Eve, 2016 and she has enriched our lives from day one. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to watch her first experience life in a loving home. She had never had the joy of playing with a toy before. She didn’t even know what to do with it at first. Luckily, sweet brother Chief taught her what to do and now she can’t get enough of them. We thought of the many nights that she probably went to bed hungry and we can now promise her that she will never want for anything again. I quickly fell in love with the entire BBR organization, from the board members to the fosters and volunteers. I saw the hard work they put into making it possible for Panda to be in our lives and I wanted to be a part of it. I started volunteering at events. Fast forward and here I am on the board now. My favorite part of rescue is seeing dogs transform from shy, scared dogs in the shelter and blossoming into happy, devoted family members. That is why we do what we do. We each play a small part in helping that dog achieve its full potential by showing it love and safety. For me, that is everything.

My family and friends are very accepting of my devotion to rescue. They see the joy it brings me and are usually right beside me helping in whatever ways that they can.