MacKenzie — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Pilots N Paws
Location: Hilton, New York

MacKenzie uniquely represents an emerging hero because she provides care for baby animals with birth defects as well as educates people (of all ages).

On 12-31-2013, an amazing dog named MacKenzie (Kenz for short) was born with a cleft palate. She was tube fed from 1 day old for almost a year and survived bouts of aspiration pneumonia. I have never seen such a will to live. She was sick, but always concerned with the baby animals at the rescue. At almost 1 year old, she had her life saving cleft palate surgery. She could eat & drink on her own and focus on what she was born to do.

Most of the animals that we rescue are babies that can’t stay with their mother due to their medical needs. Kenz takes an interest in each baby from day 1 (regardless of species or size). She plays nurse and cleans, comforts, & cuddles them. She also acts as their mom and teaches them how to socialize, play, & have good manners.

Kenzie’s other important emerging hero role is to interact with children at schools so they learn to be open minded toward animals and people with physical differences. They learn kindness, patience, and that you can make a difference in the world no matter how small you are.

Kenz also advocates awareness about animals with disabilities to people of all ages at different animal events. In the past, the trend was to euthanize animals born with a disability. She’s working on changing that!

MacKenzie is a TRUE HERO. A fighter from birth with a mission to LOVE and TEACH.

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