MacKenzie — Shelter

Location: Hilton, New York

MacKenzie uniquely represents a rescue hero because she went from being a rescue dog to helping hundreds of other rescue dogs. 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 day 1 for almost a year and survived bouts of aspiration pneumonia. I have never seen such a will to live. She was sick, but more concerned with the baby animals at the rescue. At almost 1 year, she had her life saving cleft palate surgery. She could eat & drink on her own & 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 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, & that you can make a difference in the world no matter how small you are.
Kenz also advocates awareness about animals with disabilities. She may have lost her ability to bark, but she still makes herself heard and speaks for other animals born with a defect. She’s a shining example of how rescue saves more than just one life.

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