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Nancy Benevento-Brown, ...
Nancy Benevento-Brown, president and CEO of Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, raises her arms and yells smile to her rescue dogs in their cages.
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A picture of Lucky, center, the first dog that passed away in
Enlarge | Buy This Photo A picture of Lucky, center, the first dog that passed away in "Angel Care."
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Nancy Benevento-Brown, president and CEO of Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, gives Cutsey, a Jack Russell Terrier a kiss at the facility on March 24.
Lionel gets love and assurance from Nancy Benevento-Brown
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n2angel Nancy Benevento-Brown gives a treat to Lionel, who is in 'Angel Care' hospice for terminally ill rescue animals at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary.
Nancy Benevento-Brown gives a treat to Lionel, who is in 'Angel Care' hospice for terminally ill rescue animals at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary.
"We cook for them every day," said Nancy Benevento-Brown
"Lionel really like noodles, too."
Lionel is fortunate.
has found a home at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary
in the organization's Angel Care Watch program.
Mrs. Benevento-Brown, a nurse who founded and runs the sanctuary, established the program a few years ago as hospice care for terminally ill dogs without a family.
"All they want is comfort, and that's what they come here for," she
Many of the animals Mrs. Benevento-Brown
takes in are first found in area pounds where options and resources for medically needy animals are limited.
"It happens every day," said Michelle Reichlin, executive director of FIDO's Companion Rescue in Avon, Ohio, that often works with Mrs. Benevento-Brown.
They get anything they want, everything they need," Mrs. Benevento-Brown
"It's palliative care."
The dogs receive extensive medical care, but Mrs. Benevento-Brown refrains from doing anything invasive.
focuses on providing the highest quality of life she
can for the dogs without putting them through stressful procedures that won't necessarily have a good impact.
"We watch for any sign of pain.
They tell you when it's time," she
Dogs in the Angel Care Watch program can be adopted, but Mrs. Benevento-Brown
doesn't ever really expect it to happen.
It's a rare person who can handle falling in love with a dog knowing their time together is limited.
"It would have to be that very special person," she
"People don't realize the toll it takes on you.
It's extremely difficult."
Sometimes dogs will get lucky beyond their rescuers' wildest dreams.
For Mrs. Benevento-Brown
, a rat terrier with mammary cancer is a prime example.
Lil'Won not only found a home with an elderly man who loves her
dearly, but all of her
future medical care is being paid for by an anonymous donor.
But Mrs. Benevento-Brown
doesn't pity those that aren't adopted.
They have a comfortable home at the sanctuary and will die peacefully, surrounded by people who adore them.
"It's an honor to be able to give them dignity when they do cross over, to hold them and let them know that they are loved," she
"We keep Saphire in the front ...
"We keep Saphire in the front office to keep a watchful eye on her," says Nancy Benevento-Brown of ISHAS "she loves her comfortable plush bed, fresh unlimited water and good food which includes eating 3-4 times a day with high nutrition diet and supplements."
"I am often asked why do I restore and save the life of an animal who is clearly at death's door," says Benevento-Brown "and my answer is and will always be 'because she managed to wag her tail when petted.' That alone was a sign to me.
She communicated forgiveness to humans who did this to her and Saphire asked me for help with that tail wag."
"This is not the first case like this," says Benevento-Brown " my heart tells me that I must try to give comfort and love to an animal that another human threw away.
We as a team at this sanctuary believe every animal deserves a chance and we are giving her that chance.
We do have a long road ahead to a full recovery and she may not ever fully recover, but I am betting she will manage to wag her tail no matter what."
Any and all donations towards helping Saphire or any other animals at the sanctuary will be greatly appreciated.
It had not been aggressive before, ...
It had not been aggressive before, said Nancy Benevento-Brown, Safe Harbor's CEO.
"I've got pictures of him riding in the car, going to the vet," she
"I really want to show we ...
"I really want to show we are working together for the benefit of the animals," said Nancy Benevento-Brown, founder and CEO of Island Safe Harbor, located on State Road across from Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
It found homes for about 90 animals last year, but adopted out 71 of them in the last few weeks of 2012, after a much-publicized series of rescues of dogs from "puppy mills" in Holmes County, Benevento-Brown
After reading about the rescues, "people wanted to be a part of the solution," Benevento-Brown
sent out a report she really needs collars," Hargreaves said.
took some heat from supporters who believe that Erie County's Humane Society euthanizes animals when it runs out of space.
That's a bad rap, Benevento-Brown
said - the Humane Society
only euthanizes animals when it's medically necessary.