A letter from Linda Barton, the Founder and President of the Angels with Paws Foundation.
Angels with Paws is a project of love. When the idea of starting a foundation first touched my heart, I wondered why God wanted me to take on such an important mission. Maybe it was because I’m the daughter of a veteran, or maybe it’s because I’ve always had a soft spot for homeless and neglected animals. I choose to believe it’s because of both.
If there was a dog or cat in need of a loving home, they would always find it with us.
My husband, Bob, has always had a special link with dogs. I have always called him a Dog Whisperer. He has always had the gift of making a dog feel safe and loved.
Over the years, we’ve had many different types of dogs as a part of our family. Some we had for many years, while others, left us far too soon. With our children grown, and with families of their own, our four-legged babies fill our home with love and laughter. We currently have 5 dogs (4 are rescues), and 2 rescue cats.
However, it was the passing of my father that put me on a new path for my life. My father was 94 years-old when he joined our Lord. In the last months of his life, he had such difficulty doing those everyday things we all take for granted. My Father was a proud man, and he hated to have to depend on others to do those things he once did for himself. He had lost his sense of independence. Just opening a door, or picking something up off the floor, were often impossible for him to do.
As his time in this life steadily came to an end, it got me thinking. What about those who need a helping hand like my father did? What about those who need someone who will always be there for them, day or night? Someone who will never judge them, and will always provide them with unconditional love.
That’s when it hit me. People don’t always need a helping hand. No, sometimes they just need a helping paw. That was the moment, I knew what God wanted me to do. That was the answer to my question.
Angels with Paws was inspired by my father and my stepmother. They were good people who loved all of God’s creatures. My stepmother was as bad as I am about taking in homeless animals. I remember when she had 17 cats of all ages that she had taken in and given them love they deserved.
In the Bible, God had commanded that Adam care for all of his creatures. However, I believe that they also care for us if given the chance.
As our organization grows, I pray that we will have the privilege to change the lives of those in need of a special Angel with Paws.
May the Lord bless you, each and every day.