Well known for helping homeless animals in their community, the compassionate couple chose to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary by researching successful animal rescue organizations as they ponder the possibility of embarking on a new chapter in their lives with the start of their own animal charity.
During their stay at the 3,700-acre sanctuary, the Backes’s toured the grounds; played with the kittens; took a constitutional with a senior special needs dog recovering from surgery; pitched in with the chores at one of the dog buildings (even offering to scoop the poop, which the NHL star stated: “We have plenty of practice with our own four dogs at home.”); and took part in the Best Friends sleepover program, which provides Best Friends with insight into an adoptive animal’s reaction to a home-like surrounding and gives participants the chance to enjoy quality time with a new barking buddy or purring pal.
Following in the footsteps of famous friend of felines Jackson Galaxy, who shared a Best Friends cottage with Raed, an adoptable FIV+ Domestic Long Hair cat, during his recent visit to the sanctuary, David and Kelly roomed with Vince (see photo to the right), a Pit Bull hoping to find a forever home.
As their time at the charity came to an end, Backes left more convinced than ever that “the only way to save the lives of the millions of animals in shelters is to focus on the big picture, to fix the problems of why animals are going into the shelters.”
For more information regarding Best Friends Animal Society, which cares for approximately 1,700 dogs, cats and other companion animals:
- visit http://bestfriends.org
Photo Credit: PRWeb/Best Friends Animal Society