Carla Naden joins us to talk about her work with Synergy Animal Hospice, also known as Animal Synergy, a special needs animal rescue based in San Diego, California.
Carla is as close to a living saint as anyone I've met, and her example of living her beliefs is an inspiration to me of just how committed a human can be.
We talk about the many dogs she's rescued, including Wesley, the dog with no working legs who's found an incredible forever home and is now moving Hawaii.
We talk about the names she uses, including Freeshavocado, pictured in the profile on this blog.
Carla tells stories about some of her favorites, including Thor, a small, blind dog with a shriveled eye and only two teeth who looked like an opossum. Thor lived to be 22 years old, probably wouldn't have liked you, and was a total love nugget.
We cover compassion fatigue, drawing inspiration from animals, and some of her most heart-warming success stories as well as a couple of tear-jerkers like the one about Ladybug, pictured below.
If you're looking to support Carla and Animal Synergy, please check out her website.
“The shelters are not to blame. They are a product of society not doing good.”
“This isn’t rocket science, once you know better, do better.”
“What do you love doing, and how can you incorporate that into helping animals? Say you love creating flyers, or if you love walking dogs (or more, carry) our dogs, or surf with our dogs (yes, even a blind dog), or grant writing. Find out what it is you love and let’s talk.”
“This is not easy. It is totally worth it. Easy is boring.”
“You never help an animal and feel worse. You don’t have to foster an animal for it’s entirety; you can do a 5 day foster. All rescue groups need help with awareness and fostering, together we are the change.”
"It's only as hard as you make it."
We also mentioned Tsavo's Canine Rehabilitation center here in San Diego for those of you looking for someone to take care of your special needs dog.
Too much reading...
How about dessert?