Rescue Spotlight: Joseph’s Legacy

Compassion is a spark that ignites contagious action. Dog rescuers live by this every day and it was no different when Joseph was brought into Meg Melampy’s life. Joseph was in need and quickly a community grew around him to help, but the best part of this story is that it doesn’t stop with Joseph. As a new organization, Joseph’s Legacy is taking action for other dogs in their area since Josephs rescue in September. Read more about Joseph’s Legacy below. recently had the great honor to donate $2,000 to Joseph’s Legacy during our ThanksGiveaway 2013 Charity Photo Contest.

When & Why did you start?

We started our Facebook mission (Justice for Joseph) on September 28, 2013 when Joseph was first rescued. It started out of the love to share his story and to let the world know that we are tired of weak animal abuse laws.  We immediately saw the need to help many abused animals and work on the laws. Then, Joseph’s Legacy was born. We started helping saving lives, generating donations not only for ourselves, but for other organizations. Our supporters are always wiling to help.

What’s different about your rescue?

Joseph’s Legacy strives to regain hope and respect for all animals. We educate the public of the reality of animal welfare and lack of awareness.  We team with rescues and shelters to save lives.  We try to help on many different areas of animal welfare from changing laws, saving lives, education, & advocacy.

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?

Our greatest success is Joseph, A GSD who was tied to a tree for 4 years of his life.  Our president, Meg, rescued Joseph and his story became internationally known.  We organized rallies when Joseph’s former owner went to court for his animal abuse charges. He did get jail time, which is almost unheard of in animal abuse cases. Also, we helped raised over $80,000 in donations.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?

We love seeing the lives of animals being saved which otherwise have been discarded or left for dead. We focus a lot on abused animals or the ones with very little chance.  The satisfaction of seeing them getting a second chance is amazing.  Also, we enjoy interacting with other animal lovers and advocates all over the world. We have stories come in daily how somebody rescued an animal, saved a stray, or helped deter animal abuse all because they found our group and learned from us.

What can people do to help your rescue?

People can help by volunteering with us, donating, or fostering.  We also encourage people to get involved with helping to change animal abuse laws locally and around the world.  We highly suggest people volunteer at their local shelters & rescues while spreading the word of animal abuse and how we need to stop it.

You can visit Joseph’s Legacy on Facebook to learn more about the rescue and how you can help.

A big THANK-YOU to Joseph’s Legacy for providing great information and photos to Best Bully Sticks. We can’t thank you enough for the lifesaving work that you do and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! 

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