Tucson Tails: Heroes Day Adoption Specials – Sept 8 – 9by Karyn Zoldan on Sep. 05, 2011, under Adopt Me! Adopt Me! Adopt Me!, Animal Events, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged
Tucson Tails: Heroes Day Adoption Specials – Sept 8 – 9
The Humane Society of southern Arizona will waive adoption fees (dog licenses not included) on Sept. 8-9 for all fire, police, border patrol and forest service employees.
The HSSA honors Tucson firefighter for Heroes Day
Carrie Ferrara is always on duty. As a paramedic and firefighter for the Tucson Fire Department she has made it her lifelong mission to help those in need – including animals.
“I spotted this young dog sitting on the street corner,” says Carrie. “It had been six days. I would think about him night and day.” She left food and water on the corner hoping to catch the lonely, hurt and frightened young dog. Finally she found him in a fenced area, and was able to slip a leash around his neck. “I had to fully scoop him up and carry him over a four-foot fence to my car. It was the saddest heart I have every seen in an animal. He didn’t know how to be loved or let anyone close to him.”
The next morning Carrie took him to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, where he was renamed Batman for his trademark ears. “I would visit him in his kennel and could see he was coming around. I’ll never forget the day he was adopted. It was such a relief to see someone giving my friend a chance at a life he had never known.”
In light of Heroes Day, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona wants to honor Carrie and all first responders. “What better way to recognize a local hero than by telling a story of dedication to the animals in our community,” says Amy Eades, President and CEO of the HSSA. “She saved a life and that is the true definition of a hero.”
Carrie’s husband Gordan is also a first responder, a captain for the Tucson Fire Department. Together they have four dogs including a foster named Rascal. She says the unconditional love gives her strength. “There are days when I come home feeling everything from sadness to frustration, to just plain exhaustion… those are the days I couldn’t love my animals more.”
The HSSA will waive adoption fees (dog licenses not included) Sept. 8-9 for all fire, police, border patrol and forest service. The shelter is located at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. Hours are 11a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday- Saturday and Sunday 11a.m.-5 p.m. Visit the website or call 321-6088.
On another note, on September 11, the NEW Paradise Cafe & Bakery will donate all money made that day to benefit the UMC Level 1 Trauma Facility. People working here are heroes too. You must RSVP in order to attend. The cost is $25/pp for all the food & wine you can enjoy between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.