1st – 22nd March 2014
Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission was started in December, 2009, by Molly McGannon with the support of her husband Andrew in Broomfield, CO. Molly had previously volunteered with another rescue group for a few years before taking a small break from rescue. In December of that year, Molly was compelled to help save a momma dog and her three puppies out of Louisiana, and with the help of two Pilots N’ Paws volunteers, that momma dog and three puppies made it to Colorado safe and sound. Ironically, the two PNP volunteers turned into great friends of Molly and her family and they actually adopted that momma dog and named her Molly. That rescue journey of four dogs started what is now the Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission.
MHLRM has helped save over 550 dogs thus far in our short history, and none of that would have happened with all the love and support, not to mention volunteer hours, by so many wonderful people that make up MHLRM. Although small, MHLRM has always managed to make ends meet without the help of major fundraisers, donations, or events. MHLRM has prided itself in making commitments to full families when momma dogs end up in shelters, and not just swoop in to take the puppies and leave the mom to an unknown future. MHLRM has also taken many difficult rescue dogs that had been shot and had bullets or bullet fragments still in their bodies, dogs that had been thrown from cars, dogs needing major surgeries, and other more common medical issues such as heart worm treatment, spay/neuter surgeries, basic shots, skin infections, and the list goes on. Some way, somehow, we have managed to make it happen.
In July of 2013, Molly and her husband learned they were expecting their second child. Their baby was due on the 22nd of March 2014, and because of a very rare umbilical cord abnormality, both Molly and Andrew were prepared to welcome their son into this world no later than the 1st of March 2014. Sadly, their son whom they named Owen passed away on January 9th, 2014, due to that umbilical cord abnormality. Molly read the letter that Busby’s dad had written shortly after Owen’s death. It has reminded Molly and the MHLRM family why we do what we do and volunteer so many hours for dogs that need rescue. In a true dark point of grief and loss, a rescue story and happiness of one dog and one man provided light and a smile when it was badly needed. Molly wrote to Steve that night thanking him for the update and how it did remind her that in among all the sadness in her life, she had helped to provide joy for others.
When Steve learned of the great loss that Molly and Andrew’s family had suffered, he made a donation to MHLRM in honor and memory of Owen. And that is where the inspiration of our campaign came from. From the 1st – 22nd of March annually MHLRM will run our Giving Campaign. Let it be in memory of Owen, let it be in memory of a dog you loved, a family member you lost, or in honor of somebody very special and still in your life.
Thank you for the continued love and support of MHLRM. The Volunteers of MHLRM.