Tabby Road vet inspired to start program pairing difficult-to-adopt dogs with men in recovery

Chad Zadina, owner of Tabby Road Animal Hospital in Wellington, came home from the American Humane Hero Dog Awards in Los Angeles, honored to be one of only four clinics in the nation invited to attend. The organization promotes the human/animal bond by presenting awards to dogs and their owners for outstanding service through their work as military, police, service and therapy dogs. Most are rescue or “difficult-to-adopt” dogs that have been rehabilitated by their owners. Zoetis Drug Company, the animal division of Pfizer, sponsored the awards.

Zadina returned to Wellington inspired to start a program in Northern Colorado by connecting the Animal Debt shelter east of Wellington with Harvest Farm rehabilitation center north of Wellington. He explained that Animal Debt takes in some dogs that are not suitable for adoption for a variety of reasons. “I’d like to set up a program that shares these animals with some of the men fighting homelessness and addictions at Harvest Farm,” Zadina said.

The Humane Hero Dog Awards can be viewed on the Hallmark Channel at 6 p.m. mountain time, Oct. 28. For further information see Tabby Road on Facebook.

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  1. On April 17, 2015 the President of NJ Aid for Animals was walking through the Camden County Animal Shelter searching for an abused dog she had gotten word of from a probation officer in Camden. While searching for the other dog, she found Sweet Pea who had been brought in by animal control with severely infected wounds on her head and front legs as she was a victim of dog-fighting. NJ Aid for Animals President got permission from the shelter to take Sweet Pea to their vet at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital to begin treatment on her open wounds. The entire time, the dog with the heart-shaped nose never snapped at or fought her caregivers. Instead, she sat and waited as they poked and prodded, trusting that they were there to help her. Sweet Pea was taken in to rescue by NJ Aid for Animals and today, recovered 100%, she is safe, thriving, and enjoying her best life. However, she still makes it a point to give back to her other four-legged friends by donating the proceeds from a yearly event inspired by her story giving back to The Sweet Pea Fund for Abused Animals. All of the donations go towards helping abused and abandoned animals with no advocate like Sweet Pea live happy and healthy lives. Sweet Pea s abuser was never found but the dog that brought us into the shelter was saved and adopted out by the shelter. Her abuser was charged.

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