by Diane Herbst
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In October, Keith Wandell faced a frightening choice — pay the mortgage or feed the 60 dogs he cares for at his five-acre Myakka City, Florida dog sanctuary, B.U.D.D.I.E.S.
Luckily he never had to make that decision.
Friend Palena Dorsey, founder of another Florida sanctuary, told Wandell about a large donation of Halo Spot's Stew from Freekibble that just made it to the Southeast. She put BUDDIES on the list of rescue recipients. "It was a shock when she told me it was 1,300 pounds," says Wandell. "I was like 'Wow!' Completely ecstatic. It literally kept us through the rest of the month."
And Wandell has kept thousands of dogs alive in the last 12 years. "He takes in dogs that most rescues wouldn't," says Dorsey, founder of Sanctuary Animal Rescue in Clewiston, Florida. "Old, aggressive Rottweilers and pits, the big power breeds that have behavior issues and are starved half to death. There is nothing I wouldn't do to help him."
Once at BUDDIES (an acronym for Being Unselfish to Discarded Dogs In order to create Everlasting Solutions), Wandell trains and socializes the dogs — all who had faced euthanasia. They are then ready for adoption. Wandell has found homes for some 8,000 dogs that would have otherwise been euthanized.
"I've always been a nurturing soul, I have to have something to take care of, I don't know why" Wandell says. "I would go stir crazy if I didn't have at least 40 dogs."
Each day, his dozens of dogs down 130 pounds of food. So what is Wandell going to do now for food? "Since Freekibble's donation, we've managed," he says, "by the skin of or teeth but we manage."
For more information, go to the BUDDIES website at www.BuddiesRescue.org or their Facebook page.
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