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The Empty Bowl Fund Special Request: Byrd Family
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Ended Mar 5, 2013
Normally The Empty Bowl Fund helps a number of needy families who are experiencing difficulty in providing food for their pets. But this particular posting is an effort to help a particular family.

Some of you may recall Mark Byrd's story. On May ...
Normally The Empty Bowl Fund helps a number of needy families who are experiencing difficulty in providing food for their pets. But this particular posting is an effort to help a particular family. Some of you may recall Mark Byrd's story. On May 16, 2012, Mark was reported as missing. His abandoned vehicle was found but there was no signs of Mark anywhere. For the next 5 days, 5300+ people began searching for Mark before he was found in a hospital, some 60 miles away, unable to speak clearly or write details and listed as a “John Doe”. Mark had suffered a stroke while driving. Mark is on the long road to recovery, but his stroke has left him unable to provide for his family, which includes his wife, Mel and their three children that are still at home. They also have a 20 year old child who is trying to help with the family expenses. But even with Mel's income, the added financial burden of Mark's care along with other, normal expenses have hit this family hard. While the Byrd family is facing many changes, one area that they will not changed is their love of animals and the desire to help those in need. Besides the pets they already had, which include 2 dogs and 4 cats, all rescues, they also offered to help two Pit Bulls that were profiled on the SoCo Rescue page. Bo and Dixie, the Pits, were facing a sure death when their former owner had to relocate and could not take them with him. Bo and Dixie would have ended up in a high kill shelter were it not for the kindness of the Byrd family. SoCo Rescue did pay for Bo and Dixie's vet care, which included neutering/spaying, rabies and their yearly DHLPP vaccination. SoCo also has both Bo and Dixie posted for *adoption, as a courtesy listing, on our adoption pages. (Neither Bo nor Dixie have ever been SoCo Rescue dogs nor have they ever been at our location.) While we could simply add the Byrd family to the list of people that receive dog food from The Empty Bowl Fund, the added cost of shipping food from Ga to North Carolina would not be feasible. So, it was decided to create this special donation site just for helping the Byrd family. Any and all money donated to this cause will be remitted to the Byrd family for use to not only purchase pet foods, but any other needed pet supplied. The Byrd family has exhibited a commitment to helping animals in need, even while needing help themselves. Please consider showing that same sort of love and commitment to them by making whatever donation you can. (*Please visit www.socorescue.com to see the adoption listings for Bo and Dixie. You can also read their original story in the photo albums section at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.228399093939174.45236.106336249478793&type=3
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