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Today at dawn a devastating fire ripped through all three floors of Karen and Jason Leibfried’s home, leaving them with nothing except the clothes on their backs.   To compound the horror, the fire took with it the lives of their 5 beloved cats, and 3 of their foster dogs, despite Jason’s brave efforts to smash the glass sliders of their back entrance and get to the animals to save them.   The fire engulfed the residence in mere seconds.

If you know Karen and Jason, you know that they are the best of people, the best of parents, and are always there to help others. In fact, last year when a home just a block up from their own caught fire, it was Jason who raced into the inferno to help the residents to get out in time and to save their lives. So it is the cruelest of twists that they now find themselves in this situation.

Jason and Karen were also dedicated members of the rescue community, taking in many dogs who were homeless themselves, and providing them a loving environment where they could decompress and blossom, before sending them on to their forever families.   Karen said today that more than the 12 years of memories in the material things the family lost in the blaze, it is the agony she feels over the loss of these 8 lives that is causing her the most devastating, inconsolable grief.  

As the rescue Karen is affiliated with so eloquently stated: “There are no words of comfort we can offer that will lessen the blow, but we are grateful that Malcolm and Sarge (two of the fosters who lost their lives in the fire today) were loved and cared for by Karen and her family. None of us knows the hour of our demise or the manner in which it may come, but we are comforted that these dogs (and their cats) were well-loved family members who got a second chance to feel the grass on their paws and the wind on their face and there are so many that do not. Karen and her family gave these dogs a home when they were homeless and they gave them love and dignity and a sense of belonging which is all any dog wants. We cannot bring them back and we will mourn their loss for a very long time, but we are very sure that we will see them on the other side. Au revoir, boys. You were loved.”


PLEASE DONATE! NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL.   The family and their pets need the funds for lodging, clothing, pet supplies and to rebuild their lives.

Please share out this fund to friends, family and the rescue community on Facebook and in email. Do what you can, and thanks for your generosity.


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