Palena Dorsey, a South Florida rescuer, is in third place in Animal Planet's Animal Hero of the Year competition.
A friend writes that she "lives, eats, sleeps, breathes and sweats rescue 24/7. The description of her on Animal Planet's website grossly under-represents Palena and her work. Not only does Palena have her own sanctuary in Clewiston, but she has single-handedly forged a group of 1,000 rescue organizations into a force to be reckoned with as far as saving dogs bound for death in shelters and puppy mills from Florida to the Midwest.''
Palena is a legal secretary in Fort Lauderdale who drives every morning and evening to/from Clewiston during the week, and performs truly heroic rescues. Click here to vote for her.
I recently had an e-mail exchange with Palena that left me speechless. Here's what she said:
"I am doing a massive (puppy-mill) rescue this week... that will save about 125, some of which are blind - without legs, and one that is so wounded we cannot transport yet...plus a Lab that is torn open on one side head to tail from a shelter - a blind Peke with a bulging eye - from a shelter - a little 4 pound 'pom-chi' that is trying to kill the world from a shelter etc.''
Etcetera?! I can't even imagine what else there is. She certainly gets MY vote. I stand in awe.
Observation: All the Hero contestants are women. Hmmm........