Tonights National Pit Bull Awareness Month honoree was nominated by Miche’ Branscum:
I would like to nominate Maureen Keenan at Saving Sunny, Inc. for all of her work in Kentucky. Maureen is doing a tremendous job raising pit bull awareness in our state. I hate to say it is sadly needed!
From the Saving Sunny website:
Saving Sunny, Inc. is named in honor of Sunny the pit bull who was thrown from the Clark Memorial Bridge in July 2009 and miraculously survived the 80ft. drop into the Ohio River. Patrons and staff at Joe’s Crab Shack on the riverfront witnessed the unimaginable act and raced to the waterside to call to the dazed and struggling dog who was soon pulled from the water by a Louisville Metro Fire & Rescue team who happened to be training on the river that day. Kelsey Westbrook, a server at Joe’s Crab Shack, adopted Sunny on the spot and gave her a name that reflected her happy and trusting disposition as she greeted the crowd who waited for her on dry land.
Sunny’s story is an inspirational example of a dog’s strength and resilience and the power of human kindness to an animal. She was able to survive terrible cruelty and thrive with the love of her adoptive mother, Kelsey, and with the help, kindness and compassion of the broader community.
Like so many of us, Maureen was inspired by a dog to make a difference. Sunny’s story is another example of the powerful impact one dog can have on an individual and, in turn, of the impact an individual can have on the lives of so many others in her community. Saving Sunny is an organization out of Louisville, Kentucky, and Maureen and her crew are doing an incredible job with outreach programs and bringing positive attention to misunderstood breeds.
On behalf of Bless the Bullys and the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign, thank you for all you and Saving Sunny are doing, Maureen! Keep up the great work!