Oct. 9: Bless the Bullys honors…

Today’s honoree for National Pit Bull Awareness Month is an amazing young lady named Morgan Carrico. Morgan was nominated by Stacey Moore, the manager of Marion Animal Care & Control. After reading this, I think you’ll agree that Morgan is an outstanding example of a true animal advocate who puts her heart and soul into making the lives of any animal she touches better.

If there is one story you share today, please let it be this one!

Morgan is a 15 year old who began coming to Marion Animal Care & Control about a year ago to volunteer. She donates every minute (when not in school) at the shelter working with the animals. Her dream is to become an animal control officer. She does many odd jobs for teachers and family to earn extra money. All of the money she earns from these jobs is spent on things for the animals (cat/dog toys, beds, treats (such as popsicles in the summer), and collars).

Every Saturday and Sunday during the school year, Morgan is at the shelter from open to close spending time with the animals. During the summer vacation from school, Morgan spends all her time at the shelter. She does simple things like cleaning a kennel cage to showing love and comfort to an injured animal. This past summer, Morgan made popsicle treats for all the animals in the shelter. She said,”Its to hot to not have a treat”

We have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who is heartworm positive. Morgan knows that our vet care funds are very low, so she has taken it upon herself to start a “Save Silas” campaign. Posting flyers around our community and her school to raise money for his treatment.

MACC has 2 employees, 2 control officers and myself (Manager). Morgan is very much a part of our staff and or family. She always puts the animals before herself. Last month, the mayor and city council recognized Morgan with a Young Leader and Service award for all she has done and continues to do with the shelter animals. We all feel that Morgan is a young leader in our community and deserves to be recognized for all she has done for shelter animals and for one very special pit bull named Russia.

Russia has been in the shelter on 3 separate occasions. Her owners kept her chained in the yard. The last time Russia came here, the owners decided to not reclaim her. As you can see in the photo, Russia is aging and deserves all the love and compassion any one person can give. Morgan has taken it upon herself to do this, and has taken her home to foster her.

Morgan feels that Russia deserves to sleep in a warm comfortable place. She has taken one of the mattresses from her bed and put it on the floor beside her so that Russia has a comfy place to sleep. They even have matching sheet and blanket sets. Morgan’s parents say that when Morgan leaves for school, Russia cries for her. Morgan has saved Russia’s life, and we feel that Russia has added to Morgan something only a bully can. Unconditional love!

Morgan, I am at a loss to find the words to describe what an amazing young lady you are. Your dedication to the animals in your community is so touching and incredibly inspiring. You are a true leader and a glowing example of today’s youth, and your dedication to improve the lives of animals is going to take you very, very far. Like most pit bull advocates, I was inspired to do more for the breed by an extremely special pit bull, and I know that your love and work with Russia is just the beginning of the wonderful things you will do for the breed.

On behalf of Bless the Bullys and the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign, I am honored to share with everyone what an incredible advocate you are, Morgan. I have no doubt that in the years ahead, you will inspire change and make a positive impact in the animal welfare community.

If anyone would like to contribute to the “Save Silas” fund that Morgan started, you can do so by sending your donation to Marion Animal Care & Control, 1021 State Road 18, Marion, Indiana 46953. (765-668-4491)

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