Abandoned Dog Turned Cat Rescuer Leaves Sweet Legacy to Feline Friends


The Ginny Fund is a group of volunteers who are inspired by Ginny's story and vowed to take care of cats who are living on the streets of Long Island, New York. (Photo : neekoh.fi / Flickr)
The Ginny Fund is a group of volunteers who are inspired by Ginny’s story and vowed to take care of cats who are living on the streets of Long Island, New York.
(Photo : neekoh.fi / Flickr)

Ginny is simply not your typical rescue dog. She basically had a sixth sense for saving cats, having rescued in upwards of 1,000 cats by sniffing them out in the most random places.

Ginny would sniff cats out from dumpsters, glove compartments, pipes, and many other types of places where they could easily be trapped.

In carrying out her mission, this Schnauzer/Siberian Husky mix had one faithful assistant – her human companion Philip Gonzalez.

But Ginny herself had once been abused and abandoned. She was in such a bad shape that vets in the shelter thought of putting her down. However Ginny showed signs of recovery and was soon up for adoption. This was just when she met Philip.

Philip, who was injured in a construction accident and suffered from depression, states that Ginny gave him a purpose.

As she had known what it was like to be abused and abandoned herself, Ginny sought to help other animals that are in need.

“She always wanted to be out searching,” Philip said to AmazingTales. The first time Ginny got into rescue work, she broke off her leash, ran to a pipe, pawed at it and whimpered as she always did when she found a cat. Five kittens came rushing out of the pipe.

Ginny and Philip would drop by the local animal shelter each and every week to drop off the rescued cats. Ginny fell in love with her cats, mostly those who suffered from some physical disability, and would visit them regularly.

Unfortunately, Ginny had passed away at age 17 back in August 2005. However, her legacy has lived on through Philip and The Ginny Fund, a group of volunteers who were inspired by Ginny’s story and have vowed to carry on her noble mission of taking care of cats who are living on the streets of Long Island, New York.

According to OneGreenPlanet, the group would wake up right at 3 a.m. to make 19 stops around Long Island to get food and water to the cats.

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They also help to promote and educate the public on the importance of their programs, finding homes for rescues and raising funds to build their dream sanctuary for unwanted animals.

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