Brittany Thadani rescued her first dog when she was three years old. That tradition still continues. After having numerous debilitating back and shoulder surgeries, Brittany was forced to give up her job as a veterinary technician. “Rescue saved me” said Thadani. “Because I could no longer do what I loved to do, I felt useless. And then I found rescue.”
In June 2009, after helping to start programs with two other rescue groups, Brittany decided to form the nonprofit, All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas, or ABARC. Based in Apex, North Carolina, the rescue has a strong support system of foster homes spanning throughout NC. As well as support from PetSound Animal Hospital in Cary, which does veterinary work for the rescue at a reduced rate. When Mebane resident Lois Dixon joined the rescue and became a board member in late 2010, the rescue expanded to the Mebane area. With this growth came the support of Mebane Pet Clinic, where Lois works part-time since retiring from teaching.
ABARC is a small rescue doing big things! Everyone involved works together to save lives. “I refuse to allow egos and politics into my rescue,” says Thadani. “it’s all about saving lives. It’s all about the animals.”
For those involved with ABARC, rescue holds no boundaries. They frequently work with shelters in rural areas that receive little funding and/or no exposure.
ABARC holds no boundaries when it comes to size or breed. The smallest breed that has been rescued is a Tea Cup Chihuahua and the largest is a toss up between a Great Pyranees and a Bullmastiff.
Both Thadani and Dixon hold a special place in the hearts for senior and special needs dogs, finding it heartbreaking when they end up in shelters. Sometimes these dogs find homes, while others live out their lives in hospice care with the rescue. Both Thadani and Dixon are fostering senior or special needs dogs in their own homes.
ABARC relies on their adoption fees, fundraising events and public donations to fund their rescue efforts. There are no paid positions and there is no shelter or facility. Both Dixon and Thadani work out of their homes and rely on foster families to house rescued animals until their forever families are found.
-Excerpts from an article published by Alamance Magazine in 2012