Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull’s fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies and were determined to save them. From that single act, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary—known as DAWGS—was born.
Starting their own animal shelter took dedication, commitment, and perseverance, as evidenced in this moving story of hope and compassion—a testament to how love and determination can offer second chances—one animal, one child, and one day at a time.
Founded in 2003, DAWGS is the only animal sanctuary in America founded and run by elementary school children. The organization has touched the lives of more than 20,000 animals, giving them a second chance in life.
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About the Authors:
Diane Trull’s passion for rescuing animals was the inspiration for the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary (DAWGS), which she established with her husband and a group of fourth-grade students. Diane continues to teach about the importance compassion and community-service play in improving the lives of homeless animals.
Meredith Wargo is an award-winning author and advocate for animals, and the recipient of three Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Association of America.