How to save 1,400 dogs from being euthanized.


Are you — like tens of millions of others — what you would call a "dog person?"

Or, at the very least, will you agree with me when I say that this dog enjoying a popsicle is both (a) adorable and (b) having a pretty good time? Good.


Take that feeling, multiply it by 1,400, and what you'll get is Sara Cross and Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

It all started when Sara saw a Facebook picture of a dog named Kevin on death row. Though she was still living in a one-bedroom apartment, Cross started taking in and fostering dogs.

Four years later, and with the help of some great volunteers, her nonprofit shelter has rescued more than 1,400 dogs.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that around 2.4 million perfectly healthy pets are put down in shelters each year.

Cross and Brooklyn Badass Animal Rescue can't solve this problem on their own, but they're doing everything they can to help reduce the number of healthy dogs that otherwise end up being euthanized.

Cross was just one person trying to make a difference, and now her efforts have snowballed into a thriving nonprofit shelter.

As individuals, we can only do so much. But together we can change the world, and that's exactly what Cross is trying to do.

Every success story begins with a dream, and Sara Cross has hers:

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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