by Mallorie Ann Ingram

Typically, this column houses information about some fun spots around the coast that I stumble upon and, of course, inspire me, but this month is a little different. As most of you have caught on, this is our pet issue. What better way to talk about “inspiration” than to tell readers about not only my true, inspirational muse, but also talk about a concept that leaves most people joyful and satisfied in life. I can’t help but talk about pet rescues, but before I get ahead of myself, let me start from the beginning. For me, that would be Cooper, the chocolate lab pup I rescued, although really, he rescued me. Years ago, I found my pal who goes by the nickname “handsome.” It wouldn’t surprise me if he literally came as an angel from heaven itself. Funny how things work out in life. Long story short, we both laid eyes on each other in an animal shelter in Chattanooga, and it was all over. It’s truly the “woman’s best friend” scenario. If this dog wasn’t sent from heaven, I don’t know what is. Not only that, but if this dog suddenly turned into human form, he would literally be the epitome of me; just ask anybody that knows the both of us. I’ll leave it at that. 

With that said, let’s talk about some of Brevard County’s pet rescue opportunities. I will always support these organizations and ideas. For pet lovers, your best friend is out there waiting to meet you — cat, dog, whatever it may be. Here on the Space Coast, we have an ample supply of places to consider, from the SPCA of Brevard to other local rescues. It’s safe to say there’s a variety to choose from. The question is, what’s stopping you? Once upon a time, I was truly saddened about something and my wise mom my told me to visit the nearby shelter, which, being the person I am, I resisted because I thought it would only cause more sadness to watch sad animals. I was wrong and my life changed forever. I encourage you to consider doing this as well. Trust me. It will truly be that inspiration in your life. ◆