BluAnna, a young, female American Staffordshire Terrier, arrived at the Humane Society and Animal Rescue (HSAR) of Muskegon County shelter over eighteen months ago. She was a victim of a family that had grown weary of the responsibility of caring for this lovely, energetic and devoted young lady.
She was little more than skin and bones upon arrival but, the staff invested time and resources into returning her to a healthy and adoptable state. Eventually, an adoption happened and BluAnna was on her way to a new chapter in her life.
But, due to circumstances beyond BluAnna’s control, the family decided they could not keep her, and she was returned, once again, to a life in a shelter.
This time, things did not go so well for this once-sweet girl. As the months slipped by with no new adoption interest, the effects of living a life of confinement and boredom began to take a toll on BluAnna’s spirit and disposition.
She began pacing relentlessly in her kennel. Her appetite diminished as kennel depression set in. Then, she began to show aggression towards the other shelter animals. Finally, she began to turn her depression-based aggression towards the shelter staff.
Through no fault of her own and despite the valiant efforts of the staff of the Humane Society and Animal Rescue (HSAR) of Muskegon County, Bluanna had become a dangerous risk and was deemed no longer adoptable.
An attempt was made to find a sanctuary that would take her in and offer her the best possible life, but even that effort came up empty.
There was no other alternative but to make the solemn, heart-wrenching decision to release BluAnna from the anguish, anxiety and depression that had stolen her proud spirit and loving heart.
On February 26, 2013, surrounded by the staff of HSAR, BluAnna was allowed to leave this world and find the peace that had eluded her for so long.
In loving memory of BluAnna, in appreciation and support for the tireless efforts of HSAR staff and volunteers to prevent another animal being deprived of second chances, and to help raise awareness of the plight of shelter animals throughout Muskegon County, HSAR’s Board of Directors is hosting the first annual “Blues for BluAnna”.
You are invited to this fundraising event which will be held on Saturday, September 14, at Dreamers Bar, Muskegon’s home for live blues for over a decade. The bar is located across from the Muskegon County Courthouse on Pine Street.
There is a $10 cover charge at the door, which opens at 7 pm. The music, provided by a group of talented local blues musicians, starts at 8.
Throughout the evening there will be dancing, 50/50 raffles, auctions and non-stop fun. Dreamers will also have food available and special, animal-themed drinks. Members of the board will be on hand to answer questions and help keep the party going. And, of course, there will be plenty of great music to enjoy.
If you love animals and love the blues, you’ll love “Blues for BluAnna”!!
You can read more about BluAnna’s life and a staff member’s touching tribute to her memory at this link:
As always -- Love your pets. Treat them like family. Keep them for life.
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