Last month, USA Today’s Most Heroic Dog of 2010 finalists Surf Dog Ricochet and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog urged people to vote instead for their fellow finalist Target, the mistakenly euthanized war dog.
Ricochet and Sparkles also started a month-long “Turning votes into voices” fundraiser to help Target’s Bunker, a no-kill shelter being planned by Target’s family. Thanks to generous donations from all over the country, $5,074 was raised.
Target saved the lives of many soldiers in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber walked into a border patrol compound. Target, along with two other stray dogs, attacked the bomber. Despite the bombing, she survived.
Sgt. Terry Young adopted Target, and brought her back to live with him in Arizona. One afternoon, Target got out of the yard, and ended up in a shelter, where she was erroneously euthanized. Target’s Bunker has been formed with the hope of keeping another tragedy like Target’s from ever happening again.
Ricochet has already started a new fundraiser, “Tidal Wave for Target’s Bunker,” with the hopes of raising additional funds for the shelter. Since Target’s Bunker is in its infancy stages of development, donations will be accepted through Puppy Prodigies/Surf Dog Ricochet, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. You can make a tax-deductible donation on behalf of Target’s Bunker via Surf Dog Ricochet’s website.
Ricochet and Sparkles believe thousands of dollars can be raised for their hero, Target. They ask that pet parents around the world join in their quest by making a donation, and/or help raise awareness by getting the word out about the new “Tidal Wave for Target’s Bunker” fundraiser, which will ultimately save lives.