About Team

Our Koira dogs each have their own unique story, just like all of us. Whether they are at a rescue, shelter, or foster care their story and how they got there might shake you to the core. Regardless of the beginning, in the good words of John Lenonn, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.”
I lived a pretty common life – raised in a small town York, PA where getting lost in the woods and playing a neighborhood game of kickball was the usual weekend fun. I never really loved school for the academics part, but I enjoyed spending time with my friends and staying after school to play sports. I was 16 years old when my life took a turn from the way of life that I always knew. As quickly as it started, my freedom was gone, my voice was muted and everything that I once knew became a distant memory. I had become a victim of human trafficking and my new normal was far from what I’d ever known.
Those 2 years of my life changed me and rightfully so. I experienced the horrors of every form of abuse that left scars and images burnt into my mind. My view of the world changed, my view of people changed, I believed there was more bad than good, and I believed I was better off dead than alive. My nightmare ended 3 days before my 18th birthday where I most likely would have signed my own death. I relived those years in my mind every single day and struggled to redefine who I really was. What made me, me? I leaned heavily on those who were closest to me knowing that I couldn’t travel the rest of this journey alone from victim to survivor.

These dogs too have walked unique journeys of abuse and abandonment. I share a similar understanding with them, and if they had voices I’m sure they’d say the same – that not all is evil and there is good to still be had in this life. As humans, we have a lot we can learn from dogs through their willingness to trust, love and forgive regardless of what has been done to them. These dogs deserve a second chance, they deserve – love, kindness, and a hopeful shot at living their success story.

 

I’ve heard the saying, “you can’t buy love, but you can rescue it”, those words never rang so true. I had a rescue pit, Diesel. I saw the posting on Craigslist and without hesitation I had an instant connection with this dog. As to be expected, we found him outside emaciated and neglected. I had a purpose and my purpose was to restore the faith in Diesel, just as others had done for me. At the time I didn’t realize it, but I needed him just as much as he needed me. In those moments you can’t help but ask yourself, who rescued who? This is what inspired my deeper purpose. My give back. My last step in my recovery.

 

Koira is my platform and it can be yours too — to help, to be involved, to make a difference. Restoring faith, love and hope into these dogs who are worthy of every single one of these things despite their past. You can be the next step in their recovery, by simply giving your time and sharing lots of love. My hope is Koira will be another positive stepping stone in their adoption journey. I truly believe if they are given the opportunity to be loved, they will learn without hesitation to love in return.
And who knows, you too might find yourself in that moment asking the question, who rescued who?

 

For more information please visit the link below to the national human trafficking website. If you see something, say something! https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

 

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and need help please call the hotline.

1-888-373-7888