Wellington was a most-beloved Golden Doodle: he lived a life of purpose, he even did a TEDxTalk, and his legacy lives on through his Instagram, @LifeAccordingToWellington.
During a vet visit in April 2017, Wellington's mama, Pina, learned something quite surprising, through Dr. Angus, a veterinary specialist in Pasadena, which prompted Pina and Wellington to create #MissionWellington:
Evidently less than 5% of US homeless shelters provide a place to sleep for people with her dogs. That was a shocking statistic for Pina. She was immediately inspired to help homeless people and their dogs. Dr. Angus mentioned that often times people will stay in a challenging situation, even end up on the streets rather than risking bien separated from their dogs. These pups are often their sole connection to unconditional love, loyalty and protection.
Pina felt, "Those of us who are dog parents know that, if we were ever homeless, we would share any food with our dogs. Our furry children are family to us." So inspired-action took over.
Through Wellington’s Instagram, people all around the country were invited to "pay-it-forward" with any gently used (or new) leashes, towels, blankets, toys, bowl, shampoos and treats; she created a raffle for the participants with prizes generously donated by Airbnb, Whole Foods and Weleda Organics. People on Instagram and around the country have continued to donate doggie supplies. A friend has stepped up and made possible an ongoing dog-food-donation: thank you from our hearts Mark Stewart!
With his mama & friends, Welly went to the poorest streets to hand-deliver these goodies, and do so regularly. Wellington even met his name-sake!!
Heartbreak into Legacy:
Wellington's heart suddenly stopped during a treatment he was undergoing for a cancer lodged inside his heart. His life was about making a difference, a legacy which continues on through his @LifeAccordingToWellington Instagram -a life of true service.
We thank you for teaching us through your active compassion, Wellington, we miss you SO much, and we promise to honor your inspiring legacy.
For those of you inspired to donate doggies supplies & food, you are welcome to mail us any gently used (or new) leashes, towels, blankets, toys, bowls, shampoos, treats at the following address:
"Treats for Pups" ℅ #MissionWellington
P.O. Box 56373
Los Angeles, CA 91413
If you would like to donate money, we would be ever so grateful! We have a fiscal sponsorship with TheNewHollywood.org, a 501©3 - When you donate, you will be directed to a screen that looks like this one. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.
If you prefer to mail a check donation, please make the check payable to The New Hollywood a 501©3, and clearly mark the check for "Treats for Pups with Mission Wellington". Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
"Treats for Pups" ℅ #MissionWellington
P.O. Box 56373 ~ Los Angeles, CA 91413
Thank you also to those who donated to our 2017 The New Hollywood's Annual Holiday Party benefiting #TreatsForPups & #MissionWellington
Donations Personally Delivered in the poorest streets of L.A. on:
June 25th, 2017
June 28th, 2017
*July 27th Wellington suddenly died and his mama took August & September to grieve
October 20th, 2017
November 21st, 2017
November 23rd, 2017
December 24th, 2017
January 24th, 2018
February 27th, 2018
March, 24th 2018
April 2018 TBA
May 2018 TBA
If you are inspired to do something like this in your city, in any of your neighborhoods, we'd love for you to post photos of the pups receiving your generosity using the following hashtags so that we can this this pay-it-forward movement grow:
DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
13025 West Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
9431 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
- Are you interested in being a #TreatsForPups drop off location at your event? ...at your place of business?
- Would you like to know how have something like this in your city?
- Are you inspired to explore a corporate donation?
- Do you know someone who needs to be connected to a pet-bereavement counselor?
Wellington has also done a TEDx talk:
TEDxWilmington's tribute to Wellington:
If you or someone you know needs pet bereavement support, visit www.PetBereavementCounseling.com to connect with your *certified pet bereavement counselor.