We had the good fortune of connecting with Debi Sullivan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debi, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
In rescue I struggle constantly with this question. Running an emergency medical rescue I see the worst of the worst and the abuse weighs so heavy at times. Medical costs add up on each of our dogs as we try to heal them and getting funding, especially since covid, can be difficult. Feeling like you are constantly begging for support, feeling like you are failing an animal who has been failed before…it makes you want to give up, it’s emotionally exhausting. But looking into the eyes of a pup who has been harmed and seeing their willingness to give trust another try…how could I give up?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I run two businesses. I have a bookkeeping company and then am the founder of an emergency medical rescue.
My bookkeeping company I started because of a very difficult boss I had. I wasn’t planning on going out on my own but one day was just a little too much and there I was, faced with a decision. Stay in a toxic environment with rigid hours or take a leap of faith and start from scratch trusting in myself. I took the leap and 20 years later I’m still happy I took the leap.
That leap also gave me the flexibility and financial stability to start working with dogs which turned into a 10+ year adventure. No two days are alike in rescue and every dog is different. There are great victories and there are crushing disappointments & sadness. But I’ve found a little piece of myself in every dog that comes into our group. The unwanted, the unloved, the abused, the hurt, the defeated….but always the glimmer of hope deep down that there was something better out there. So I guess you could say our pasts bond us and we do our healing together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them down to the city to see the Bean, catch a play and dine at Catch 35. A comedy club for some laughs and Benihanas for dinner. We would spend a lot of time with the dogs enjoying a bbq. And a must is dinner at my favorite indulgence, Chandler’s
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I guess I’d have to say Handsome Dan Rescue. Their dedication, education and programs motivates me to try and do more not just for our dogs but also the dogs in our community.