April 2016
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Two by Two Rescue

  Heather Wyatt, Two by Two’s foster home coordinator, helps with the placement of the animals rescued.

The good hearted are kind to animals.

If you are an dog lover (and all other animals) as I am and you live in Alabama, then you probably know the story of Lazarus, a shepherd mix that was hit by a car and then surrendered to an animal shelter in Ozark where he was euthanized TWICE; only when they checked on him in the morning, he was alive and sitting up. He actually has a death certificate! Nevertheless, Lazarus was still going to be put down.

However, a wonderful lady named Sonya King heard about his plight. She went and got Lazarus and brought him to her home in Helena where she runs Two by Two Animal Rescue.

That was my first time learning of such a wonderful rescue organization! I really wanted to get to know more about these wonderful people, and they graciously agreed to be our shelter of the month.

Two by Two Animal Rescue is a 501c3 not-for-profit, no-kill organization founded in 2002 when King started feeding strays in Old Town Helena. She realized someone else was doing the same thing. After writing a note, they met and combined their efforts to save the strays and unwanted or abandoned animals.

  Left to right, Sonya King, one of the founders of Two by Two Animal Rescue, with Lazarus. Jane Holston adopted Lazarus and they now have happy-ever-after lives.

They are still doing the good work. Also, on a larger scale, they are helping educate people on how to care for their animals responsibly. Their goal is to help every animal find a forever home. Please visit them at their website, www.twoby-tworescue.com and join them on Facebook.

Two by Two does not receive any state funding or government assistance, yet they manage to provide veterinary care for the animals that come their way. They also get them spayed or neutered AND microchipped. Every animal, regardless of breed or cost, is taken care of. Two by Two utilizes foster homes for keeping the animals until a forever home is found for them. They have foster homes all around the Birmingham area.

On Feb. 12, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Two by Two Rescue was named the 2015 PGA Tour Champions Charity of the Year. King said that they were very excited by this honor and the monetary prize that came with it. King is hoping to build a no-kill shelter and dog park; the $30,000 award is her seed money toward that dream.

One really cool aspect to Two by Two is that they offer the perfect gift for the animal lover who has everything. Two by Two Rescue will send a special card to someone to let them know a gift has been given in their honor. You may consider donating for a birthday, anniversary or holiday, or in memory of a person or pet you wish to honor. Mail your donation to Two by Two Rescue at PO Box 708, Helena, AL 35080. They will promptly send a card notifying the recipient of the donation.

Now as for Lazarus, he was adopted by Jane Holston of Helena and hopefully, like his biblical namesake, he will go on to live out a full and happy life!

Mary Delph is an associate editor with AFC Cooperative Farming News. You may email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..