It began with one small comment.
An Introduction from the Founder
The Beckett Foundation was founded in September 2020 in response to a series of events that opened my eyes to the clear disconnect between the elderly who live alone and dogs who die in shelters each year. The seed was first planted during a conversation with an older gentleman at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC. While sitting outside on a nice day, a dog walked by with its person, and he took the time to dote over it for a good while. Being an avid dog-lover myself, I asked him if he had one of his own. He told me that he would like to have one, but at his age, he feared the dog would most likely outlive him, and he worried what would happen if it did. Sure enough, he died a few months later, and somewhere in the back of my mind, a thought began to simmer.
Fast-forwarding to March of 2020, our own dog, Beckett, fell very ill, and after 10 weeks of struggling to diagnose and care for whatever was going on, we finally made the difficult choice to put him to rest. In the months of grief that followed I found myself lamenting to a friend on a run in late August that I felt I needed a stronger sense of purpose in my life. As I rattled off the kinds of things I might do, this idea came back up, and when he heard it – being a dog-owner and dog-lover himself – he leaned into it and encouraged me to chase down this goal. And so began the journey to start a nonprofit and build an application that can help bring peace of mind to potential adoptive parents who might have reservations about their capacity to care for a rescue by facilitating a stronger community support network.
We hope for the benefits to be two-fold: making adoption feel more realistically manageable for the elderly and chronically ill who might otherwise not get to experience the joy and healing that a canine companion can bring to their lives, and by doing so, saving the lives of shelter dogs by increasing the number of adoptions.
And that's where you come in! We can use all the help we can get, from favors to funding. If you'd like to get involved, please don't hesitate to get in touch. And if you can spare it, please consider giving what you can to push the effort forward.