Pay it 4ward: Albuquerque woman recognized for rescue work
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A local woman is going to great lengths to save animals who have an uncertain future.
This week’s Pay It 4ward recipient is Allie Sikorski who started her own rescue – "Pawsitive Life" – about two years ago. She takes dogs and cats from all over the state.
Alexx Gallegos nominated Sikorski after adopting four dogs.
"I nominated Allie because she runs a wonderful dog rescue, cats too, called Pawsitive Life, and this woman is so selfless,” said Gallegos. “She spent her Thanksgiving break driving all the way to Kansas to take a dog to its home. I mean, who gives up family time to make sure a doggie has a home? That’s why I nominated her."
Gallegos lured Sikorski to a shopping area on Menaul, with the help of Simply Diego’s.
"So, after your post on Thanksgiving, when you drove all the way to Kansas to give that little dog, I was like, ‘This girl is amazing,’” Gallegos said. "You’re a substitute teacher at a middle school. You spend your whole life dedicated to animals, and you deserve it."
"Okay. Thank you so much. I’m so surprised. I don’t know what to say,” said Sikorski. "I’m blown away with her compassion, and sometimes it’s a thankless job, and being recognized helps make it easier sometimes."
When asked what she was going to do with her $400.
"Probably pay off some of our vet bills because we always have some, so (laughs).”
She says emergency vet bills can total $6,000 a week.
"Thankfully, we have a good base. We have great donors and great supporters,” said Sikorski.
All people who are inspired to help animals.
"We’re 100% foster-based, so we don’t have a facility,” Sikorski said. "I have an amazing team. I get requests in. I find animals I want to pull, then I go to them, and we find fosters. Actually, Alexx took a couple recently."
Earlier this month, Sikorski rescued a pug who she says was thrown out of a vehicle. He went to one lucky young girl, who was oh-so-happy to get her Christmas present.