HARRAH — A fire burned Heather McDaniel’s home to the ground a year ago. When she lost everything, she needed to find a new home. She also needed to find homes for the 55 dogs in her care.
The founder of Must Love Dogs Rescue ran the adoption agency on her land near Luther and faced a decision: to start over or give up. So, she said, she made a deal with God. If He could provide a way, she’d keep the rescue open. A little money came in, and McDaniel’s volunteers — all area teens — encouraged her to continue. "It’s really the kids that spurred me to keep going,” she said. "They wanted me to continue doing this because it was an outlet for them to help the community and save dogs. … Really, God just made a way. I can only say that because everything fit into place.” McDaniel moved into a new house outside of Harrah, and rescue efforts began again in December. But as donations have dropped off because of the economy, she’s teetering on the edge of closure. She’s shelved plans to construct a building for the dogs for now. She will keep finding homes for dogs as long as she can, she said.