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December 7, 2011

Ashley Oelsen & Lesley Brog: Two extraordinary women uniting animals and humans for a lifetime of love

Posted by Don Rose
Below is information regarding two very special ladies: Ashley Oelsen and Lesley Brog, who do incredible work with animals. They also encourage others to take action in their hometown when it comes to rescuing animals, and understanding the bond between humans and dogs. As the holidays approach, many animal lovers give pets as gifts, so it's the perfect time to make sure you're providing a happy home for everyone.
Meet Ashley Oelsen (Sol Foundation), and Lesley Brog (Wags & Walks) who, together, have embarked on a journey to help save millions of rescue dogs by building awareness through education and community outreach. Each inspired by their love for animals, Ashley and Lesley, through their respective foundations, bring something unique and diverse to their day-to-day operations.
“Saving one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.” That’s Wags and Walks Rescue’s favorite quote and they never lose sight of it!  Founded by Lesley Brog in 2010, Wags and Walks launched because Lesley knew she wanted to do more for animals.  As the daughter of a vet and a volunteer at various dog rescues, Lesley learned the harsh reality that amazing, well behaved, beautiful “pets” were being dumped at local shelters.  A devastating number, 5000 dogs, are euthanized every day in shelters due to lack of funds and space.  Wags and Walks dedicates their time to physically visiting shelters, sometimes hours away.  They take pictures, get to know the dog’s temperament, work with staff, network the dogs that are the most in danger and put a plan in place to avoid having to put them to sleep.
“I don’t just talk the talk,” says Lesley.  “I am a take action kind of girl!  I am also proud to teach my little girls empathy, compassion and kindness to animals first hand.  This is what every mother wants to teach her children.”
Sol Foundation (Sharing Our Love), named after her rescue dog Sol, was founded by Ashley Oelsen in 2008 and is one of the most unique foundations uniting rescue dogs and children.  The bond between humans and animals can be so strong not to mention life changing for both.   Ashley created Sol Foundation to do just this and more.  Her mission is to prevent cruelty to animals through education, awareness and advocacy.  She created a very distinctive way to teach kids an established sense of responsibility, and kindness towards animals and other humans that begins with weekly visits, with Sol by her side, to local schools and community centers helping students in the curriculum of reading and writing. In addition to the basic stepping-stones of education that will hopefully lead to the success of future generations, Ashley and Sol commence that initial connection between kids and animals. Unfortunate but factual, many of these kids and rescues share similar backgrounds such as physical abuse, abandonment and lack of attention.  Aside from the tutorial benefits that Ashley brings to the table, these students are able to bond with the animals, respect them and learn that with hard work and responsibility they can find unconditional love in one another, something they may have never experienced.
Ashley travels as far as Canada to get many of her rescues to their new home.
Ashley Oelsen and Lesley Brog are true heroes. They’re passionate and determined, and their mission to save homeless pets and unite them with loving owners will never end.  They have made a commitment for life.
For more information on these foundations 
please visit www.SharingOurLove.org 


Several rescues Ashley personally escorted to new homes

Lesley Brog with one of her rescued dogs

Ashley and Sol