As many of you may know, Kate’s Rescue has suffered a great loss to the Rescue world by losing our Founder, Julia Sounders.  She was a mother, friend, mentor, dog mom, and backbone not only to the dogs but to her fosters and everyone she met.  This past week has been difficult for all of us, but our mission and love for Julia continues to stay strong….

Julia passed away suddenly taking many hearts with her. She was the founder and president of Kate’s Rescue and worked tirelessly to save both animals and people. She had a heart of gold. 

Julia founded Kate’s Rescue after adopting her dog Kate from the local animal shelter just hours before she was scheduled to be euthanized. As Julia explained,

“Every day I look at Kate and think how close she came, so very close. She is a wonderful girl, sweet and eager to please. I think of all the animals who, through no fault of their own, lose their lives every day because people don’t spay and neuter their pets. These wonderful beings end up in facilities that are understaffed, overcrowded, and don’t have the means to help every animal find a forever home. 10,000; that is, in fact, the number of animals that get euthanized every day in the United States alone. That is unacceptable.”

It was because of Kate that Julia was inspired to bring together a passionate group of animal lovers and form Kate’s Rescue for Animals, dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community and the education of the people who care for them. When Julia saw a problem, she was inspired to be part of the solution.

We ask that you please bear with us through this difficult and trying time within the rescue. Please be patient for responses and don’t hesitate to nicely reach out again. We are all dealing with heartbreak and many changes. 

We miss you Julia, and we’ll do our best to follow in your footsteps and continue your mission.

As Julia stated, “Thank you all for your help and concern in this worthy venture.”

By |Published On: September 29th, 2021|Categories: Just the Facts|

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  1. Barbara Davidson October 4, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    My heart is broken over the loss of Julia
    We had just started working together to find my. It Willie a good home

    • Lisa Rowe
      Lisa Rowe October 14, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. She is dearly missed! If you still need help with Willie please email us at

  2. dana haumea October 17, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Julia introduced me to the rescue world about 10 years ago. We were bonded by a common love of animals and and a want or need for change. She was devoted to saving as many dogs and often times people as she could. I’ll miss her honesty, her passion and drive. She was just a good woman! This world lost an angel and the rescue world will never be the same. Never! I hope we can carry on her legacy because she was amazing and good and pure, outspoken and just remarkable. I’ll miss you Julia!!!

  3. Sandy Caracciolo October 18, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I will miss you Julia. You were a amazing, loving person. Continues prayers for your family and friends. Good did indeed gain a true angel ❤️?❤️

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