Devon Community Hero - Vickie Opitz


Vickie Opitz: March, 2011

To the animals that Vickie Opitz has rescued, she is now twice a hero. Opitz started a nonprofit called OK Adopt A Dog to give abused and neglected dogs and cats a second chance. Opitz’s organization is small, but dozens of animals are under her care, each waiting to find a loving home. But what she never imagined was that their second chance could disappear in an instant.

Last week, wildfires spread across the state – and closed in on Vickie’s home in Harrah. Her first priority was to get every animal away from the fires and into safety. She and her son scrambled to get all the dogs out of their cages and into crates, but the fire came too fast. There wasn’t enough time.

"We got half of them loaded; we had to turn out half of them. There’s probably 25 or better running loose." -Vickie Opitz

All of the dogs survived, but Vickie’s supplies didn’t. Food, medicine, leashes, blankets – all were lost to the fire.

"We had just purchased a brand new refrigerator for all the dog medicine and it burnt to the ground." – Vickie Opitz

But Opitz isn’t quitting – her commitment is too deep. For having the heart to start her pet rescue organization, the courage to save dozens of animals from a quickly spreading fire and the persistence to start again after a nearly total loss, she is a hero.

QUICKFACTS

Wildfires spread across the state – and closed in on Vickie’s home in Harrah. Her first priority was to get every animal away from the fires and into safety.