Like many other people who lose pets, Dave and Jill Cottone thought their dog left them too soon.
The couple had rescued a German-shepherd/Labrador-retriever mix from a shelter seven years earlier. Sedona was 10 in February 2011 when they put her down because of advanced cancer.
“Once in a while, you have an animal come into your life that is just different,” said Mrs. Cottone, of Dublin.
“There was something about her,” her husband added. “People just gravitated toward her.”
Though devastated, Mr. Cottone found solace — and a sense of purpose — in something that his wife said soon after the death.
“She told me: ‘As painful as it is for us to lose her, we had closure. Imagine what it would be like to have to give up a dog because you couldn’t afford them.’”
With that sentiment in mind, the Sedona Grace Foundation was born.
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