DENVER -- The best thing in a rescued pet's life is a second chance. 7Everyday Hero Cindy Marques has taken that to heart. She helps rescue Boston Terriers.
"They are loyal, they are smart, they are clowns," Marques said.
And they love companionship.
"They are just love bugs," Marques added.
Marques volunteers for the MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.
"We get a lot of our dogs from puppy mill auctions. So, what happens is when the commercial breeder is done using her for profit they go and sell her at an auction. And we go and try to get as many dogs out of the system as possible," Marques said.
Rescuing those dogs costs money.
"Sometimes the medical bills can be in the thousands of dollars," said Deb Fjelsted with MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.
That is where Marques comes in.
"If you do the same thing over and over again it gets kind of boring. But Cindy has the most creative mind to come up with some of the neatest ideas for events that draw people in and they have a good time," Fjelsted said.
Marques' idea for a giant garage sale paid off in a big way recently. It raised more than $3,000.
"All of the money we raise at our fund raisers goes into the medical fund for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue," Fjelsted said.
The MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue is also unique in that it has a hospice program.
"If we get a dog that is too sick to be adopted, we don't give up on that dog. We take care of them and give them the last two weeks or six months or a year or whatever they have got left," said Hawk Fjelsted with MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.
The non-profit rescues about 300 dogs a year thanks to dedicated volunteers like Cindy Marques.
"Colorado is our number one adopting state because we're really cool and dog friendly," Marques said.