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Weird NewsA bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding

05:45  30 may  2019
05:45  30 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding . Burky reached out to her wedding venue to confirm that she would be able to incorporate the dogs into her wedding ceremony. On the day of the wedding , Haven of the Ozarks

Bride Has Her Bridesmaids Carry Adoptable Shelter Dogs Down the Aisle Instead of Bouquets. When Sally Burky started planning her wedding , she knew she wanted to include something a little helped her find homes for two neglected dogs . “Seeing their sanctuary and how each one of their

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding © Sally Burky
  • Sally Burky of Ozark, Missouri, decided to have her bridesmaids walk down the aisle at her wedding with adoptable shelter dogs instead of bouquets of flowers.
  • Four of the five dogs from the Missouri-based no-kill shelter, Haven of the Ozarks, were adopted at the time of writing.
  • Burky told INSIDER that the outpouring of support and attention the dogs and the shelter received far exceeded her expectations.
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Weddings are all about the bride, but one newlywed shared a bit of the spotlight on her big day to help promote a cause close to her heart.

Sally Burky of Ozark, Missouri, knew that she wanted her wedding to be unique in at least one aspect; she wanted her bridesmaids to carry something besides flowers down the aisle.

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A Missouri bride used her wedding photos to help bring awareness to six senior shelter dogs looking for a This Bride Sent Her Bridesmaids Down the Aisle With Shelter Dogs Instead of Flowers. Burky, an avid animal lover, had her each of her bridesmaids carry a senior pup from Haven of the

After her wedding started making headlines, she couldn't believe the impact she was having . Hey, you never know! Burky previously told PEOPLE that seeing the dogs walk down the aisle had a Hopefully, more and more brides will follow in Burky's footsteps and help deserving dogs find a home .

Burky turned to Pinterest to get some ideas. She quickly came across a bride who swapped out her bridesmaids' bouquets for puppies at her wedding, which inspired a plan for Burky's own wedding.

"It sparked the idea of having rescue dogs in the ceremony," Burky told INSIDER via email. "I first suggested it to my husband and he laughed and said whatever you want hunny, let's do it. He knows how much rescue means to me and couldn't have imagined our wedding any different."

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding © Sally Burky

Burky had been an avid supporter of Haven of the Ozarks, a no-kill shelter based in Washburn, Missouri, ever since she rescued two dogs whose "owner was threatening the worst." It made sense, then, that she would ask the shelter to provide the adoptable pups for her big day.

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"I found [Haven of the Ozarks] on Facebook and without hesitation, they offered shelter for the dogs," Burky said. "Ever since then I have tried making donations as often as I can. [My husband] and I agree when the time comes for another companion, the Haven is where we will turn."

Burky reached out to her wedding venue to confirm that she would be able to incorporate the dogs into her wedding ceremony. On the day of the wedding, Haven of the Ozarks drove some dogs looking for homes to Burky's wedding venue.

Each bridesmaid was paired with a pup that she walked down the aisle with. Although Burky was not there to watch the procession, she said that she saw photos and videos after the ceremony.

"They all did so well and stood right by the bridesmaids and groomsmen as we said our vows," Burky said. "It couldn't have been more perfect."

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding © Sally Burky

Burky hoped that incorporating older shelter dogs into her wedding would help raise awareness for Haven of the Ozarks and help the dogs find permanent homes. She and her husband, Cary, also collected donations for the animal sanctuary on their wedding day, but the outpouring of support and attention the dogs and the shelter received far exceeded their expectations.

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Instead of having bridesmaids walk down the aisle holding flowers at her wedding , Sally Burky decided on a twist that was completely her style. The animal lover had her bridesmaids walk down the aisle with adoptable shelter dogs . "Initially (my husband and I) discussed having our own dogs

Once she reaches the end of the aisle , she takes her seat to the left of the aisle in the first row. (In Jewish ceremonies, she and the bride 's father escort their daughter The Bridesmaids : During the processional, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle one-by-one before the maid or matron of honor.

"The response has been incredible," Burky said. "We simply were hoping for maybe one to be adopted or for some guests to make donations."

Instead, Burky told INSIDER that four of the five dogs that participated in her wedding had been adopted at the time of writing. According to Sherah Farris, director of Haven of the Ozarks, promoting the shelter through weddings helps boost donations.

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding © Sally Burky

Farris said that another couple had incorporated dogs from the Haven into their wedding in the fall.

"Their wedding was beautiful and the dogs had a blast!" Farris said. "We raised over $2,000 there and it seems to have started the wedding adoption trend!"

Farris told INSIDER that the shelter is in the early stages of purchasing a new van, which it would use to bring pets to the veterinarian or to larger cities for mobile adoptions. The Haven's current van, which is more than 10 years old and "very faulty," costs around $30,000 to replace.

"The current one is on its last leg," Burky said. "It's vital for them to travel to bigger cities to get those animals homes."

Yazzy, the only dog from Burky's wedding who has yet to find a home, is a six-year-old terrier whose owner passed away.

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding © Sally Burky

"It would make Cary and me so happy if we could aid in finding her a family," Burky said.

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