If you can’t tell already, Shianne and I have a slight obsession with puppies…aka, I tend to send pictures of puppies to Shianne and vise versa . It was once only Shiba Inus on our Facebook walls, and has now turned into pick me up pictures through out the work day. We both come from 2 dog homes and being away for this long weighs on a dog lover! Its something I did not notice in college since no one had a dog there (obviously) but now that we’re in the city I’m constantly surrounded and find myself yearning to just cuddle with all of them.
Alas, work hours and apartment contracts will not allow for this as of yet (although Shianne may have a surprise guest soon!) so after squealing at one too many dogs as they walk by, I decided to do something about it.
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization taking jobs from high kill or CLOSED shelters in the South. If you don’t know what a closed shelter is — its a “shelter” that does not allow dogs to be adopted, they simply go there to be put down. Not even a fighting chance given! I realize that there is an over breeding and over population issue within the US with dogs and cats but I mean really.. they’re still a life!
Enough of my rant.. anyhoo I decided that by volunteering for Lucky Dog I could both help some of these pooches and get my dog fix in A complete win-win! Lucky dog or LDAR has events almost every Saturday & Sunday (this weekend 2 each day!) and I volunteers to pick up Tyler from Wagtime – a doggy daycare place downtown on U street – and take him to Dogma Bakery in Shirlington, VA
He was an 8 month old lab mix who was quite the handful but really a sweet heart at the end of the day. Here are some pictures of him stolen from the Lucky Dog site!
He was a bit bouncy on the ride there but I think by the end of the day and enough treats to prove I was worthy of attention we made a bond. Quite a few people seemed interested in him so hopefully soon he will find his forever home! Lucky dog is also different because they do not have a shelter location and rely instead on fosters and places like Wagtime where dogs can live during the week.
There are some older dogs that need a good second home, but also some puppies who have yet to experience home life!
I plan to continue working with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue after Thanksgiving break — and maybe bring Shianne and Caroline along with me!
If you’re interested in volunteering (its really the easiest) just join here! They’re always looking for fosters but since thats a bit much for those of us still renting our places, handlers, drivers and even just marketing experts are needed!
Check out the volunteer info here!