Six Thousand. It’s a big number.
And it’s the number of animals that Lucky Dog has saved since its founding in May 2009.
Cato – Lucky # 6,000 – was adopted one day after arriving from a rural shelter
Lucky Dog volunteers – just a few of the 48,000 touch points from shelter to forever home
Former Lucky Dog Ham (now Cooper) has hiked, swam, kayaked and sailed in multiple states.
Six thousand dogs and cats have been rescued from certain euthanasia in overcrowded shelters and brought to DC to find their forever homes. Number 6,000 arrived on November 1 and was adopted the very next day, from shelter pen to forever family and a bed of his own in less than 48 hours.
Lucky Dogs are not just given away. They are not handed over to the first interested adopter. They are deliberately placed in carefully screened, loving forever homes.
Think about how many people touch each animal before a forever home is found. Each dog or cat is identified by a Lucky Dog partner and pulled out of the shelter. They are driven to DC by one or two drivers. They are placed into a foster home or stay with a boarding partner. They may need a volunteer to bring them to — or handle them at — an adoption event. An adoption coordinator screens applications from interested adopters. Another volunteer conducts a home visit.
By our count, that’s eight volunteers. Eight volunteers pitching in to get one dog or cat into a forever home. And that doesn’t even count the volunteers organizing the transports and adoption events, the administrative volunteers keeping track of all the records for the animals, or the volunteers creating flyers, proofreading online posts, and posting the dogs and cats on our facebook page.
6,000 animals. 48,000 volunteer touch points.
At this time of giving thanks, Lucky Dog would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all of our volunteers, fosters, and supporters for making it possible to save over 6,000 dogs and cats. For giving their time and attention, their love and warmth, and their hearts to homeless animals in need. For rallying to cover surgery costs. For welcoming fosters into their home and their hearts, then lovingly sending them to their forever families. For picking Lucky dogs up on weekends and taking them to adoption events so they can have a chance to meet their forever family. Thank you for all you do, for all you give, and for making all of this possible.
If you’d like to be a part of a Lucky dog’s journey, and make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats and the people who love them, email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Lucky Dog is actively looking for new fosters as winter sets in and the shelters get colder. The more available foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. To learn about other volunteer opportunities, visit www.luckydoganimalrescue.org/volunteer.
This is a Take Me Home Tuesday post from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Lucky Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. Our committed volunteers, foster homes, and trainers provide homeless pets with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes.