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Lake Ridge, VA USA

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LUCKY DOG ANIMAL RESCUE
October 10, 2013

It's been a few years since I last reviewed LDAR, so I figured it was time for a refresher. I started off as an adopter of a Lucky Dog in 2011, and have since remained involved in just about every capacity possible for achieving its mission to continue rescuing dogs and giving them the best quality of life possible. I've had a unique opportunity to see ups and downs that come with putting your heart into rescuing, and the idea of "it takes a village" sticks with me often when I consider the amazing volunteer family I've come to be a part of. Volunteers who drive from South Carolina to DC to place Lucky Dogs in foster and forever homes just about every other week. Volunteers who organize every detail of a weekly adoption event, which help manage to sometimes get 20 dogs adopted in the span of 2 hours. Volunteers who find ways to screen applications for adopters and fosters outside of their normal jobs and lives.

Lucky Dog has since grown in its rescue efforts to the point where they are able to fund some staff (but even still there are only two full time staff). This growth is testament to the lives saved and changed, and when I posted a review two years ago LDAR had a tally of 3,100 dogs rescued. Today, that number has nearly doubled with over 5,800 lives saved.

My experience in fostering and coordinating adoptions has taught me more about love, patience, animal learning, and learning about myself than I thought possible. Animal rescue can be exhausting and emotional sometimes, but my faith in human spirit is restored with each interaction I have with my fellow volunteers and happy adopters sharing pictures of once shy dogs thriving and confident in their happy ever afters. I've since adopted a second Lucky Dog (formerly my foster dog) and I have a hard time imagining life without them. I'm a better person from becoming a Lucky Dog volunteer, and my heart has been touched by some of the best people (and dogs, but that's a given!) I have come to know.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

LUCKY DOG ANIMAL RESCUE
August 4, 2011

I adopted my dog from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue this past January, a 1-yr old Jack Russell Terrier who was in a high kill, South Carolina Shelter. Lucky Dog put my fiance and me through a thorough (though really painless) adoption screening process that included a vet check, landlord check, and home visit, to ensure this pup being pulled from the shelter was in fact going to a great home. We felt like the lucky ones when we realized immediately what an awesome dog he was and feel so grateful that the work of Lucky Dog saved his life and so greatly improved ours! After realizing the organization is 100% volunteer without a single paid staff, I wanted to get more involved and have since supported adoption events and been a foster parent to three dogs until they found their forever homes. Foster parents are the backbone of Lucky Dog's volunteer network, and they provide the pups with a foster home and help them adjust to home live while volunteer adoption coordinators, another integral component to Lucky Dog's adoption process, screen potential adopters and place dogs into their perfect homes. They also have strong community outreach through local pet supply stores where they do adoption events, trainers and boarding partners who work with their dogs, and local veterinary facilities who provide medical care to the dogs in Lucky Dog's care. Though a very young organization, Lucky Dog has saved over 3,100 dogs in just over two years. They also provide great educational resources to the community about adopting and caring for pets, and work diligently to raise funds to support medical procedures, medicine, and supplies for the lucky dogs. They are a truly fantastic organization with a vast network of volunteers who all play an integral part in saving animals' lives, and I am proud to be a part of this fantastic organization!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being an adopter and supporting the adoption process through my volunteer work. They consistently notify the volunteer base when a dog is adopted and always provide unique, consistent opportunities to volunteer and showcase the dogs up for adoption. More importantly though is how they put the dogs' well-being in the forefront, and ensure they are putting them in the RIGHT homes through their adopter screening process and getting to know the dogs and their needs when they come to the DC area.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want to create more awareness, but Lucky Dog does a great job utilizing social media and community involvement. One small change I'd like to see is some more adoption events in the southern part of the DC Metro area. We have adopted pretty far south and have a volunteer base in Prince William county (which is where I live), but no events there yet. We go as far north as Towson, so I'd just like to continue extending our reach south. But for being such a young organization, their reach is incredibly broad!

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a foster parent , frequently support adoption events, and adopted my own dog from this organization.