I have always loved dogs and my heart goes out particularly to the senior dogs. They are so sweet and loving and it can be heart-wrenching when they end up in shelters during what should be their golden years. Now that I have a little more time to volunteer, I chose Lily's Legacy because I have always wanted to help find homes for these sweet senior dogs that deserve only the best. The moment I walked into Lily's Legacy and interacted with these gentle spirits, I felt grateful and hopeful that I have played a little part in making their remaining days happy ones filled with love and plenty of hugs.
After volunteering at Lily's Legacy for a year, my wife and I adopted a 10 year old Border Collie (Cruz) from Lily's Legacy in July of 2015. Throughout the whole adoption process the volunteers at Lily's Legacy were incredibly supportive and helped us find an appropriate trainer that would help us work with Cruz. I am constantly amazed by how love transforms these dogs. Moreover, the diligence Lily's Legacy shows in finding the perfect forever home for these dogs is commendable.
As a visitor to Lily's Legacy on multiple occasions, I found that the amount of love that goes into caring for these dogs and finding their forever home to be astounding. The volunteers that run this organization truly pour their hearts out for these abandoned or surrendered dogs. This nonprofit fulfills a vital role in making sure that dogs of all ages are treated with the love and affection they deserve.
Before retiring I was a senior manager in the animal welfare field for 15 years. When I moved to Sonoma County in 2010 I looked for local agencies to support with donations and my time. I found Lily's and looked into their programs, management and financial integrity. Are they an organization of all volunteers that consistently put animal welfare first and demonstrate effective relationships with all stakeholders? Yes!
Prior to recently retiring, I worked in pet animal welfare (Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, then ASPCA) for 15 years managing both animal and customer service operations. I appreciate the challenge faced by homeless senior pets. When I moved to Sonoma County I checked out where I wanted to volunteer my time and donate resources. Lily's Legacy was a perfect choice for me. The team demonstrates compassion and takes excellent care of the dogs they intake. As the business plan progresses enabling LLSDS to save more lives, I am delighted to volunteer to walk dogs (hug them...that's the best), maintain kennels....whatever the team (2 and 4 legged) needs.
While i haven't been able to be a foster with Lily's yet, I know several people who have been and they have the most wonderful things to say about this sweet rescue! I love hearing how detailed they are in finding the best homes for their dogs. Wonderful place to support any way you can!
My husband and I have adopted 3 seniors from Lily's over the past 4 years . The love and support these seniors get from
Alice and volunteers until they can find a perfect family match is phenomenal We have gotten so much satisfaction adopting seniors from Lilys .
Lily's Legacy is the best! I found out about this wonderful organization at Dairydell in Petaluma about 5 years ago. My husband thinks one dog is enough, so until he changes his mind, I will continue supporting Lily's through donations and sharing their story with friends on Facebook and by word of mouth.
My husband and I have adopted 3 dogs from Lily's Legacy, and will again, without a doubt. People have often asked why we adopt old dogs: "you won't have them very long and it's to hard to say goodbye"- well, yes, that's true. But elderly dogs are the BEST. Each of our dogs, Clyde, Samantha and now Cali, have had their funny little ways- each stubborn in their own manner. But that stubbornness was born from life's experiences, from old age wisdom, from time on this earth learning how to cope with whatever their little dog lives had encompassed- and now it was our turn to enjoy the rest of their lives. Alice is by far the most compassionate and loving person and it is evident that with every ounce of her being that she loves her dogs and wants the very best for them. And we benefit!
1-22-17. Paula Hunt, Pt. Reyes
After my 14 year old Aussie named Bear passed away I was very sad and missed my constant buddy. I wasn't ready for another dog yet but I needed that senior dog energy that is simply the best! My work put an ad on the volunteer board about Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Rescue. I sent in a volunteer application and was contacted for a tour. The people were so nice; Alice was great and so devoted to these old pups, they were every where when I arrived, all looking for a quick pet or smile and loving!! I quickly became a certified volunteer who walked old dogs, scooped poops and cuddled with them to give them they attention they so needed to adjust to their new pre-home. Lily's is what I call 'pre-heaven' for dogs. They come from all stories and are lost and confused but as the days go by all the loving they get transforms them back to assured unconditional pups that they always were. The adopters are amazing wonderful people too. I work 50+ hours at a fast paced company and my Saturday gig at Lily's is the highlight of my week, where I relax and get centered and receive 10 fold the love I put out! Honored to be a volunteer, honored to help an old dog in need any day!!
My passion is helping shelter pets, having volunteered in municipal shelters and with a national charity helping both shelter pets and veterans - and having adopted a number of shelter pets in my adult life of course. Last year I was looking for another volunteer opportunity and discovered Lily's Legacy. Rescuing senior dogs is the founder's passion. She is amazing! And she is supported by an impressive number of volunteers all of whom share her passion. And the dogs we save. Oh my! I can't tell you how much I feel like I'm making a difference to those dogs. Animals give so much to us and it is my pleasure to give back by volunteering my time at Lily's. It is an amazing place to spend time, whether you're a dog or a human.