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Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Dogs

Mission: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue 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. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers, and boarding facilities, we are able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.

Results: From our founding in May, 2009 we have saved over 11,000 dogs and cats!

Target demographics: homeless, neglected and abandoned animals find loving forever homes, educate pet owners on responsible pet parenting (including the importance of spay/neuter, obedience training and good nutrition), cultivate the next generation of animal rescuers/advocates and provide an outstanding volunteer experience to our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1795 dogs and cats who found loving forever homes – and all the adoptive families who now share their love. In addition to helping high kill shelters in the rural South, we also helped animals impacted by 3 major hurricanes; sent more than 25,000 lbs of life-saving supplies to the people and pets of Puerto Rico. We also hosted two spay/neuter clinics and 1 vaccination clinic in Florence, SC. Our amazing volunteers in the DC metro area are fulfilled not just by what we accomplish but by the incredible community we have become.

Geographic areas served: the Washington, DC Metro Area, but our volunteer-powered animal rescue serves animals as far west as Texas and as far south as Puerto Rico. We also help animals internationally where we are able.

Programs: Our foster team and matchmaking programs help our animals get ready for adoption and help our adopters find, adopt, and integrate their new dog/cat into their homes. We also have low cost spay/neuter days and vaccine clinics for underserved communities as well as activities designed to educate and cultivate the next generation of animal advocates/rescuers. Email us at info@luckydoganimalrescue.org to learn how you can get involved or support one of these programs (we are happy to promote companies and individuals who sponsor these programs).

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150 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

megh

Client Served

Rating: 5

After volunteering with Lucky Dog for over five years, I finally foster failed (adopted my foster pup) and the Lucky Dog Team could not have been more supportive and helpful. We are so proud to have our very own lucky dog and will continue to volunteer and support the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Lucky Dog for almost two and a half years and continue to be blown away by the organized and professional processes and procedures designed to provide continuous support and education to volunteers and adopters. With an emphasis on continuous improvement, leadership is constantly working to refine and better our systems to create the best opportunities to place dogs and cats in loving forever homes where they can succeed. Lucky Dog is an organization that I am extremely proud to be a part of and encourage anyone looking for hands-on volunteering opportunities to reach out to.

Mark D.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with lucky dog has made me a happy person.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

We are the lucky ones to have you as such a passionate volunteer, foster and advocate for our rescue. Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization filled with people dedicated to protecting animals, and finding the best pet-to-home matches. There is great commitment from the volunteers and extensive outreach to help dogs and cats wherever possible.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you for your review and helping us save lives with your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization to volunteer with. They offer many different ways to get involved like fostering, handling and data entry. Volunteering with LDAR has enriched our life! LDAR truly cares not only about the animals but also about making sure they make the best match possible between an animal and an adopter

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to our animals!

Suzy Peacock B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for LDAR since its inception. We have several Lucky Dogs in our extended family and when the most recent adoption, a sweet but shy girl named Marli, was adopted by my sister-in-law, after having been returned by her former adoptive family due to allergies, went missing it was heartbreaking. Having been a stray, having a litter of puppies, moving North, getting adopted, getting returned and finally landing in her forever home, Marli (now Molly) was anxious and confused but her adopter was doing all of the right things to make Molly comfortable. Then Molly saw a cat and through the window she went. I no sooner posted that Molly was missing than dozens of volunteers sprang into action including her former foster in the area and her original foster in South Carolina who jumped in her car, along with two of Molly's canine pals, and drove eight hours to help in the search. Happily, a week later, Molly is back in her home with her family. The whole crew at Lucky Dog pitched in to help. This is an amazing testament to this organization and the people involved. I've always loved fostering for Lucky Dog for many reasons - flexibility, support, the care given to each and every animal regardless of behavioral or medical issues, etc. But now - WOW

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you Suzy for this amazing review. You are a such a passionate advocate and supporter for our rescue and we are so lucky to have you as part of our rescue family. Regards, Team Lucky Dog

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering for Lucky Dog! They are such a great organization who really care about the animals and take their time pairing them with the right family/person.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. It helps our animals so much and we are truly grateful.

Ryan P.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog is an amazing organization with laser focus on animal welfare. I've been supporting the organization as a volunteer and donor for nearly ten years and I can't say enough good things about the way the organization is run and manages its resources. The team at Lucky Dog cares about the mission and their work.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Dear Ryan, Thank you so much for being such a passionate partner, adopter and advocate for our animals. We are the lucky ones to have you as a part of our rescue family. Regards, Team Lucky Dog

Emily C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my girl Roxanne from Lucky Dog over 3 years ago! When I was looking to adopt a dog, i contacted so many different orgs off petfinder.com and LDAR was the only one that was super communicative and helpful. The adoption coordinator made sure that the dog i was interested in was a good fit for me, and i was a good fit for the dog. You can tell they really care about the animals and want to ensure they are safe, healthy, and will live a great life with their new family.
I also have been fostering with them and so far have fostered 12 dogs!

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Dear Emily, Thank you so much for this thoughtful review and for adopting Roxanne from us (as well as fostering). We are so grateful! Regards, Team Lucky Dog

Lia P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering almost 2 years ago and quickly fell in love with all the dogs I fostered, and then became an adoption coordinator for. It's about the animals, and that's the best part. People care and that's not always an easy thing to come by!

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you so much for being a passionate advocate and adoption coordinator. We are truly Lucky to have you as part of our Lucky Dog family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Mirah and her extraordinary team a few years ago when they came to Puerto Rico to help the local rescuers by taking the dogs to D.C. and finding loving homes for them. Without their help we would not be able to keep on saving lives. They recently came and visit the zone we are working with, and rescued about eleven strays dogs altogether in the same day with her awsome team! I'm a Lucky Rescuer working with Lucky Dog on behalf of Puerto Rican abandoned dogs and Cats! Bless you all!

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Bless you for your hard work on the ground saving lives and making a difference in Puerto Rico. We are so lucky to be your partners!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been fostering dogs with Lucky Dog for 6 months, and have been so impressed by their kindness and generosity towards the animals they rescue and the humans that volunteer with them. We look forward to many more years of saving lives with this great organization.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you for joining our foster family -- the number of lives we can save is dependent on the number of fosters we have. Thank you so much!

meierpjl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TLDR: Lucky Dogs Animal Rescue (LDAR) is a great organization that provides fantastic support for foster parents and ensures that all their animals find *good* forever homes that are a good fit.

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I started fostering for Lucky Dogs a couple of years ago after having a terrible experience with another foster agency. LDAR was a breath of fresh air. They really do the leg-work to make sure you'll provide a good home and know what level of foster you are (I, for example, had never had a dog, so I was best suited to dogs without special physical or emotional needs to begin with). There's no pressure to constantly be fostering and they have a great network of fosters that only provide emergency foster care if you have to travel or just need a break. I also never felt surprised by the needs of the dogs I chose to foster.

In fact, I am a proud foster fail (meaning I adopted one of my foster dogs :) ). I loved all of my furry fosters, but I fell head-over-heals for my fourth foster dog and adopted her. I couldn't be happier with my time with LDAR and want to support them in any way that I can.

One note for potential adopters: It is quite a process to get approved. You have to fill out a form (including all previous vets). They review. You have a phone interview. Then, you have a house visit (all people that live in the house must be present). As a foster parent, I LOVED this process and felt safe in the knowledge that a thorough process ensured a good fit for my foster fur babies. Home visits are done by volunteers, so it can take a bit to get a home visit set up. I suggest getting pre-approved so that, if you fall in love with a fur baby, you don't miss out because of the time required to get approved.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Thank you for this incredibly thoughtful and in depth review. We are so grateful for your support and are proud ot have you as part of our Lucky Dog family.

Sue Caley

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Lucky Dog! It seems to be so much better organized then any other rescue we have dealt with! The people who give so much of their time and love to help these animals are truly angels on Earth. No rescue is perfect. (hard to be with all volunteers!) but this one comes close. We love the 2 dogs we adopted from them and we were so impressed that we both began volunteering with them too.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

We are so grateful to have you as part of our Lucky Dog Family. Thank you for being such an amazing advocate for our Lucky Dogs and Cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never before seen such a group pf dedicated volunteers as the ones at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. These amazing guys and gals give so many hours of their so called "spare" time to save these animals lives. I am impressed and reassured for the world in general as I watch this amazing team working so hard together day after day. . ...and I am very very proud to be able to be a part of it.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

And we are so grateful to have you as part of our Lucky Dog family. Thank you for everything you do for our animals!

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Nessa Cohen W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this organization is very organized and provides a valuable service both to abandoned dogs and to people looking for a pet. Dogs and cats are well cared for and the adoption process is thorough yet easy. It also has many animal-loving loyal volunteers.

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ejagdmann 06/13/2019

Dear Nessa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review. We are so grateful for your support. -Team Lucky Dog

Alan F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Helps many dogs from southern shelters find great new homes.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for everything you do for our rescue animals! We are so lucky to have you as a partner.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great flexibility in volunteer opportunities, and consistently care for both the dogs and their adopters.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review - we appreciate it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a dog handler and was so impressed with the passion and organization of Lucky Dog that I decided to expand my role to being an adoption coordinator. Lucky Dog appreciates its volunteers and has very strong organization that supports every step of the adoption process from rescuing dogs from shelters to providing guidance to adopters. Great place to volunteer because there are lots of options to participate, depending on your available time and interest.

Bess H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister and I weren't thinking of adopting a dog until we stumbled across one of their adoption events on our street. Everyone was so friendly, and we instantly fell in love with yellow lab mix. They answered all of our questions which were a lot since we had never adopted before. After submitting our adoption request, the process was thorough but pain-free in that they were super responsive, informative, and all around great. When we finally did get Moe, they remained in touch with us and answered any questions we might have almost instantly. Moe has become the top roommate and the greatest pup. I highly recommend Lucky Dog. I loved our experience so much that I became a volunteer with them recently. We are forever thankful for them giving us Moe.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for leaving this thoughtful and comprehensive review. We are so lucky to have you as a part of our Lucky Dog family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very flexible with volunteer opportunities, everything from full-time fostering to day of event drivers. They do a stellar job coordinating events.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you so much for this great feedback and for volunteering with us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization for over 4 years now and continue to be blown away by the outstanding community that has grown around Lucky Dog. Not only does the organization work tirelessly to match dogs to appropriate families/situations, there is a big emphasis on responsible pet ownership education.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for highlighting the education aspect of our mission. We truly believe in it and are glad you do too!

Lauren M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my Lucky Dog, Ophelia, over 6 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I'm now a volunteer and thoroughly enjoy working with an organization that is doing such great work. All dogs deserve to be Lucky Dogs!

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

She is beautiful! Thank you for adopting her and helping us save lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and dog/cat foster for over 1 year and it’s been a wonderful experience. Lucky Dog truly cares for each animal and all the volunteers, handlers, fosters, and especially the adopting families and individuals.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

We are so grateful. Thank you for everything you do!

Kayla H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer since 10/2016 with Lucky Dog and every volunteer opportunity is more rewarding than the last. Lucky Dog is great with letting you expand your volunteer role and take on more responsibilities. Through Lucky Dog I have been able to foster 60+ kittens/cats and 7 puppies/dogs!

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for everything!

Erin P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping animals find the best life they deserve is the most gratifying feeling.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

And we are so happy to have you! Thanks for everything you do for our animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Tutter in August 2017 and he truly is one of the great dogs. Tutter (formerly Zander) had been picked up as a stray in Southern Virginia 7 months earlier and was living in a shelter there when Lucky Dogs brought him north. I can tell now from the way he still ocassionally tries to hunt for food under small bushes and is scared of being wet and cold that he survived outside alone for a while both hungry and cold -- maybe a long while? We will never know. No one adopted him out of the shelter. Lucky Dogs saved him by helping me find him. I saw his pic on the Lucky Dog website and thought - this could be the dog for me! I adopted him the first weekend he was available. He had been alone for so long, at first his eyes were sad and a bit vacant but after he had lived with us and been cared for, fed, petted and loved over two weeks by me and my partner and teenage daughter. Tutter looked at me one morning for a long time, and realized he had come home. He aced obedience training right away and loves to do tricks for treats. He cuddles and makes friends with everyone. And with the right food and love and living indoors, he has become a truly magnificent animal. Thanks Lucky Dog.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for adopting him - you make everything we do possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our dog 5 years ago with Lucky Dog. We are so glad we found her! She had been waiting a little while but Lucky Dog didn’t give up on her! I now volunteer with them and see just how organized and well managed they are! Everyone on their mostly volunteer team cares so much and works tirelessly to find the dogs and now cats great homes and save as many as possible.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to keep saving lives - we are so happy to have you as part of our Lucky Dog family.

Diane P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

lucky dog animal rescue is amazing. I'm constantly surprised with the dedication and hard work so many people put into saving and caring for the less fortunate furry four-legged friends and sometimes not so Furry Friends. What surprises me the most is their never happy for long, it's never enough, there's always one more dog, one cat, one more trip to a storm-torn state with animals and families in need of a helping hand. The people that work so hard in this organization are heroes and deserve 10-20 a million stars but I'll settle for 5.

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank you - your support is what keeps us going!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with Lucky Dog since 2012 because I love dogs and was looking to get involved with a local rescue. They’re a great organization to work with and they appreciate any level of volunteer. This past year I transitioned to being more involved when I became a foster and this past summer, I adopted the best little cat from them (and I’m 100% a dog person). Lucky Dog cares. I’ve watched the organization step in and help after the hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico. Thanks Lucky Dog did all you do and for rescuing and giving so many wonderful animals a second chance at a forever home and for rescuing little Winnie!

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ejagdmann 05/16/2018

Thank YOU for making everything we do possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had an awesome experience with lucky dog! I foster with them and you can tell that everyone involved with the organization genuinely wants to find these dogs and cats a forever home. They work with people to make sure the dogs and the humans find a perfect match.

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ejagdmann 09/14/2017

Thank you for your support and helping us make a difference for dogs and cats in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog was very thoughtful and thorough in guiding us through the dog adoption process. They provided several points of contact and many helpful resources.

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ejagdmann 09/14/2017

We are happy to help. Thank you for saving a life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is completely committed to saving dogs and cats. I volunteer as a foster and from what I see, the level of organization and communication around saving these animals is extraordinary. They steward their resources - wasting nothing. This is what a true 501(c)(3) looks like.

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ejagdmann 09/14/2017

Thank you so much for helping us save lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's all about the welfare of the animals and a great group of volunteers!

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ejagdmann 08/02/2017

Thank you for your support! It means the world to our volunteers and our animals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lucky Dog for the past 5.5 years as a handler at adoption events, occasional data entry, and as a home visitor before adoption or foster approval. I have only great things to say. It is professionally run by volunteers, highly-organized, and has only the best care and potential home fit in mind for each animal. I am constantly amazed at the number of dogs - and now cats - we are able to rescue each week from a variety of shelters where the animals would otherwise have to be euthanized. Volunteers' willingness to open their homes and foster animals is what makes this organization thrive, and we are so grateful for every animal we place.

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ejagdmann 08/02/2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. We are so Lucky to have such dedicated volunteers as yourself and are proud to have you as a volunteer with our rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a longterm Lucky Dog Volunteer and Adopter! I love Lucky Dog because they are a caring organization that works so hard to ensure that each shelter pup is matched with a wonderful home and those adopters are fully prepared for life with doggy! Lucky Dog has such dedicated volunteers and wonderful puppies - they are an incredible organization with which to rescue a pet. My Paisley is a Lucky Dog and I couldn't be happier!

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ejagdmann 08/02/2017

Hi Ali. Thank you for everything you do for our rescue and for leaving us this thoughtful review. Our rescue is only able to save the lives we do because of dedicated volunteers like yourself!

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Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and fostering with Lucky Dog for just over a year now and it has been an amazing experience! This organization is made up of such dedicated, caring people that truly want to make a difference for animals in this world. Each puppy I foster, each dog I handle at an adoption event has touched my heart and I am honored to have been a small part of their journey to finding a wonderful and loving forever home!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog has a role for everyone; full time fostering? Absolutely. Short term fostering? That too. Only have a donation? Yup, they still want your help. With such diverse ways to contribute, anyone and everyone has the opportunity to make a difference. The organization and quick feedback helps sustain a team of supporters for each dog and cat to help them find the perfect home. They pay so much attention to keeping the animal's profiles updated and full of helpful information for any adopter. You can tell the staff truly care and work relentlessly for a happy ever after for all animals that come into their care.

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ejagdmann 08/02/2017

Hi Kristen. Your review was incredibly moving to our team and we are so grateful to have such supportive volunteers. Thank you from all the Lucky Dogs and Cats in our care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love is watching your lucky dog get dirty at the dog park.

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ejagdmann 08/02/2017

Hi JLHulier. Thank you for adopting a Lucky Dog and taking the time to leave us this review. Our Lucky Dogs and Cats really appreciate it.