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Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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).

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Sue Caley

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

after approaching a number of rescues and never hearing back, I sent an application into Lucky Dog and was quickly responded to by an adoption coordinator,. she not only screened me and arranged for a home visit and then a hold for the dog I wanted at the next day's event, but she arranged it all while away on a trip! via long distance! My little dog, Maddie, is wonderful and the whole experience was painless and terrific!

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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.

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.

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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Volunteer

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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