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Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

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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 through August, 2011, we have rescued 3,100 dogs!

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Dewey & Delilah I have found unconditional love & kindness adopting these two 6 years apart w/ Lucky Dog. Both times the volunteers have gone out of their way to make the experience run smoothly & provided after- care when I had questions. Their first priority is the pup's well-being & happiness.

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ejagdmann 07/11/2017

Hello. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review. We are thrilled that Dewey and Delilah have both found such a loving home and wish you all many happy years together.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I'm so glad I found my dog through Lucky Dog Rescue, but I was frustrated with the support the rescue offered. I was given incorrect information by my adoption coordinator about a "trial period" if I had other pets in the house (I was told I couldn't have one, though they do offer them apparently). I was also told that my dog was good with cats, and after 24 hours in my house, it was clear that wasn't the case. I love my dog, but now I've committed to a long-term living situation where my pets have to be kept separated. I didn't feel that Lucky Dog offered enough support.

I also emailed the Rescue several times after the adoption with questions, and never received replies.

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ejagdmann 07/11/2017

Hi Elizabeth. We are so sorry you felt you had a poor experience with our rescue. I wanted to take a moment to respond to your comments to clarify a few things and see if we can help make things right. We do offer a "trial period" but only for animals that are adopted "off transport," meaning that the adopter commits to adoption before meeting a particular dog. "Trial adoptions" come with added requirements that adopters must meet before they return the dog to us. And, regardless of whether you have a trial adoption, we will always work to take a Lucky Dog back if an adopter cannot keep them. We are very sorry that your pets have to be kept separate. Although we try really hard to "test" our dogs with cats before adoption, tests are not always reliable. Animals behaviors can change dramatically in a new home, when confronted with a new animal sibling. We are most sorry that you did not feel you received support from us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I volunteer at a shelter in Hertford County, NC. We have been fortunate enough to transfer many dogs and cats to Lucky Dog Rescue. We always know that Lucky Dog will find the best fit for the animals! They have been able to foster & adopt out many animals that would have otherwise stayed in our shelter. It is wonderful to have Lucky Dog as a partner in Rescue!! Top of the line!!

Sue Caley

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

I continue to foster and work with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue because it is so well organized and because I am able to feel that I am truly making a difference in so many dogs lives every day. It's a very good feeling!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never adopted a dog from anyone the dog usually adopted me. I adopted my dog Theo who I changed his name to Hachi from a movie I had saw. He is an American Bulldog mix and he is very smart and loving. Lucky Dog Rescue had me jumping through hoops to make sure I was a good fit for him after having to put my other dog down. The hoops were easy to go through and understand they only want what is best for these precious babies that have been abandoned or mistreated. Hachi is a big part of my life. I wouldn't want a more loving animal. He is going through training and is learning very quickly. I send updates frequently and pictures on how he is doing. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a great place to get a forever furbaby if you want give them a forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog last weekend and it was such a great experience. The process was very organized, and all of the volunteers were very friendly and kind to us and helped us a lot in order to take home the right dog for us. #luckydog

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a dog from Lucky Dog. They made sure that we were a good match for our dog and then provided us with great resources to be successful dog owners. We recevied discounts to vets, trainers, and doggy daycares. They were available for questions and asked for updates to make sure our dog was doing well. They really care that all their dogs find great homes.

1 Kimberly115

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experiencing adopting from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. The whole process was very straightforward with helpful volunteers at every step of the way. It was a much better experience than other rescues I've encountered.

I applied to be preapproved which means I applied without a specific dog in mind. The application, unlike others, was thorough without being invasive. During the phone interview and home visit, my adoption coordinator, Philip, took the time to get to know me, give advice about being a first time dog owner, and talk to me about what I was and wasn't prepared to handle. He was really interested in finding the right match for me and the dog.

While waiting for the right dog to turn up, I went to a few adoption events. I highly recommend checking out the Sunday adoption events instead of the Saturday ones if you're just browsing for a dog like I was. They are enormous. I think maybe 40-50 dogs come out. Despite the number of dogs, they are very well run and not chaotic. They were very fun to attend.

At an adoption event, I met a cute shepherd mix (Cannon). Philip connected me with Sam, Cannon's handler. She and Cannon's foster, Chris, were very friendly, flexible, and helpful. They answered all my questions, warned me about the challenges (high energy!), and even delivered him to my house after I decided he was the one for me. After adoption, Sam has been a great resource to answer any questions I have.

I'm so glad to have my Cannon (now named Finn) in my life thanks to Lucky Dog!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog changed my life. They rescue dogs, yes, but really, they rescue people too. I adopted my best friend, Ninja, from Lucky Dog, and she has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. She is my daughter, playmate, best friend, comfort, and yes... sometimes lovable nuisance and troublemaker (a ninja to be sure!). I can't believe that without Lucky Dog, Ninja would not have made it past her 4th week. Thank goodness for the caring people at Lucky Dog, their amazing organization, their dedicated volunteers, and their gorgeous dream of finding homes for these incredible animals in need. They are tireless and diligent, and they really exemplify the best in compassion and generosity-- for people and animals alike!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first came across Lucky Dog when I was looking to adopt a second dog. I fell in love with a dog they had listed online so I began the application process. I was quite surprised at how thorough the approval process was, but I realized that these steps were necessary to ensure the dogs were going to a great home. I was impressed that a volunteer run organization was able to go to such lengths and it was heartwarming that they were so committed to the animal's welfare.

The adoption coordinator and foster for the dog I wanted to adopt were very helpful and I was so appreciative that they moved quickly to get me approve to adopt. I went to meet my dog at an event and was able to take her home that day since I was approved earlier that week. The volunteers that I spoke to were extremely helpful and informative. They gave me advice on introducing my Lucky Dog to my dog at home and advice for common problems. They said I could feel free to reach out to them if I had any questions or concerns. Their advice helped my Lucky Dog transition smoothly into her new home.

My experience adopting a Lucky Dog made such an impact on me that I knew I wanted to volunteer for them to help save more dogs. I was approved to be a foster and I recently fostered my first dog. As a foster, Lucky Dog provided me with access to a lot of useful training materials and even training sessions that I can and have attended. I have been continually impressed with the guidance and resources provided by the organization to ensure the well-being of the dogs and that they are placed into suitable homes. I look forward to continuing to volunteer for Lucky Dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog helped us find our baby! They were very thorough with their interview process to ensure that Kingsford had found a suitable home which would serve him well and make him not only a lucky dog, but a happy dog. They hold lots of events and contact us to let us know about them to keep us and our pup in the loop. I recommend them to everyone who asks me about animal rescue organizations.

Hannah24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Lucky Dog a little over a year ago when I was looking to adopt a dog. I fell in love with Lucky Dog and the services that they provide. From the time that i inquired about the specific dog i wanted to having the home visit, it took a day and a half and I was driving to pick up my pup! It was organized and so affordable. I have had my dog, Cricket, for a little over a year now and it was the best decision I've ever made. Thank you Lucky Dog for helping me find my furry little daughter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two of our three puppies from Lucky Dog over the past year. The organization is extremely thorough in adoptions, compared with our other puppy's adoption experience. We felt very cared for, that the puppies were cared for and that the organization members care about the values of the organization from top to bottom. We love Gracie (formally Peaches) and Henri (formally Jim) very much! They are surely a wonderful part of our family!

Julie142

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from LDAR and it has been a wonderful experience. They found the perfect dog for us and I continue to watch each week as many more dogs find loving homes. They must be doing a phenomenal job since so many lives are changed each week. I wish I lived closer to D.C. so that I could become a part of their volunteer community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our second dog from LDAR--and from the first interaction we had with the organization to the very last step of the adoption process, we had a fantastic experience. We were amazed by the speed of follow-up and the abundance of information from LDAR volunteers, not to mention their professionalism and kindness--and all of these people were unpaid volunteers, who were helping to connect homeless animals and families out of the goodness of their hearts. Well done, Lucky Dog. I am yet to find a for-profit businesses that operates with such professionalism and customer service as you operate your nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lucky Dog helped me find my little pup. I picked him up off the transport. It is amazing how many great dogs they have and how helpful/friendly their volunteers are. I still keep in touch with everyone who helped me find my dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first encounter LDAR when I started my search for another dog in September 2011. I sent my application and after tlkaing to coordinators, a home vist and a ver check, I was approved and got to bring home our new dog. Three months later when my mom realized she would like a dog we started searching LDAR for someone to add to our family. Once again another amazing experience adopting! After having had two wonderful dogs join our house I decided to become a volunteer for Lucky Dog and now work at adoption events and doing home visits to ensure that Lucky Dog's get placed in great permanent houses!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost one of my beloved dogs in 2009 to a reaction to a medical immunization. After a few months of grieving, I made the decision that it was time to get another sibling for my female shepherd/husky mix and went in search of a rescue dog. Though I had applied to several rescues and went to quite a few rescue events, I ended up adopting from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. I found the volunteers to be very responsive to my questions and helpful in my search for a new furry child. My experience was so positive, that I adopted another dog from them in the months that followed. Lucky Dog keeps those that have been involved with them informed of upcoming events and ways to help dogs/cats in need. Following their newsletters and webpage inspired me to want to increase my involvement, and I soon became a volunteer for the organization. This gave me a first-hand glimpse of the many tasks involved in keeping such an organization going and of the many dedicated volunteers who give hundreds of hours of their time and money from their own finances to help save wonderful dogs and cats that other people have elected to cast off. The reality involved in rescuing animals can be stressful and sometimes heartbreaking, but those that run Lucky Dog endure those stresses in order to save the lives of animals in need. Each day when I watch my pups play or snuggle with me on the couch, I realize what a wonderful gift they are to me. Without an organization such as Lucky Dog, my boys would not be alive. Thank you, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have both adopted from and volunteered for this group (from its inception). I am continually amazed at the lengths to which this group will go to not only rescue but care for their pups. Most groups wouldn't consider heartworm positive dogs or dogs that need expensive surgeries as good candidates for rescue however Lucky Dog does not shy away from those challenges. Rescue can be a very emotional undertaking and it is not about the numbers with Lucky Dog. It is about a good match for both the dog and the adopter. I would not hesitate to adopt from Lucky Dog. They put the animals first.