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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!

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you want to learn how to run a nonprofit for RESULTS you should take a good look at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (LDAR).

I have worked in the nonprofit arena for more than thirty years both as a staffer and volunteer and I have never seen such a well -oiled machine like LDAR that gets remarkable results week after week. Its not uncommon for them to find homes for 30 to 40 dogs a week.

Weekly they import adoptable dogs from kill shelters located far away from the Washington, D.C. area and host 3 to 4 events every weekend in Maryland, Virginia and DC. If you attend a typical LDAR event you will be shocked by the number dogs, volunteers and potential adopters that participate.

LDAR's success lies in very strong leadership coupled with a well trained and highly motivated volunteer work force. To date more than 9,000 dogs have been saved by LDAR's efforts.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Previous high level volunteer position lead to discovery of poor atitudes and comments about each and every volunteer. Even the volunteers that save the dogs from the main shelter they.use are put down anand talked about by the director. Spending and funds only truly known by director who uses volunteers for personal
Gain. Of course light volunteers and adopters are drawn emotionally.Its the nature of the rescue world.
Only when you put more time and energy.in do you see how ugly some of the individuals are... Guided by the director.

Just not a good organization. A lot of money in the bank that few know about and one person deciding on its use.

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mirah 10/08/2013

This is not a factually correct review. All finances are available online through guidestar and on the lucky dog website. Moreover, Lucky Dog is independently audited every year, the audit is reviewed by the Board, and the auditors give Lucky Dog a clean review -- every year! Moreover, the treasurer of the board reviews all expenses and expenditures. This review has clearly been posted by someone who is ill-informed and has a personal bone to pick with individuals at LDAR. Thus, they have resorted to lies and defamation. The success of the organization speaks for itself. More than 5,800 animals adopted. Full transparency of financials. More than a thousand active volunteers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional dog trainer, and work with over 9 different rescues and shelters. LDAR is the most dedicated rescue I have worked with. They try to find the right home for the right dog. If a dog needs anything, be it medical or behavioral, they are there, through all the stages, including after the adoption. No dog or family is left behind, and they are committed to humane treatment. I often use LDAR as my model when I speak of successful organizations. This is why Lucky Dog has been able to save thousands of animals. Thanks Lucky Dog, for all you do!