My Nonprofit Reviews
Melanie Jordin O.
Review for Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Petaluma, CA, USA
On November 8, 2018 the town of Paradise, California burned to the ground in the "Camp Fire". My niece and my great niece barely made it out with their roommate and 2 dogs. The video they sent me was horrifying; they drove down the only exit road, fire leaping up from both sides of the road, the heat permeating their car - you could hear the dogs panting in the back seat. My niece texted me asking if I could help find a place to board the dogs, they couldn't take them to the location they were going for shelter. Fortunately, I was able to find a Veterinary Hospital in Chico, CA outside of the immediate fire area. This wonderful Vet Hospital was boarding dogs from the fire free of charge. My family lost all of their worldly possessions, there was nothing but ashes where their house previously stood.
My niece had no place to live and had to leave California and move in with her brother in Connecticut. Unfortunately, the dogs were not allowed to move with her. Since I'm involved with my local animal shelters in Alabama and some rescue organizations where I live, I volunteered to help find either homes or a rescue for my niece's dogs. The 2 dogs were still being boarded for more than a week at the Veterinary Hospital and with no response to re-home them, I started reaching out to Rescue Organizations from an internet site a rescue friend sent me.
I emailed a few organizations including Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary. I explained the circumstances in my email(s). Baby, the Beagle/Lab mix is approximately 10 years old and Chloe the Terrier mix is approximately 8 years old. On November 13 within 24 hours of sending my emails, Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary responded and literally came to the rescue; I was on the phone with Alice Mayne the Founder & Executive Director the same day! Although little Chloe didn't quite fit Lily's Legacy's qualifications, they agreed to take her into their rescue with Baby (who did meet their qualifications). Through perserverance of all involved, luck and 2 very good friends of mine who drove 6 hours round-trip to retrieve the dogs from the Vet's Office in Chico, Chloe & Baby were at the Veterinarian's Office Lily's Legacy used and were being vetted. This all happened within 4 days of my original email. In less than a week Baby and Chloe were in a foster home and as of today, both Baby and Chloe have been adopted (separately) and seem to be thriving.
Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary gave me, my niece and great nieces peace of mind in a very difficult situation. They went above and beyond to help us and we are eternally grateful to Alice Mayne, the Executive Director and everyone involved with Lily's Legacy.