For our recent mini-grant project, my group and I decided to work with the Adopt-a-Dog Rescue shelter in Liberty, Indiana. We went and visited with the owner of the shelter, Sarah Koonce, who was very excited to hear that we were going to attempt to get her a grant to hopefully help out the with dogs that she has currently and any that she may help find a home in the future. We visited with the dogs and of course fell in love with all of them.
Adopt-a-Dog is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a warm place for any adult dogs that are either stray or have been abandoned within Union County. Once the dogs are there, Indiana state law says that the dog must be kept for 72 hours in attempt for the family to claim it before it becomes part of the shelter. Once this 72-hour period has passed, Sarah takes each dog to be either spayed or neutered and receive all of their shots as well as a microchip in case the dog is lost again in the future.
Once the dogs return from being spayed or neutered by the fantastic veterinarians at Logue’s TLC hospital, Jeff and Rebecca Logue, they are put up either for adoption or for a foster family. I foster family houses the dog. Sarah sometimes can find families that will be willing to house the dog until someone else can adopt the dog. Dr. Logue performs all of the work for the animals at a discounted price because of the shelter being a non-profit organization.
The shelter does receive a lot of help from the community and Sarah is great about making due with what she is given. Most of the food is provided by places like Wal-Mart and Kroger who have broken bags of dog food that are unable to be sold so they then donate them to Adopt-a-Dog. The shelter truly is a blessing to the town of Liberty, there are so many dogs that are either lost or unwanted.
A few years ago, my boyfriend and I adopted our dog from the shelter, Cletus. He had been dropped of the day before because his owner no longer wanted him. She has recently put in a new landscape and he had been urinating on her bushes. I told my boyfriend that day, even after looking at other dogs, the ‘red one’ was the one I was leaving with. Turned out, after Cletus went to the vet, he was actually a full-blooded Rhodesian Ridgeback. Sarah even remembered us adopting him 4 years ago, she remember every dog that comes in and out of the shelter.
If anyone is looking to donate some time to a great cause, and play with some of the sweetest dogs around; check out their website www.adoptadog-uc.com and help all these precious babies find the forever homes.