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LUVFURMUTTS DOES GREAT WORK...
My husband and I adopted Beverly (top left) in November 2017. Our experience with LFM was wonderful. They checked out all of our references and contacted our vet to make sure we our good pet parents. Our little Beverly is just as her description stated; shy at first, but is adjusting very well. All of the humans at LFM were kind and caring and I have recommended them to many friends. LuvFurMutts does great work!
Lynne & Ed Rhea
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR LUVFURMUTTS RESCUE...
We adopted Izzy a year ago, in 2016. Our experience was wonderful! The open communication with LFM and her foster was helpful in understanding her personality and history. Izzy was returned after her first adoption and they welcomed her back. Their commitment to finding the right home gave Izzy a chance to find her forever home. The application process is properly vetted, which is appreciated. At the adoption event, we were able to play with her and quickly fall in love! We support and are thankful for LuvFurMutts Rescue! We are happy to have them as our choice of charity with Amazon Smile.
Kris Loughran Strater
THE REWARD AT THE END IS WELL WORTH THE WAIT...
We adopted Molly, formerly known as Hope, in January 2017. Prior to the adoption, we had to fill out an extensive questionnaire and have references. I appreciate the fact that Luv For Mutts does this because it helps ensure that the dogs go to good homes.
When Molly first moved in, she was very scared and timid. There were some "growing pains" at first, but we worked with her, and now she is a very happy girl! She loves her two pug sisters! She is still skittish whenever there is something new in the house, like a Christmas tree, lol, but she has come a long way. I would encourage anyone adopting a rescue to be patient. These poor babies have been through a lot and just need reassurance. The reward at the end is well worth the wait!
We love Molly and are so glad we chose to adopt!
WE WOULD RECOMMEND LUVFURMUTTS TO ANYONE LOOKING TO ADD TO THEIR FAMILY...
We were just starting to think about adding to our fur family when we came across his face on your website. It was love at first sight for us, we knew he was our dog. We applied and arranged to meet with Lauren and Carol to meet and adopt our sweet Tobasco. It’s without hesitation that we say it was the best decision we’ve ever made. Both ladies were welcoming, kind and very helpful. We will forever be grateful for them rescuing our boy from a high risk shelter and for Lauren fostering him and caring for him until he came to live with us. He’s simply a joy. Tobasco has the kindest heart and eyes you could get lost in for days. While we shutter to think about his life before Luv fur Mutts rescued him, we are thankful his past is a distant memory at this point. We would recommend Luv fur Mutts to anyone looking to add to their family, we encourage you to reach out to them and consider one of the dogs they are fostering and help them to help you-save a life! ️
I AM THANKFUL FOR GROUPS LIKE LUVFURMUTTS...
I AM SO HAPPY LFM RESCUED ZOLA SO THAT I CAN LOVE HER FOREVER...
I can't wait to spend my first of many Christmas' with my little Zola! She is not without her quirks and I love everyone of them. I am so happy that Luvfurmutts rescued her so that I can love her forever....special thank you to her foster for loving her until I could! Best foster mom according to Zola!
Ruth Ann Benfer
LUVFURMUTTS RESCUE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE...
I volunteer at Animal Friends Shelter and truly enjoy what I do. We try to help the scared dogs become less scared, we try to exercise the dogs by walking & play time in the yard. There are some dogs though that need more than what we can give. We are limited by the amount of volunteers that come each day. Some of the dogs, especially the smaller ones, need more one on one time and that's where rescue comes in. Those special little ones who just can't let their guard down, who are just overwhelmed by the shelter environment or miss their families so much! It's hearbreaking, but LuvFurMutts Rescue makes a big difference by taking these dogs into foster homes and letting them breath and adjust. I imagine they sleep much better too in a home. It can make a big difference in a little dog's life. They blossom and thrive in a home rather than a shelter, no matter how much we love them! In a perfect world, there would be no shelters, only homes.
BEING THE CONDUIT HAS BEEN MORE FULFILLING THAN I COULD EVER IMAGINE...
I am still awed by the wonderful family who adopted my foster, Sparkle, last Saturday. Her forever mom photographed with Sparkle (on right) and new sister Lucy. She sent me the other two pictures of Sparkle settling in just fine, so I would feel comfortable without her. Being the conduit for Sparkle to move from shelter to this loving home has been more fulfilling than I could ever imagine!
IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE...
I have a true success sotry from the Fall of 2014- Lilly came from BCAS when LuvFurMutts got her out of the shelter. She came to me a mess! We rehabbed her and she went on to find a wonderful new family who I keep in touch with. It was a great experience for me and Lilly and her new family. Thank you LFM!
I KNEW I WANTED TO GIVE BACK TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT GAVE ME MY BABY GIRL...
My name is Meredith and I adopted Lilly, previously known as Rainey, in Spring of 2013. I named her Lilly Pulitzer Mason, after my favorite designer who passed away that same week. Lilly has been the most sweet and loyal dog. She is my right hand (wo) man. When I bought my own home, I knew I wanted to foster dogs to give back to the organization that gave me my baby girl.
I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE APART OF LUVFURMUTTS...
WE WERE MEANT TO RESCUE EACH OTHER...
I lost my 16.5 year old American Eskimo in 2014. He was a “free to a good home” adoption from a workplace bulletin board. He was three at the time, and his person had gotten a new job that required long hours and a lot of traveling.
After he passed away, I discovered I had developed a pretty severe allergy to dogs. I had always had dogs in my life, so this was devastating news for me. (I’m the one on the floor with the dog at parties or stopping on the street to ask if I can pet someone’s dog.) When I was finally ready (after nearly two years) to start looking for another dog, I visited with an American Eskimo through another rescue but was allergic. It happened again when I went to see a Chihuahua mix named Bobby, and I was heartbroken. The foster even gave the dog a bath so I could try again the following week, but I was still allergic. I’ve actually developed a friendship with the woman who eventually adopted Bobby.
Hoping to avoid another heartbreak, I did some research on hypoallergenic breeds. They’re not easy to find at rescues and shelters, but I found a West Highland Terrier at a rescue. I was not the first application and didn’t get to meet him. Then I found a female Westie at a shelter near my home. She needed surgery on her legs and was allegedly surrendered for being vicious. I spent two nights sitting on the floor of the shelter with her until she became aggressive toward me. I talked to my vet about the surgery and aggression issues, and he told me he wasn’t surprised. I was willing to incur the cost of the surgery, but I couldn’t have an aggressive dog with small children living so close to me and my niece and nephews at family gatherings. I was willing to try to break the aggression with training but was afraid I couldn’t do it before she bit one of the kids. I was ready to give up.
Ready to give up, I went back online and did some more research on breeds. Being single, living in a townhome and knowing that in our older age I may have carry my dog places (as I had done with my previous fur baby), I preferred a smaller dog. The Coton de Tulear sounded like a good match for me. Puppies were $2,000 - $3,000, but I couldn’t justify a puppy when there are so many dogs out there at rescues and shelters who need a good home.
I mentioned the breed to a co-worker and said, “Where am I going to find one of those at a rescue?!” She did a quick search and found Wallace (aka Wally) at LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue. I rushed back to my desk and spent my lunch filling out the application. Shortly after that, he disappeared from the site. I was devastated and decided to give up my search, I couldn’t take the heartbreak anymore.
A couple of days later in June 2016, my phone rang at work. It was Sara from LuvFurMutts. She was Wally’s foster mom. She explained that he was mistakenly put on the site before he was neutered and was removed shortly after he was put on. Sara also told me LuvFurMutts isn’t a “first come, first served” rescue. They read the applications and try to match the dog with the person. I didn’t realize any rescues did that, but I loved it! She said she had picked my application out of those received and had already spoken to the vet I use. She said I could meet Wally after she contacted my other references. Once she had done that, we set up a time to meet that weekend. I was so excited I got to the PetsMart in Florence an hour early!
I wasn’t sure I was ready to open my heart to another dog, but Wally stole it anyway. Plus, it just seemed like fate. There’s a lot of stubborn personality packed into his tiny body, but he’s worth it! He may be a little spoiled. He has sweaters and a hand-made blanket for when it’s cold. When it’s too warm for long walks, he has a stroller so he can ride around with me. He has toy boxes (yes, boxes) over-flowing with toys. He likes to destroy most, but doesn’t dare chew on his favorite named Piggy. He carries that pig around with him like it’s his baby. He brings it to bed with him and downstairs in the morning. He also uses it as a pillow to rest his head. This little guy is seriously adorable, which helps with the stubborn thing!
A few months after I adopted Wally, my mom passed away after a long illness. Wally and I were with her when she passed away in the early morning hours of November 26. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without him during that time. He was always by my side, my reason to get out of bed, a place to focus my thoughts. I don’t know how I would have made it through those first couple of months without Wally, LuvFurMutts and Sara.
Thank you, LuvFurMutts. I believe he was at this rescue with this foster at this time and my co-worker saw him during that brief window he was online that day for a reason. We were meant to rescue each other.
Kim & Wally Vinje
WORKING WITH LFM IS THE MOST REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE...
Working with Luv Fur Mutts is the most rewarding volunteer experience I've ever had. The dogs we see have been mistreated, abandoned and neglected, and I love showing them that life is good and that there are people who will love them the way they deserve. I love seeing them relax in my home once they realize they're safe. I still keep in touch with many of the people who have adopted my foster dogs, and there's nothing I love more than seeing a photo of a pampered pup, and hearing how very loved and cherished they are.
During the time I've worked with LFM, I've adopted one of our dogs myself, and two others have been adopted by members of my family. All three dogs had rough backgrounds, and all three seem to know what they've been rescued from. They're the happiest, most loving little furballs, and I love knowing that I helped them find their way to the good life. There's so much wrong with the world, and so much I can't fix. But I CAN make life better for one dog at a time.
Georgi before and after we adopted her: from scared, skinny girl to princess poodle!