In honor of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, all this week we are recognizing shelter and rescue groups across the country. Today, PetMeds speaks with Inga and Kate about Lady Luck Animal Rescue:
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Tell us a little bit about your shelter.
Lady Luck Animal Rescue, Inc. is a not for profit, all breed animal rescue located in Lake Worth, Florida, with a branch office located in Pompano Beach, FL.
The dogs and cats brought into LLAR’s care have a variety of backgrounds. Some are surrendered by their owners due to difficult family situations. Others have been severely neglected or make their way to LLAR via Animal Control. Regardless of their past, all the animals that are taken under LLAR’s care have one thing in common – a second chance at a great life!
When LLAR receives a new animal, he or she is immediately given a health screening. Any medical conditions discovered are treated. Each pet is then carefully matched with a family that has filled out an extensive adoption application. After a suitable match is found, the dog or cat is on its way to its new forever home and off to live the pampered life that every pet deserves.
Lady Luck Animal Rescue, Inc., believes it is our moral responsibility to protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned, and homeless dogs and cats, and other domestic animals that may come into our care, and to place them in loving permanent homes. We will work diligently to educate the public on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
How did you become involved in helping to rescue animals?
Inga DeCeglia / President & Treasurer and Kate Wruszak/ Vice President & Secretary have been involved in animal rescue for many years, volunteering for other local animal rescues and shelters. We felt that if we collaborated together we can run a professional, very successful, all volunteer, foster home based animal rescue. In 2010, Lady Luck Animal Rescue was incorporated. Later that year we received our 501c3, and our registration with the Department of Consumer Affairs/Department of Agriculture.
How do you feel your animal shelter differs from those in your area?
LLAR will take as many precautions as necessary to ensure that our animals go to great forever homes. All potential adopters are required to fill out an adoption agreement and application. Vet and personal references are checked and home visits are required. All adopters must be at least 21 years of age. Adopters interested in any of our bully breeds are informed that they also will be required to authorize a background check.
What does National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week mean to you and your organization?
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week means bringing awareness to the general public of the availability of all breeds of dogs and cats at local animal shelters and rescue organizations. There is never a reason to buy from a pet store or breeder! We are happy when any animal gets adopted whether through us or someone else – an animal was saved and will now live a long happy life.
Do you have a favorite adoption story you would like to share?
One day a phone call came in from a friend of LLAR informing us that she just rescued a badly injured American Pit Bull Terrier pup from the streets of Miami. She immediately brought her to our vet. We were horrified when we were told that the small girl was only 8 weeks old and severely burned on her back that would require surgery to clean her up in order to help prevent any further injury and infection. We did what we needed to do and Liza healed.
Through the rescue community we learned that dog fighters will often pour acid on a dogs back to incite hysteria due to the pain which excites the others dogs to attack. We were told that this sick tactic is a fairly common practice.
Fortunately for our little Liza, she escaped, was nursed back to health, and living a great life on 5 acres with two four-legged playmates, a great mom and dad, and two fabulous kids!
We know the work you do is selfless and many may even say underappreciated. What do you feel is the most frustrating part of your job?
For LLAR, through all the ups and downs, happiness and sadness, we are just appreciative that we are able to help save lives and wouldn’t change what we do for anything.
On the other hand, what do you feel is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Nothing is better than saving a dog or cat from “death row”, nursing it back to health and then watching the animal go to a forever home!
Is there any advice you would like to give to pet owners, or potential pet owners?
Animals are a life- long commitment – a part of the family – and should never be discarded for any reason.
Lastly, what advice would you give to others wanting to become involved in animal rescue?
Understand up front what you are getting into. Find a reputable rescue that will guide you through the process. You need to have thick skin to deal with the heartache, you will work long hours. On the other hand, you need to have a soft touch to help the animals feel loved and safe. At times you will feel tired, stressed, and a little bit crazy, but in the end, it’s not about us – it’s about all the animals that were saved!
Inga and Kate, thank you for telling us about Lady Luck Animal Rescue, and for your dedication to animals in need.
(Interview conducted via email)