Saving Lives through Peace of Mind
We are a nonprofit dedicated to saving shelter dog lives. We strive to increase successful adoptions by making it easier on the elderly and chronically ill to adopt with peace of mind when it comes to their health and mobility, the security of the animal in their care, and accessibility to community support.
An Introduction from the Founder
In the early spring of 2019, I was talking with older gentleman that I had gotten to know as a Saturday regular at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, North Carolina. A dog passed by, and he gave it a lot of attention before turning back to me to continue the conversation, and so I asked him if he had dogs of his own. With a sad look, he explained that loves dogs, and he had thought of getting one, but he was so old that he was afraid of what would happen if he couldn’t care for it properly. He was almost 90 years old. Who would walk it? Who would take it in if it were to outlive him? Would someone even know in time to help it if something were to happen to him alone at home one day?
An idea started to simmer. And sure enough, the same gentleman did pass away a few months later. This cranked up the heat a little, but the idea still sat on the back burner… until the following spring. In March of 2020, our own dog – Beckett – fell ill, passing away about ten weeks later after scrambling to discover the cause and treat the symptoms. I had met him 7 years prior through my wife when he was already 3 years old, and he quickly became my best friend. The loss was devastating.
Amid a pandemic, we struggled to feel thankful for what we had while others were losing so much, but I grappled with a lack of direction and purpose. It was on a run with Doug – who has joined the board to support this effort – that I first openly talked about my interest in starting something in his honor that would help save dog lives while enriching the lives of seniors who live alone. And so the Beckett Foundation was born, a board was formed, and now we’re setting out to make a difference one dog at a time.
What does a dog mean to you?
"I got my dog when she was 10 weeks old and I was starting my last semester of grad school, while also working. She took over my heart (and my life) immediately, but it If it weren't for my friends, who walked her once a week while I was stuck on campus, I would never have been able to get her. I will always be grateful to them for helping bring her into my life -- she gave me purpose, focus, a reason to get outside, and endless opportunities to learn. She died in 2019, after 14 years with me, and I miss her every day."
"I suffered (and still do from time to time) from serious depression prior to adopting Kenan in 2018. Part of why I adopted her was for personal safety and comfort; having her around and knowing she’d be there when I came home from work made me feel better overall. Knowing that she depends on me for food, walks, play, and her health keeps me going (even when it’s cold or raining and I really want her to finish going potty!) She’s very receptive if you’re upset and will try to be close to you. I don’t know what I’ll do without her."
"Dogs inspire, reduce stress, and make people feel like a family."
"Adopting my first dog was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. When I was broken, she healed me. When I felt unloved, she loved me. I'll forever be grateful for the time I had with her. They make the bad times bearable and the good times immeasurably better."
Your gifts help bring it all together.
If a small fraction of dog-lovers across the U.S donate even a few dollars where they can, we can afford to develop and maintain a free app to facilitate local networks of adopters and community support contacts and perform the kinds of outreach necessary to bring together dogs that need a home and seniors that need a companion.