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.