All over the south dogs are waiting.
Some lucky dogs are in progressive shelters who have staff, resources, and community support that enables them to find homes for all of their adoptable dogs through local adoptions and outside rescues.
Some not-so-lucky dogs are in open intake, high-kill shelters that are routinely forced to ‘euthanize for space.’ Many of the people who work in these shelters work desperately to save every dog they can but are understaffed, underfunded, undersupported and overwhelmed.
Other dogs are held in private shelters and rescues where remarkable people sacrifice time, energy, and many times their very livelihood struggling to care for dogs that their local government has failed. Instead of allowing dogs to perish, they care for them on their own property on their own dime, sometimes creating a legal nonprofit and gathering volunteer help, but many times just doing anything they can to save lives.
And then there are the dogs left behind at tiny municipal pounds in rural communities on back roads people rarely travel.
These dogs live in sparse conditions with few resources and no extras. They are held in chainlink kennels until their owners come for them or they are euthanized to make room for new dogs that arrive. Their pictures are not on a shelter website or Petfinder. Rarely is there anyone working to address their physical, emotional or behavioral needs, let alone search for an adopter. Their only chance beyond being claimed by their owners is for a rescue worker to drive down one of those long, lonely roads and ‘pull’ them, transporting them to rescues sometimes states away.
This site seeks to document the faces and stories of the forgotten dogs waiting to be let out.
We have no qualifications beyond open hearts and a belief that the problem has never been that people don’t care—it’s that people don’t know.
By traveling to these shelters, we hope to raise awareness and inspire change.
If you’d like to help our mission, please spread the word. You can subscribe to this blog to follow our journey or find us on Facebook or Instagram. If you are moved to help individual shelters, you can find information about how to do that on the How You Can Help Page.
And please, help us spread the word. Together, we can let the dogs out.