Ginger Luke of Ginger’s Pet Rescue is a very special lady. She and her husband own a Seattle restaurant which is open 18 hours a day, seven days a week, yet she still manages to rescue and save the lives of dogs on death row.
It all started when her husband told her about a dog he kept hearing bark but never saw each time he made a food delivery. After telling Ginger, she decided to make the next delivery. She heard the dog too and asked the man about it. The man told her that it was a “bad” dog that needed to be kept locked up and should be put down. Ginger offered the man $50 to take the dog. When the man agreed, she expected to be confronted by a large, mean dog. To her surprise, she instead found a 15 pound dog that immediately jumped into her arms when let out of the room.
She started working with small shelters in Ellensburg, WA which oftentimes had to euthanize dogs because of their lack of space to house the dogs due to lack of funding. She concentrates on one or two dogs at a time to work with, sending emails to over 1000 people on her email list. Ginger found homes for 28 dogs in the first seven weeks of doing this work, and hasn’t stopped. She has a display board in the back of her restaurant showing dogs that are available for adoption as well as photos of some of her success stories.
According to Ginger, “Rescue dogs are the best.” “They need about 10 to 14 days to make the transition and then it is unconditional love all the way.”
If Ginger Luke can find time with her busy schedule to save the lives of dogs that would otherwise be put to death, can’t each of us find time to make a difference too?
Even if you can’t adopt a dog, there are so many other ways to help. Those of you reading this are probably somewhat technically savvy so you in particular could help with:
- Maintaining web sites listing/showing dogs available.
- Helping maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database.
- Donating time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption flyers, etc.
- Using your video camera to film a rescue dog in action.
- Lending your artistic talents to your club’s newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs.
- Putting together an *Owner’s Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of a particular breed.
There’s always something you can do to help. Simply contact Ginger at firstname.lastname@example.org and offer your help.