Lizzy’s Lodge (Silver Spring, Maryland) is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in late 2006 to rescue pets in danger at high-kill shelters, and give them a chance for renewal in foster homes.
Ms. Trix, a lucky Lab who found a home through Lizzy’s Lodge
Lizzy’s Lodge was formed as its volunteers saw an increasing number of people treating companion animals as disposable items.
Experienced pet owners know it takes time, training, and love to create the beautiful bond between people and pets, and time seems to be something that many people no longer have for their pets. Training problems (both the pet and the people) are believed to be the most frequent reason that adoptable animals are dumped in overwhelmed local shelters. Abandoned by the only people the pet knew, now in a noisy, crowded kennel, the animal’s true personality will rarely be displayed and temperament testing some animals for potential adoption can be a disaster.
Lizzy’s Lodge networks with local shelters and other rescue groups, placing animals in less stressful foster situations, giving them a chance to let their true personalities return. Then, as they begin to know the pet, they are able to match the animals with new people who can understand them; often this takes time, but is well worth the effort. Approaches to training with love are at the heart of Lizzy’s Lodge’s program; they want to match the right human and canine companions, and to support the pet and the family during and after the adoption process.
Lizzy’s Lodge doesn’t have a physical location; they foster animals in volunteer homes, and must schedule meetings with prospective adopters or fosters a few days in advance, or arrange to meet at upcoming events.