Adoption doesn’t have to be limited to the youngest, healthiest dogs.
That philosophy drove Lisa Roney and her husband, Tim, to open their south Mecklenburg home to neglected dogs and make sure they find a good, forever home.
The Roneys launched the nonprofit Hope For All Dogs in September 2012. The “all-breed, no-kill rescue” focuses on special needs dogs, rescuing them from high-kill shelters before they are euthanized. The couple operates the rescue out of their home, housing the animals in their 1,500-square-foot basement and other areas of the house.
Hope For All Dogs takes in dogs of all ages and with many different health problems. Lisa Roney said the nonprofit has tended to “special needs” animals with ailments ranging from a broken leg and eye injuries to severe skin allergies caused by fleas.
“Some of the rescue groups out there might look past (these dogs) because of financial reasons, but we always find a way to make it work,” Roney said.
Each dog has its own kennel and access to water at all times. The dogs also enjoy two to three hours of supervised outdoor time, weather permitting, Roney said.
“Half of our yard is fenced in, up to code … everyone gets decent outside time,” she said.
Hope For All Dogs works to find forever homes for the animals after they are rehabilitated. The organization hosts three monthly adoption and microchip clinics in Charlotte throughout the year, and is hosting an additional fourth clinic from January to April, as Roney said it’s harder to adopt out at this time of year.
Clinics are scheduled for the first and third Saturday of the month at the Blakeney shopping center, at the corner of Ardrey Kell and Rea roads; the second Saturday of the month at Pet Supermarket, 1408 East Blvd.; and the third Sunday of the month at Pet Supplies Plus, 7601 Pineville-Matthews Road.
People can view dogs and apply for adoption at the clinics, as well as bring their own dogs to be microchipped for $25. The organization also sells T-shirts and other items at the events to raise funds to benefit the rescue. Roney also microchips and adopts out dogs throughout the month by appointment.
Hope For All Dogs will continue to work with clients beyond adoption to help pet owners care for the animals if difficulties such as financial troubles or illnesses arise.
“If you can’t afford food or a yearly exam, we’ll help pay for that to keep the animal in your home,” Roney said. Hope For All Dogs will welcome the dogs back into the fold if owners can’t care for the animals for other reasons, she added. “Everyone should understand that we’ll still be here for you regardless. If something should happen, you’ll have something to fall back on.”
This month’s microchip clinics are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, at Pet Supermarket; Jan. 18, a Saturday, at the Blakeney shopping center; and Jan. 19, a Sunday, at Pet Supplies Plus. All clinics will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary for microchipping during the event.
Find more information at www.hopeforalldogs.org or www.facebook.com/HopeForAllDogs. Email Roney at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an adoption or microchip appointment during the week.