LLDR is a non-profit, foster-based, no-kill rescue committed to saving homeless dogs who would otherwise face certain euthanasia, and is committed to educating new dog owners in the practices and considerations for transforming newly adopted rescue dogs to lifelong companions.
LLDR endeavors to reduce the number of dogs currently in high kill shelters and to place them in loving homes. The goal and vision for LLDR is to save dogs of all sizes and all breeds by placing them into loving, permanent homes. We are an all-volunteer, foster-based, 501(c)(3) (applied for, pending approval) dog rescue organization based in Central Maryland. We do not presently have a physical shelter. Instead, we operate primarily through the dedicated support of our experienced foster homes.
The majority of our animals come from high kill shelters throughout Maryland, West Virginia and North Carolina, where overcrowding and overpopulation lead to the euthanasia of millions of healthy, friendly pets every year. We also help dogs from other areas that have compelling situations where they are in danger of abuse, neglect or euthanasia.
We are dedicated to providing the dogs that come into LLDR with the best possible care while they wait for their permanent homes by acclimating them to life outside of a shelter facility and within a home, providing the appropriate veterinary care needed. We serve our community and adopters by educating and encouraging responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on the need for spaying and neutering. All animals adopted out by LLDR will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and will be given all appropriate vaccinations. Adult dogs receive an in-depth behavioral assessment in order to best serve the needs of each animal on an individual basis. We strive to increase public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue and provide solutions to end the killing of adoptable animals. We believe community outreach and education is of paramount importance in changing the public perception regarding shelter animals. As stated by the ASPCA, many shelters and rescues have lovable and adoptable dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages. About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. Rescue dogs comprise the best selection anywhere of unique, one-of-a-kind mixed breeds, many of whom have already lived with families and have the basic social skills they need to become an enjoyable part of a welcoming household. Many rescue dogs find themselves in kill shelters not as a result of behavioral issues, but instead as victims of abandonment, a death in the family, illness, divorce or a geographic move that excluded them. Most shelter dogs available for adoption are healthy, affectionate animals.
Founded in 2014, LLDR has as its ultimate goal to create a region where companion animals have loving and permanent homes and where good natured dogs, no matter what their age, are never killed in shelters because they are considered to be surplus or un-adoptable.
Many of the animals that we rescue are healthy pets that can be placed for adoption once they’re medically and behaviorally evaluated. However, we are equally as dedicated to rescuing a limited number dogs who suffer from serious medical conditions that require intensive care. We make a commitment to care for every animal we rescue, regardless of the level of care it requires.