My name is Janet and I am a retired social worker and grant writer. I moved to Louisville in 2015 with two three-legged dogs (Roxie and Jake) and an unsocialized 4.5 pound Chihuahua, Latte. I knew I wanted to do something to help the overlooked and unwanted dogs in our community.
I fostered, volunteered, and got involved with rescues and transports. But my heart stayed with those little dogs with special needs and with the little seniors. Many of these furry ones are left in shelters just because they get old or because the only humans they have ever known can no longer afford the medications they need. Slowly I started adopting small special needs dogs and seniors from rescues and shelters. It wasn't long until rescues were contacting me about little ones in need.
I laugh and tell people that I live in a gated community. My living room is gated, my den is gated, the bedrooms are gated, heck the couch is gated! I bought an auto-inject pen and learned how to give shots so I could adopt a senior with diabetes. I learned how to help blind dogs get around and how to approach a deaf and blind dog without startling her. And I met a lot of people in the dog world who have taught me a lot about what to do and what not to do.
So here it is 2018 and my home is a sanctuary for 20 special needs fur kids, and home for 1 grand-dog and Silly Lily who, by the way, was heading toward a life of crime had I not taken her in. I care for these fur kids full time- 24/7 and love every minute of it. Please check out our Residents page to learn more about our residents at Special Paws dog sanctuary.