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Successful Dog Adoption Held in Livingston

Adoptable dog at Home for Good Dog Rescue apotion event Credits: Eric Paragallo
Home for Good Dog Rescue adoption event Credits: Eric Paragallo
Adoptable dogs at Home for Good Dog Rescue apotion event Credits: Eric Paragallo
Lily Husck, Samantha Moreland, and Katie Chirichella, Home for Good Dog volunteers Credits: Eric Paragallo

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue and Pilots N Paws, in association with the Livingston Mall, hosted a free dog adoption event Saturday afternoon, June 13 at the Livingston Mall.

Home for Good Dog Rescue is a foster and volunteer based nonprofit dog rescue organization that works to save canines from euthanasia at high-kill shelters and provides them with warm, loving homes.

Jackie Bucuk, Home for Good Dog Rescue Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, further explained the Home for Good Dog Rescue process. “We’re a foster based dog rescue organization—we take the dogs away from bad situations, clean them up and try to put them into a good home.”

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When asked about her feelings saving at risk dogs and turning them into adoptable pets, Bucuk said, “It’s Awesome. Seeing the conditions the dogs were subjected to makes finding them good homes so much more rewarding.”

“It feels really good to give them a second chance.”

Many of the adopted dogs were flown in by Dirk Vandersterre, owner of Morristown Airport. Vandersterre became interested in the Home for Good Dog Rescue cause when Pilots N Paws, a national charity that provides free air transportation to animals going to waiting adoptive families, flew dogs into his airport. “A lot of the dogs we have here today were flown in by Dirk on his own expense,” said Bucuk. “He’s a really good guy.”

“I love volunteering and helping these dogs,” said Katie Husck, a volunteer.

This past year, Home for Good Dog Rescue invited volunteers to travel to Georgia for the purpose of rescuing dogs. Among these volunteers were Lily Husck, Samantha Moreland and Katie Chirichella, three high school juniors. Each of the girls was given the task of caring for an individual dog and making the dog highly adoptable.

Katie Chirichella said the dog she took care of, an English Pointer mix, was very skinny and malnourished when she initially rescued him. Over time, she nursed the dog back to health, making sure it received the proper vaccinations, exercise, and diet. Now, he’s fully healthy and up for adoption.

Chirichella expressed her joy in turning the English Pointer Mix dog into a highly adoptable pet, but conceded her disappointment in having to let him go. “He’s a good dog. I don’t want to give him up.”

Bucuk made a statement to any prospective dog owners who might perhaps have a desire to adopt a dog in the future through Home for Good Dog Rescue. “All the dogs are very adoptable,” said Bucuk. “They’re sweet dogs that should never be put down.”

To find out more about Home for Good Dog Rescue, visit them on their Facebook page, For more information about Pilots N Paws, visit them at their website,

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