SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Victoria Parker has lived in Scotch Plains with her husband for 32 years. She owns Parker Interior Plantscape, an interior landscaping company and is a self confessed dog lover.
"After losing my 13 year old chocolate lab to cancer, I wanted to do something to 'give back' to the dog community in her honor" said Parker. Part of that ‘giving back’ involves volunteering with Home for Good Dog Rescue, a non-profit rescue organization for needy dogs in Summit. The organization is known for seeking the best treatments for dogs by providing them with medical care, training, support, and hope.
"As volunteers, my husband and I adopted over 30 dogs who have found forever homes which is extremely rewarding..... and bittersweet because it is very easy to get attached to them", said Parker.
Recently, Home for Good Dog Rescue's Junior Ambassadors participated in a service trip to Georgia/South Carolina to visit shelters that have a “kill” policy. The purpose of the trip was to select dogs to save from euthanasia.
Home for Good Dog Rescue's founders travel to Georgia/South Carolina many times a year. Although adult volunteers usually help out a few times, the trip was the first time that the Junior Ambassadors were invited.
During the trip, the Juniors were assigned to pick a pen whether it would be a dog or a litter of puppies. Home for Good Dog Rescue would then commit to saving the dogs that the children chose.
"On this trip alone, we were able to give 96 puppies and dogs a second chance" said Jackie Bucuk, the Public Relations Coordinator at Home for Good Dog Rescue. "The trip has given me a whole new appreciation for our organization and their mission and we are very proud of our Junior Ambassadors".
For more information on Home for Good Dog Rescue, like them on Facebook or visit their website at http:// www.homeforgooddogs.org/.