Helping Hands for Man’s Best Friend

 Helping Hands for Man’s Best Friend

Local dog rescue organizations ramp up efforts during pandemic

Man’s best friend is the dog—loyal, affectionate and eager to please. And during the recent pandemic, many lost and abandoned dogs have found new best friends of their own in Dayton’s dedicated rescuers and foster organizations.

“Lulu, a Yorkshire terrier who weighed 5 pounds, went missing on April 16,” says Paula Vance. Paula is a longtime animal rescuer and dog foster and was instrumental in finding Lulu and returning her to owners Brenda and Ray Tompkins. “I found out that Yorkies are a typical runaway—8 years now I’ve done this, and I didn’t know that,” Vance continues. The Tompkins adopted Lulu from the Miami County shelter three weeks before she went missing and the 5-year-old Yorkie was seen several times on Blee Road after disappearing. Several people tried to chase her or coax her into their cars, but she kept running away and avoiding all live traps. Finally, after being lost for 10 long days, Lulu was captured and returned to her loving owners on Saturday, April 25.

“My son and I spent hours driving, looking and waiting for Lulu. At one point, a farmer saw her playing with a coyote,” laughs Vance. “I’m just glad she’s home.”

“Home” is a place Staci Lovy, who works with Brave Breed rescue, likes to connect abandoned dogs with, too. “With all the people out of work,” Lovy says, “the amount of owner surrenders has gone up a lot.”

Violet the bulldog was picked up from the Trumbull County pound just last week, and is now available for adoption, as are a number of other dogs. For more information, visit