Nestled against a backdrop of mountains, the silence in Nancy Burks’ quiet Hillsboro neighborhood is often interrupted by the bark of a dog.
The closer you get to Burks’ home, the more dog barks pierce the air. It may be noisy to some. But it’s music to Burks’ ears.
Out of her home and with the help of friend Karen Sappington, Burks is knee deep in a pet rescue she founded – Lucky Break Pet Rescue.
“We want to see all these guys find a home,” said Burks while reaching down to pet the head of a shaggy-haired puppy – Barnaby - that will soon move north to another dog rescue operation. “We have adoptions and rescues. Some of these guys will be going to other rescues that specialize in certain types of dogs.”
Lucky Break Pet Rescue spends its time traveling to the Coffee County Animal Shelter, or as Burks calls it, “the pound,” and taking dogs home or photographing dogs to place on Facebook to solicit outside help. Once in their possession, Burks and Sappington take the dogs to be spayed or neutered, have its shots updated and a thorough check up before adopting the dog to a qualified owner for a $75 adoption fee. The fee barely covers the cost of veterinary care, if it even covers that, Burks said. If that sounds thorough it is because that is how Burks does it. Anyone wishing to adopt a dog through Lucky Break Pet Rescue must sign up and consent to follow up in-home visits from Burks and Sappington.
“We want these dogs sent to loving, caring homes,” Burks said.
The organization is currently awaiting approval of a 501c3 status to be considered non-profit. But for now Burks and Sappington are operating out-of-pocket and through donations from good Samaritans.
“[Spay and neuter] fees come out of our pocket,” said Burks, who said Blue Springs Veterinary Clinic offers a discounted rate to help. Donations can be made towards the organization’s account at Blue Springs.
“Sometimes we get chunk donations of dog food and that goes a long way.”
Currently, Burks is hosting so many dogs that it is hard for her to take on any additional ones. Which means dogs may be left at the pound and, subsequently, euthanized.
“We really need foster homes right now,” she said. “If we have four or five fosters to help us house these dogs we could get a lot done. We need people who love dogs and don’t
mind getting them out and exercising them.”
Read the complete story in this week’s (Dec. 12) print edition of the Manchester Times.