Long underfunded and understaffed, the city’s animal shelter depends on volunteers to walk, socialize, and dote on the dogs under its care.

And for years, shelter volunteers have watched too many of these dogs linger for weeks or months, waiting for adopters that never come. Sometimes, these long stay dogs are finally deemed “unadoptable” and killed.

But we volunteers know better. The longer dogs stay, the better we get to know them, and the more we appreciate what makes each one special.

So we formed Hard Luck Hounds as an effort to save these dogs. So far, 100 Hard Luck Hounds and counting have gone home to happy and loving adopters in the community