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Today, we're privileged to interview Ryan Parker, one of the devoted people behind Beacon Animal Rescue You can find a direct link to their Instagram here.

Here is their story:

What inspired you to start or become involved with this rescue organization?

My love for animals, growth, and leadership.

Can you tell us about a particularly memorable rescue mission or adoption story that stands out to you?

We rescued a small dog from a high-kill shelter in the south. She had a host of health issues. Her name was Strawberry. She experienced significant suffering due to mange and giardia. She was extremely shy, and had a pink tinge to her skin due to her condition; hence her name. Our team of staff and volunteers worked with her diligently every day. Until finally, she completely recovered and now lives by the name Zoey with one of our Pawsome volunteers. She’s extremely sweet and much more confident. Not to mention, adorable as heck.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a rescue organization, and how do you overcome them?

Our biggest challenge is fundraising. This is probably typical of most rescues. Medical care is always increasing in cost, and animals that come to us are always in need of some level of medical attention.

How do you select the dogs that your organization takes in, and what criteria do you use for adoption?

We work closely with partners in the southern part of the United States to recover dogs from high kill shelters. The conditions in the areas we save dogs from are horrendous.

In what ways do you work to rehabilitate and socialize dogs before they are adopted?

We make sure all of our dogs spend time with our dedicated staff and volunteers. Two to three times a day, they are taken out for walks and play times in one of our four play yards. Also, as a certified dog trainer, I spend time working with staff and volunteers to help assess the needs of each dog, and create plans to help each dog overcome behavioral challenges.

What role do volunteers play in your organization, and how can people get involved?

Volunteers make up the bulk of our workforce. We are always looking for more animal loving folks to join the team. Volunteers clean, walk, feed, play, and take the dogs to events.

Can you share some success stories of dogs who were once in your care and have now found loving forever homes?

Cara is a sweet dog who came to us as a puppy with a condition in both of her legs called luxating patellas. Essentially, her knee caps would slide out of play and cause her extreme severe discomfort and pain. We held a fundraiser , and raise a portion of the funds for two very costly surgeries. Cara is still in recovery, but she’s living her best life with her new furever family, thanks to the all of Beacon’s supporters.

How does your organization collaborate with other rescues, shelters, or animal welfare organizations?

We work closely with several animal welfare organizations by donating supplies, sharing resources, and lending a hand when they’re in need. It is our strong belief that we are all in this together, and that we make a greater impact when we collaborate.

What initiatives or programs does your rescue have in place to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent pet homelessness?

In 2021 we opened Beacon Veterinary Clinic to offer affordable vet care to the community. It has been a major success, and it continues to grow each year. We also offer free dog training sessions to each adopter to help adopters adjust to life with a new pet.

Looking ahead, what are your organization's goals and aspirations for the future?

One of our foremost goals is to triple the care we provide to the community through Beacon Veterinary clinic over the next three years. In addition, we always strive to find ways to save more animals from dire circumstances.