Trees of Hope: Animal Allies offers pets a new lease on life |

Trees of Hope: Animal Allies offers pets a new lease on life

Mariam Mackar
Created: December 19, 2021 03:24 PM

For the last week of WDIO's Trees of Hope campaign this year, WDIO shines a light on Animal Allies, and everything they do.

Many of our furry friends in the Northland didn't have the easiest the start in life. Dog-walking volunteers Shari and Gary Carlson have seen first hand how drastically these pets react to a little love and care - and a safe new home.

"Some of the dogs when we get them are so broken, so damaged," said Shari. "Some of them are badly injured. People can be real mean to animals. But we see them go out to a home - a new forever home - and its like the best day of your life."

The couple has been volunteering at Animal Allies for over a decade now. Aside from building relationships with the pets they walk,  they also see them get a whole new lease on life.

Gary describing the joy of seeing pictures of dogs in their new homes after they leave the shelter.

"You know, that really means so much. Sometimes we spend months walking a dog off and on and it's really nice to see that they're happy and in a good home and the people are just loving on them." 

During our Trees of Hope campaign you can support the work of Animal Allies all week long by donating on our website or calling into our live phone bank during each of our newscasts on Tuesday, December 21st.


Mariam Mackar

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