Ever wonder what the life of a shelter dog is like? Volunteers of The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce, will find out during "A Day in Their Paws" on November 7 and 8.
For 24 hours, volunteers will live in a kennel with the homeless dog of their choice to raise awareness of how shelter dogs live day after day, taking breaks only to eat and use the restroom. The kenneled volunteers will raise money for the non-profit organization by having sponsors buy their freedom at $1 per minute.
So far, almost a dozen volunteers have signed up to sit with their choice of the sanctuary's 90 dogs. Heather Mohr of Newhall, who spends one day a week volunteering at The Brittany Foundation, will spend her 24-hour shift with Carmen, a 9-year old blind Lhasa Apso.
"It should be very enlightening to experience how these dogs live," Mohr said. "Of course, I get to go back to my freedom after one day, while many of them never get that gift."
The Brittany Foundation will also host an open house from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, so that the public has a chance to tour the sanctuary and meet their adoptable dogs.
"Some of our dogs have been waiting years to be adopted and spend most of their time in a 12' x 12' kennel," said Rene Succa Ruston of Sherman Oaks, a long-time volunteer with the rescue who will bunk with Candy, an 8-year old buff and beautiful pit bull. "While they have a forever home here, we want people to see how limited their lives are without a family to spend it with."
The "Day in Their Paws' open house will feature a silent auction and raffle, plus refreshments from Margo's Bark Root Beer and a bake sale, to raise funds for The Brittany Foundation, which has suffered a 47 percent reduction in donations since the recession began in 2008.
Founder Nancy Anderson started the non-profit in 1991 and has since placed 1,300 dogs, many of which had been pulled from death row at county shelters or puppy mills across Los Angeles.
Anderson hopes that the community will come out in droves to support the volunteers and consider adopting a Brittany Foundation dog during a "Day in Their Paws."
"Every dog we adopt out creates a space for another dog we can save. If you're not looking to adopt, you can still lend a hand by sponsoring a volunteer or coming by the open house," she said. "With everyone's help, this could be our biggest fundraiser ever and allow us continue to save lives well into the new year."
"Day In Their Paws" Open House, Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the corner of Sierra Highway and Anthony Road in Agua Dulce. Follow signs to sanctuary. For more