"Dog lady" cares for rescued animals
Oct 24, 2011
Joyce Sanderson is known as the local "dog lady," not for her ownership of the animals but for her rescue of them, the Contra Costa Times reports.
She shares her three-bedroom house with her husband and at least 30 dogs at a time, the news source reports.
"It's a 2,000-square-foot dog house and we get to sleep here," Sanderson told the news source, adding that eight of her guests spent the previous night on their bed.
Sanderson, 73, takes the dogs in as part of her volunteer services to the Homeless Animal Lifeline Organization (HALO), a nonprofit that works with shelters in and near Contra Costa County, Florida, to rescue and adopt out cats and dogs, according to its official website.
Of the 5,012 dogs that HALO has rescued to date, almost all of them have spent time at Sanderson's dog oasis. The organization relies on volunteers like her because it has no central shelter. In addition to fostering the dogs before they are adopted, Sanderson also donates dog food, flea medication and other pet supplies.