‘Little Dog Library’ Supports Community Dogs
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It’s not uncommon to see community-operated ‘libraries’ to give and take books, particularly in small towns. These libraries are usually only a few feet wide, and function on a basic trust of honesty in the community. For the library to remain full, people must either return their books or bring a new one to share. These community-run programs can be incentives for local kids (and adults) to start reading for free.
But one Kentucky town is taking a step forward by running a dog-focused community library. Instead of aiming to share books, the ‘Little Dog Library‘ aims to reduce pet hunger & homelessness in the community.
Little Dog Library – Two Dogs’ Legacy Helps Others
Kentucky resident Lisa Schmid created the Little Dog Library after her beloved dogs Layla and Abigail passed on. The Little Dog Library bears their names, and Schmid hopes to spread joy in their memory through the program.
“The idea started small and grew into this,” Schmid said. “People in the neighborhood were intrigued by it, the concept of leaving something, taking something.” The LDL works like any other community library – visitors can take or leave a dog-related item. Frequently, this is dog food, accessories, or toys. Donations vary, but so far the library hasn’t faced issues with lack of stock.
“When I first saw the dog library I was a bit skeptical because I thought people were going to take everything and not leave anything,” said Donald Rios, a community resident. “It turned out to be very different from that, people are good. People have filled this up with dog food, dog toys, everything.”
Starting Change at a Community Level
Schmid hopes that the LDL will inspire others to start similar projects in their communities. With costs of pet ownership rising, programs such as this can make the difference between lower-income households keeping or giving up their beloved companion. Want to help, but not sure you can manage the responsibility of a community library?
Consider donating to or volunteering at a pet food pantry. Even if you can’t donate, your time is valuable and you may be able to help out at food drives or other events.
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