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East Point animal rescue seeks fosters Saturday
by Noreen Cochran
May 13, 2014 02:22 PM | 2598 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / Kathryn Mehl. Susan Laskey of Laskey's Lucky Ones will be at Healthy Pets Fulton May 17.
Special / Kathryn Mehl. Susan Laskey of Laskey's Lucky Ones will be at Healthy Pets Fulton May 17.
East Point-based nonprofit Laskey’s Lucky Ones and Volunteers will partner with Fulton County Animal Services and LifeLine Animal Project on Saturday during the inaugural Healthy Pets Fulton animal health fair.

The event at Charles E. Phillips Sr. Esquire Park, 4400 Herschel Road in College Park, offers free health care and pet supplies.

Nonprofit volunteers will help advance the three agencies’ mutual goals of reducing the number of healthy animals being euthanized in shelters.

They also can help residents sign up for a unique volunteer opportunity.

“As with any nonprofit our needs are many; however, we are desperately in need of foster families,” volunteer Kathy Cochrane said about temporary pet caretakers. “The more foster families we have on board with us, the more dogs in need we can help.”

Susan Laskey, the nonprofit’s founder and president, said the year-old organization got its name through a grass-roots development.

“I was known as the ‘dog lady’ in the East Point area and some of the residents started a Facebook page for me called Laskey’s Lucky Ones,” she said. “Although the rest of the Atlanta metro area had never heard of LLOV, everyone around the neighborhoods identified with the group.”

Laskey said she made the entity official because it fills a void in the Southern Crescent.

“I realized that there is a shortage of rescues that focus on south Fulton, Clayton and Henry counties,” she said. “This was astounding and somewhat disheartening because the discarded pet population is off the charts in these areas. After much encouragement from many of my friends, neighbors and rescue mentors, I decided to take the leap and start my own rescue group.”

Laskey said the concept includes all companion animals, not just homeless ones.

“Rescue is [also] getting and keeping an owned dog off a chain; making sure an owned dog always has food for his belly, water and a warm place to sleep; it’s helping owned dogs stay healthy and happy,” she said.

It is a calling Laskey said she had no choice but to follow.

“No one chooses rescue,” she said. “It chooses you, and if you try to ignore it, it will knock louder and louder until you throw open the door and embrace it for the change you can make.”

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