Animal Rescue of the Week: Episode 64 – Love-A-Bull

Love-A-Bull Love-A-Bull Love-A-Bull is a registered 501c3 nonprofit in Austin, Texas. Started over eleven years ago, their mission is to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of pit bull-type dogs through community support, education, advocacy, and rescue. They offer a myriad of programs including adoptions, vaccination clinics, canine therapy, and training, to name a few. Their events include everything from educational opportunities to happy hours and puppy yoga. In 2010 they broke the world record for most pit bulls ever gathered in one place by hosting a pit bull parade with over 3000 four-legged attendees.
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“Welcome to the Animal Rescue of the Week podcast, where we feature outstanding organizations from around the country that are helping animals and the people who rescue them. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Doobert connects animal shelters with volunteers to do animal transport and fostering. Learn more and sign up for free at Let’s meet this week’s featured animal rescue!  Love A Bull is a registered 501C3 nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas. They started over 11 years ago with the mission to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of people typ dogs through community support, education, advocacy and rescue. They offer a variety of programs, including adoptions, vaccination clinics, canine therapy and training and that’s just to name a few. Their events include everything from educational opportunities, to happy hours and puppy yoga. In 2010 they broke the world record for most pit bulls ever gathered in one place, by hosting a pitbull parade with over 3004 legged attendees.  Hi, Crystal. Welcome to the show. Hi. Thanks for having me. You are very welcome. I’m super excited to talk about your organization. So you are the vice president at Love A Bull Rescue in Texas. Is that correct? That’s right. Perfect. So can you just start by telling us a little bit about your organization? Do you have a mission that you guys were specifically working towards? And, you know, just kind of how you got started there. So Love A Bull’s mission is to rescue, advocate, educate or Pitbull type dogs. We are a rescue organization, but we also are a number of other programs as well. We offer everything from training to events, to therapy dogs to community aid and rescue, of course, and we’re run solely by volunteers. So none of us are paid. And we have been doing this since 2000, I would say 2009, was when we started. I got involved in 2010 as a volunteer. I started training dogs about 15 years ago, and I got into rescue before that. Training was just kind of my channel into working with dogs. And then I just stayed involved with rescue all those years and eventually found Love A Bull around 2010 and then just kind of partnered with them. as a trainer for quite a few years and eventually joined the board of directors and run their therapy dog program. Help with training and, you know, do a number of other things, depending on whatever is needing to be done at the moment. Update a homesite or, you know, whatever. So just a little bit of everything, right? Where, as you know, you wear a lot of hats. Which is kind of a good kind, because you could dip your feet into a little bit of everything that goes on and that kind of makes you a key aspect of getting stuff going. So I love that.  So when you say that you’re volunteer based, does that mean that you guys don’t have a facility and you’re more foster-based? Or do you guys actually have a stable facility? No. Thus far, we’ve only partnered with other organizations and businesses to offer training classes and stuff like that, under their, you know, their roof. We do have a long term goal of getting a facility and that those are some things that we have kind of in the works right now. But thus far, we have been just solely volunteer run and solely partnered up to provide our programs. And we’ve done those things all over the city of Austin and in the suburbs surrounding it. Wow. Okay, so that’s interesting. You guys are definitely unique, as opposed to some of the organizations that I talked to.  When you guys have volunteers that put on these trainings, are they certified? Do they have specific things? Or just based on experience?  Kind of share with me a little bit about how that works. We’re really lucky in that our board is built of our experience in the dog world. Dog professionals. Our president runs a dog boarding, training and playdate facility. I have run facilities like that before. I owned my own training business for over 10 years, and then we have a number of other board members as well who are professionals in marketing, you know, accounting. You name it. They come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but in putting us all together, it’s been really great because we can kind of cover a number of different programs, from a number of different angles. So when it comes to the training program and stuff it’s largely been people like me and our president kind of vetting other trainers. Sometimes we’ve take in interns and train them, and sometimes you’ve had certified trainers come to us who were ready to teach and ready to donate their time. So it just kind of depends on the situation. We definitely take a lot of care and making sure that the services that we provide are in line with our own, you know, ideologies. But yeah, it is really cool because we’ve been able to kind of offer this ongoing, low-cost training to the public. We offer even, you know, sponsorships and stuff like that for people who can’t afford to pay for training but really need behavior help. And we even have helped people with trainers coming out and working on much more advanced behavior issues and stuff like that, so that we can help keep dogs and families, or in homes.  So it kind of looks like a lot of different things. I personally, as the trainer for the organization field a lot of calls for our fosters and our adopters. On any given week, I’m having these days a number of calls for fosters and adopters who are navigating anything from potty training to making sure that they’re getting along in the house with the other dogs. To pulling unleash, you know, you name it, and we provide that support to people who support us and volunteer with us.  We’re big on making people feel like they’re part of our family. When they adopt from us, when they foster from us, when they volunteer with us, you know we want them to feel like their role is really important and that it’s also supported. Absolutely. I absolutely love that, and I couldn’t agree more. If you bring them in and bring them as part of your family, it just,you know, it makes them feel more comfortable and more prone to wanting to get further into helping out and volunteering. And that’s what we need,  to keep the organization stable and going. Yeah, You gotta keep your adopters and fosters coming back again and again to help out. And, you know, we work with pit bulls, which are awesome dogs, but they’re not always easy, you know, they could be a lot of dog, sometimes and, you know, you got make sure people know that they’re gonna get that support if they need it. You know, it’s like bringing a Labrador puppy into your house. When you bring a pit bull puppy into your house, you know you’re gonna get the chewing and the jumping and stuff, and you don’t want somebody to drop the dog off and then just disappear. We definitely don’t want that.  So I know that you started in 2010, but I’m curious, like why pit bulls like, is it, you know, just something that you guys, the founders than just had a knack for Pitbulls? Do you guys like, train specifically with them, so you’re more familiar? I think it’s a little bit of both. It depends on the experience of the person that you’re talking to with the organization. I know When I started training dogs, I worked with a lot of pit bulls through clients. I worked in Houston a lot. I actually trained dogs near GreensPoint, where there are a lot of pit bulls, that would come through my classes. And I just kind of developed an affinity for the dogs before I even had one. You know, I didn’t really look at them any different, and anyone realized how big of an issue pit bulls were facing at the time. And then I kind of grew to become more aware of it as I adopted a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pitbull mix of my own right off the street in my neighborhood. And he actually became my training dog for years and years and was a phenomenal dog. I saw him do things, incredible things to help a number of people and other dogs. And it was so frustrating to me to see people turning, you know, people away from housing opportunities and all kinds of things just because of the type of dog they had. I kind of developed an affinity for the breed through my own experience, just with clients and my own dog. And I think most of the people that you know come to the organization, they have had very similar experiences where they had their own pitbull, one way or the other. However, they came by them and they were like, Wait a minute. Oh, this is nonsense. You know, what do you mean they’re aggressive?  Have you seen the  potato on my couch? You know, and so I think we kind of all kind of come from that place where, like, Well, hold on. You know, that’s obviously not true because I’m living with these dogs and I know firsthand that these things aren’t true.  That’s kind of where it came from. And I know the founders were very, very big on that kind of advocacy as well because they had their own pit bulls and they all met at a dog park. They were all hanging out with their dogs, and they kind of got to talking about like, Oh, hey, wait a minute. Can you believe that bad rap these dogs get? And so they decided to do something about it. And then they were brilliant in creating these Pitbull Awareness Day festivals that eventually, you know, garnered thousands of people and their dogs. And then they would conduct these gigantic pitbull parades down Congress, towards the Capitol building. And you know those things, we had 3000 Pitbulls in one place, one day, and not a single squabble, not a single issue with any of the dogs. And we kind of come from that place, I think where, like we just knew personally, that there were these untruths being, you know, spread about the dogs and then it kind of grew from there. And it’s kind of interesting to see how it’s changed over the course of the past decade as well, because when we started out, we had one set of challenges. And while a lot of things like pitbull restrictions and stuff like that have been, you know, lightened since then and the bad reputation that they have, has also improved a lot from, you know, just the Internet taking off. But we still face a lot of those same challenges still, you know, like housing. And you know, all these different things that kind of limit people who have pit bulls, in a very unfair manner. We kind of have had to adapt our approach, over time, and kind of see it grow and go the right direction, but still, long ways to go. You know, we kind of root for the underdogs, in that way.  You know that something I’m with you 100%. Clearly everybody’s heard about the misconception of Pitbulls, but I personally, I look at them just like I do any other animal. You know, I think a lot of it comes from, just how they were brought up. And that could be for any animal. You know what I mean? And I have, the majority of the Pitbulls that I know, are just the biggest, love cuddle bugs. So I think it’s great what you guys were doing. And the fact that you guys are working towards making a difference, not just for the dogs in your care or the dogs, that you’re training, but just overall making a difference for how they’re perceived. And I think that one of the things that plays into it and I love that you guys are doing that. You know, it just kind of leads me down the road, I checked out your website, checked your Facebook and everything, and it seems like you guys have a really good foundation and you guys get quite a bit of dogs in. So could you kind of share with me a little bit about what your communities like? Is there a big abundance of Pitbulls or is it just kind of, you know, because you’re pitbull specific, that you get a lot of, you know, coming to you as a resource? Yeah, and first I want to mention, like one of our main goals, as an organization is, have an emphasis on responsible pet guardianship. And that’s why training and behavior is such an important part of what we do in education is such an important part because it is so much about the way that a dog is raised, who they become, you know, of course, it’s always nature versus nurture. But when it comes to dogs is a lot of nurture that’s got to go in. And we have to make sure, you know, as an organization that we are promoting, that responsible guardianship of dogs. So that’s really a huge part of our foundation.  And then when it comes to our rescue program stuff, yeah, we do take in quite a few dogs. It’s funny when Love A Bull was first started, we were entirely outreach based. The rescue portion of the organization didn’t actually get added until, I don’t know if it was exactly a year or so in, but it took them a little while because they wanted to focus solely on educating people about these dogs and about you know, just how to care for a dog and how to properly vet a dog and all the things that go into it. Rescue was then added as a part of it because, you know, of course, it was Yeah. And I think anybody in Austin that’s going through a shelter can tell you that, like pit bulls and pit bull mixes make up the majority of the dogs that are in our shelters. One, we’re a no-kill city. Where, a lot of cities, you know, if you go to Denver, they’re putting down their pit bulls because they have a Pitbull ban. So you might not see as many Pitbulls in their shelter, unfortunately. But in Austin, we’re no-kill. So we try to save all the dogs that we can. And the city shelters and the city rescue organizations, work together quite a bit to make sure that we are closing the gaps and picking up for each other when we need them. There is definitely an ample supply of Pitbulls, in our city and that’s of course, due to overpopulation. People are over breeding them. People are still selling them. Pet stores and stuff like that are illegal within the city here, which is nice. It definitely cuts back on our breeding issues, and they’ve definitely gotten better, over the course of the past 10 years. But it’s got a long way to go and yeah, we’ve got shelters full of pit bulls.  We never run out of dogs. We always find them and then Love A Bull, because Austin has such, I wouldn’t say it’s completely well oiled, but it’s far, far vastly improved over a lot of larger cities’ shelter systems. And because they get so much support because the general population in Austin is pretty big on adopting dogs. Love A Bull actually works a lot with rural shelters that don’t get as much support. So they don’t have the money, they don’t have a no kill policy. Maybe they don’t because the city won’t allow it. Maybe they don’t cause they don’t have the funding to do it. But we often pull our dogs from places like Lockharts from Lancaster. I called one recently from Grand Prairie near Dallas. You know, San Marcus and other surrounding areas that don’t have quiet as deep of pockets, to help the dogs in their area. And that’s kind of like those are great partnerships for us, as well. We will definitely help shelters within the city of Austin as well and work with them. These little guys get forgotten and they are struggling and their volunteers and their staff are often so dedicated to helping the dogs, and they just don’t have the resources to do it. So we try to help them out as much as we can and get those dogs exposure in the city where a lot of people adopt dogs.  So I think our foster program right now has, well, it changes every day because this pandemic is crazy. We have somewhere between at any given moment, we have somewhere between 5 and 15 dogs. So they’ve been getting adopted really fast during the pandemic, though, which has been pretty cool. So we’ve been pulling dogs pretty consistently. Yeah, and I love that you guys work with, you know, other organizations. That is obviously a huge aspect and a huge thing within this organization or within this industry. You know we want to make sure that working together towards the same goal, but I love that you pointed out that it’s you guys work with those smaller organizations, that may not be as established or have the rules and regulations set in place, as you’d see some of the bigger organizations have. And I think that that’s what’s important. And I think that that’s an awesome thing that you guys do, as you know, Love A Bull. You know, you guys make sure that you’re connecting with everybody and ultimately working towards the better goal and the better vision for pit bulls in general, which is just awesome. I love hearing that. Yeah, we really like to, like, do as much outreach in those areas and stuff as possible when we can. It’s hard when you’ve got, you know, 2-3 hours between you. Texas is very big, but you know, we do like to try to provide whatever kind of educational materials and stuff like that that we can as well. Even if it’s helping out in a spay/neuter clinic situation or vaccine clinics and stuff like that, too.  So Crystal, can you share with me a little bit more about your program, specifically. I know, when I looked on there, I saw a few, specifically the Pit Crew, the RuffTail Runners and everything like that. Can you just share with our listeners a little bit about what those are? Yeah, you can go a couple of different directions on our website. Uh, you can access that we’ve got some great housing resources and stuff, especially if you’re in the state of Texas and we’re trying to expand those housing resources as well. That’s a list that I personally upkeep. So we’ve recently started adding places outside the city of Austin. But any apartment complexes or realtors or anybody that supports Pitbull type dogs and can offer people who have Pitbull type dogs, housing opportunities. There’s those types of resources on the website. And then as far as training goes, we offer a low-cost training program, to the community. So when we’re not in a pandemic, we offer these classes and sometimes they’re taught by me. Sometimes they’re taught by our president, and sometimes it’s taught by other volunteer trainers. But those cover, you know, basic obedience, and then they go all the way up to advanced level obedience and even Canine Good Citizen certification.  And that’s a good lead into our Therapy Dog program, which is a program that I have headed up personally since it started. And we’ve won some awards and all kinds of cool stuff with Pit Crew. Pit Crew is the first and as far as I know right now, and I hope somebody emails me on this to correct me on this, but first and only all Pitbull type therapy dog team in the world. It’s really cool cause we do all kinds of stuff from dog safety talks to schoolchildren to your reading programs to visiting hospice centers, assisted living centers, you know, foster care centers, all kinds of different stuff that we do. And so that program, we’re big at the University of Texas around finals time. So our team goes up there to help everybody chill out in the library on a regular basis. And, yeah, so that program is really cool. And the dogs, a lot of the dogs that graduate our obedience classes, if they’re suitable for therapy work and they really enjoy being around people and can ignore other dogs, they go into Pit Crew and become Certified Therapy Dogs, so.  And let’s see, where else can you go beyond that? Of course, our rescue program. We’ve got dogs always being updated on our website that are available for adoption. We also have foster applications out there. If anybody’s interested in fostering with us. In that program, we try to pare our families, you know, with our dogs the best that we can. Both directions, with foster and adoption, we go the distance and do a meet and greet. And then all that good stuff. That’s a big one for us. And then, of course, we do events and stuff to help support all of this because it is all nonprofit and it is all of us working for free. We do a lot of events, a lot of cool events. We do Dog Happy Hours and we do Puppy Yoga and we do, recently because of the pandemic, we did an online trivia that was deemed The Office Theme. We partnered with a group here in Austin called Get It Gals, and they do trivia events. We encourage people who are participating on their laptops, to dress up as Office characters and then submit pictures of their dogs dressed up as Office characters, which was really fun. It definitely sounds like fun, I love that. And that’s one of the things that I’m learning from talking to organizations right now, is this pandemic has obviously made things a little bit more difficult. You know, you can’t do your events. You can’t do all these things. But I’m also seeing a positive effect. It’s getting organizations thinking outside of the box. How else can we get people involved? And that’s where all of these virtual things are coming in. And I think it’s awesome. I mean, I had an organization that was doing Pilates For Purrs. It was like this live stream of pilates, with all these cats around, and  I’m like, this is I mean, this is cool because now you could get other people from outside of your local area involved in your organization. So it’s like while the pandemic has, I don’t want to say ruined your, I mean, it has ruined your routines, but it’s also, there’s a benefit to it, too, I’m seeing and I think that’s awesome.  Yeah, yeah, it’s been really good for us, honestly. I mean, it’s bad, but it’s good, you know. Take the good with the bad. It’s been a fun challenge for us to try and expand that, you know, especially we’ve learned anything as a board from this, it’s that we can meet virtually a lot more often, then we were. It is a good thing and a bad thing sometimes. But you know, we definitely got more comfortable with having discussions online, and we get requests all the time from people, all over the United States. We get tons of traffic through our website, which is awesome. A lot of people are looking for resources for Pitbulls, so it’s really nice to know that we can provide that for people who go, who are well outside of our city. But a lot of times they want to be involved, and we haven’t really known how to involve them. And with this going on, it’s been great, like you mentioned you know, Pilates For Purrs event. We actually have a Dog Yoga, virtual yoga class coming up as well that’s similar, where you can join and donate on one of three levels of donations. Anywhere from, I think $15- $25. Do the yoga class, you know, and help support. But it is really neat that we have expanded our reach in this thing that requires us all to stay inside, ironically.  Well, it is good because these are things that you know, At least now you know, Hey, they’re working. So even if your meetings with your other board members or people within your organization are working, at least now you know that when and if this pandemic ever settles down and things go back to normal that that is an option to continue using, you know? So it’s, I feel like it opened a lot of doors for a lot of different people and organizations. And so I think that there is a positive coming out of this pandemic, especially, I’m seeing that from you know, more and more works that I’m talking to.  You know, in these rough times, you’re kind of forced to take things not quite so seriously sometimes too and try to find the humor in the situation, and it’s forced us to get really creative in, like, even just naming oor dogs. You know, we named, we named two of our dogs after paper products. So we adopted out a Charmin and Brawny. And then we did a whole wine series because who isn’t drinking during the pandemic? So we adopted a Pino and the Sera and, you know, and then Mexican food series because we all discussed that we were all eating probably way too much Mexican food. So that was a thing. You know, it’s been fun to like, you know, try to create these posts and stuff to get these dogs out there that are very shareable and also just kind of make people feel a little bit better about what’s going on right now and how they’re helping, you know. And if you adopt a dog named Charmin out of it, you know, hey, true story. So it definitely is. I absolutely love that. That is so funny. It’s, Oh, my goodness. You had me at paper products and was like, Oh, my gosh! That was quite a debate that happened between us too like, can we name a dog Kleenex? I don’t know if we can name a dog Kleenex you guys. I love it. That is so funny. And it is, your right. It’s gonna be a story to tell. Hey, we adopted Charmin during the whole COVID pandemic! It’s so funny.  You guys are doing a great job of being creative and just keeping that enthusiasm going. And I’m literally, I’m kind of, I don’t really want to ask this question, but I mean, you guys have all of these resources and all of these great programs, and you’ve got a great, supportive community.  I mean, just everything that you’re describing is just so awesome and great. Like, what are some of the challenges that you guys face that I guess, outside of the pandemic, what are normal day to day challenges that you guys face? Well, I think like any organization our number one resource is people, you know, and people and time are in high demand with what we do. And we’re a tiny organization, you know, despite some appearances online, and we have a pretty strong presence. But there’s, you know, there’s five of us at the helm of this thing, and then there’s some key volunteers that really help us keep it going. On a regular basis, we’re just always looking for more volunteers. Whether they can be present for events here and there, or they want to be more key and involved in the back end with us. And, you know, and that’s everything from like good grant writers to people who have an accounting background to people who want to do social media type stuff and even like graphic designers and stuff like that, so that we can put things out there, that people want to buy and to support us and help get our name out there.  It’s people that are always our biggest need, our biggest challenge, I think. You know, we do have a really great support community here in Austin. We’ve worked really hard to build that up, but where it is always, you know, it’s always one of those things where we’re like OK , we need three or four people for this event. Who’s available? It is right, you know, for me to hear that there’s five key people and you know a few active volunteers. I mean, by your follow base and how many people are behind you and support your organization and what you’re doing. It is jaw dropping to me that you have five key people and a few active volunteers and foster.  you know, just people within your organization. It’s awesome because I mean, it’s kind of like you said, a misconception because it’s like a Oh, my gosh, we have so many people. They’re doing so awesome. But I wouldn’t have guessed that you have that little bit of help, you know what I mean? Like, I would have thought you have this large amount of fosters and volunteers, so I mean, it’s great because obviously that means you guys are doing something great. We’ve learned to become very efficient, savvy, but also I think it’s important that we’ve been a bigger organization in the past, and we pared down. We’ve gone through, you know, growth and reduction over time, and I think it’s really important when you are a nonprofit, to keep it relatively small on some level because you want to make sure that the funds that you’re getting from supporters and staff, are going to the places that they want their money to go to. And that means you know, directly to the dogs and the bigger organization is, the easier it is for funds to get lost in different corners of, you know, priority. And we’ve really been very good about making sure that we keep our eye on the ball. And that means, you know, we get everything for free that we can. And we put all of our money towards the dogs that were helping, and I don’t know that we would be able to do that as a large organization. So I think we’re always going to be, I don’t know, you know, a relatively small organization with a very big footprint seems to work really well. If it’s done right, and if we do have that reach volunteers out there that want to just be part of this community, I think it’s a win-win both ways. Because you get to really kind of again, just stay focused on your goals, you know, not get too big for your britches.  Yeah. No, I couldn’t have said that any better. Like, you know, just how you describe things and just overall your enthusiasm for this organization and what you’re doing. I’m kind of curious a little bit about you. And, you know, do you have, like, a specific story or memory that literally made you so passionate about working in this industry that you would like to share with us? I mean, you’ve gotta pass down that enthusiasm, somewhere. I just mean, the overall positivity. Like I love how enthusiastic you are. I’m able to take off the kid of self-care. You know, I think meaning insanity through the years of working with dogs, I think the big one for me, of course, it’s the animals. And, you know, loving dogs and cats is kind of passed on to me from my family in general. My mom is one of those people that attracts all animals from the neighborhood. They find her. And they are always well behaved for her, by some magic. I don’t understand.  It has gotten away from where, but, you know, for me, I think it was ironic, I think for me it was working in corporate America that kind of really helped highlight that I didn’t belong. I worked in the Tech industry for six years before I went to the dogs. You know, I was in the car one day with my husband and kind of lamenting about, like, my life choices. And I was very happy where I was and I didn’t like being in an office all day, and he was like, Well, what would you do if you could do anything every day? And I was like, Well, cuddle puppies, of course. But nobody’s paying me to do that, so I don’t know. Yeah, and, you know, it’s funny, cause, like a year later, I got laid off from that job and I was just beside myself. I don’t know what to do. And I found another job, in business development as you do. But in between, I had three months and we adopted a dog from a South Houston shelter, a shepherd mix. And I just spent my days working with her, and she was a deceptively easy dog, too. Yeah, she was like, This is great. You’re great at this. And I was volunteering at shelters at the time too and was watching the trainers and staff. And, you know, by the time I went back to work, I was so miserable, I found this fantastic job and I was just, I hated every second of it. And then I found a mentor opportunity where I could go and study with the trainer. And so I took it. I took the interview and the guy that was interviewing me, it was like, You know, we can’t pay you what you’ve been making?. Yeah, Yeah, I’m aware that so, yeah, I kind of jumped into it from there. Part of it was for me in a big theme in working with animals, for me has been compassion fatigue and battling that working in shelters and volunteering in shelters. I got very burned out and I got very depressed and I was really frustrated by it because I didn’t really know what to do with myself because I couldn’t. I couldn’t do it every day. I was going home and crying every day, and I was crying on my way there every day, and I was like, This is I don’t think I’m cut out for this and I started thinking about the root problem, you know, and the root problem for me was education. You know, it was frustrating because I was dealing with people who are making ignorant choices and animals that we’re paying for those choices. So I thought, Okay, well, if I can educate people, I can feel effective. And I can also maybe not work in a shelter that’s going to break me down because I don’t have what it takes. And I have such an immense respect for people who work in shelters every day because of that because I literally fell apart in that environment. And I knew for me it came down to two things. Either I was going to toughen up, and I was going to become very jaded and very unhappy, or I was gonna have to move on and figure out some other way to be effective. So for me, it was really just kind of about that, like, Okay, I’m just gonna I’m gonna work on educating people, and I could feel good about that, and they’ll pass that down to their children, and you know then I don’t have to fall apart. But that is essentially good. You know, it’s very, it pulls on my heartstrings story because I feel like there’s so many people that could relate to that. It almost sounded like you were like on this path of self-discovery, like, What is going to make me happy? What is going to work for me? And I can honestly tell you just from talking with you I think you found it. I think over the years, even with all that said, it’s been a lot more growth, that’s happened as a result of that, too, from just working and having to support myself as a trainer and trying to focus on the business side of that, too. I actually don’t, I sold my business. I decided a couple of years ago that it was time to kind of step out of it. I write full time now. I am basically freelance and I write fiction and then I also write for Love A Bull and you know, various other dog type websites and stuff, and then I consult. So my foot stays in Love A Bull because it’s been a home for all of this knowledge that I’ve been able to acquire about dogs all these years, and it’s kind of, Love A Bull is kind of my family, at this point too. And it’s good that I feel like this knowledge that I acquired in training dogs and working in behavior for so long is able to go to the place where I wanted to go in the first place, which is nice. I get to help people without a lot of the money stuff, getting in the way you know and balance it out too. And it keeps me on my writing deadlines as well, because I have my foot in two different worlds. So I’ve learned that works well for me.  Well, but I’m happy to hear it. And, you know, I really enjoyed learning about your organization. And you know why you guys do what you do and just the fact that you guys are a resource for so many people, you know, whether they’re, you know, local or nationwide, like you guys are absolutely making a difference. And I want to kind of see if somebody is interested in helping you guys out, whether it’s to become a volunteer or some of the things that you mentioned. You know, if somebody wants to help out with social media or anything like that, and we have listeners that could kind of help with that. How can someone go about getting involved with your organization? Is there like a specific way that you know they can contact you? Yeah, you can contact us directly through the website. It’s just L O V E dash A dash B U L L. You can email us and contact us through the website very easily or, if you are interested in fostering, you can fill out a foster application or adopting as well. To be involved with events and stuff like that, we do volunteer orientations. We’re doing those, of course, you know from a distance these days. And, uh, and then the other thing that’s really great is just like follow us on social media and everything. We’re always posting things, you know, different opportunities, different events coming up. You kind of get a feel for who we are and what we’re about that way, and the dogs that we’re helping out and, you know there might be an opportunity to donate to a dog specifically or the dogs in general, or you know, other donation opportunities as well.  But you know, there’s any number of ways, as far as long term volunteering and everything, though, you know, we look forward to getting back into doing our regular fun events and stuff like that, when this whole thing kind of passes, eventually. Because it will. This too shall pass, you know? And then we’ll definitely need more and more volunteers than as well. Yeah, no, I totally agree with you. And I think you know this pandemic is hard right now, but I feel like we mentioned before, there’s positives coming out of it. And you’re right. It will pass eventually, and things will go back to normal. And hopefully, some of the new things that you guys are doing will maybe stick and help you guys grow a little bit.  And, you know, I just I’ve so enjoyed talking to you and just learning about your organization and just getting a little tidbit about you. I think that you’re an awesome fit for your organization and what you’re doing. And, you know, I’m very thankful that I got to talk to you today. Do you have anything else that you’d like to share with us before we wrap things up? Thanks. No, I mean, if anybody has any questions, everything they can always reach out to us. At  [email protected] And yeah, thanks for having me on. I’ve had a great time chatting with you and listening to some of the other episodes and everything is really cool. It’s always fun to hear what other organizations are doing and, you know, kind of how they’re set up and stuff. So I think it’s really cool that you have a podcast that focuses on this. Great. Well, I’m so happy that you have, you know, you’re taking some benefit from previous episodes and stuff. That’s kind of our goal is just to kind of let organizations see what others are doing. You know, some organizations we kind of hit that brick wall where they’re like, I don’t know what other programs to do and you know, so being able to kind of talk to other organizations and see how they’re doing, that could possibly help another organization is one of our main goals, and I personally love talking to people about their organization and just hearing their passion and how they grow with it. So I have truly enjoyed chatting with you about that because, like I said, you’re very positive and enthusiastic, and I just, I couldn’t be happier that you were able to join me today. Well, thank you. I appreciate it. It’s been a great chat.  Thanks for tuning into today’s podcast. 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