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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Animal Services has made an incredible turnaround from its troubled past. Now, a clever concept with a corporate giant is helping adoptable dogs find homes.
Sometimes a pitiful face behind bars can pull at your heart at Metro Animal Services. They are lonely, isolated, just looking for love. "Oh absolutely love at first sight," said Matt Gantner, about his Chihuahua mix, Bruce.
But Gantner did not meet Bruce in the confinement of concrete and metal. "I had seen the people walking the dogs that say, 'adopt me' I didn't know what it was all about," he said.
Then he spotted Bruce. "I struck up a conversation with them, held him for about 10 minutes, and got an application and went back to my office and immediately filled it out."
He did all this without getting permission from his wife. "And then called her up and said, 'I applied for this dog and what do you think?' and luckily she was okay with it!"
Gantner met his little buddy because of a Metro Animal Services partnership that started with a simple phone call from Humana. "Saying, hey, we want to get our employees out, active and healthy. Do you have any opportunities? And I thought you know what, that's a great idea," said Margaret Brosko, Senior Manager at MAS.
The animals get to break free and socialize, and the Humana volunteers get exercise every Monday during lunch hour. "I think that they catch people by surprise, which is awesome," said Brosko.
Some dogs like Bruce sell themselves. Others need a little advertising. Karin Adkins is a Humana volunteer who walks the many adoptable dogs. "I'll do anything to get a dog a home," she laughed.
But after the dogs are walked on Mondays, it is back to reality. They head back to the shelter, waiting to be adopted.
Bruce is one of the lucky ones--finally part of a family. "It's been a real positive experience for me. I want other people to know about it," said Gantner.
MAS is always looking for volunteers to walk dogs at either of its shelters.
See the attached slideshow to check out pictures of adoptable dogs.