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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---A volunteer with a Shelbyville animal rescue is going above and beyond to get a shelter dog adopted.
Boss Man is a pit/bulldog mix that is living at the dog rescue called Tyson's Chance.
"Boss Man has been a shelter dog for a year and a half," says Paula Sparrow.
Rescue volunteer Paula Sparrow is by his side and on a mission.
"There are thousands of dogs just like Boss Man who are needing a home, but the shelters are all full. They're all clamming for attention. He's also a pit mix, so he gets passed by a lot," says Paula Sparrow.
Sparrow says they rescued Boss Man from another shelter, where he was taken in as a stray.
She describes him as loving, sweet, and most importantly in need of a home.
So Sparrow is his temporarily kennel-mate, as she lives the shelter life with Boss Man for 48 hours.
"He goes for a walk, I go for a walk. He goes for a potty, I go for a potty," says Paula Sparrow.
Sparrow admits kennel life isn't easy, but it's something she's willing to take on.
Volunteers are hoping this effort not only helps Boss Man get adopted, but also the other dogs here at Tyson's Chance.
"We take a lot of dogs in our program- seniors, medical issues, behavioral issues. We tend to kinda take what nobody else wants," says Ashley Shelburne, Executive Director with Tyson's Chance.
They are hoping this effort will inspire someone to give these dogs, who sometimes get a bad rap, a chance at a loving home.
"There needs to be so much awareness for this breed, for spay and neuter, and for people to open their eyes and see they're really wonderful dogs," says Ashley Shelburne.
While Paula has only boarded herself temporarily at this shelter, she's hoping it's enough to find something more permanent for Boss Man.
"There's a family out there and I just know it. I just got to reach them. I just got to find them," says Paula Sparrow.
Sparrow says Boss Man is great with children, but they'd prefer he go home to a family with older children that doesn't have small dogs and cats.
Sparrow has been in the kennel since Friday and will remain there until 5:00 Sunday afternoon.