Student Makes Saving Dogs Her Mission

A New Canaan, Connecticut teen has dedicated the past year of her life to saving dogs from euthanization and finding new forever homes for them in her role as co-president at Save a Dog a Day.

A New Canaan, Connecticut teen has dedicated the past year of her life to saving dogs from euthanization and finding new forever homes for them in her role as co-president at Save a Dog a Day, and after personally rescuing more than 60 dogs, Mackenzie Curtin says she’s just getting started.

A recent New Canaan High School graduate, the eighteen-year-old has lead the non-profit organization as co-president and head fosterer. Curtin says a local ad for dogs in need inspired her to get involved in rescue last March.

“Everyone goes into their local town and sees the animals in shelters; I felt bad for them and I felt this was a chance for me to make a difference,” said Curtin.

Curtin assembled a team of four volunteers committed to making a difference. The busy student made time in her schedule and room in her home for dogs in need,ย  and from there things took off. She fosters the dogs and entertains potential new owners at her house with the help of friends and relatives.

“We don’t have a large amount of volunteers, so sometimes my friends, my parents, or my parents’ friends will walk them for me,” said Curtin in a recent interview with The Hour.

In just a year, Curtin has personally rescued over 60 dogs from kill shelters and has successfully placed them in news homes. She said balancing the demands of school while spending every spare minute saving lives has been tough, but more than worth the effort invloved.

“It was extremely hectic. I had home visits and interviews with future adopters almost every day,” she commented. “It was hard to manage but I got a few people to take care of the dogs while I was interviewing, so it allowed me to figure out my schedule more.”

Curtin begins college classes in August, but has plans to take Save a Dog a Day to the next level. “I will be in charge of the internet portion of Save a Dog a Day: Facebook, Twitter, e-mailing people and putting up ads,” said Curtin. “My family will be more hands on, which is more what I like to do but I will still be making a difference.”

While most first year students are focused on parties, the freedom of campus living and social events, Curtin will continue her efforts to make a difference – one dog at a time. In fact, she says she has two more lives to save before she heads off to school.

She recently pulled a red Husky/Collie mix and a Yellow Lab/Pyr mix from a Georgia shelter just prior to euthanization.

“They are two to three-years old, trained with an electric fence, up to date on vaccination and love kids, cats and people,” said Curtin. She says they are bonded, and she’s determined to keep them together.

“They are all ready to go, they just need a home,” she said.

63 thoughts on “Student Makes Saving Dogs Her Mission

  1. I didn’t see anything about her spaying/neutering, really hope she is doing that!!! Otherwise, great that she’s getting involved.

  2. That’s awesome, wish there were many more like her! And having more interviews with potential adopters than you have time for is a GOOD problem to have!

  3. How does she do it!? I’ve been trying to do the same in Spain and it is VERY hard; the situation here is very tragic.

  4. It takes a heart filled with gold to make a difference. Good job. My dream is to have a no kill shelter in a few years….and rehabilitated puppies…and the new owners trained.

  5. We all can get something like this going in every state, imagine we can really make a change if we all lent a hand to help homeless pets

  6. Ya know what? I have a lot of faith in the younger generation. They seem to be more compassionate and generous. I hope they continue to be that way and do a lot of good because God knows we need more people like this young lady in this world.

  7. Thank you Mackenzie Curtin! You are a true God Send to these animals! God Bless you! Hopefully, many more will follow in your footsteps and help the animals in need.

  8. Way to go Mackenzie! I’m proud of you for taking a stand. May all your hopes and dreams come true!!

  9. If only people would recognize that spay/neuter done by responsible owners does virtually nothing to stop the nubmer of dogs in shelters!!! Such flawed logic! And to have cities and towns increase registration fees on responsible owners… Such a screwed up approach when they should severely punish irresponsible owners that dump dogs off the county road where I live a few times a week and the same with bad breeders! Great story!

  10. I am so proud of you. If only there would be more people that would help. It truly shows how unselfish you are. I have rescued more than 22 dogs, and have found homes for most of them and have adopted or kept 7 that are not going anywhere because I love them and they love me. I am 79 years old and they have helped me get through the loss of my husband and daughter. I cannot imagine a life without them.

  11. Thank you Mckenzie from all the four legged animals.Lets hope a pet food company can deliver some food for them.Well done girl.!!!!

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