It all started when Kelly Parrish adopted a Standard Poodle who she named Dante and sadly she found out he had lung cancer. Kelly had 14 months with Dante before he passed and he changed her life.
“So after that we decided to do our own rescue and Dante was a great name, so the name Dante’s Hope was born,” said Parrish.
Dante’s Hope is a foster-based rescue who relies heavily on their volunteers to care for their dogs. The program currently has 78 dogs in foster homes who are looking for thier forever home.
The program is home to big dogs, small dogs, playful puppies, and lap dogs who just want tender love and care. One of those dogs includes Keagen, a 5 to 6-year-old maltesse mix who needs a home that will be willing to work with him and his anxiety.
If you can’t adopt a dog Dante’s Hope is always looking for new fosters. “If you can’t do anything else, if you could just foster it helps us,” said Parrish. ” Even for a week, if we have a foster then we can place more dogs in homes.”
The adoption fee’s for Dante’s Hope are currently $225 for puppies 6 months and under and $175 for dogs older than 6 months.
You can find Dante’s Hope at NBC Local 33’s annual Clear the Shelters event happening on August 17th at Camp Bow Wow in Baton Rouge from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
For a list of dogs available at Dante’s Hope and their adoption application click here.