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Meet the Neighbor By Callie Thomas T IS THE SEASON OF WONDER, MAGIC, HOPE and love. Sharing it with friends and family, including our four-legged members, is at the center of it all. Our furry friends make our hearts happy all through the year, and it’s especial- ly good to know that someone like Tim Tyler is helping rescue dogs at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas find their forever homes. Mission: Possible 2020 is a strategic initiative to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals that come to the Foundation in need by the end of 2020. “The new facility will include veterinary care and isolation areas for sick pets as well as educa- tion and new adoption centers, and even a meet and greet area for prospective families to interact with adoptive pets.” The three-year Henderson resident remembers how his love of dogs and desire to volunteer and advocate for them began. “I got started volunteer- ing with animals (dogs in particular) back in 1996 after getting my first dog as an adult and quickly realized how beneficial it was to me in countless ways,” said Tyler. “I feel that all domestic animals can fill that role for people.” Tyler also lends a hand at a variety of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, including the recent Barksgiving Fest that included a doggy pumpkin pie eating contest and a fall photo station with selfie photo props and giveaways. The annual Giving Tuesday event provides an opportunity for everyone to make a homeless pet’s wishes come true by making donations for items off of the Foundation’s Amazon Wish List. Donors provide needed supplies from puppy formula and kitten cat food to medical supplies, blankets and toys. For a complete list of upcoming Animal Foundation events, prospective adoptive families can visit Tyler has many volunteer responsibilities at The Animal Foundation, including working extensive- ly with the dogs on campus, taking photos, videos and preparing reports for the Adoption and Behavior teams, as well as assisting with special events. “I do a little bit of everything, but I prima- rily work with special needs dogs. I like being a part of the battle to reduce pet overpopulation, influence people to treat their animals better and help get pets adopted into great homes.” As if caring for animals in need at The Animal Foundation weren’t enough, Tyler also saves a few extra hours in the week to volunteer at the Henderson Animal Care & Control Facility. “I do it for the animals,” he said. “Giving them the atten- tion and affection they need helps them and, in turn, helps the community.” Throughout it all, Tyler’s passion lies with special needs dogs who are hardest to find loving adoptive homes. As it happens, a few special needs pups currently call Tyler’s home their own. “I enjoy the personal challenge of working with difficult dogs and either giving them adoption potential or improving on it. I’m proud of the numerous cases that I’ve helped to resolve so that these dogs are liv- ing their happily ever after.” ◆ December/January 2018 The Animal Foundation is a non-profit organiza- tion that began in 1978 and is considered the high- est volume single-site animal shelter in America. Last year the Foundation saved nearly 21,000 lost, homeless and often mistreated animals. “No mat- ter how sick or injured, The Animal Foundation takes in every animal,” Tyler said. “Dogs, cats, rab- bits, pigs, fighting roosters or exotic animals, we serve them all. It’s a very exciting time right now at the Foundation as we push hard on the Mission: Possible 2020 objective and the construction of a much-needed new adoption facility.” ‘ 55