I originally heard about the lunch buddy program when one of my Instagram friends posted about it. She had photos with a beautiful dog who turned out to be one of her lunch “dates”. I was intrigued, I didn’t know it was possible to do that!
The lunch buddy program allows you to take out a shelter dog for 4 hours on a lunch date. To get permission to take a dog out you have to:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Attend a 1-hour in-person training at the Broward County Animal Care & Adoption facility.
3. Meet with the program coordinator Carolina.
4. Fill out a background check form.
Once I passed all the steps I was able to take out my first lunch buddy. I was so excited I didn’t know what to expect.
It felt like a first date with a guy I really like.
I finally got to the shelter and was waiting with another family who was also volunteering for the lunch buddy program. They had a 1 1/2 year old baby with them. Their dog was Chili. Chili is a mixed dog that was just stunning. She was all white and she was so excited to be going out. She thought she was a lap dog but she must have been at least 50-60 lbs. She was so good with the baby you could tell she was just the happiest dog. So they leave and now I am REALLY anxious to meet my lunch buddy.
The program coordinator decides which dog goes with which person. She’s like a dog matchmaker! So for me, she chose Tito. As soon as I saw him and he saw me it was like wow….we are in love! Carolina is really good at what she does, I already knew we were going to have an amazing day.
Update 11/12/19 – Tito’s been ADOPTED!!
Tito had a bright orange vest on that says ADOPT ME and also an Adopt me leash. At first, he was soooooo nervous, anxious and excited in the car, and finally, after a couple of minutes of driving he calmed down. We decided to take Tito somewhere he could get maximum exposure…so we took a drive to Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.
We parked by Yolo and walked to Flight 19 (Which are both dog-friendly btw!). The staff at Flight 19 were enamored by Tito. He is such a handsome dog and full of love. It was overcast but still pretty muggy that day and they provided him with some ice water and treats. We sat and had brunch there and passerby’s were asking about Tito. We had some of his “business cards” with info for anyone that might be interested in adopting him.
After that, we piled back in the car and drove to Fort Lauderdale Beach. We walked along the sidewalk on the beachside then stopped for a photo opp.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it was time to drop Tito back off at the shelter. It was a sad moment, but I pray that Tito finds a good family to go home with. I made it my mission to make sure he does. I posted about Tito on all my social media pages and shared him in over 20 local Facebook groups.
I pray for Tito every day and hope that God finds Tito a forever home. He is a wonderful companion and does well with adults and children.
Tito is currently being housed at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center. If you know someone looking to adopt please call Carolina at 954-359-1313.