In Joan's case, she shares custody of Bell with her daughter. "Bell was the runt of her litter, and the only brown one. Her siblings sported black and white coats, but Bell's cocoa color caught our attention," says Joan, who had by her side a bag filled with sweaters, treats and toys for Bell.
Note: The Charlottesville, VA SPCA is a no-kill shelter. Several years ago I was a volunteer photographer who helped photograph and name the incoming pups. It was the most rewarding volunteer work I've done. I encourage you to visit your local SPCA or other facility to see how you can help save a dog's life.
The Service Dogs of Virginia raises, trains and places dogs to assist people with disabilities. Highly trained dogs perform a multitude of tasks that allow greater personal freedom and independence. They serve clients residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and are based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Recommended Books for Dog Lovers:
A Dog's Purpose
A Dog's Journey: A Novel
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This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.