Shelter Dog Named "L.L. Bean" Finds Home for the Holiday
L.L.Bean Employees Donate Funds to Bring Wisconsin Shelter Dog to Maine Menomonie, WI, December 13, 2011 - The day after a TV station in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, aired a "Pet of the Day" adoption segment featuring a coon hound named "L.L. Bean," Jim Lilli, the Dunn County Humane Society's (DCHS) Executive Director, received a call from L.L.Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company located in Freeport, Maine, inquiring about the dog and if he was still available for adoption.
"I have to say, it was a surprise," said Mr. Lilli. "I never expected to hear from someone in Maine." The person on the other end of the phone was Laurie Brooks, an L.L.Bean employee at the Maine corporate offices. "As soon as I saw the news segment and learned that "L.L. Bean" had been in the shelter for over a year - I knew I had to help get him adopted." said Ms. Brooks. "We have over 3,000 employees in Maine - and most, if not all, are dog lovers."
"L.L. Bean" is an energetic three-year-old, 80-pound coon hound who likes to howl and hunt. DCHS's first priority was making sure the dog was placed in a home that could handle the demands of a large hunting dog. The Dunn County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, and they hadn't been able to find a good match for the dog for more than a year.
Within days, Ms. Brooks shared the story internally with employees via L.L.Bean's Intranet site. Mr. Lilli received several phone calls and four applications from interested L.L.Bean employees. After phone interviews, the decision was made to place the dog with Pam Burt of Windham, Maine. Ms. Burt works as an account representative for the company's Direct-to-Business division. "I fell in love with "L.L. Bean" as soon as I read the story and saw his picture," said Ms. Burt. "My family can't wait to get him."
Ms. Brooks is working with Precious Pet Transport Services in Norfolk, Virginia, to transport "L.L. Bean" to Maine in early January. After L.L.Bean employees learned that the transportation fees were over $800, they spread the word and collected money to cover the full amount for Ms. Burt.
"It's always a win when we can place an animal in a home," said Mr. Lilli. "We hope more people visit our Web site to learn about pet adoption opportunities."
About The Dunn County Humane Society
The Dunn County Humane Society (DCHS) is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals in our community and finding permanent and loving adoptive homes for the animals in our care. DCHS promotes the humane treatment of animals and operates as a no-kill facility, a philosophy that has been with the organization from the beginning. We do not forfeit the life of one animal to make space for another. All incoming animals are evaluated, medically treated and rehabilitated when possible. DCHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on the good will and generosity of individuals and corporations