Lucas was a beautiful and curious Springer Spaniel puppy when he and his best buddy Guinness ventured across the partially frozen Lake Montclair and fell through the ice. Guinness, a Labrador puppy, was stronger and able to tread water until a neighbor risked his own life to save him. The loss of Lucas was devastating and we struggled for a long time with what the reason could be and what we could do to make something good out of this senseless tragedy.
We are animal lovers who believe that every life is precious and deserves a loving home, so we started volunteering with different rescue and humane groups. During that time, we were shocked to learn the astronomical number of animals that go through the Prince William County Animal Shelter yearly (approx. 8,000 in 2005) and even worse, more than 50% of those were unnecessarily euthanized. We knew we had to do something to change this deplorable situation. Through research and information provided by the shelter and the PWSPCA, we discovered that neighboring counties’ statistics are considerably lower as a result of successful spay and neuter programs and no kill shelters. As such, LUCAS was formed and we decided to focus our efforts on raising funds through special events and contributions to meet our goal of ending the needless loss of life of both healthy and treatable homeless animals.
We are not a rescue organization, nor do we have a shelter or a foster program. We are however familiar with several such groups and organizations and links to their web sites will be posted under “Links”. We promote a happy and healthy relationship between companion animals and their owners and in so doing this site will post various items of interest, newsletters and links under “Articles”. We will also be extending an invitation to our furry friends to join in the fun at our various fund raising events.
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
~ Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization