Ginger Luke rescued her first dog in 2006—a dachshund that was kept locked in its owner’s bathroom and was in danger of being put down. After paying the pet’s owner $50, she retrieved the dog and began networking with her friends to find it a loving home. Today, Ginger's Pet Rescue continues this mission of saving as many dogs as possible from being euthanized. Since its establishment, it has found homes for more than 5,000 dogs. Volunteers from the organization rescue the dogs from shelters across the region, provide medical care and temperament examinations, and place them in loving, permanent homes.