Many animals roam on the streets of Atlanta, GA. You will find dogs struggling to find food on dumpsites, wild cats, and anxious pets that were recently abandoned.
Things don’t end there; local gangs roam around looking for new members. They forcefully try to recruit members, including kids and young people. Any attempt to resist their overtures ends in violent confrontations.
Grace Hamlin, a disabled former military officer, recognized this problem and decided it was time to change things. She founded W-Underdogs, an organization that helps local children and also rescues abandoned animals.
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The mission of her organization is to offer an escape route to city kids while at the same time, rescuing abandoned animals. Local youths join the organization where they undergo some training on animal welfare.
Mentorship programs for youths are also available. Through this training, youths can look after rescued dogs. They also help train rescued animals. The youths help these animals learn to live with people, and once someone adopts these animals, the youths get their reward.
More than three hundred dogs have so far been rescued courtesy of W-Underdogs. These dogs lived in very cruel environments, but despite all the challenges they face when training these animals, the youths never lose hope.
Continue to page 2 to see work Grace is doing in her local community and animals.