Lili is the longest resident dog at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in Santa Paula, California. The tummy-rub-loving white bulldog mix has been waiting for her fur-ever home for 6 years.
While the emotional toll of animals waiting to be adopted is great, the financial toll on shelters housing these pets is undeniable.
SPARC was surprised Tuesday with a $10,000 grant from GreaterGood.org, an animal welfare organization, and iHeartDogs to acknowledge the shelters long-term commitment to animals like Lili.
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In addition to the cash grant, the shelter also received beds, treats, and toys - everything needed to nourish a pet's mind, body, and bowl.
The surprise also includes a little extra love for Lili, who's kennel was given a special surprise makeover.
Of course, everyone involved hopes Lili doesn't get a chance to enjoy her new crib for too long; ultimately the rescue wants the loving pup to get a second chance with a family who wants to adopt her.
Greatergood.org also surprised a shelter in New York with a $10,000 grant and swag in an effort to bring attention to its longest dog resident, a 5-year-old Staffordshire Terrier named Dr. Crosby, who has been living there for 3 years.
NBC and Telemundo stations' fifth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign takes place Saturday Aug. 17.