What it means to be #LockedUpForGood

#LockedUpForGood. What does that mean? Well I’m here to tell you about one of the most unique, fun and inspirational events you’ll ever hear of!

In honor of National Dog Day, August 23 and 24 HSNEGA will host the 3rd annual Adoption Angel Lock-In. The Lock-In is a unique and exciting event where kind-hearted people in our community agree to be #LockedUpForGood to raise their rescue’s bail. For the first time ever, HSNEGA is looking for ‘Guardian Angels’ to sponsor kennels as well. All of the proceeds benefit the organization’s rescue and adoption programs, specifically the Adoption Angel program.

An Adoption Angel is someone who sponsors a rescue. They can choose to sponsor a portion or the entire adoption fee of a rescue to help them find their forever home faster. At the Adoption Angel Lock-In, every ‘penmate,’ chooses a rescue to be paired with and sets a goal to raise their bail! Bail-raising goes on the entire month of August leading up to the two big days. When the penmate reaches their goal they become their rescue’s Adoption Angel.

HSNEGA‘s overall goal for the Lock-In is $65,000! “Adoption fees only cover a small part of the funds needed to ensure we provide all the care and comfort a rescue needs until adopted, so the monies raised through the Lock-In help ensure we are able to provide all the necessary care for the animals we take in throughout the year,” say Julie Edwards, HSNEGA Executive Director. With the help of supporters like YOU, we can reach this ambitious goal and if that happen, GUESS WHAT?

ALL THE DOGS in the Large Dog Adoption room WILL BE $0. This will help the rescue pups find their FOREVER HOMES!

The Humane Society could not do this without the PAWesome penmates! Penmates can be anyone and everyone. Ranging from HSNEGA team members to Board members to corporations to volunteers to community leaders and more! These members of the community not only raise funds for the rescues, but they raise awareness and even gain perspective of what the rescues experience every single day. HSNEGA has amazing volunteers and team members who take the animals out for playtime and some socialization, but they can only do so much. Many of the rescues spend 23 hours+ per day in their kennels. That fact really emphasizes the importance of getting them adopted! The Lock-In allows supporters to understand this first hand.

“This is my second year doing the Lock- In and I’m so excited! Last year was such an amazing experience. I sat with Jax and Opie and they were both the sweetest pups. We spent the day playing and had so much fun! Towards the end of the day, they both fell asleep on me. I could get up and leave whenever I wanted, but they obviously couldn’t. As I sat there, I got a glimpse into what their normal day in a shelter is like. As a volunteer, I aim to give them as much time out of their kennels as I can but that’s only so much time. These pups sit and wait patiently (some for days and some for months) to find their forever homes. Jax and Opie had been with us for a few months and they were both adopted the day after the Lock-In!!! I was so excited when I got the news because that’s what the Lock-In is all about. It shines a light on our rescues and gives them the little push that some might need,” April Aguirre, HSNEGA volunteer.

Another team member shared her experience, “Last year was my first year being ‘locked up’ and I had only worked at HSNEGA for one month at that time. I was so incredibly proud of everyone that participated and sacrificed their day to spend it with a homeless rescue in need. The Large Dog Adoption room was so quiet and all the dogs were calm and happy. I left that day feeling so humbled and inspired, and already wanted it to be 2018 so we could do it all over again!” Kyra Phelps, Marketing Manager.

Having done the Lock-In three years in a row, I can tell you it’s a humbling and eye-opening experience. Sitting on the floor with a rescue, waiting to see who rounds the corner next, and realizing these animals are hoping that person will choose them. It is also an uplifting experience because we have the chance to help that rescue’s dream come true: To find their forever home.

One of HSNEGA’s participating Board members says it best, “Human beings were given dominion over the plant and animal kingdoms…. some see that as dominance, I see that as protection and provision. This is my way of trying to provide and protect these precious animals,” Teryl Worster.

Don’t you want to have this life changing experience? It will change your life and the lives of rescues too! There are 58 penmates as of today and there’s still room for MORE! Interested in being a penmate click here: Interested in being a Guardian Angel sponsor? Email Samantha Threadgill at Just want to support a penmate? Click here to DONATE!