Emily Gear, president and founder of Louie’s Legacy
Cincy Chic:What is Louie’s Legacy?
Emily Gear, president and founder of Louie’s Legacy:Louie’s Legacy is non-profit all-breed no-kill animal rescue which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes homeless animals in both Cincinnati and New York, NY. We help both dogs and cats, and last year saved just shy of 1,000 animals. We are 100% spay/neuter and are very conscientious about the quality of the homes we choose, and matching appropriate breeds and individual personalities to families who can give them forever homes.
Cincy Chic: How and when did you start Louie’s Legacy?
Gear: I began Louie’s Legacy after several years of rescue work through other groups. My first dog (my “heart dog,” as we say), Louie, saved my life. I rescued him in 2006 after he had been abandoned by a family who meant well but was totally ill equipped to care for him. I got Louie at a time in my life when I was suffering alone from PTSD. While I saved his life, he saved mine. He will always be my true love and the best friend I ever had. Then, when he passed tragically in 2009 in an accident, I could think of no better way to honor the life he gave me by saving other animals in his name. I am a Cincinnati native, and in 2008, had moved home from Staten Island, NY to try my hand at rescuing animals full time. Of course I left volunteers behind in NYC, and thus was born our multi-state approach. Cincinnati is now the main office but I spend parts of the year in New York working with our fantastic volunteers there.
Cincy Chic: What is the idea behind the Race to Rescue event?
Gear: We wanted to bring the community together in a way we’d never done before – for a day of fun with the family, including the family pet. With so many saved each year, we know there are lots of our “alumni: out there who might like to visit! Of course everyone was welcome though, no matter where the pet came from. We also wanted to bring attention to our rescue, the pets we fight to save, and the role of animal education in our communities…and of course we wanted to raise a little money to help the pets while we were at it!
Cincy Chic: How was the Race to Rescue event?
Gear: The Race to Rescue event went very well! We had some really interesting presenters, including the professionals from Animal Communication and Wellness Services who did animal communication readings for family pets of visitors; a fantastic photographer doing family and pet portraits for a donation, and lots of interesting vendors. We’re happy that so many people came out to walk their dogs in the “dog walk” which raised money for our pets too. A huge thanks goes to Kennel Resorts who gave us use of use of their entire facility for the day. Several even got applications for new homes too! We’re taking notes so we can make it bigger and better next year.
Cincy Chic: Do you have any upcoming events that are open to the public or for people to become involved?
Gear: We are always out at adoption events on the weekends – these are: Friday 6pm-8pm
5453 North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45247
650 Eastgate South Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
8175 Arbor Square Drive
Mason, OH 45040
These are open to anyone who wants to meet our pets, and are very regular and consistent. We need volunteers to help out at these events as well.
We also have an event coming up on Oct. 27 at Voice of America Park in West Chester and you can check out their Facebook page. Louie’s Legacy has teamed up with ABC’s of Bullies and the Cincinnati Pit Crew to celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day. National Pit Bull Awareness Day was established as a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live. It is a day to to change perceptions and stereotypes, and focus on these incredible dogs and their devoted, responsible owners.
Cincy Chic: How can people learn more about Louie’s Legacy and the Race to Rescue?
Gear: You can learn more about Louie’s Legacy on our website www.louieslegacy.org, our Facebook page, or you can follow us on Twitter. People are also welcome to stop out and see us at our regular adoption events to meet the animals and hear first-hand from our volunteers what we’re all about.