What We Do

Shadow’s Fund is dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of senior dogs and dogs labelled “pit bulls”. To bring hope to those who have none, to see the downhearted and defeated experience joy again, and to remind the forgotten dogs that they are loved and their life is precious . . . that is our mission.

Shadow’s Fund: Who We Are and What We Do:

Shadow’s Fund was Co-Founded in 2009 by Cody Rackley and Jill Anderson as a tribute to their beloved senior dog Shadow, a 15 yr old dog that was found tied to a tree with a note that read “he’s too old”. Touched by the plight of this grey bearded dog, Jill and Cody welcomed Shadow into their home. After Shadow’s passing, the fund was formed to help senior dogs in shelters find loving homes in which to spend the last chapter of their lives. In time, the mission broadened to address other “at risk” shelter dogs, including dogs who are labelled “pit bulls” or are passed over for adoption because of a treatable illness or injury.

For two years we struggled with the “pit bull” paradox. These dogs flood the shelters in record numbers, and yet they are often the last to be adopted. Out of time, and with nowhere to go, countless young, healthy dogs were (and are) dying needlessly in shelters. It was clear that immediate relief was needed now.

Seeing this ongoing and overwhelming need for rescue, along with a sheltering system that was failing its most vulnerable residents, Shadow’s Fund set its sights on creating a new paradigm for animal sheltering. To that end, the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary was created.

In an effort to break the cycle of young “pit bull” type dogs entering our public shelters, Shadow’s Fund also launched the Bright Beginnings: Pit Bull Puppy Ambassador program.