Lady Bird, the Redbone Coonhound, is one lucky dog. But before she got lucky, she went through an ordeal.
"She was thrown out at the McDonalds on South Cumberland," said Lebanon Animal Control Officer Stephanie Cox. "Someone just threw her out. She had been shot with a shotgun."
After spending time fostering at Cox's house, where the Coxes "were pulling buckshot out of her ear and shoulder," she was chosen for adoption. It was then that Cox's husband decided the dog looked like the hound on the cartoon "King of the Hill," so she became "Lady Bird."
"She's pretty scarred up," said Cox. "But now she has a home in Pennsylvania. They saw her on Facebook. She's going to live on a horse farm with an Olympic Equestrian. She's going to live the good life."
Other dogs at Lebanon Animal Control are hoping to get as lucky as Lady Bird.
One is a young, energetic Boxer mix who looks sleek and well-muscled. Cox said he was found wandering around the Castle Heights area.
"He's adorable," she said. "He was running loose. Right now, he has no name."
Her colleague, Josh Greer, said that the Boxer with no name had been at the shelter since before Christmas.
A third dog, a Dalmation and Stafford mix, won the heart of someone in Ohio, but the animal control officers need someone to give her a ride to Cleveland. They are hoping someone already planning a trip to Cleveland will hear about her.
"She's been fully vetted; we just need to get her there," Cox said. "Maybe there is a truck driver out there who will be headed that way."
How did someone from Ohio fall in love with a dog in Lebanon? The Internet, of course. Dogs from LAC are now on Facebook at "friends of Lebanon animal." This allows anyone who might be thinking about getting a dog a chance to see what animals are at the shelter.
"In 2011 we had 12 adoptions; in 2012 we had 60 adoptions," Cox said. "That has a lot to do with Facebook."
Greer noted that LAC dogs are also on petfinder.com, which doubles the chance that someone will see them and want to take them home. Putting their faces online isn't the only thing LAC is doing to find these pets "forever homes."
"We'll even do sleepovers," said Greer, explaining that if people are worried that a shelter dog might not get along with their other dogs, people can arrange for their dogs to sleep over to see if they are compatible.
Cox noted that there have only been two or three animal-cruelty cases in the past few months.
The LAC shelter is small, which severely limits the number of dogs they can take in. Cox said people should remember that their shelter does not take dogs from the public.
"We do not do animal surrenders," she said. "We get a lot of calls from people who want to surrender their animals, but we don't do that."
She said that anyone who is forced to surrender a dog should call Country K-9 or New Leash on Life, both agencies that will take surrenders under certain circumstances. Cox added that the Nashville Humane Society always takes surrenders.
What does the shelter need? Several people have donated items ranging from food and treats to a storage building and a curtain for photo shoots, but the needs seem to be never-ending.
"Leashes, collars and cat litter are three things we use a lot of," Cox said. "We also could use volunteers, since we've just been approved for volunteers. We need volunteers to walk the dogs and give them baths."
On her dream wish list, Cox would love for some ambitious Eagle Scout candidate to build an outside run for her shelter dogs.
"We really need an outside run to let them stretch their legs," she said.
To volunteer at the shelter or donate items, call LAC at 615-947-8468.