Ryan Anderson considers himself the “world’s biggest dog lover.” He currently resides in Australia and fills his life with all things dog. Anderson, coined as the “Aussie dog guy,” works full time as an animal welfare inspector with the RSPCA. He also fosters and volunteers with several organizations.
What started out as a mission to meet as many dogs as possible has morphed into his personal mission to protect and improve the lives of neglected, abused and homeless dogs (source). Anderson told the Dodo:
“Initially, I was just out on a personal mission to get a photo with every different dog breed in the world. However, as it gained more traction, my sidekick Rottweiler, Goose, and I decided to help better educate the general public in regards to responsible pet ownership and promote rescue dogs through social media as the first option for people in the market for a new dog, and thus, ‘Aussie Dog Guy’ was created.
I started out just volunteering on weekends with various rescue groups, attending events, fostering dogs, transporting animals and donating, and now I also promote rescue dog events, fundraisers, adoptable animals through my social media as well as educational posts for promoting responsible dog ownership.”
Anderson, who has also called himself the “crazy dog lady man,” currently has only one dog and one cat. He feels strongly that by not committing to more permanent animals, he can help many more find their forever homes.
“I have a pipe dream to someday have my own rescue organization/farm to help rehome long-term rescue dogs as well as behaviorally challenged dogs,” Anderson said. “A rescue retreat if you will, that doesn’t place time restraints on animals.”
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