Meet Ryan Anderson, an Aussie guy who calls himself the “world’s biggest dog lover."
Ryan Anderson, from Australia, says he is world’s biggest dog lover, and he has set out to prove it. Anderson works full time as an animal welfare inspector for the RSPCA. When he isn’t working, he volunteers for animal shelters and fosters homeless animals.
“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 said in an interview with The Dodo.
His Instagram account, AussieDogGuy, reflects his mission to spread education about rescue dogs, and he’s racked up over twenty thousand fellow dog-loving followers. His mission is to “meet all the dogs” in order to show them love and compassion. He wants to serve as an example, hoping that others will follow his lead and lend a hand in the rescue community.
“Initially, I was just out on a personal mission to get a photo with every different dog breed in the world,” Anderson said. “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.”
He calls himself the “crazy dog lady man” and wants others to know how much joy it brings to help rescue animals. Anderson just has one dog, Goose, and one cat, Krumm. He explains, the less permanent animals he has, the more strays he can take in and foster until he finds their forever homes.
“The less dogs I own the more I can foster is my motto,” Anderson said. “My favorite part would definitely be the moment one of your foster dogs finds his forever home. It’s sad to say goodbye, but it opens up a new spot for another foster to join the family.”
Anderson’s dream is to someday own a rescue organization on a farm. He wants the ability to foster rescue dogs for the long term, and also rehabilitate and love on behaviorally challenged dogs. He calls it a rescue retreat, where the animals he takes in won’t have expiration dates.
“Not only is it my full-time job to work with rescue animals, it is also my passion and hobby,” Anderson said. “I live and breathe dogs.”
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