Animal Hero of the Month: Lanie Mossey

For Lanie Mossey, rescuing pets has been a lifelong labor of love.


The August 2015 winner of our Animal Hero of the Month award is Lanie Mossey of Wild Dog Rescue in Fennville, Michigan.

Lanie runs a kennel and rescue from her home. In addition to rescuing dogs, she transports wild animals, such as geese, groundhogs, opossums and raccoons, to licensed wildlife rehabilitators. She has also assisted in dolphin rescues in Florida and is especially passionate about rescuing bears from the bear bile industry and bear baiting.

The Nomination

Lanie’s nomination was sent in by Brigitte Arms, who told us:

“Lanie runs a rescue for dogs, called Wild Dog Rescue in Fennville, Michigan. She works tirelessly to help animals in need.”


Here’s what all of our award winners get:

  • A feature article like this one
  • Social media mentions across all of our platforms
  • A permanent spot on our Wall of Heroes
  • Our custom, engraved gold-tone paw print medal with ribbon shipped to the winner
  • $50 donation (or cash award) from Petful

About Wild Dog Rescue

This nonprofit organization has helped countless dogs in the past 17 years. Lanie has started and been a member of many organizations and rescues, including Wishbone Pet Rescue, the Humane Society of Kodiak Island, People for Pets and TLC Chow Rescue.

Lanie’s location also features Camp Wild Dog, a boarding and daycare service for dogs that offers overnight care, exercise and attention given to each dog in both heated and air-conditioned runs. Dogs on-site at the rescue are available for adoption, and interested adopters can visit the camp’s website to fill out an application.

The rescue relies on donations to provide housing, food and medical care to the dogs Lanie takes in and adopts out. Lanie says she loves what she does and that she strives to give every homeless pet a second chance.

Q&A With Lanie Mossey

1. What got you started helping animals?

I think I was just always in love with animals from the time I was born. I was that kid always coming into the house saying, “Mom?” And she would say, “What do you have?” Some poor chipmunk rescued from barn cats or a squirrel hit by a car or some lost soul would always be the answer.

2. What’s your earliest childhood memory that is related to animals?

Probably watching Wild Kingdom with my dad or sitting by the goldfish pond watching them while my parents visited with friends.

3. How old were you when you got your first animal?

When I was a kid, we had a cat named White Boots and a dog named Sandy. I think those were my first pets.

4. What is your favorite animal?


5. Tell us about the one animal you will never forget.

I will never forget any of my animals! They all have a special place in my heart. I guess if I have to pick one, it would be my Bruno, who died many years ago. I found him in the grocery store parking lot in Kodiak, Alaska, and he was my special boy. Our bond was unreal, and we could communicate without a spoken word. I still grieve for him after all this time.

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Lanie and her husband, Charlie, with their dogs Teddy, Scarlett, Rocky, Ewa and Oli. By: Lanie Mossey

6. What are the least and highest amounts of pets you have had at one time?

Probably about 18 rescue dogs plus 5 of our own would be the most animals I have had, and I guess the least would be about 2.

7. If your pets could talk, what would they say?

I think they would tell you that they are the most loved and spoiled dogs in the world. They would also tell you that they are all rescues who have had a tough past, and they are lucky that we found each other.

8. If you could solve one problem facing animals, what would it be?

To make animal cruelty go away.

9. If you could be reincarnated as any animal, which would you choose and why?

I would like to be reincarnated as one of my dogs because I know I would be spoiled and loved. I so wish I could see how they see the world and how they think.

10. If the rainbow bridge exists, which pet would you most like to see waiting for you on the other side?

Every animal I have ever had.

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Nominate next month’s hero. If you would like to nominate someone to be Petful’s next Animal Hero of the Month, nomination details are available here. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring our monthly award or adding prizes, contact us at [email protected]

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, One Unforgettable Journey, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. She was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. She is also employed as chief operating officer for a large mental health practice in Louisiana. Kristine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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