For some very lucky dogs in Oregon, their time in a “shelter” is more like time spent in a cozy cabin at summer camp.

These dogs have a total of 55 acres of land — including forest, meadows, hiking trails, and a small country road — which they can use to decompress and feel at home while they’re waiting for an adopter.

Within the wooded acres, pit bulls have their own private cottages. The cottages offer indoor and outdoor space, and while each dog lives separately, shelter staff give the dogs time to socialize, too.

These cottages help shelter staff and volunteers understand what each of the dogs would be like in a home environment. And it’s not just the outside of the cottages that are homelike: inside, they have furniture, artwork, and views of the woods.

Liesl Wilhardt is the Executive Director of this innovative shelter, called Luvable Dog Rescue. Wilhardt told PupJournal that she’s always loved pit bulls, even before she knew what they were called. As a child, Petey from Our Gang was one of her first loves.

She found herself drawn to pit bull-type dogs, and while fostering pit bulls started out as a hobby, it turned into full-time rescue work.

Wilhardt knew she wanted these dogs to have a special experience, so she started to build what can only be described as a magical place for pups.
Source (h/t: animalrescuesite)

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