We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs, a first-of-its-kind non-profit organization designed to improve the lives of shelter dogs and puppies by leading a collaborative resource network within the dog sheltering community, which includes a state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot campus in Columbus, OH.

Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs has been created in partnership with the Columbus Humane to address common challenges shelters and the animals in their care face. Namely, many shelters have too many homeless dogs, not enough resources to care for them and too few local adopters to give them a home. As a result, dogs can often become sick during the time they spend there. Healthier animals are more likely to quickly be adopted to their forever homes.

Fueled by the best of intentions, these shelters are ill-equipped, overpopulated and under-funded—and the dogs suffer as a result. Meanwhile, just a few miles away, dog adoption agencies like Columbus Humane have a high public demand for adoptable dogs.

Developer's Mortgage Company founder George Skestos, along with his wife Tina, devised a solution to address this foundational challenge, putting their passion into action to help more dogs find loving homes. Working with some of the foremost leaders in animal welfare and sheltering, they pioneered a way to help connect under-resourced shelters with the support they need to provide the best care possible, while increasing efficiencies within the dog sheltering network to help more dogs find their permanent homes.