Meet Jill Dyche - the heart and soul behind Outta the Cage, a non-profit organization that's all about rescuing dogs in need from L.A. shelters and finding them loving homes. But don't let her fancy title of "Executive Director" fool you - Jill is a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground kind of person who spends most of her time at shelters, cuddling with the pups and making sure they feel safe and loved.
Jill's background is in the tech world, where she built a successful consulting firm that was later acquired by an AI-focused company. With her unique blend of skills and experience, she's a firm believer that technology can be a game-changer in saving more shelter animals.
Right now, Outta the Cage is focused on finding foster and adoptive homes for dogs who are at risk of being euthanized. With so many large-breed and pandemic pups being returned to shelters, there's never been a greater need for people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to these furry friends.
Speaking of furry friends, Jill has some amazing dogs in her rescue right now. Let's start with Cali, a sweet 3-year-old who was surrendered to the shelter when her owners had a baby. She arrived at the shelter sad and confused, but after Outta the Cage rescued her, she has shown her true colors as an amazing dog who really, really wants someone to bond with. Cali is a gentle and loving pup who loves snuggling up with her humans and getting belly rubs. She's also an excellent walking companion and enjoys exploring the outdoors.
And then there's Sal, a 2-year-old boxer mix who's a total athlete and loves to run, hike, and even balance on a fire hydrant (yes, really!). He's a people-pleaser who loves his training sessions and is always eager to learn new tricks. But don't be fooled by his high energy levels - Sal is also a big fan of lounging on the couch after his morning workout. Sal would be the perfect companion for someone who leads an active lifestyle and enjoys outdoor adventures.
While Jill's day typically starts with a caffeine jolt from her Nespresso machine, what she really wishes she had more time for is meditation and journaling. But with emails to scan, paperwork to handle, and dogs to rescue, her days are anything but typical.
Jill's ultimate dream is to develop an AI tool that can read a dog's mind based on their body language and facial expressions. It may sound far-fetched, but she truly believes that this is something that will one day be possible.
So if you're looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need, Jill encourages you to consider fostering a shelter pup. It's a rewarding experience that can make all the difference in the world to a furry friend who just needs a little extra love and care. And if you're interested in fostering or adopting a pet from Outta the Cage, be sure to check out their website at www.outtathecage.org.