In 2010, Lu created Lu Parker Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless animals, and at risk teenagers.
After months of volunteering at the South Los Angeles Animal shelter, she saw a need for change. Lu wanted to help instill a sense of pride in the staff and volunteers who worked at the city shelter. She also knew the over 300 plus homeless animals inside the shelter needed attention. She got to work immediately to do something about it, hence Lu Parker Project became reality. The all-volunteer based organization has helped to save hundreds of homeless animals and has educated children and adults on the importance of animal welfare and safety.
While Lu Parker Project pulls dogs and cats for rescue organizations, and supports many quality groups in Los Angeles, they are not a rescue organization. Lu believes education is key. She hopes to give people, specifically the younger generation, knowledge so they can empower their neighborhoods and families to take care of their pets.
Lu’s advice for those of you out there who want to volunteer but don’t know what to do is just go do something. Find a group that interests you. Reach out to a shelter, or foster a dog or cat.
Lu Parker Wins Genesis Award For Outstanding News Feature
In addition to creating Lu Parker Project, Lu has been honored with two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society United States for her outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues including investigations into Puppy Mills, Elephant Abuse, and Beagle Lab Testing.
LPP saved this pit bull mix and named her Pinky. She was in jeopardy of being euthanized due to overcrowding prior to July 4th weekend which is a tough time for shelters due to an influx of animals who escape their homes from fear of all the fireworks. Pinky is now living a beautiful life in a safe and healthy home with her new brother, another rescued pit bull. Thank you to Christy and Craig for adopting Pinky.
LPP scooped this beautiful big boy up and paid thousands of dollars in medical bills to have his leg properly amputated. His prior owners had left him to heal on his own with no medical care after being hit by a car. Thank you to Cindy Beck for bringing Scooby to our attention and adopting him forever.