Founder & Director: Love from Luke was established in 2017 by Melissa Anne Sweeney (Lissa) . She has 25 years experience working with rescued animals. Her mission to have the rescued dogs help to emotionally heal as many people as possible. There is an special comfort animals can offer us and the is why they are blessing. Melissa is the author of the Love from Luke book series. In her spare time, which is very little, she continues to write about the dogs she has worked and the lessons they have taught her. She is originally from Milford, MA and has resided in Tampa, FL for 16 years.
Hi there- my name is Melissa, thanks for visiting our page. Thisis a picture of myself and "soon to be therapy dog," Loved Luna. I am dog mom for special needs dogs and founder of Love from Luke a 5013c non-profit. 100% of items purchased from this site goes directly to our dogs. Prior to going into full-time dog rescue and non-profit work I was a military college professor for 8 years. I have a Doctorate (DBA) in International Business and conducted detailed research on various cultures to create unity and high-performing teams. My professional name is Dr. Melissa Anne Sweeney but nowadays I go by Lissa, just drop the ME off Melissa. I currently have two Love from Luke books published. Prior to that had 9 nine research/textbook published- they didn't do as good as my LFL books surprisingly (ha-ha).
I was forever changed in May of 2014, when I rescued a senior Siberian Husky who I named Luke. My personal passion is animal rescue and well-being. For over 20 years I have assisted dogs and cats find forever homes where they are loved and healed from their past abuse.
Caring for abused and mistreated animals is rewarding but, I won't lie, it can also be stressful! That is why I felt it was important for me to write the book Love from Luke: Lessons learned from a Rescued Dog!
My goal is to help individuals who rescued animals better understand how they often communicate with us when they have had an abusive past. In this book I share the journey I had with my 11 year old senior rescue, Luke. I learned to recognize that many of Luke’s reactions were caused by his abusive past. Other times, his behavior was because he was not feeling good. While learning how to relate to Luke and meet his needs, I was introduced to the highest and closest bond a human and animal can create. This was established because mutual respect was formed. This respect created a deep love within me, not only for Luke, but for animals in need and fellow rescuers.
Luke taught me how to create a loving trustworthy bond with previously neglected and/or abused dogs. Before Luke passed I promised him that I would continue to rescue animals and help educate on how people can become more involved in rescuing abused animals. GOD definitely heard the promise I made and divinely placed specials needs dogs into my life. These dogs have come from some of the most severe abuse and/or were born with physical disabilities and I became a 5013c non-profit dog sanctuary.
I recognized how my dogs started to inspire others, because they are truly loved and are clueless that they are different. I realized they are a perfect example to teach others that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. PLUS they and love to serve others. After time in prayer and reflection I realized what a blessing it is to serve other and assist in contributing to ones local community. The goal of Love from Luke expanded to have previously abused individuals (unwanted, out-fostered youth, domestic violence and human traffic survivors) help heal through the animals and later have them become active in training and working with the dog too. Creating a win-win for all members of the community, the person and the dog both brings joy, laughter, companionship and entertainment (for sure) to others. Let's face it, this would needs more healing and love.
Additionally, as I was writing the book more ideas came to me that I know other pet parents and animal lovers would appreciate and before I knew I had a store of healthy pet treats, custom tee-shirts and jewelry with the photos of my rescues. If you live in the Florida area or come to visit please look for me at local crafts shows or any outdoor events where vendors are welcomed! If you bring your fur-baby they can sample my treats!