"I would put a red bandana on my border collie Sugar, and we'd go read to the children at the library. That was years ago, but some of those kids still write me today, and I got to tell you: It just feels great."
In Sunnyvale, TX, where Locke currently is a "one man operation" at the Sunnyvale Animal Shelter, he's got nine kennels. That might not sound like a lot, but when those spots are full, Locke has to get creative in order to draw attention to the low-traffic, little facility that is easily missed nestled behind another government building.
"When I get an animal in, that animal immediately goes right up on Facebook. We've had a lot of success with social media, but we still have to think of ways to bring people into the shelter."
Sunnyvale donors pulled together, and Locke started taking dogs to special events, networked with other shelters, and implemented a volunteer program he credits to the voice of one young lady who was determined to help.
"It's important to listen to the people within the community, and she worked very hard to make that happen."