People and dogs are benefitting from the creativity of a Kentucky resident who took the concept of community-run little free libraries to the next level and established a “Little Dog Library” in Louisville.

Lisa Schmid created the “Little Dog Library” — which encourages local dog lovers to share anything dog-related, including toys, food, accessories, and more — after her two precious dogs Layla and Abigail passed away.  She told news she hopes the library will help spread joy throughout her community in their names.

The library also aims to help reduce pet hunger and homelessness in the community, given the rising costs of caring for companion animals, according to news reports.

“It’s a way to help people out, for fun and economically because people might not be able to afford as much,” Schmid told WDRB news.

Dog guardians who pass by the library on their walks can browse for items for their furry friends or leave treats for other neighborhood dogs to enjoy. The project, so far, has been a great success.

“We just love the interaction in this neighborhood of the people and the dogs,” Schmid said. “It’s been great, it’s been better than we hoped it would be.”

Schmid hopes the success of the Little Dog Library in the Highlands area will encourage people from other areas to start their own.

Dogs have a way of bringing people together. To read another story about how a community came together for a dog, read about this sweet dog rescued from a pond.