"I'm just one facet of this," he said. "I have no analysis on how far this has gone." But he almost wishes he had, for White estimates he has worked to place well over 100 dogs in homes.
"I'd say we've had 80 percent success," he said.
If all placements turned out as well as Jackie's, the dogs are lucky, indeed.
Despite his broken leg, Jackie healed and has become a happy member of the White-Jones household. This past August, he got a new sister — a mixed-breed, short-haired dog named Pinot Noir that White and Jones noticed at the Greenbrier Humane Association shelter when they participated in a golf outing fundraiser for the shelter.
"She was a week away from being euthanized," he said.
White believes rescued dogs are the best dogs.
"They are the most grateful beings," he said.
White also believes dogs are smarter and more empathic than we humans often believe.
"They say dogs understand 150 words. I think they understand more than that," he said. "They also know when we have grief."
White said it is difficult to keep track of the dogs he has helped to place because of the complex web of emails.
But occasionally he hears directly about a success, as in the case of a black Labrador retriever that was placed with a 10-year-old developmentally delayed boy. His companion dog had died and the boy was devastated. The boy's mother reported that the rescue dog and the boy bonded immediately.
"If ever there was a purpose to this, that's it," White said.
White recently expanded his efforts a bit more, by joining the contributors to the Daily Mail's Pet City blog at http://blogs.dailymail.com/petcity/ , where he's been invited to tell readers about his adventures with dogs and placing dogs.
"I'm a conduit," White said. "Could this be a little more organized? Yes. Does it work? Yes."
"I think it just goes back to the way I was brought up," he said. "The little things you do make a difference. And they're all God's creatures."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.