Supporting families, One PAW at a time.
Imagine that you’ve just lost your job. Now imagine hearing the words, “Your pet has cancer and requires treatment that will cost $5,000.” Each year, Brown Dog Foundation receives 1,000 requests for help in situations similar to this. For some, the difference between their pet’s life and death is just $50. For others, it may be closer to $2,000.
Brown Dog Foundation can help each of these families, and anyone in between, by providing a grant of up to 75% of the cost. The family pays the remaining 25% of the cost, significantly reducing the financial burden on their family.
Brown Dog Foundation is a 501c3 not for profit, financial assistance program for pet owners in temporary financial crisis whose pet is diagnosed with a treatable, but life threatening condition or illness. The goal of our program is to restore quality of life to both owner and pet.
We work with any and all Veterinary Clinics, which means we can help anyone, anywhere, anytime. Most clinics offer a modest discount which is applied to the entire bill before the cost is split. Our process to qualify is simple, but it can take some time, so emergencies are not our forte. However, if everyone works together, we can often turn around a case as fast as in one day. Of course, the existence of sufficient funding is our biggest obstacle – we do not have enough money to help everyone who asks for help.
As a result, we need help raising funds in areas outside Nashville. At this time, the majority of funding comes from the Nashville, Tennessee area and is restricted for use in that same area. Please visit our website for more information.
Unchain My Heart
Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the plight of chained and penned dogs who live as prisoners, yet long to be companions; these dogs are living a solitary existence in backyards everywhere. DDB was formed in 2002 as a voice for these animals that we call “The Forgotten Ones.”
Working through educational and legislative efforts to improve the lives of these social companion animals, DDB has made a sweeping change in the way that people view chaining and penning. In the summer of 2009, we posed a challenge to our reps to rescue 90 Dogs in 90 days; their response was to rescue 100 Dogs in 90 days. During the Dogs Days of Summer Challenge of 2010, we rescued 109 Dogs.
Through these campaigns, the dogs were rescued with an understanding on the part of the caretaker that chaining or penning a dog is wrong and they agree never chain or pen another dog on their property. This was a huge undertaking; every dog that is rescued through the DDB organization is fully vetted – including spaying/neutering. The direct result of these massive rescue efforts has been an overwhelming response from average Americans As they realized our level of dedication, many are now standing up for these dogs in their own communities. Today DDB has over 100 area reps in 37 states, six in Canada, one in China and one in the U.K.
Another vital function of our organization is to install free fencing for those who agree to bring their dog(s) into the home and make them a part of the family. With this program, we are we offering them a more humane form of containment. In addition, we are educating the family and teaching them what a true friend their dog is. This results in a safer, more loving environment for generations to come for families who have always viewed chaining and penning as acceptable.
By increasing awareness to this issue and bringing this neglect to the public view, DDB has been a key player in the legislative efforts that are taking hold across America. Today, there are nearly 125 communities which have addressed chaining in their ordinances, six states have more humane laws on the books and many communities are currently considering taking this step.
Our hope is that one day, dogs will no longer be seen as just another piece of property to be chained or caged in the backyard but that they will be treated as the loving and loyal animals that they are, living as part of the family with respect for them as a social companion animal.
Paws and Learn Humane Education Center
Teaching adults and children about responsible pet care and animal welfare.
By Meredith LaBonge, Founder
Paws and Learn Humane Education Center, Los Angeles, CA
In 2008 I was running the humane education program for a private animal shelter when the economy took a sharp downturn. Donations started dwindling and cuts had to be made. Obviously, animal care took priority. But anyone who has worked in rescue knows that while shelters are key to saving lives, without education there will always be an endless supply of homeless animals being euthanized. We were passionate about our jobs, and couldn’t walk away knowing the overpopulation crisis was only going to get worse in a bad economy. So my co-worker and I decided to start an independent nonprofit organization whose funds were dedicated solely towards educating the public about responsible pet care and animal welfare.
Paws and Learn Humane Education Center was founded in 2009 and is now a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals through education. We educate approximately 1,500 people per month and are supported entirely by private donations. We educate the public about everything from pet care, to city wildlife, to factory farming, and spread awareness of local low cost resources. Most of our time is spent in schools throughout Los Angeles County giving free presentations in the classrooms about a variety of animal topics, and we also staff education booths at events in the community.
We’ve found that most people truly care about animals and want to help make a difference in their lives. There are countless ways to help, and whether you choose to give your time or your money (or both) it can make a huge difference. Whichever animal has sparked your devotion, rest assured there’s a group dedicated to helping them – especially here in Los Angeles. Our city has groups dedicated to specific dog breeds, birds, rabbits, reptiles, farm animals, wildlife, and even large exotic cats. Every group needs help, and volunteer activities might include exercising or socializing animals, providing foster care or staffing adoption events. Consider offering up any special skills like web design, event planning, or construction abilities. All groups need donations, but if money is tight consider organizing a drive for toys, food, blankets or other supplies from the organization’s wish list. Our website www.pawsandlearn.org has an extensive list of rescue groups to choose from. If education is your interest, Paws and Learn has several options for volunteers including a Teen Club.
People are often unaware they can also help improve the lives of countless animals simply by becoming more educated and compassionate consumers. Oftentimes, the choices we make with our wallets perpetuate the cruel treatment of animals. Whether it’s the food we eat, the type of entertainment we support or the products we use, our daily purchases are often votes on how animals are treated. When we become more educated consumers, we can make more humane choices. Wherever your passion lies, animals need your help. Contact a group that interests you and get involved!
Barks of Love
Orange County, California
Barks of Love is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization staffed ENTIRELY by volunteers. We consider ourselves an independent, “grass roots” type of an organization making a difference one dog at a time.
Established in 2008 by Ashley Greenspan, we’ve been helping the community save over 400 dogs as of late 2010. Our goal is to decrease the total number of animals being euthanized each year. We save dogs from many different situations – Mostly, we pull “death row” dogs from local animal shelters. We provide the daily needed care to keep the dogs safe and happy. Most of them are rescued from “Death Row” at local shelters, while others are brought to us by their guardians as an alternative to the shelter, and others are just found afraid and abandoned on the streets.
We are not a shelter – We rescue FROM shelters. Therefore we do not have a central location where our dogs are homed together. Our dogs are in private fosters homes receiving day to day care by caring volunteers, who teach them to live in a home environment. This also means we do not have an office or regular business hours.
All dogs are in foster care getting ready for their forever homes. We do not yet have our own kennel facility, so all of the animals we take in live in “foster homes” or with their guardians until they are adopted. One of our goals is to have a permanent facility.
We keep dogs in our program until we’ve found their “Furever Home”. To do this, we hold weekly adoption events, advertise via our online network, screen applicants, and hold doggie “meet and greets.
Barks of Love Animal Rescue and Placement Services has no paid employees and does not receive funding from any government agency. We are staffed entirely by volunteers and obtain funds solely from adoption donations, fundraisers which include selling Entertainment Books and donations.
In order to ultimately reduce the number of unwanted animals killed each year, we feel it is important to educate prospective guardians and the general public about pet overpopulation and enforce a very strict spay/neuter policy for all our adopted pets. We spay or neuter all animals before placement regardless of breed.
All dogs are then rehabilitated, loved and cared for, bathed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, have had a vet evaluation, and are free of internal and external parasites.
We generally hold adoption events every weekend, some small, some larger. We are also looking for foster homes, so if you live in our area, please open your hearts and homes.
All adoption applicants must be:
• Approved by BOL Staff with a completed Adoption Application
• 21 years of age
• Provide proof of ID
• Consent to a homecheck
• Sign an Adoption Contact
• Make a donation
Adoption donations pay for the time, energy and costs we’ve put into the dogs while in our care, including, but not limited to: food, toys, beds, rehabilitation, grooming, vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchipping, vet evaluation, etc.
As you can see, all adoption donations go DIRECTLY to rescuing the dogs.
BENEFITS OF ADOPTING FROM BOL:
Since we visit a variety of animal shelters to rescue dogs, we can be on the lookout for the specific type of animal you are interested in.
Most of our adoptable animals have been in foster care–in a regular home environment–so we have a good idea of how each of our animals will behave in the real world. We usually know if a dog is housebroken, good with other dogs, good with cats, appropriate for children or not, energy/activity level, and so forth. This makes it easier to match up our dogs with the right home, and easier for you to select the right one.
Our dogs have already been vet-checked, vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed/neutered before adoption. While no one can guarantee the long-term health of any animal, we do take the time and incur the expense to get basic healthcare and assessments done before our dogs go to permanent homes.
When you adopt from us, your pet already has close to $300 of care invested in it before you take him/her home! Of course, the tender-loving care they receive from their foster parents, as we prepare them for their new permanent homes, is priceless!
Basset Rescue Network:
Daphneyland, where hounds roam free
In the 1970’s rescue was not a formal word. The way we rescued was to save homeless kitties and doggies, take care of them, and sit in front of grocery stores giving them away with a bag of food.
The 1980’s brought the beginnings of the no kill movement and formal rescue, which soared to organization levels by the early 1990’s. As we head into 2010 the leaps and bounds of animal rescue and awareness has grown to such a level that formal rescue groups are concentrated throughout the world.
For us, breed rescue of the basset hound was at the forefront for the last two decades.
From the start-up days of operating a rescue as what we refer to as Indi, or Independents, where a dog at a time was saved on our own paychecks. To today – running a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that rehabilitates starting from a nutritional level and encompassing things like training, behavioral modification and addressing health concerns, while operating a volunteer driven ranch location housing up to 100 rescue bassets, and mixes thereof, took many a turn.
The dream of every rescuer is to have acres of land wherein your rescued animals can feel at home. You can learn their traits, idiosyncrasies, address health issues, training and work on many of the reasons that animals come into rescue in the first place. Starting out small I can still remember the day in 2002 when our dream became a reality and the first 10 rescued bassets were moved from foster families and boarding facilities to our ranch location called Daphneyland. At the end of the day I sat on the hill and cried. So much work! So much poop! How would we ever be able to manage running a 2,500 square foot facility with a capacity to hold 125 hounds? That day was long ago, and I laugh at that poor girl who had taken on such a passion – and such a folly.
By networking and taking classes, reading, researching and assistance from our incredible veterinarian we slowly were able to build routines, learn ways of handling pack hounds wherein training became a pleasure and not a task. Finding dedicated volunteers to lighten the burden of the daily chores, while developing community based programs to encompass today’s youth groups and promoting adoptions. That road is very winding and one can never know where the path will lead.
Today we have 100 bassets, who run freely over five acres during the course of their day. Hound wrangling sessions, Girl Scout troop, 4 H Club, Boy Scout programs, mentoring for those interested in becoming active in the rescue world, and networking with various animal entities and endeavors. Currently we average 300 adoptions annually. Sadly the need is much greater than this and future programs are constantly being discussed and hope to be implemented one day. To anyone thinking ‘What can I do to save Fido?’ the answer is: You can change the world if you want. Volunteer with your local group, become informed, learn as much as you can, and one day if everyone lends a hand, we may become an animal friendly nation.
The dream of rescue takes many shapes, your dream can be achieved!
Dawn Smith, President
Basset Rescue Network (Barni) at Daphneyland
Rehabilitation and socialization of up to 100 basset hounds (and some mixes) looking for adoptive families to live out their lives. Visit us on the Internet – or in Person! Public visitation hours: Saturday & Sundays 11 – 5 p.m. Directions are on our web page.
A Rescue Organization With Vision
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana there is a very unique rescue operation. There are a lot of dog rescue groups throughout the state, but this one stands out because of the type of dogs that are rescued. They are blind. Michelle Wunsch pulled her first blind dog, Ms. Pearl, from a shelter in December of 2006. Since then, she has had 28 blind dogs, seven blind and deaf dogs, and three blind cats. Her rescue provides a safe place for these dogs to live comfortably and learn to be well-adjusted and socialized pets so that someone will want to adopt them.
Michelle works at a local library and pays for all of the expenses from her own salary. She says that she used to get donations from time to time, but now she provides as much as she can on her own. Because of the recession, money has not been coming in as it once did. “I spend pretty much all my money on the dogs. Some people buy fancy cars or fancy shoes. I like to care for damaged dogs,” she says. Now she spends a lot of her time trying to find foster homes.
When asked how many people work with her, she replied, “Except for one lady who has one of my dogs in foster care, it’s just me. The lady who is fostering one of my dogs in New Orleans will be unable to keep him in December, so they will all once again live at my house.”
“People need to stand by their pets when they go blind instead of putting them down or dropping them off at shelters. It helps to know that a blind dog does not suffer simply because he’s blind,” she added.
She uses the internet to find potential forever homes for her dogs, “but I also take the dogs to the park, Petsmart, and other dog-friendly places,” she says. She also uses her website and her Facebook page – Blind Dog Rescue – to get out information about her adoptable dogs. Michelle has more than 1,500 fans of her Facebook page. She is also an advocate for spaying and neutering of pets to reduce pet overpopulation and [shelter] kill rates.
She recently applied to get 501c3 status for her rescue. “I imagine people might be more willing to donate money for the dogs if the rescue has legal non-profit status, and I might be able to get some corporate sponsors and grants.”
For now, Michelle asks for a $100 donation to adopt one of her dogs. Before they are adopted out, she works hard on training her dogs to respond to “commands” through various stimuli. You can see one of her dogs responding to a training exercise on her website. There are also photos and stories about the available dogs.
If you would like more information or would like to help out Michelle with her rescue efforts, log onto www.blind.petfinder.org or visit Blind Dog Rescue on Facebook.