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Borderstan Readers: Thanks for Helping City Dogs Rescue

by Borderstan.com April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,860 7 Comments

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Alex is ready to go for a walk. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thank you, Borderstan, readers, for helping out City Dogs Rescue.

Last Thursday, we ran a story on City Dogs Rescue. This organization rescues dogs from kill shelters, and finds foster and permanent homes for them. A key piece to their success — as we explained — are the volunteers. Volunteers sign up to take one of the dogs on a 90-minute walk on a Saturday or Sunday. There are nine dog walking slots available each weekend.The dogs wear “Adopt Me” vests and volunteers give out information to interested pedestrians who spot the dogs.

Since we ran that story, City Dogs Rescue reports a roster of 41 new volunteer dog walkers, bringing the total number of volunteers to 77. Because of the increase, City Dogs Rescue has been able to fill a number of shifts throughout the summer months. “We also have more than 20 new subscribers to our mailing list who indicated that they signed up as a result of the article,” said Darren Binder, one of the three directors of City Dogs Rescue.

That said, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved: you can still sign up to walk one of these great dogs, or you can donate to the group, or volunteer at one of their upcoming adoption events (the next ones are April 7 and 11 at Nellie’s Sports Bar).

Binder said that due to demand since last Thursday, “We just added another weekly dog walking shift — this time during the week, each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for two volunteers.”

“You can take a friend or friends with you when you walk one of our dogs,” said Binder. “It also helps if you take photos of your dog and then post them on your Facebook page, for example. The more exposure, the better… it helps these dogs find foster or permanent homes.”

City Dogs Rescue was formed in September 2011 as a volunteer-based, non-profit organization (with pending 501(c)(3) status) to rescue adoptable dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters where resources are severely limited. Many of the dogs that City Dogs Rescue takes in are just days and sometimes hours away from being euthanized, for no reason other than lack of space. Since September, 32 dogs from City Dogs Rescue have been adopted by individuals and families in the DC metro area.

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  • Unfortunately City Dogs’s daycare and boarding business restricts by breed, something that, to me, is ridiculous for any organization that talks about “rescuing.” I would hope that anyone who wants to rescue dogs from high kill shelters also understands that discriminating by breed is just awful. But, in this day and age of designer rescue organizations –http://www.slate.com/articles/life/heavy_petting/2012/01/animal_rescue_want_to_adopt_a_dog_or_cat_prepare_for_an_inquisition_.html — I guess why not. Everyone can be a “savior” by putting the word rescue in their name and going and picking and choosing a few dogs and looking like saints.

    • anonymous

      Ah, yes, the virtues of purity from someone who isn’t (I assume) lifting a finger to rescue ANY dogs. This is an organization that I know has limited resources. They desperately need foster homes for these dogs. Perhaps a suggestion of, “Would you contact me about the possibility of broadening the scope of dogs you rescue?” would have been more productive?

    • Anthony

      Only internet commenters can take a worthy cause and make it seem like supporting a serial killer.

      “Picking and choosing a few dogs” — What do you propose they do? Pick them all? City Dogs runs a legitimate pet daycare business and is giving up space in their small facility — space that could be used to make more money — to house dogs that are close to being euthanized. They only have so much space, and I commend them for doing what they do.

      Of course City Dogs restricts by breed — it would hurt their business to do otherwise. Whether it’s true or not — and yes, I know it’s not — people believe that pit bulls are aggressive, and they don’t want to pay money to someone who houses their dog next to an “aggressive” breed. So, let me explain to you how American capitalism works: You want a dog daycare facility that accepts pit bulls? Go start one yourself.

      Further, that Slate article is dumb. One of the biggest problems in the pet adopt game is people returning pets after they’ve adopted them. Can you blame rescue orgs for being cautious about whom they adopt to? I love the woman who complains because she got rejected for a greyhound. How about you try _another_ greyhound rescue? My fiancee and I adopted a greyhound, and found the organizations to be varied in their approach. The one from which we ultimately adopted had crazy standards — but we felt like that was best, because they were making sure the dog got the right home for him and that we got the right dog for us. On the other hand, another agency we contacted just gave us a list of available dogs, and essentially said, “Pick one.” If someone really wants to adopt an animal, there’s a rescue org that will comply … unless, of course, they really aren’t fit to adopt.

  • MC

    Will borderstan all be posting volunteer opportunities with the KKK? Perhaps tutoring children, but only the ones that look a certain way, if you know what I mean?

    • Nick

      Are you really comparing a dog rescue that saved over 30 dogs from almost certain euthanization to the KKK? That’s irresponsible and immature. Children flame mindlessly and anonymously on internet boards. Adults suggest means and ways of addressing what they perceive as a problem.

  • Lee Stevens

    Yikes! We certainly don’t think we are awful, or saviors, or saints. We are all volunteers working hard to quickly save as many dogs as possible. We love all dogs and haven’t discriminated against pit bulls but cannot easily place them in foster or adoptive homes. If you want to foster these breeds for us we would be glad to put them up for adoption. We believe the lives of all dogs are important and would love your time or help raising money to assist with breeds you are interested in saving. If you would like to start a program for pit bulls with us, we would love that. We are really lucky that many volunteers now work late into the night to assist, transport and save dogs that would otherwise be put down – sometimes driving at 3 am to pick them up. Come join us, we aren’t that bad!


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