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.
How to Help
- Anyone interested in volunteering, adopting, or learning about community events can join the City Dogs Rescue mailing list by going to the organization’s website.
- Foster homes are urgently needed to enable City Dogs Rescue to accept more dogs. In you are interested, please email [email protected]
- City Dogs Rescue is looking for additional community sponsors and any business interested should [email protected]
- Make a donation.
- You can also follow City Dogs Rescue on Facebook to get more information, as well as on Twitter @CityDogsRescue and Pinterest.