by Borderstan.com November 15, 2012 at 8:30 am 0

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Help out City Dogs Rescue and Food & Friends. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Nothing can be more American than pie. City Dogs Rescue is participating in Food & Friends’ “Slice of Life” fundraiser as part of the Friendship Hospital for Animals Team. For every 20 pies sold by the end of today, Thursday, November 15th at 11:59 pm, Friendship Hospital will generously give a $450 credit in veterinary services to City Dogs Rescue. It is a great opportunity to help rescue dogs with medical treatment.

In addition to helping City Dogs Rescue, the funds raised will provide nourishing, life-sustaining meals to the nearly 2,900 children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses who rely on Food & Friends for their daily meals and nutrition services.

Don’t need a pie? You can buy one to donate to a Food & Friends client. Any additional donations (with pie or without) will go to Food & Friends.

There are four different pies to select from and you need to use the following link to order. Pies can be picked-up at several locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia on Tuesday, November 20.

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Fall beer celebrations aplenty. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

With the change in seasons comes seasonal beer, and four upcoming DC events are giving you the opportunity to celebrate both. Be sure to check out these great beer festivals in and around the neighborhood.

The Second LivingSocial Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

LivingSocial is bringing back its Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival this weekend (September 29-30) from noon until 5 pm at the Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street SE). The event will feature beers from more than 50 craft breweries and food from DC’s favorite food trucks. The festival will also feature live music and interactive art installations.

A $59 ticket gets you a five-ounce sampling stein to taste your pick from each of the breweries. Food trucks will be selling food separately throughout the duration of the event. Tickets and information are available on the event’s website.

City Dogs Rescue’s Barktoberfest 

City Dogs Rescue is hopping in on the seasonal beer action (yes, that was a beer pun) with a fundraiser at the Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street NE) on Wednesday, October 17 from 7 until 9 pm. A ticket ($25 in advance and $30 at the door) includes unlimited .5 liters of select draught beers and the chance to win prizes in a raffle. All of the evening’s proceeds go towards City Dogs Rescue. Tickets are available online; additional information is available on the Facebook page.

Capitol City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Celebration 

On Saturday, October 6, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Festival at The Village at Shirlington (Arlington) from noon until 7 pm. The day will feature traditional German food and beer and live music. Tickets are $25 and include a wristband, official tasting glass and ten drink tickets. The event is free for non-drinkers and children. For more information, visit the Capital City’s website.

Oktoberfest at Bar Dupont Keeps On 

Last weekend was the first of many Oktoberfest celebrations at Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW), and this weekend, the party continues. The local bar will host an Oktoberfest party on its patio (turned Biergarten) September 28-30  with live polka music, Oktoberfest-style draft brews and hearty German food. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com September 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,207 0

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Adopt a pair: Daisy and Buttercup meet community members at this year’s 17th Street Festival. (Photo courtesy of City Dogs Rescue)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

City Dogs Rescue, a local organization that rescues adoptable dogs from high-kill and overcrowded shelters, is constantly looking for foster and permanent homes for its rescued pups.

Currently, the organization is looking for a home for two rat terriers, Daisy and Buttercup. And unlike most adoptable dogs, Daisy and Buttercup are a package deal. According to Darren Binder, a director at City Dogs Rescue, Daisy (9-years old) and Buttercup (5 years old) have bonded since their rescue, and so City Dogs is looking for someone willing to adopt them both.

Binder describes the two dogs as being sweet, calm girls that are very low maintenance. City Dogs is currently treating both dogs for Heartworm, but predicts that the pooches will be better very soon and will be ready to find a new home.

For more information on adopting Daisy and Buttercup, or for more information on adopting other rescue dogs from City Dogs Rescue, visit the organization’s website.

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by Borderstan.com August 8, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

EatWell DC restaurants will donate 15 percent of dining proceeds to City Dogs Rescue for the GiveWell DC Dine-Out event on August 13. (Image courtesy of City Dogs Rescue)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

On Monday, August 13, five EatWell DC restaurants in Borderstan will donate 15% of their dining (and drinking) proceeds to City Dogs Rescue, a DC-based nonprofit that rescues adoptable dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters.

In its first ten months since formation in 2011, City Dogs Rescue adopted out 73 dogs (to date) to families in the DC area, many of which were within days and hours of being euthanized. However, costs associated with rescue are not cheap, and services such as urgent veterinary care, vaccinations, transport and shelter fees rack up.

To help ensure the nonprofit meets its critical rescue and operating costs, GiveWell DC, the charitable arm of EatWell DC, selected City Dogs Rescue for the August 13th Dine-Out event.

The event will run from 5:30 until 10 pm at Logan Tavern (1423 P Street NW), Commissary (1443 P Street NW), Grillfish (1200 New Hampshire Avenue NW), The Heights (3115 14th Street NW) and The Pig (1320 14th Street NW).

All neighbors, friends, dog lovers and foodies are encouraged to come out, eat and support the local organization. To ensure guests are having a doggone good time, City Dogs Rescue will even bring some of its adoptable pooches to greet guests outside two of the restaurants.

Dinner reservations for Logan Tavern, Commissary, Grillfish and The Heights can be made on Open Table. Make sure to note City Dogs Rescue in the “Special Requests” section of the online form. Please call (202) 290-2821 to make reservations for The Pig.

Looking to offer more support? City Dogs Rescue is looking for hosts and volunteers for the Monday night event. Hosts are asked to bring at least four friends or family members with them, and volunteers are needed to help the organization handle the dogs and staff the information and merchandise tables.

For more information on becoming a host, contact Meredith[AT]@CityDogsRescueDC.org; to volunteer for the event, sign-up on the organization’s website.

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by Borderstan.com June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

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City Dogs Rescue is celebrating its 50th dog adoption. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos

City Dogs Rescue just celebrated its 50th dog adoption. To celebrate their 50th dog adoption they have created a video showcasing the adopted dogs and their new families. The adoption form is on City Dogs Rescue‘s website where you will also find a list and photographs of the dogs.

You can also help City Dogs Rescue by making a donation to help rescue more dogs. However, adopting a dog is just one of the ways you can help — you can also foster dogs or volunteer your time to help walk them. A spokesperson for City Dogs Rescue said their summer dog walking spots are full, but they will have openings in the early fall.

City Dogs Rescue regularly organizes events in the neighborhood where you can adopt a dog or sign up to volunteer — with adoption and fundraising activities at local bars, stores and community festivals in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street, Adams Morgan and other neighborhoods. Their next one will be during the 2012 Capital Pride Festival, Sunday, June 10, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,810 0

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City Dogs Rescue has an adoption day at Room & Board on 14th Street NW this Saturday, May 5. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This Saturday, May 5, City Dogs Rescue DC is teaming up with the furniture store Room & Board for a dog adoption event. Time is 11 am to 7 pm at 1840 14th Street NW. City Dogs Rescue DC is asking for volunteers to handle dogs and to help at the information table — you can sign up online to volunteer.

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, more than 30 dogs from City Dogs Rescue have been adopted by individuals and families in the DC metro area.

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by Borderstan.com April 11, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,356 0

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Nellie Dogs: City Dogs Rescue held an adoption day on Saturday in front of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day.

City Dogs Rescue was outside Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street last Saturday with three dogs up for adoption: Hans, Lucky and Meme. If you missed them, look for them again tonight, April 11, at Nellie’s — it’s SmartAss! Trivia and Dog Night. The games begin at 8pm, and the dogs will be upstairs.

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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by Borderstan.com April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,076 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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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2012 at 8:00 am 4,175 0

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Dupont Circle resident Britton prepares to take Morgan for a 90-minute walk last Saturday. Britton is one of the volunteers who walks dogs that are being cared for by City Dogs Rescue. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades and Luis Gomez

Want a dog, but don’t think you can handle the responsibility? Thought about fostering a rescue, but that won’t work either? Then, how about a 90-minute walk with a dog on a weekend day?

Last Saturday we met Britton and Morgan as they headed out for a walk around the Dupont neighborhood. Britton is one of the volunteers who takes dogs from City Dogs Rescue for weekend walks. The non-profit organization, run out of City Dogs at 1832 18th Street NW, has implemented this new volunteer dog walking program which helps City Dogs Rescue take care of the dogs.

All you have to do is go to their website and sign up for weekend dog-walking shifts; dates are available now through August. Volunteers walk dogs — wearing “Adopt Me” vests — in the Borderstan area and provide information to interested individuals who stop to ask about the dogs.

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Darren Binder of City Dogs Rescue with Morgan, one of the rescues from a kill shelter.  (Luis Gomez Photos)

“The dog walks not only bring the dogs great exercise, but increase their chances of finding permanent homes,” said Darren Binder, who founded City Dogs Rescue with his partner, Dave Liedman, owner of City Dogs Daycare, and a friend. “We have placed a number of dogs as a result of these walks, including our very first dog, Bentley.”

It turns out that Morgan is a lucky dog. He was on the “short list” at a kill shelter and was scheduled to be put down, according to Binder. “We have 36 people who have signed up for the dog walking program so far,” said Binder.

City Dogs Rescue usually has five to eight dogs at a time that are available for adoption. These dogs are fostered in donated space at City Dogs Daycare, which is a separate entity from City Dogs Rescue — and with local foster families.

“We are in great need for more foster families, and we would ask anyone who can foster a dog in their home to email us at [email protected],” said Binder. “Every additional foster home allows us to save another dog.”

City Dogs Rescue was formed in September 2011 as an all volunteer, 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.

City Dogs Rescue also has regular adoption and fundraising activities at local bars, stores and community festivals in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street, Adams Morgan and other neighborhoods. There are two upcoming adoption events at Nellie’s Sports Bar, a City Dogs Rescue community sponsor, on April 7 and April 11.

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