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 April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,200 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 4,402 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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