Volunteers - Without volunteers, there is no Rescue, plain and simple. There are dozens of generous people donating their time and energy just to make sure dogs that they may never meet, get a second chance at life. Driving for hours to pick up dogs from high kill shelters, often taking whole weekend days to do so. There are the walkers that make sure the dogs without foster homes are out and about, getting exercise, being seen by people on the street, and giving the contact information of the Rescue when people fall in love with one of our puppies. This is the best form of advertising for our dogs and I have received phone calls regarding our dogs while they were still out on their walk. These puppies sell themselves, but the volunteer walkers provide the audience. All of our social media/internet presence is done on a volunteer basis. Maintaining a website of an organization as busy as City Dogs Rescue is a lot of work. We bring in 3-4 new dogs every week and our website is kept up to date on the newest dogs, alumni, and all information pertaining to adoption, fostering, and volunteering. The volunteers are the true “gears” in the Rescue engine that make all things possible.
Fosters - Foster parents of our puppies are the quality control for the Rescue. They take in dogs that they know very little about and supply feedback about the health, demeanor and attributes of the dogs. Do they listen well? Do they get along with kids/cats? What sort of home would suit them? If a dog comes in sick, they get them back into good health. They walk them and advertise for the rescue. They are the first person(s) that provides guidance and companionship to a dog, (which is important for their overall mental/physical health). They let the dogs know that somebody out there loves them and this helps them socially adjust when it might not have the best relationship with humans. In my experience, many fosters will show so much love to a dog that they will simply adopt them! Fosters graciously welcome unknown dogs into their homes with no reservations or expectations...this takes compassion, trust, and a love for animals that we hope permeates the entire culture of City Dogs Rescue.
Miscellanea - There are others that support our Rescue that do not fall under the previous two categories, but are just as vital to its success. There are the various venues that provide City Dogs Rescue with room to conduct fundraisers. They allow dogs into their places of business, providing the forum for new people to see our great puppies. People that are not even expecting to adopt a dog can stumble upon one they simply cannot give up...and another dog finds a home! While I don’t want to go into the specific venues here, the next fundraiser will always be posted on the citydogsrescuedc.org website, come on down! I would also like to mention the employees of the City Dogs Daycare, as they are generally some of the first humans with prolonged contact with new pups. When new dogs come in, they are understandably scared, it is a new world for them, and they are in need of love and attention that can ease their anxieties, I feel the play room staff at City Dogs Daycare does an excellent job of this. Administering medicines, ensuring a proper eating schedule, and providing a loving and guiding atmosphere are all important for new dogs, and I feel the Daycare employees do just that. I would also like to thank City Paws Animal Hospital for providing low cost care for our rescues. With the myriad of health issues that can occur, it helps to partner with someone that not only makes sure that our pups are in a healthy condition, but do so in a way that keeps costs down, as this helps us get more dogs to rescue!
While the is certainly not an exhaustive list of all those that donate their time, I thought that it was at least a start. As we are now past 50 dogs saved, I am looking now at 100, and hope that with the example that has been set in the past nine months, the next 50 will be a breeze. Again, I thank all those that help in the City Dogs Rescue mission, and want you to know that, together, we are making the lives of humans, dogs, and Washington DC, better!