Paws In The City
With a passion for saving animals, Paws in the City has grown from a couple of volunteers, to a large number of volunteers and sponsors ready and willing to help when the need arises. Paws in the City is on a mission to end overpopulation, neglect and abuse of cats and dogs in the Dallas, Texas area.
During the summer of 2005, Paws in the City began their mission to save those dogs and cats from the City of Dallas shelter on the verge of being euthanized. Some of these dogs and cats were being killed because they were old, had a illness (although some were treatable) or because there was just not enough room at the shelter. But before their first adoption event in September, the horrific natural disaster known as Hurricane Katrina hit. Paws in the City co-founders Becky Haisma and Tara Harper sprung into action to help evacuate cats and dogs from no-kill shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness, and Mentoring
The Dream Rescue foundation was started and operates with one mission: to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need. An all volunteer staff works tirelessly to ensure the welfare of each Dachshund they bring in, no matter the circumstances. Working primarily in the Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, and Savannah regions, their goal is to make a “deep, direct impact in a limited geographic region rather than a small impact in a large geographic area”. Through the rescue of Dachshunds from shelters and animal control centers that routinely euthanize their dogs, Dream Rescue is able to give these Dachshunds a new lease on life. These volunteers are not only the rescue organization managers, but also are the primary transportation to the vet for any necessary medical procedures and foster parents for the dogs available for adoption. At least 90% of the donations and proceeds for the organization go back into vet care, while the other 10% is used to host events and fundraisers for rescue awareness like the HowlOWeenie, this year on October 1st.
As with most non-profit rescue organizations, most of their money is obtained through private donations or fundraisers and the upcoming HowlOWeenie event is the perfect way to show your support and have fun at the same time. Featuring Costume, Howling, Face Kissing, Tailwagging, and Bobbin’ for Weiners contests along with the ever-popular Daschshund Races, to live bluegrass music, hotdog lunches and cold beer and T-shirt sales, this event is sure to be a good time for dogs and owners alike. Micro-chipping and nail clipping services are also featured, with a wide assortment of prizes available for the contest winners!
AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
In 2008, the owner of a little red truck dumped a dog off on the side of the interstate. Who would have thought that from such a terrible act, such wonderful things would come about? The act was witnessed by animal lover, Amy Heinz, who spent days driving back and forth looking for this abandoned and injured dog. She confronted law enforcement officers that were ready to shoot the injured pet on sight and even the Mayor that had an unauthorized dog trap removed. From that day, the dog, currently known as Amazing Grace, was Amy’s dog, and led to the start of AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport.
AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport’s mission is to bridge the gap between traditional shelters and no-kill rescues by providing transportation from traditional pet shelters to no-kill rescues or AHeinz57 foster homes. Daily, volunteers monitor shelters for dogs and cats on the verge of being euthanized. Those pets are then rescued and brought to AHeinz57 and other rescues that have room. Although based in Adel, Iowa, AHeinz57 Rescue has taken pets to rescues as far north as Winnipeg, Canada and south to Topeka, KS, as far East to Peoria, IL and West to Omaha, NE. For those pets that are not taken to a other rescues, they are brought to the Pit Stop before put in an AHeinz57 approved foster home.
4 Luv of Dog Rescue
4 Luv of Dog Rescue, located in Fargo, ND is our July Pet Rescue of the Month. This pet rescue and adoption facilitator is dedicated to rescuing dogs from local pounds that are on the verge of being put down due to lack of space. They are committed to finding loving homes for dogs of all breeds, ages and health conditions. The rescue is operated 100% by volunteers. No one staffed by 4 Luv of Dog Rescue is paid.
4 Luv of Dog Rescue does not have a physical shelter where the dogs are housed. A few of their dogs are cared for at local boarding facilities, but the majority of their dogs are placed into foster homes. A foster home is temporary housing for these dogs. The foster parents provide the shelter, the love and the daily care, while 4 Luv of Dog Rescue provides the food, medical care and other necessities. A foster parent can expect to have a foster dog in their home anywhere from a few days to a few months, although most dogs are with their foster families for several weeks.
Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc.
For the month of June, we have chosen Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. in Huntington, IN as our Pet Rescue of the Month. HPPH is currently a feline only, no-kill animal sanctuary and adoption center, although they hope to open their doors to dogs in the future. But as of now, they are a safe haven for abandoned, abused or neglected cats.
HPPH started in 1995 with 2 little kittens. As more abandoned and neglected kitties joined the group, the owners saw a need and established Helping Paws Pet Haven. HPPH can be a short term residence for those felines lucky enough to get a second chance with a loving family. HPPH is also a forever home, for those unfortunate cats that are seen as unadoptable due to medical conditions, age, temperament, etc.