In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, i wanted to write a post about one of the organization that i volunteer for here in Washington DC and how you can support it, or do the same for an organization in your local community.
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City Dogs Rescue is a non profit organization who does incredible work! It is a “rescue” not a shelter, and consist of a network of volunteers who foster dogs with volunteer families and donated boarding facilities. They rescue dogs from overcrowded and high-kill shelters, where resources are severely limited and give these pups a life worth living.
As an animal advocate with a big A, I have been working with volunteer projects since my teenage years. So when we moved to Washington DC I was looking for a good organization to engage in and my choice fell on City Dogs Rescue. Me and André have fostered 3 dogs and the Hound mix Greg is currently living with us now. He is a sweetheart and a very intelligent, loving dog, who sadly was left as an unclaimed stray, and the one who adopts him will be very lucky to have him. You can fin his application here Greg♥
To be a foster parent for an animal is a lot of work, a lot of fun, a lot of tears but so rewarding. By taking in one animal you also empty one space at the shelter, so another one can get rescued. By volunteering you get to meet so many amazing, committed people and to be a part of a community that gives a lot back to you. By being a foster parent for a dog you also get to know and love someone who gives you a lot of love in return. When you do have to give them up, it is heartbreaking, but since you know they are going to a safe and loving home and that you helped give them that, the tears are totally worth it.
Our former foster dogs, Jackson and Riley are now in safe and loving homes and we are getting pictures and updates about them every now and then. It makes me proud and happy every time.
City Dogs Rescue has been rewarded with many awards, such as Best Non Profit organization 2015, voted by the readers of Washington City Paper. It is also selected as one of the featured Non Profits in the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Over 1500 dogs has been rescued and found their forever homes trough this organization during the last two years. All based on volunteer work. Isn´t that fantastic?! When a group of socially committed, caring and hard working people works together for one cause, great things happens. It does matter to give and take action.
So, what can you do?!
- Sign up to be a foster parent
- Sign up to volunteer for the organization near you, in any big or small way
- Donate money or time
- Get in touch with the organization and find out what they might need
- Make sure it is a professional organization so that your money and time actually is utilized properly
- Promote the organization on social media etc
- Adopt a pet instead of buying one from a breeder
“Dear to reach your hand in to the darkness
to pull another hand into the light.”
With Purpose & Pepper