Many families will bring dogs, cats and other pets into their homes with the purest of intentions, aiming to provide them with love, support and comfort. But sometimes unavoidable circumstances affect their ability to care for their furry friends, resulting in animals being abandoned or neglected.
With the unwavering charity of City Dogs Rescue in Washington, D.C., pets can have a chance to live and play happily together before getting adopted into a new home.
Who they are
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2011 by Darren Binder and Dave Liedman, and focuses on rescuing pooches from overcrowded and high-kill shelters in the area. According to the Washington Post, CDR got its start when the co-founders agreed to help a friend save a 1-year-old Labrador retriever named Bentley from euthanasia at a shelter in Georgia. Since then, they’ve continued to lend a hand – or a paw – when someone’s in need.
CDR has a large group of volunteers who work almost around the clock to ensure that all pooches are comfortable and cared for properly. The Washington City Paper even voted the organization as the “Best Place to Volunteer” in 2014. The corps transports shelter dogs around the D.C. area and coordinates pet care services with veterinarians, foster owners and potential families. When the volunteers take the lead, they get pooches into permanent homes as quickly as possible.
What they do
The organization assists dogs when resources are limited. Many of the rescues are mere hours away from being euthanized, but CDR swoops in to save them in the nick of time. Their efforts help enhance both human and canine lives in the D.C. metropolitan area.
CDR has an active presence on social media, spreading awareness about animal welfare and promoting events that benefit pets in need. For example, they host an annual fundraiser called “Dining Out with Dogs” with the help of Eatwell D.C. The organization teams up with local restaurants to raise money for the cause. CDR sends supporters to the eateries as patrons in exchange for 15 percent of the night’s revenue – and some dog-friendly menu items, too. Last year, the event generated approximately $10,000 in donations.
They also hold the Cheeky Puppy adoption meet, which brings potential families together with rescue dogs at a pet supply store. They can interact with one another to get comfortable prior to adopting.
While only three years old, CDR has found homes for more than 700 abandoned dogs in the Washington area and will continue its charitable work for years to come.
City Dogs to Adopt
If you are in or around the D.C. area, these are some loving pups that need a home. Just click their name or image to learn more about these terrific dogs.
“I’m a 1 year old Jack Russell Terrier mix that loves to learn new tricks! I am great with kids, other dogs, and even cats, so I’ll do well in any home. I’ve been neutered, up to date on my shots, housebroken, and am great on the leash, so all I need now is a family to love me and I’ll be all set. Although I would love a yard to play in…”
“I’m a 2 year old girl that loves to play and snuggle. I’m part Australian Cattle Dog and part Labrador, so I am good for a long walk or a calm afternoon in front of the TV. I absolutely love kids, other dogs, and cats as well. I have been spayed and am up to date on all my shots, so if you want to cuddle up with these big baby blues, stop by!”
“I’m Roger, a 1 year old Pit mix and boy have I seen it all. I came into the shelter after being rescued from some bad people that wanted me to do bad things – but I am still a very good boy! I love to snuggle and feel safe next to a person that loves me, and I will show you that love with a bunch of kisses. I love playing with kids and cats, am perfectly house trained, and while I may be a little submissive around other dogs, that doesn’t mean I don’t love them too. If you adopt me, I promise to be the best dog you could hope for.”
“I’m Jake, a 4 year old Goldendoodle (that’s part Golden Retriever, part Poodle) and I am a real people lover. My favorite pastime is to snuggle. I suffer from epilepsy, but I take medication for it. I also have a little separation anxiety, so anyone that adopts me should be ready to help me cope. With a little TLC, I’m sure to be the furry pal you’ve always wanted!”
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