An Adoptable Cause

Helping 250 Dogs Get Adopted This Year

Every year animal shelters around the nation take in 5 million to 7 million companion animals and 3 million to 4 million are euthanized.  It’s a truly sad statistic and extremely overwhelming if you stop and think how you can help.

However it’s probably Pablo Picasso who said it best when he said, “Action is the foundational key to all success. “  So we are choosing to act and make a difference for as many dogs as we can.  If you are interested in helping here’s how..

The Plan

There are approximately 5,000 animal shelters and humane societies around the country and we are looking to partner with at least one in each of the 50 states. We will work directly with that shelter to raise funds and awareness in their community.  Our goal will be to help each of those shelters adopt to a loving family at least 5 of the dogs in their care.

We also will be providing training courses at no cost to people who adopt dogs from the shelters we partner with. Many times the reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters is because they have not been properly trained which lead behavior issues that people either can’t or wont deal with. If we can help with the training that should help keep a few more dogs out of shelters.

Where You Come In

If you know someone at your local animal shelter whom you think might be interested in working with us please pass along our information. If you are affiliated yourself with a shelter please leave your name in the comments section and we’ll get in touch with you.

If you don’t have any connections with your local shelter we would strongly encourage you to stop by sometime.  They are always looking for volunteers and you are guaranteed to leave feeling happier than when you arrived. Who knows..you might find a new best friend. 😉

We also would encourage you to donate if you can. Either to your local shelter or the ASPCA. Funds are always tight for these organizations and anything you can do would be a huge help!

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Comments

  1. Linda says:

    I live in Brooklyn, New York. I am training right now for certification as dog trainer. Right now I am in the process. Wherever I may fit into a plan, please let me know.

    ~ Linda

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  2. Beth Johnson says:

    There is also another group that rescues animals, they are not really a shelter, because they foster out all the animals they take in. These people are awesome for what they do. They call their group EARS(Empire Animal Rescue Society)http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY1032.html. The lady Courtney Valent (CourtneyValent@hotmail.com) is the person we have talked with on a regular basis in helping people to find animals or one who for some reason or another had to find homes for their animals. I support their efforts, and hope that you will consider this group inyour efforts to get 250 dogs adopted.

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  3. I am working presently at a animal shelter in my county I would like to learn to train these dogs so they can get addopted

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  4. Martha says:

    Wow! What a terrific idea to offer training along with an adoption! The biggest reason people hesitate to adopt rather than buy is that they fear they’re getting unknown behavior problems. Good for you!

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  5. Suzanne says:

    I’m a volunteer with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, in Asheville NC. We are a non- profit, no- kill shelter for homeless dogs and cats. Our website is BWAR.org. Please send information that I can pass on to the Shelter director. Thanks!

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  6. i work at a shelter in lawrenceburg, indiana. we are a non profit and could use all the help we can get. times are hard and adaptions are down, but surrenders have increased. please consider helping.

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  7. I have a 501 c 3 called Paws To Love Me. In May we took in 11 puppy mill dogs….dogs raised in a metal building w/ no windows, no ventilation, no heating or air conditioning. They were separated in wooden stalls; in some areas the dirt floors were several inches deep in urine and waste. Every water bowl was dry. The dogs were filthy; the smaller ones caked in feces. We have adopted out 5 so far; they require much rehabilitation as their lives previously were spent essentially in dark, solitary confinement.

    Last week we took in 8 semi-feral kittens. My non-profit was established as a spay/neuter outreach but the need for rescue is equally important.

    For more info, contact info or to donate, please visit our website.

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  8. Cecily Holbrook says:

    I am a retired trainer with time on my hands. I live in Oldsmar, Fl. Whatever I can do to help please let me know.

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  9. Tanzi Craig says:

    I foster dogs for Mutts Matter in Maryland and would love to see them get some help. Mutts Matter pulls dogs out of high kill shelters and into foster homes, sometimes for a few days, sometimes for months. Getting some help for the foster families would help those dogs get adopted faster. The faster they are adopted, the faster we can take in new fosters.

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  10. Rebecca Hays says:

    I support many animal shelters in my arears in many ways, adoption,fund raising, getting supplies like dog houses, and encourage. The closest to my heart is Red Fern Animal Shelter in Dresden, TN. It is run by 2 sisters that work full time putting the majority of their pay into the shelter. Their hearts for these animals is amazing. Their stamina is unbelievable! Please give them your help in their work to adopt out their rescues.

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    City of San Antonio Animal Car Services is a shelter located in San Antonio, TX. I am a volunteer there and would be happy to help with this plan if you choose this shelter. They are a former high kill shelter who have been making big strides to become no kill. Sadly, our city has WAY too many strays and they can’t house them all. Please choose them! 🙂

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  12. jose diaz says:

    I realy want to do som fot help you im in jalisco mexico and I support a shelter in may city

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  13. Betsy Paul says:

    I live in Gaithersburg, MD, and my family hopefully will be adopting a rescue Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever or mix of the two within the next few weeks.

    I would love to approach the Montgomery County Humane Society and the Talbot County Humane Society (Both in MD) about helping with your cause. Please let me know if you may also be interested in partnering with dog rescue organizations. There are many of them – more than I thought!!
    – Betsy

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  14. … I am a member of the Animal Control Advisory Council ~ I joined this committee with my personal veterinarian to try to make a difference at our local shelter. Upon joining we realized that things were much worse than we realized. Our state has 197 shelters, 8 of those shelters were responsible for killing more that 50% of the homeless dogs and cats in the most recent report published by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.

    … We continue to fight for the animals, but as I am sure you have heard from many others, it sometimes seems like its not possible to make a difference. We would love to be chosen as the shelter in our state, that can prove you can turn this around, and you can win this battle and save innocent lives.

    … We would love to be chosen as one of the shelters you choose to partner with and help us.

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  15. Betsy Paul says:

    I am interested in helping in the Maryland area. I live in Montgomery County, and also have strong ties in Talbot County. Please let me know if you are also interested in partnering with dog rescue organizations. They have access to high kill shelters and may be able to help, as well.
    – Betsy

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  16. Betsy Paul says:

    I am interested in helping.
    – Betsy

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  17. frances harrahy says:

    the dog training secret’s where so helpful in educating me on how to deal with my foster dog buddha..couldnt have done it without you!so it doesnt suprise me to see that you have come up with this amazing idea to save dogs lives…bravo

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  18. Jake says:

    Hearland Humane Society
    PO Box 585 · Yankton, SD 57078 · (605) 664-4244

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  19. We are a 501C3 Chihuahua rescue that takes in as many chis as we can from local kill shelters to foster and find furever homes. We are in San Antonio and we always need help with funding to treat for Heartworm and other expensive ailments the dogs sometimes have.

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  20. kelly g says:

    I live in/near Ft Lauderdale Fl. I foster puppies for a rescue here… My rescue works with Broward County Animal Control. I would like to get them involved in the “program” to get at least 5 dogs adopted… PLEASE keep me informed how we can get this started. Thank You and God Bless!!!!

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  21. PAUL says:

    WHY DO THEY CHARGE SO MUCH TO ADOPT A DOG IF YOU WANT TO GIVE IT A HOME ??

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    Brenda Reply:

    I live in SE Pennsylvania and I am not sure about what you mean by expensive but The Berks County Animal Rescue League I believe charges about 100.00 for an adoption fee.
    This fee is a bargain considering that the dog must be fed, housed, seen by a vet at least once if not several times and treated for things like worms, injuries, abuse. It entails perhaps a behaviorist, a vet, grooming. The fee includes spay/neutering, all that good stuff.
    I have 3 dogs and this time 2 of them I bought from a reputable breeder. When I got both my collies I had to get them to the vet for their puppy shots then again for a rabies shot. I believe that one of the shot bills was 72.00 then the spaying and chipping charge was 350.00. 2 of my dogs get regular grooming and the older collie’s fee at the groomer last week was 50.00 to get all that molting fur out.
    So if the shelter charges even 200.00 it is still a bargain.

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  22. Rena Wells says:

    I work at SPCA of Northern Nevada, Reno’s pioneer “no-kill” animal shelter.

    Three puppies were hours away from euthanasia when our canine manager rescued them. I was asked to foster one of the puppies for couple of days.

    I am now the proud owner of said puppy…meet “Harley”!

    Wanting to do right by Harley I ordered your Hands Off Dog Training Program….amazing program. Love how well clicker training works and would recommend it to all dog owners.

    Please contact me, I’m sure SPCA of Northern Nevada would love partnering with you.

    Rena

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  23. Larry says:

    Great Plan.
    I have been fostering and training for adoption since I started studying for my certification (which I have now). I offer free management planning and basic training for all my foster and rescue dogs.
    I recommend Animal Rescue of the Rockies in Breckenridge for Colorado.

    Larry

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  24. Laura says:

    I live in Westminster, SC. My county’s humane society has an exceptionally high euthanasia rate. I work at 2 animal hospitals and work to save lives all day every day, but yet just a few miles down the road at the shelter dogs and cats are being put to sleep. It’s crazy to see how some pet owners will spend thousands to save their pets, yet there are perfectly healthy but unwanted animals being killed every day. I would love to help in any way I can. I just picked up 2 dogs that were in the middle of road, covered in fleas and ticks, mange, and more. These dogs were unwanted, but sooo sweet, friendly, and smart. They represent millions of dogs in the US that would make wonderful companions, yet don’t have anyone to love or be loved by. Let’s do what we can to save at least a few of these precious lives!

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  25. Laura says:

    I live in Westminster, SC. My county’s humane society has an exceptionally high euthanasia rate. I work at 2 animal hospitals and work to save lives all day every day, but yet just a few miles down the road at the shelter dogs and cats are being put to sleep. It’s crazy to see how some pet owners will spend thousands to save their pets, yet there are perfectly healthy but unwanted animals being killed every day. I would love to help in any way I can. I just picked up 2 dogs that were in the middle of road, covered in fleas and ticks, mange, and more. These dogs were unwanted, but sooo sweet, friendly, and smart. They represent millions of dogs in the US that would make wonderful companions, yet don’t have anyone to love or be loved by. Let’s do what we can to save at least a few of these precious lives!

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  26. Kristie Lovelace says:

    Hi. I have been learning to train my own ‘pound puppies’ on my own. I would love to see some of our shelter dogs adopted out. They are shipping truckloads of puppies and healthy dogs out regularly to be euthanized. I would love to volunteer, but I always leave depressed because I know the next time I go, some will be gone off to be put down : ( However, if I can be involved in a program such as this, I know I would be happier about going because there would be a better chance at people adopting. This exact type program has actually been one of my dreams, as I hope to become a self-taught dog trainer in the future. Any instruction and advice from trainers with more experience will help me, as well. Please, let me know if I can help. Thank you!

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  27. Chick says:

    I just want to say that maybe so many wouldn’t be put to sleep if they would lower the price of them. $80.00 for a dog and $70.00 for a cat? I understand that includes the shots and all but for senior citizens that is just to much money and those are the people that would like a companion and be there for them! Instead of putting them to sleep, why not just give them away to people that can’t afford to buy them?

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  28. Miriam says:

    I live in Norfolk, VA and volunteer at Norfolk Animal Care Center which is the cities open admission shelter. Please let me know any details I may share to help them with this program.
    Miriam

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  29. Luisa says:

    Hi,
    do you have a facebook account? This can be spread virally in no time if you have facebook acount.
    If somebody liked your cause. It would be shared to hundreds of their friends in a second.

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  30. Cathy Russell says:

    I live in Casper Wyoming. I live in Casper, Wyoming. I have been planning on going to the shelter here to help do what I can and what they will let me do. I know that last year 9.6 million dogs were killed in the shelters. Horrible. I will do what I can to save a dog or two. I’ll pass this information on to the shelter. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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    Minette Reply:

    I am from Casper 🙂 what a small world 🙂

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  31. Lori Williams says:

    I live in Everett, WA and am a volunteer at the Everett Animal Shelter. I first volunteered because I wanted to help with training as much as possible to improve the lives of these dogs and help them to get into their forever home. I would be very interested in working with families more closely to help them better understand their dog and improve their bond for a life-long relationship and keep the dogs out of the shelters.

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  32. Loia says:

    My little beauty (Shih Tzu) is almost 17 years old and growing weak. So I decided I HAD to have another (to cry on) one day soon. Saw picture of Buddy (they called Mr. Magoo) online and drove to Phoenix to meet him. He seemed listles and lost, but I brought him home. He is the BEST trained dog I’ve ever had. But he’s had some bad experiences. He very gentle, but terrified of some men, even women if they have on dark clothes. He’s been with me a year now and I adore him. He had a hard time traveling, Hes long, low and folds up in the middle when I try to pick him up, but he’s adorable. I would never hesitate to adopt again.

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  33. Jason says:

    To everyone who has replied thus far a BIG THANKS! I will keep you all up to date on how you can help. We look forward to doing what we can to make the world better for some dogs 😉

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  34. Tanzi Craig says:

    I suggest you consider Mutts Matter, a foster network based in Rockville, MD. I am a foster family for the group. They work with no facility, instead they have a network of foster families and adoption screeners. We are all volunteers. Dogs are pulled out of high kill shelters and then go on to foster homes after seeing the vet. Foster families may have dogs for a few days or weeks, or even months. Some fosters know more about training than others but I imagine if those foster families learned training skills, you wouldn’t just be helping one dog, you would be helping every foster dog that came through that family’s door in the future. The faster we can get dogs adopted to good homes, the faster we can pull more dogs out of shelters and into the foster homes.

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  35. Ed Butzin says:

    Try SafeHarborRescue.com. It is a large non kill shelter in Palm Beach County Florida. We have adopted there before. They may be interested.

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  36. Martha says:

    Wow! What a terrific idea to offer training along with an adoption! The biggest reason people hesitate to adopt rather than buy is that they fear they’re getting unknown behavior problems. Good for you!

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  37. Sherrie says:

    We are the local humane society here in our town. Our animals are not in a shelter but are kept in foster homes. There are some who do have issues that need training and this would be wonderful to have such a program and would help to make more animals be adoptable. I think this would benefit our community and would love to be a part of such a cause and hope we can be considered.

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  38. Monica Pollans says:

    I work with the Pasco County Florida Animal Shelter and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in your program on their behalf. As with so many shelters around the country, Pasco has a shameful euthanasia rate which needs to be lowered through more adoptions, rescues and fosters. With your help, we can achieve this goal sooner and save more lives. I cannot tell you that I am more exceptional or more needy than the others but I can say that behind me is a wonderful organization of very passionate concerned Pasco citizens who are working hard to bring the kill rate down.

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  39. I am a certified dog trainer in SW Florida working with The Pit Bull Crew Inc. sponsered by Domestic Animal Services, Collier County, Naples, FL. This amazing group of dedicated animal lovers educates people regarding Pit Bulls and “Bully Breeds” and places dogs with rescue groups and foster families that would otherwise be euthanized due to running out of time. We attend events, cross-post with other shelters, hand out flyers, approach friends (and strangers) looking to save another life. Sometimes we are just trying to “buy” a little time hoping for a miracle to happen. Working together with others, sharing the same goal…saving one more life. We also work in the community educating the importance of spaying and neutering our pets.

    This group needs support in order to care for injured and sick dogs and provide care for rehabilitation. Many of these dogs simply need some basic training to make them adoptable. We have a fund in place through Domestic Animal Services to help with medical expenses but this fund is always running low. We could use help to get these great dogs trained to get them placeable in forever homes. I am a volunteer, my time and skill is given in hope that we can make a difference. The clock continues to “tick” and tomorrow could be the “end” for another beautiful, innocent dog.

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  40. I am on the Board of Directors of an animal shelter that has an intake of over 10,000 animals a year. I agree that training is a big part of the answer in reducing the numbers of animals coming into our shelter. We welcome any help you can give us and the animals.
    Thank You

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  41. sharon says:

    if i want to adopt 1 wat can i do to have that 1.
    thank you.

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  42. carla brown says:

    does this invitation extend to canada or is it just within the states?

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  43. amadi says:

    i am a Nigerian and i am very much interested in working in your shelter.thank you shelter. thank you

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  44. Cheryl Sanderson says:

    I’m very interested but would like more info. I’m not even close to being a dog trainer, just a big dog lover. I have 4 rescue dogs myself and my husband has 2 bird dogs. Keep me posted.
    Thank-you!
    Cheryl

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  45. Teresa Menke says:

    I work with The Barking Lot dog rescue in San Diego – we are a non-profit, no kill shelter and we rescue exclusivly from high kill city pounds. We currently have 80+ dogs in our care and are the second largest non-profit dog rescue in San Diego. Please forward along info so that I can forward to the Director.

    Thanks!!

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  46. Shirley says:

    I took in a dog that was suppose to go to the pound. Does this qualify me for the free training you do? I know now that is why he was going to the pound due to not being trained.

    I my self is getting a little frustrated with him also. I didn’t want him in a foster home. I have him almost potty trained but he will go in the house..

    Well please let me know if I am eligible for the free training. Have a great day.

    Shirley

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  47. Hello. I will keep this post simple. I work at the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County and I am very interested in your program. Please contact me so I can learn more. Thank you!

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  48. Cecelia says:

    I help at a shelter in Alexandria, Louisiana and will tell them about your offer. It is very likely they would love the help and public awareness!

    Thank you for your help!

    CC

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  49. Cecelia says:

    I will contact the shelter founders about this offer!

    Thank you!
    CC

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  50. sherry whitsett says:

    I recently volunteered to foster for the Chihuahua Rescue Society in San Diego, CA. The chi I am fostering is not potty trained, has no clue what a leash is, is afraid of men, and goes crazy barking and growling at other dogs (her age is determined to be 6-8 years old). Can I participate in the training and share it with the other fosters?

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  51. Anastasia says:

    Wright Way Rescue in Niles, IL. is truly an amazing rescue shelter. I adopted my beagle mix, Oliver, from them two years ago. They are just a group of wonderful kind dedicated people. I think they would really love the help of adopting out more puppies and kittens. Good luck!!

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  52. Jason says:

    I am putting everyone who responds here on a list. When we get to your state we will be contacting you. Thanks again for all your help in this cause!

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  53. Alysha says:

    I work for a shelter in Tennessee and would love to hear more about this program! Please send me info when you are able so that our directors can review it.

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  54. ROSA says:

    Hi, My name is Rosa Burton. I am from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. I own a small Kennel Free boarding for dogs service and have got all my dog training from DVDs,books and the web. I have put all the information in to practice with great success. I am in constant contact with the SPCA here at the South Coast and will pass the information on. I will mail you their response along with their details. I would love to be apart of your plans so please let me know what you need.

    Thanks
    Rosa

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  55. Pat Thomas says:

    Hello, my name is Pat Thomas, and I volunteer and am on the board of a no kill shelter in rural Bryson City, NC, called PAWS Bryson City. We have many challenges in this area, with minimum volunteers and virtually no support from the local government. We do not have an animal control facility in our county, and bear the burden of all homeless, neglected and surrendered animals in our area as a non profit. The county is one of the poorest in the state. Having a resource such as this would be a huge asset to us, and could truly help pet owners who would have otherwise surrendered their pet. We would love to be considered for this beneficial partnership. If more information could be shared, I’d love to receive it.
    Thank you in advance,
    Pat

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  56. Stacy Cross says:

    Hi, my name is Stacy T. Cross. SANG, Save The Animals Of NE Georgia, Inc. is a nonprofit rescue that greatly needs help!!! My mom, Susan Tamburino, was used to rescuing dogs around the house, but one day went to the local vets office and they were having to put dogs down because they had no room for the rescues because they had to leave room available for their clients. That was it!!! Susan was soo upset she had to start putting kennels on her property for the rescues!! Ofcourse there are always sooo many that need help. In the three years since SANG was born, we have rescued over 260 dogs; have an indoor facility for the inclement weather; and 8 outdoor kennels for the fresh air. We run solely on donations!!! We have recently partnered with the PetSmart in Flowery Branch, Georgia every other Saturday to help get dogs adopted and gain exposure for the rescue. Our moto: When you adopt a dog you really save two lives; the one you adopt and the one that takes its place in the rescue!!! Please help us help the animals!!!!!!
    Thank you,
    Stacy T. Cross
    Secretary, SANG, Inc,

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