Last year I did a blog post about Toronto photographer, Nicole Simone & her ongoing project called, “Redemption Dogs”. She photographs rescued dogs with their humans & tells their story.
I was pleased to see that Nicole is doing what she can to help dogs in Houston, Texas. She is heading there to help local rescues which are overwhelmed. Redemption Dogs volunteers Alex & Tim will be taking a temperature controlled van down so that they can transport back to Toronto as many dogs as they can manage. There are already half a dozen rescues in Toronto that are ready to intake these dogs.
They presently have a budget of $2000 for van rental, gas, accommodation, & food for the volunteers. The rest of the budget is in preparation of vetting costs which will include rabies vaccinations before coming across the border, as well as testing for & treating Heartworm if needed once the dogs are in Canada. Heartworm is prevalent in Texas & can cost upwards of $1,500 for treatment. Any funds that are left over will be donated to Houston area rescues & shelters.
You can do your part by donating to their GoFundMe campaign. On the campaign page you can see a detailed break down of how they will spend the funds. I hope you can find it in your heart to contribute. Three bum swings & three more for Nicole. What a wooftastic human.
CEO Olivia ❤
In my last post I talked about fostering. Perhaps fostering isn’t for you but you’d still like to help a local shelter or rescue group. Have you considered being a sponsor? Sponsoring is one of the most meaningful ways to help an animal in need, especially if you cannot adopt or foster. Most shelters & rescues get little or no help from the government, they rely on help from the public.
The cost of running a shelter or rescue can be staggering. Sponsorship helps pay for medical treatment such as a full check-up by a veterinarian, vaccines, microchip, grooming, spay/neuter or worming , as well as daily upkeep of the facilities. Many shelters & rescues have specific programs you can sponsor such as trap & release programs that help reduced the population of feral cats. You can also donate food, litter, toys & bedding as well.
You can also sponsor on behalf of someone else, for example, a sponsorship in your grandchild’s name. Often if you’re sponsoring a specific dog or cat, the shelter or rescue will send you photo’s & updates of your recipient.
If you think you’d like to become a sponsor, contact your local shelter or rescue for more information. Believe me, they will appreciate your help & you will be helping give animals a better chance.
CEO Olivia ❤
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Today I’d like to share a photo blog I discovered called Redemption Dogs by Toronto photographer Nicole Simone. Featuring the stories of rescue dogs, each picture in the series tells the tale of a dog who got the loving life they deserve.
In her own words; “I started the project in March 2014 as an in studio portrait series. I wanted to show the happily ever after that many of these dogs have & the positive impact they have on their human’s lives…you see so many sad stories & people pleading to adopt, but you never see what happens years afterward”.
Nicole hopes her photos will encourage more people to adopt rescues. “A lot of people think rescue dogs are broken, dangerous or damaged goods. Some people even say these dogs are homeless for a reason,” she said. “We want to break that stigma.”
I am a rescue myself & it warms my heart to see such wonderful photographs & stories.
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