You may not see a lot of dogs on DARL’s website or pet adoption pages. The reason is because DARL's focus is on dogs that have bigger issues with health & training. These are the dogs that are truly forgotten about and left on the back burner. "I work hard with trainers and veterinarians to keep our dogs safe and healthy. No matter how long it takes. There is never a rush to move dogs," says Melissa.
Daisy's is also the proud recipient of our Food for Thought Grant. We found that Melissa is doing some innovative things at DARL, one of which is advocating for a plant-based diet for pets too.
"Most of our dogs are on Evolution Dog food which is a vegan dog food and cat food. I have noticed a brightness in their coats and energy. The dogs that are not on the vegan food we do our best to keep it vegetarian for them. We are real careful about where the food comes from."
Daisy's menu policy began in June of this year. I have to admit I never thought about making my lifestyle (no animal products) a policy within my organization until Janice (New England Food for Thought coordinator) e-mailed me with this great campaign that I support 100%! I have supported veganism/vegetarianism for over 15 years and am happy that my team also supports it too!
At any event our volunteers and board members are required not to consume, sell or wear any product that was made with any animal properties including honey, eggs, milk, meat, skin, bones, etc. We want a better world for our animals that are suffering every day in battery cages, tight enclosures on factory farms and believe that it is a healthier way to live all around for animals & humans."
I encourage other rescues & shelters to adopt the policy absolutely. It's another way to save animals and it's a healthier life style. It's not stressful or expensive and it's not only salads. There are so many good vegan/vegetarian foods out there. I also want rescues & shelters not to be afraid to put their dogs/cats on a vegan/vegetarian diet (always ask your vet).
DARL's policy is one way of supporting a veg diet. We also make it a point to support our local Vegetarian/Vegan Expo or festival (New England Veg fest ). I encourage volunteers to try the food, research & support the festivals that are out there.
We are always looking for ways to help the animals and people in our community. Right now we are developing our Senior Dog program. I receive many e-mails & calls weekly about people needing to give up their Senior dogs because of medical cost, a terminal illness or the owner has passed away and the dog needs to be re-homed. Our program will provide owners with the proper resources of low-cost medical care for their senior pets and will educate them. We could use foster families to help this program succeed.
You can't put a price on a life."
Yes, Ernie needs a home. He's been with us a very long time and he is so eager to please.