Save a dog
SHELTER OF THE MONTH
by Dawn Giovannucci
Save a dog is the best place to volunteer;
With all these great people and lots of good cheer!
We help all dogs who need a good home;
some were even saved from where they roam!
They come from all over; every breed, shape and size.
We can't bear to think of what happened before;
for we think of them as God's little prize!
I know you all have the same thing on your mind
If we could just save them all - maybe someday -
but for now we have to do it one dog at a time!
We recently met Shirley at the New England Federation of Humane Societies conference and found out that Shirley is a professionally trained homeopath and uses this gentle system of medicine to treat the dogs who reside at Save A Dog. We also chatted about food, events, and her future plans for Save A Dog.
It began when we became educated on the treatment of farm animals. I think we were at a conference and watched a Farm Sanctuary video and some other videos.
How have your staff/volunteers/supporters taken to the veg menu policy?
We original board members put a veg policy in place long ago and rarely does anyone balk at it anymore. At first there was a lot of resistance, but now everyone accepts it.
Why do you feel it’s important for shelters and rescue groups to adopt such a policy?
I think that even if there are meat eaters in the group, we shouldn’t put a stumbling block before anyone. I explain to the meat eaters that the fundraisers are all about raising funds for our rescue work and the focus shouldn’t be on food. It’s about bringing funds in and not offending our supporters.
Event planning can be a very fun and rewarding part of the rescue world. What are some of the events that your organization puts on? What might be on the menu?
We have a benefit auction in the Fall and we provide a full dinner. We’ve had everything from butternut squash ravioli to penne with roasted vegetables. We have some wonderful caterers who put on a wonderful presentation with delicious food.
We recently had our annual PAWS in the Park event, that had delicious vegetarian and vegan food catered by Above the Clouds. Everyone had a blast!
Providing a menu that puts the welfare of animals ahead of our personal desires is the best policy to have and it will reap the benefits for years to come. It’s a policy you can be proud of."
We are in the process of purchasing the land and shelter where we have operated our rescue organization since 2008. We plan to expand with an additional building that will service as a multipurpose building for adoptions and dog training. This is a huge opportunity, not only to stay in the place we call home, but it also brings the potential to save more dogs.
Can you tell us about one animal Save A Dog is trying to place?
Adonis is a very shy dog who came to us as a fearful pup. He’s doing well in his foster home, but he doesn’t show well when he meets new people so of course he is hard to place. He needs a quiet home with a patient adopter.
Meet Adonis! He is a 7 month old neutered male pup and is called a "Coconut Retriever" as he's from St. Thomas. A fenced yard would be best to keep him safe and give him access to the outdoors where he is most happy. He loves being outside, but equally loves coming in for a long nap. Give him a toy, and he is good. Then he will come out to say hello and curl up with you. He is adorable and wants to be adopted. If you can help Adonis, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATS, SAVE A DOG!