Community Information Database

The Dog Days of Summer


According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the many free online resources provided to all SCPL library borrowers, the Dog Days of Summer have a rather peculiar history dating back to the ancients of the Classical world and the mysticism surrounding Sirius, the Dog Star:

The name originated with the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians; they believed that Sirius, the dog star, which rises simultaneously with the Sun during this time of the year, added its heat to the Sun’s and thereby caused the hot weather. Their belief that dogs were subject to spells of madness at this time also may have contributed to the name. 

So the Dog Days of Summer might not have been intended to inspire that canine-summertime-feeling but that doesn't mean it's not a great time to think outside the bark. The Community Information Database hosts many wonderful agencies advocating for dogs, their health and welfare, and how humans can develop better relationships with them. The following local agencies are in particular are so uniquely special in their creativity and advocacy for our furry friends it's a wonder the Dog Days of Summer hasn't been reappropriated to honor their collective mission:

UnChained is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Through its Canines Teaching Compassion program, UnChained teaches youth how to train homeless dogs in basic skills, manners and socialization, helping the dogs be adopted into permanent homes. The youth develop values of patience, respect and responsibility for themselves and others, through the trust and relationship building with their dogs.

BirchBack Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the first of it's kind in the Central Coast region with the goal of keeping pets with their families in light of a financially burdensome medical crises. BirchBark is the result of a dream to help those people keep that wonderful bond with their pets by helping to remove all or part of the financial obstacle. At the same time, they offer information to help people be the best caregivers and health advocates they can for their pets.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to finding loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. POMDR also provides volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep their pets with them as long as possible. In addition, they make pre-arrangements to take in dogs should their guardians become unable to care for them.

Take a look at our Featured Agencies below for more great and local organizations.

Featured Agencies

  • BirchBark Foundation
    BirchBark Foundation is the first of its kind in Central Coast region. While there are many wonderful animal aid groups in both Monterey and Santa Cru...   [Full Record]  
  • Center for Animal Protection and Education
    The Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) is a non profit 501(c)3 organization that provides sanctuary for injured, disabled and special n...   [Full Record]  
  • Coastal Dog Owner's Group
    Coastal Dog Owners Group is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C-Dog coordinates several events year round like the Spring Dog Parade ...   [Full Record]  
  • Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Inc.
    Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Inc (MBSD) was founded in 1988 by experienced Search and Rescue volunteers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Our organiza...   [Full Record]  
  • Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
    Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in October 2009. POMDR is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and s...   [Full Record]  
  • Santa Cruz SPCA
    The Santa Cruz SPCA is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. Serving our community since 1938, we offe...   [Full Record]  
  • UnChained
    UnChained is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that partners with local schools and organizations to help reduce violence in our homes, schools and co...   [Full Record]