The Dog Days of Summer weren’t intended to inspire a canine-summertime-feeling but that doesn't mean it's not a great time to think outside the bark. The Community Information Database hosts a number of exceptional agencies advocating for dogs, their health and welfare, and how humans can develop better relationships with them. In particular the following local agencies 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.
BirchBark Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the first of its 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.