We’ve made it to another Feel Good Friday! This week, I’m thinking globally and acting extremely locally by highlighting an organization located at the end of my street, Rocket Dog Rescue.
Founded in 2001, Rocket Dog Rescue is a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue with a mission “to save the condemned animals from a cruel fate by providing them shelter through a network of temporary foster homes, until the animals are adopted permanently. Rocket Dog Rescue is operated entirely by a tight-knit group of volunteers and foster families who rehabilitate, train, and provide for the rescued animals.”
The location I pass on my daily walks in Oakland is both an adoption center and urban sanctuary. What that means is they can provide care and temporary housing to homeless animals, pets of domestic violence victims who are unable to care for them, and rescue animals who require specialized care.
Even with housing at the sanctuary, Rocket Dog depends on a network of foster families to provide safe, stable, temporary homes for the dogs while they wait to be adopted. If you’re interested in fostering a dog, you can find more information here.
The ultimate goal, of course, is to find permanent homes for all of the dogs. If you’re wondering why you should adopt a rescue dog, consider this. In addition to saving a dog’s life, Rocket Dog takes care of basic training and veterinary services. They also perform temperament and behavior training and, since most rescue dogs are adults, you’ll have a pretty complete picture about the dog before you adopt it. Plus, the warm fuzzy feeling you get from rescuing a dog will be both figurative and literal.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog, check out the adoption page. It provides photos and info on dogs that are currently available as well as guidelines and an application form. Virtual adoption events happen every Saturday on the Rocket Dog Facebook page. Since their founding in 2001, Rocket Dog had saved 9,333 dogs from euthanasia in overcrowded bay area shelters! You can read success stories from new pet parents here.
If you’d like to support the work of Rocket Dog Rescue, there are several ways to do it. Foster a dog, become a volunteer or donate some cash. You can also spread the word about their work by liking their Facebook pageand following them on Twitter @RocketDogRescue.