Dog-Harmony is in need of a larger space to facilitate their mission. They are launching a capital campaign to reach their goal of $50,000, which will allow for a space with enough room for the increasing number of rescues and surrendered dogs, as well as education and training programs for comfort dogs. To provide shelter for every dog that needs it, a larger, safer space is priority.
“I receive approximately 20 phone calls a month from homeowners wanting to surrender their animals due to unfortunate circumstances,” said Dog-Harmony Founder Nancy Bown. “This does not include the ones we try to pull from kill shelters. We have absolutely no place to house these dogs and our area no-kill rescues are full.”
Dog-Harmony is motivated by the belief that every dog needs a family, and every family needs a dog. Through rescue, adoption, and education, they coordinate compatible matches between dogs and humans to create lifelong, loving forever homes for these animals.
The new 3,000 square foot rescue and education center would include 2,000 square feet of revenue-generating programs such as self-bathing stations and retail space. The reformed Dog-Harmony business plan accounts for operating expenses to be covered by many of these new programs, allowing for donations to go directly to the incoming dogs in need.
The space would also allow for a controlled environment to activate additional programs, including responsible dog safety for children, pet ownership, comfort dog training, and behavioral training for Dog-Harmony rescues by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer — Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Continued programs such as microchipping clinics, spay and neuter scholarships, and bite prevention for senior citizens and children can be expanded and increased with new revenue generation.
“(I) love this dog rescue organization made up of volunteers that use their time to find the right home for each dog and the right dog for each home, with love, patience and good training,” said Sue Smith, long-time donor and volunteer. “(They have a) great motto too: Dog + Human = Family.”
Donations are being accepted on the Dog-Harmony website at dog-harmony.org/capital-campaign, through the Dog-Harmony Facebook page, and at many local events.