This is the promise that we make to each dog that we rescue from a shelter, surrendering home, or a transport vehicle.
We are a small grassroots network of animal lovers and volunteers working together to save the lives of dogs and place as companion animals in loving homes. We rescue dogs from kill-shelters and owner surrenders.
We are committed to providing spay/neuter, all appropriate medical treatment, foster homes, training and socialization for each of our dogs. Our unwavering commitment to our dogs allows us to best match them to a forever home to become stable family pets.
Education is a vital component of our program which helps decrease failed placements resulting in people giving up and throwing away their family pets. We are particularly interested in educating the public in an effort to dispel the commonly held stereotypes about pit bull type dogs.
But does this tell you who we are?
We are volunteers, ages 18 to 50, with families, children, jobs, pets of our own, college coursework and crushing demands on our time, who CHOOSE to spend our time in the company of “thrown away” dogs to fulfill our promise to them.
We are really, really tired, and our houses are a little chewed. But it’s okay.
We are women and men who are constantly on the phone discussing dog digestive issues, and laughing that we have designated “poop scooping shoes”.
We are sleepless with worry over a mistreated pit bull, an exhausted foster, or a deaf dog that can’t seem to find his place in the world.
We are the people who struggle to maintain our poise when someone tells us they have purchased a pet store puppy. Then, we are the people who try to explain why.
We are those who call each other to share our amazing pride when a NYC basement kept puppy shows signs of understanding how to live in a family, or when a starved dog finally accepts food from a hand, or when our children say they want to be rescuers too.
We are hopeful that the next generation will be kinder to animals than our own, and we are raising compassionate children who understand that there is a “line” of puppies waiting for their family to find them, and that the line is too long. Who are willing to share their Mom’s time with strangers and their homes with pit bulls and puppies that need to “figure it all out”.
Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue is a volunteer based, non profit, 501(c)3 organization.