FIDO Contributes to Animal Rescue Groups.
FIDO In Prospect Park is pleased to announce that we are actively soliciting rescue groups to be donation recipients for FIDO’s next fiscal year.
In order to qualify, groups must be/ submit the following:
- Proof of 501c3 tax exempt status
- Must serve Brooklyn’s animal community to some degree (group does not necessarily have to be based in Brooklyn)
- Must submit a letter requesting donation funds. Said letter must include a mission statement or description of what the group is trying to accomplish.
- Any other supporting documents the group thinks useful to the submission
All decisions on whom and how much is given will be made by the FIDO Rescue Committee.
Please email all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO welcomes your suggestions for other rescue groups deserving of support in the coming fiscal year.
Last summer, Robert Herskovitz, chair of the Fido Rescue Committee presented donation checks from Fido to three deserving local rescue groups. Sean Casey Animal Rescue (www.nyanimalrescue.org); Kodi's Club (www.kodisclub.org) and Mighty Mutts (www.mightymutts.org)
Visit their websites and please think about helping out these groups in any way you can and show how the FIDO community contributes to our furry friends in need! FIDO welcomes your support…
From The Money Geek...
Here a dose of reality that most of us never stopped to consider:
A Lost Dog's Owner ...
If you find a dog with tags that dont include a
home phone/ address, call the veterinarian identified
on the rabies vaccination tag. The veterinarian should
be able to identify the owner by the rabies tag number.
If the dog has no tags, there
is a good possibility that the dog may be microchipped.
Most vets have the facility to scan
the dog between its shoulder blades to see if it can
be identified. This service is not terribly expensive, painless - often as little as $35 which includes the registration number by which you are contacted.
Try looking for a tattoo, usually on
the inside of the right back leg you may need
to part the fur on some dogs, and even shave a patch
to read a tattoo. Racing Greyhounds and some imported
dogs may have tattoos on their ears, so be sure to check
there, too. Tattoos normally identify either the pet
(and in the case of racing Greyhounds, age), or the registry.
the dog appears to have been lost recently, (healthy
but panicked) try walking around the neighborhood and
asking if anyone recognizes it. It may have slipped
its collar only a few minutes ago and the owner is
actively looking for their pet, or perhaps doesn't realize its gone. Post flyers in your neighborhood,
at pet supply shops in and around Prospect Park, and
at your veterinarians office. Many veterinary
offices will take a description of the dog over the
phone. Cast your net wide as you can, because a lost
dog may travel some distance.
If possible, post a notice
Local Groups Reuniting Lost Pets With Owners
Mayor's Alliance Lost Pet Registry
See below or register with the Mayor's Alliance "Lost pet registry" at 311. Animal Care & Control volunteers scour neighborhood blogs and postings to match lost & found pets. It really works.
The Animal Care & Control website
Volunteers now scan neighborhood blogs and postings to match up lost and found pets.
You can check lost/found listings most with photos. While this may
not be a complete listing of the animals in their care,
it may help an owner trying to find their dog in addition
to physically searching the shelters.
Another note: dogs
found as strays by the police in Brooklyn do not necessarily
go to the Brooklyn AC&C. Lots of times police will make
the trip to the Manhattan AC&C. Note - see the shelter
list at bottom of this page.
Lost & Found Pets NYC
see their website
Prospect Park Dog Owners' Facebook
This is a Facebook page that's often the eyes and ears for doings within the park and the surrounding communities.
Craigs List Brooklyn
Often Craig's List has been helpful. Log in at: http://newyork.craigslist.org/search/laf
Purebred Lost Dogs
If the dog is a purebred, look to the web or the list below for a rescue organization
devoted to that breed - they may well be able to foster
the dog or find it a home. A great place to start is
AKCs rescue page, which lists all AKC-recognized
breed rescue organization: www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm
Unfortunately, many or most dogs found in Brooklyn are
abandoned, not lost. Sad to say no-kill shelters have
long waiting lists. While small dogs may be able to go
to a shelter like Bide-a-Wee,
larger dogs are harder for them to fit in. In any case,
youll have to hold the animal for ten days in order
to establish ownership before you surrender it.
Maybe youll be lucky enough to find a permanent
or foster home right away, but if not, the truth is that
you can expect to invest substantial time and money in
your rescue. If youre unable to do that, youll
have to find a rescue organization or take the dog to Animal
Care & Control where the odds are pretty high that
the animal will be euthanized. If the dog is a pit bull
(or look-alike), those odds rise. Dont blame the
AC&C - blame the huge number of people who dump their
pets or dont spay/neuter.
If you cant keep the dog at home but want to place
it in a care facility, you might consider boarding. Kennels cost about
$20/day (less in the suburbs.) Look for a place that
has runs, smells clean, and offers ample visiting hours.
There is one other option. If you have a friend in the
suburbs who is willing to become the dogs owner,
that person may be able to take the dog to a local shelter.
Conditions there may be better and the shelter may be
a no-kill, or at least have a longer waiting period than
The Good News is that dogs do find homes. Help
is out there! To make the dog more adoptable (because its the right thing to do) you should
take the animal to a veterinarian for an exam, shots,
and a spay/ neuter if necessary. Many veterinarians will
discount their fees for strays, especially if you have
other pets under their care. By all means ask!
Can't keep the dog yourself?
Know that it's perfectly acceptable to not want to take on an abandoned dog for any reason. There's no need to say you haven't the room; your other dog won't adjust; you can't afford double veterinary bills. Simply tell people that you can't keep the dog but do make an effort to find a foster/adoption opportunity. See local rescue organizations below...
rescue organization who take in and foster abandoned dogs with the hopes that they will eventually find a home for them.
Do offer a sizable donation - these organization always are short of funds. And they do good work!