Paws in the Streets and More!

Paws in the Streets and More!

We have some fun upcoming events that will help us save more lives during the ASPCA 100#Challenge! Since the start of the challenge we have had several Paws in the Streets event, and have found homes for quite a few dogs and even a cat! You can see an album of the events on our Facebook page here.

Thursday, June 27th 
LDCRF will be having a Paws in the Streets event in Old Town Alexandria, starting at The Dog Park, a great pet boutique that has also generously donated cold treats to cool of the dogs after the walk! Our walk will be lead by DC’s very own Dr. Katy Nelson, host and executive producer of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy.

Event details:
Walk starts at 7pm
The Dog Park Boutique705 King Street
Alexandria VA
Sign up to volunteer here.
RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, July 4th
Join us at the “Let Freedom Run” race with Pacers Running Stores! We will be hosting the all important water stop and also will have a table at the finish line celebration. The race is at Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. We will need 10 people for the water stop, 2-3 people to represent LDCRF at our table and as many fosters who would like to come and show off foster dogs for adoption. While it’s an early morning event at 7am, we should be all done by 9:30am or 10am at the latest.

Sign up to volunteer here.

steverudinThursday, July 11th 
LDCRF will be having a Paws in the Streets event in Clarendon, starting at Pacers Running Stores. This walk will be lead by Steve Rudin, WJLA meteorologist and proud parent of LDCRF alumni Gus!

Event details:
Walk starts at 7pm
Pacers Running Stores
3100 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington VA
Sign up to volunteer here
RSVP on Facebook

Thursday July 18th
Join us at the Unleashed Petco store at Pentegon Row for another fun Paws in the Streets and adoption event! We will need volunteers to handle dogs, as well as fosters to bring foster dogs, so please check back for sign up information.

Event details:
Petco Unleashed
101 South Joyce St.
Arlington, VA
RSVP on Facebook

Sunday July 21st
We will be having a Paws in the Street event at the Kentlands BARK! in Gaithersburg, MD. We will have fun gift baskets for adopters, and will hopefully find homes for many dogs!

Event details:
Walk begins at 12pm
Adoption event continues until 3pm
235 Kentlands Blvd
Gaithersburg MD
RSVP on Facebook

WendyRieger_image_982xSunday August 11th
We’re headed out to the docks for this Paws in the Streets event in Annapolis! This fun event will be a walk of adoptable dogs, led by NBC’s Emmy award winning Wendy Rieger. Make sure to check back for more details about this fun event!

Bo: A look at how fostering helps save lives!

Bo (in the background) and Brian, at the Spotsylvania Animal Shelter

Bo (in the background) and Brian, at the animal shelter. LDCRF took them into a play yard to get to know them a bit better.

The second weekend into the ASPCA 100kChallenge was filled with lots of great adoptions! We were able to find homes for 67 dogs and cats, and could not have done it without our amazing volunteers. Every person who signed up to be a dog handler, drive a van, help with cat adoptions, open their homes to foster dogs, helped in saving a life. Bo was one of the dogs who found a home this weekend, and shows how a foster home can make all the difference.

Bo's headshot when he was ready for adoption.

Bo’s headshot when he was ready for adoption.

In February of 2013, Bo and quite a few other dogs were at the a rural Virginia animal shelter, and they were full. LDCRF had had a great weekend of adoptions, so was able to go to the shelter, and pull a number of dogs and cats, to help free up kennel space, and save those animals from being euthanized. Bo was one of the dogs! He was a goofy hound boy, who didn’t have any history, but he did great with the other dogs, so we put him, as well as Brian, another hound (who is still looking for a home!) on our list.

Once in our care, he received the vetting and medical care that he needed in order to go up for adoption, and got used to life at the Lost Dog Ranch. His routine consisted of hanging out in a nice indoor kennel space with another canine pal, and a doggy door so he could go outside to go potty as he wished. He has a nice bed, food, water, and ample playtime in our play yards, so life seemed pretty good to Bo – a big move up from roaming the back roads of rural Virginia!

He had his photo taken for his website bio, and viola! He was ready to attend adoption events and be adopted. He also got a Pal for Paws Sponsor, Sally Woodward, and her donation helped to cover the cost of his medical care and daily care.  While at the events, people stopped by to pet him, and he was a good natured friendly boy, but he didn’t have a story to draw people in. He was found as a stray, and that was all that was known about him. While he was safe at our facility, not being in a home meant that we didn’t know about his housetraining or how he acted in a home.  So his search for a home continued for a few months.

Bo made friends while in foster care!

Bo made friends while in foster care!

Then, Bo got lucky! He had someone who wanted to foster him! His foster dad was a new foster, and emailed about meeting Bo and a few others to foster. He decided to take Bo home to foster on May 25th. Not only was Bo lucky because he could now be in a home environment, but he now had a personal advocate! Someone who could tell adopters what he was like in a home, which is a great advantage.

His new foster dad got to know him, and learned some fun information about Bo, like that he was crate trained and housetrained, and loved toys, and was also quiet. All great traits that would help him find a home. After having him for a week, he updated his online bio with some great photos of Bo, that showed off his great personality, in hopes it would help him find a home.

Only a week after updating his online bio, and only two weeks after going into foster care, Bo left foster care – he was adopted! He’s one of the many dogs that goes to show what a difference a foster home can make. In addition to helping the dog in foster care get adopted, it allows us to pull another from a shelter, because we now have an open space at our facility. If you’re looking for a fun way to help an animal, fostering is a great way to do it. We are always in need of fosters, for puppies, kittens, adult cats and dogs – they all could use a personal advocate to help them find a home like Bo did.

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Bo and his new family!

If you’re interested in fostering, or want to sign up, click here and you’ll be taken to our foster page where you can fill out an application for fostering dogs and/or cats. If you fell in love with Bo, his buddy Brian, is still with us and would love a foster home too!

Overnight Fostering Opportunity!

Avril the peke mix found herself a great new home at our Paws in the Streets event in Clarendon!

Avril the peke mix found herself a great new home at our Paws in the Streets event in Clarendon!

We had a great weekend kicking off the ASPCA #100kChallenge, and quite a few of our dogs enjoyed having overnight foster homes Saturday night! Since it was such a success, we’re going to continue to have the option of overnight fostering from Saturday to Sunday, where people can come to our Paws in the Street event on Saturday evenings.

This Saturday night, June 8th, we’ll be at the Reston Town Center. We’ll walk around the Town Center, spreading the word about our events and hopefully meeting a few interested adopters as well, and then we’ll close out the evening by enjoying some Fro Yo, with Frosty Paws for the four legged.

To sign up to walk a dog, or overnight foster a dog, please use the form below: