It’s the first day of a brand new year and what better way to celebrate than to write a post for our new blog, The Dogma Blogma. 2016 is now officially over, congratulations…you made it! This past year we successfully matched over 350 dogs and puppies with loving families. Our efforts would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of many, many people. Our foster network is made up of a wonderful group of people. Thank you, everyone, for your hard work this year. You are the backbone of our rescue and I am constantly amazing by your fortitude and grace.
Another reason we were able to save so many animals is because of our financial donors. Thank you all for believing in our mission and supporting our cause. There are a good handful of consistent people that step up when I make the decision to pull a badly injured dog. Friends, we’ve saved a ton of dogs this year. It’s up to us to help these unwanted animals. No one else is going to do it. Even today, the last day of 2016, I pulled a 4 month old, male, pit puppy with two deformed front legs. No one is going to take an injured black pit pull puppy on New Year's eve. We saved his life.
Plese keep sharing our work with your family and friends. We continue to need your support.
We have some changes heading into 2017 that should make the rescue run a little smoother. When we started in 2013, I did everything. Now that we’re in our fourth year I realize we simply need more people. Meredith is going to begin reviewing adoption emails and applications; Anya is going to respond to foster inquiries; Jo will continue handling the donation program; Dawn continues to be our crafty expert, and also registers all the microchips; and Kathleen is joining us as our fundraising coordinator. Hopefully this will allow me to focus more time actually rescuing animals!
I’ve heard so many people say what an awful year 2016 has been. Granted, I was disappointed on election night and tons of my childhood icons died throughout the year. But, all things considered it’s been a great year for the rescue. Dogma had one Parvo outbreak in January and we went the rest of the year Parvo-free. We had no Distemper, unlike 2015, when we lost 13 puppies and two mama dogs. We had our share of loss, of course, but the devastation of deadly diseases eluded us. We are grateful and hopeful that this trend will continue.
My wish for everybody this year is to focus on what makes you happy. As someone who spent the better part of George W. Bush’s presidency depressed and miserable, I can tell you that obsessing over politics will do no good. Find something you love and surround yourself with that.
Love dogs? Foster a dog, come work an adoption event, volunteer at a local shelter, there are so many ways to help. Like sewing? Volunteer at the Josie Memorial Pet Project making much needed supplies for shelter and rescue animals in need. Have some free time? Check out Pets are Loving Support (PALS). They not only help AIDS patients pay veterinary bills, but also have volunteers that walk dogs, clean litter boxes, deliver dog or cat food to needy pets, and transport animals to vet appointments.
I wish you and your families the absolute best in the coming year. Thank you for being a part of our rescue family. Remember, it's up to each of us to find our passion. I hope you find yours in 2017.
Want to learn more about The Josie Memorial Pet Project or PALS? Check out their websites.
Our founder, Dogma Duane, is a passionate animal rescuer. He is now in his seventh year rescuing animals and his fourth year running Dogma Animal Rescue. Duane is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Latin America studies; and is a graduate of the American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University.