TEAM DOG RESCUE 2019 GALA: On February 22nd, we hosted our second annual Party With a Purpose. We would like to thank our Gala Committee for bringing this party to fruition, they committed several hours a day into its planning for the last several months, down to the finest of details, and it showed.
Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who attended and helped with every element of the party, from registration, right down to the clean up, we are indebted to you, always. Thank you to all who donated auction items as well, we couldn’t be more thrilled, it was such a successful night due to so many of you who are there for us, and the dogs in need. Thank you!
We are thrilled to announce that we have raised just over $31,000 after expenses!
Thank you for joining us in our quest to do our part to end the plight of homeless dogs in our community, we are humbled and honoured, by your support.
We look forward to hosting you once again next year!
As a result of the terrible 2018/2019 winter Toronto had, the ladies behind TEAM Dog Rescue brainstormed some ideas of ways we could give back to those who are displaced living on the streets with their pets. We came up with Project Inseparable.
1 in every 5 homeless in Canada have a ‘service animal’ which provides them with deep comfort and is reported to help with their overall mental well-being. Those who live on the streets with their pet(s) describe having an animal as either motivating them to change their lives or preventing them from taking their lives.
How Can I Help?
We need your help! Please donate any of the much-needed supplies on our list to one of our drop-off points (below). Together, we can have an even greater impact in our community!
Our Impact in 2018
In partnership with Fred Victor Homeless Shelters – we used our social media channels to reach out to the community to ask for donations for both humans and their pet(s). We set up 4 drop off locations around the city where people could bring collected (brand new) items. We ordered 250 reusable knapsacks and collected shoe boxes from local stores.
The outpour of support we received from the community was absolutely incredible. On March 15,2019 volunteers from TEAM Dog Rescue and employees from Randstad Canada went onsite to Google Canada to sort through all of the donated items and fill knapsacks and shoe boxes. Handwritten encouragement letters were written by Google employees for each knapsack and shoe box. Our hope was that a shoebox/knapsack says “you are not alone” and the gesture could mean the world to one.
250 filled reusable knapsacks and shoe boxes with basic necessities for both humans and their dogs were dropped off to the Fred Victor Center in Toronto
100 Tim Hortons gift cards were distributed to homeless around the GTA
Boxes of brand new hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags and fresh towels were dropped off to 3 different respite centers in the GTA
Over 100 bags of dog food, dog treats and boxes of new leashes and collars were dropped off to low income housing through the Fred Victor Center
$300 raised in cash donations
Through Project Inseparable we hope to raise awareness and break the stigma centered around homeless people who have pets. A HUGE Thank You to our community for helping us help them. We look forward continuing this initiative year over year with your support.
Stay tuned for more information regarding Project Inseparable 2020.
The #THINKRESCUE campaign was born out of a need for change. The need to change the perception of rescue dogs as inferior pets. The majority of rescue dogs end up homeless through no fault of their own. They are loving, loyal and grateful for a second chance.
The #THINKRESCUE campaign raises awareness (without judgment) for adoption programs and is geared at changing the stigma placed on rescue dogs everywhere. It encourages families to talk about adoption and consider rescuing first when looking to add a Fluffy or Fido to their family. Our goal is to spread the word about adoptable dogs through the #THINKRESCUE campaign to ensure people are aware that there are better alternatives to breeders and online classifieds.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help us with our mission by encouraging those you know to visit their local animal shelter or browse adoption sites first when looking to welcome a pet. We also need you to post the coolest photos you have of your rescue dog(s) on your social media outlets and include the hash tag #thinkrescue – people will automatically associate these great pictures with rescue.