- Breed: Pug
- Gender: Male
- Age: 7kg
- Weight: 17kg
Homeless are forced to sleep rough to avoid giving up their pets. When COVID hit, we realized that homeless and their pets were even more vulnerable than usual and we knew that although Project Inseparable was going to have to look a little different this year, we were admit that we were still going to find a way to help. In partnership with Humane Society International, Fred Victor Homeless Shelters and Toronto Housing, TEAM Dog Rescue will be holding our 3rd annual Project Inseparable, hoping to spread some holiday cheer before we close the door on 2020.
Instead of gathering donations and filling knapsacks with basic essentials, like we have in previous years, we will be sponsoring a select few seniors and individuals who own pets living within Toronto Housing and in the Fred Victor shelter system.
*THANK YOU! Because of your overwhelming generosity, we have reached our fundraising goal for Project Inseparable this year! If you’d like to support TEAM Dog Rescue’s general programs, please visit us here.*
Together, we can have an even greater impact in our community! Here are the three ways you can help in 2020:
1. Order items from our Amazon Wishlist: This Wishlist was created in close consultation with our partners, and we have carefully selected items keeping in mind costs, quality and their asks.
See the Wishlist here.
2. Monetary Donations to our “Project Inseparable” Fund: Donations will go towards gift cards can be made through our donation link below.
If we exceed our goal for Project Inseparable, any additional funds will go towards providing vetting, supplies, training and other essential supplies to local dogs in need.
**Thanks to you, we reached our fundraising goal for Project Inseparable this year! To support TEAM’s general programs with local dogs in need, visit us here.
3. Donate Items: If you would like to donate something on the list please contact email@example.com to let us know how you would like to contribute and to arrange porch pick up! Please ensure you add “Project Inseparable” in your subject header.
First and foremost we want to send out a HUGE thank you!! to all of you for getting involved with this year’s Project Inseparable. Every contribution counted in making a BIG impact to those who are living on the streets and within the Fred Victor centres throughout the GTA.
Our impact in numbers:
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.
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.
This sweet boy arrived in our care 11 months ago as a 7 month old pup, from a very sad hoarding situation. He adapted beautifully in his foster home before adoption, but several months after, he started guarding his family whenever visitors came to their home, occasionally slight nipping when people got too close. The hard decision, although made in Dobbs’s best interest, was to return him, and despite feeling unsettled for a few days, Dobby is now doing exceptionally well. Although well loved and getting along well with children in both the foster and adoptive homes, we feel it best to have Dobby placed in a calm environment, and best with an older confident dog, who can be a mentor for him, while he gains confidence and becomes the ideal hound he was born to be. Now being fostered in a condo setting, he is quiet in the home, only barks when someone is at the door and is thoroughly enjoying lots of outdoor time with foster mom and sister Harper. He has been left alone for up to 4 hours and is perfectly well behaved. He will go into his crate, albeit reluctantly.
Dobby so enjoys visiting the horse farm/barn where his mom works and is very respectful with all the other dogs present. He relishes the quiet chill time with Harper, while mom teaches and does fine in the car, if in the passenger seat. Occasionally car sick, but would likely adapt with time. Play time with Harper is very special and he would enjoy the company of another dog immensely.
Dobby so enjoys the attention he gets and if people respects his space, he will also respect theirs. He can be on high alert until comfortable and will need his new family to be somewhat dog behaviour savvy and consistent with routine and their expectations.
Events & Community Partnerships are a vital part of our rescue. Over the years we have put a focus on organizing and participating in events in the community, large and small, in order to raise awareness around dog rescue. We have been fortunate to partner with some amazing organizations that are doing their part to raise awareness about dog adoption. Some of our partnerships have included: Woofstock, Pet Valu, Global Pets, PetSmart, Bark in the Park, Uber, Google, Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs), Furry Friends 5k, Aviva, Mini Mioche, The City of Toronto to name a few. Every year we decide on a few large events that we undertake and make an annual thing – these include: A Party with a Purpose, BarktoberFest, Google Pop Up, TEAM Reunion.
For more information about getting involved with our events or if you are interested in hosting an event on our behalf, please contact Ashley at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We would like to thank our partners, Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital, Everlasting Moments Photography & Videography, Boehringer Ingelheim Hofmann Plastics, WestJet, Food In Motion, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stemz, Reggio Kids Childcare Centres, Creations by Gitta, The Harlowe, Elizabeth Grant International Inc., AG MacaronsDigital X EntertainmentThe Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation, and our favourite Huskies, Loki and Lucy. A very special thank you to our two celebrity guests Tanya Kim and Caroline Szwed, and of course, The Marc Joseph Band, Ethan Young, Bree Taylor and Farrah Zorowski of Toronto Animal Services.
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!
Our most sincere thanks to everyone who came to our first annual charity gala, held at Steam Whistle Brewing on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm! It was an amazing evening.
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.
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.