It is with great gladness that
we reveal one of the latest recipients of financial aid awarded by Dr. Jane’s Foundation.
This month’s featured beneficiary is a committed group of rescuers wholly dedicated
to alleviating the needless death and suffering of abandoned, abused and neglected
dogs on tribal lands in Nevada.
Headquartered in the little town of Fallon, Dog
Town Canine Rescue is located on 20 acres of land, owned by the organization’s founder.
In operation since late 2003, the small but fiercely dedicated group is an all-volunteer
staff, overseen by President Lorayn Walser.
The 20-acre property features 31 yards,
which typically house one dog per unit. Mothers and puppies are kept together, as
are littermates. Upon intake all dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies
and parvo-distemper, and wormed if necessary. Volunteers spend time with the pups
every day and with positive reinforcement work toward correcting any behavioral
Dog Town Rescue also manages a foster-care service for dogs who have special
needs. The average duration of foster care is two months, but can be more or less
dependent upon each animal’s readiness for adoption. While in care, these canines
work with their foster parents to master skills like housetraining and sociability.
New adoptive pet parents can expect to be provided with housetraining information,
special instruction about how to introduce a new dog into their home, contact information
for a preferred trainer, and as much background and history about the dog as is
Thanks to their diligent work, both their intake and adoption numbers
have increased. In 2013, they placed 161 dogs in forever homes. They fully anticipate
a similar number of happy tails this year. Working with local American Indian tribes,
they’ve started to make a significant difference combating canine overpopulation.
Some of the most economically depressed areas in the U.S. are counties on Native
American reservations. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Native Americans living outside
cities are living below the poverty line. Just as the people suffer from economic
hardship, so do their companion animals. Prior to Dog Town Rescue’s existence, euthanasia
was a common remedy in this area, not only for pet illness, but for homelessness,
too. Thanks to the commitment of this group of volunteers, they’re changing hearts
and minds about the proper care and guardianship of animals.
In 2013, Dog Town established
the Tribal Spay & Neuter Program, which provides alteration procedures for both
dogs and cats living on nearby reservations. To develop the fully fledged program,
volunteers devised a successful scheduling and payment protocol, and secured partnerships
with five veterinary hospitals, all of which provide discounted services for participants.
All of these efforts are in service to the goal of significantly reducing the number
of homeless dogs by making spay and neuter services readily available.
given by Dr. Jane’s Foundation went toward covering the costs of alteration surgeries
for numerous dogs. This financial assistance means that Dog Town will continue to
serve their local rural American Indian communities, including the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone
Colony, the Stillwater Reservation, the Yerington Paiute Colony and Reservation,
and the Walker River–Schurz Reservations. According to Walser, “We are very thankful
for the funding to supplement our Tribal Spay & Neuter Program, as most of the residents
of the local reservations are extremely low-income.”
Here are just a few of the
many dogs that have been saved by the good works of Dog Town Rescue. In fact, all
of these canines are available for adoption!
A greyhound mix, Penny is just over a year old. Living in foster care,
this beautiful pup has made great strides in cohabitating with humans, although
she’s remains a bit shy around new people. Highly intelligent, she’s taken extraordinarily
well to training, and loves to play fetch. Ideally, she’s looking for a high-energy
family, hopefully with another dog for company.
Endowed with a sassy spirit that defies her age, this 10-year-old
Catahoula Leopard mix is looking for that perfect match. Diva gets along well with
everyone, and that includes other pups, too. Quiet, well-mannered and loving, just
one look into her soulful eyes will tell you that Diva is ready to go home with
her new forever family.
and while, you meet a dog with a great sense of humor. That’s JD to a T. Folks often
remark on his amazing smile. JD is suited to a more laid-back family, as he’s not
terribly fond of exercise. Anyone seeking out a special someone to spend time with
should consider opening their hearts and homes to this cheerful canine.
Nicky & Lucy
Meet Nicky and Lucy, five-year-old
brother and sister morkies (maltese and yorkie mixes). This lovely duo offer sweet,
friendly companionship. Even though Nicky has limited vision himself, he still acts
as a guide dog for his plucky sister, who is completely blind. This pair would make
a happy addition to any family, even one with cats or a friendly older dog. Both
are housetrained and ready to share their affections with the right family.
or someone you know would be interested in supporting this organization, we encourage
you to visit their website at dogtownrescue.com (or call them directly at 775-230-9851).
You never know … you could end up finding your new best friend! Dr. Jane’s Foundation
has provided funding to animal rescue groups all over America since 2007. Our non-profit
wing could not have achieved what it has without the continued patronage of our
customers and the contributions of individual donors. On behalf of all the canines
now living in new forever homes thanks to Dog Town Rescue, we thank you for caring
enough to make a difference.
If you’ve had experience with an animal rescue organization
worthy of special recognition and financial support, please let them know that our
non-profit is still actively seeking grant applications for 2014. We encourage interested
parties to call us toll-free at 877-387-4564 … one of our customer service agents
will be happy to share application details.