It’s humbling to hear about some of the work charitable organizations do to make the world a little brighter.
For unwanted, abandoned or neglected dogs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, New Hope Dog Rescue does more than offer a second chance. The organization helps spay, neuter and foster dogs, giving them the opportunity to find a “fur-ever” home. And personalized tote bags are helping them spread their message.
The organization started small in 2003, rescuing 29 dogs. But 15 years later, they’re rescuing an average of 300 dogs per year. Tami Vangool, executive director of New Hope Dog Rescue, says dedication is key to their success. “We are truly a foster-based rescue, these dogs live in loving foster homes until we find their forever homes,” she explains.
After receiving a 4imprint® one by one® grant, New Hope Dog Rescue ordered personalized tote bags as a giveaway for their annual walk-a-thon fundraiser, the Mutt Strut. They selected one like the Corner Print Sportpack to give to every participant in the Mutt Strut, which is now in its tenth year.
“In the past 3 years, Mutt Strut has raised close to $50,000 for New Hope Dog Rescue, which goes directly to medical costs helping the dogs in need. This is one of our largest fundraisers we do annually with participants fundraising through pledges they receive,” Vangool explained.
Funds help New Hope Dog Rescue change the story for tough cases. “We are able to take in a dog that might have been hit by a car and, with surgery, has a really good prognosis,” she says. This could include surrendered dogs whose owners could not afford the necessary surgery. “We are fortunate to have the funding capability to help these dogs in need.”
The Mutt Strutt draws more than 200 participants, says Vangool, not counting dogs. “We try to get everybody to come out with their dogs.” The walk-a-thon even has flexible options, to accommodate dogs with limited walking capability. “We have some senior dogs who walked just to a stoplight. We have a 3k and a 5k route so even old dogs can participate, and they can just turnaround when they want to.”
Making those accommodations is important because it gets more dogs to the event. And having the animals on-hand can lead to big opportunities. “There is a benefit to having the animals there, so we bring as many adoptable dogs as we can. People do go to those events when they are looking for a dog.” Vangool says. The event has resulted in several adoptions.
For New Hope Dog Rescue, it’s about trusting they’ll find the right fit for each dog and each home. “I know when I meet the right family for them. You know in your heart, and you know you’re helping the dog and the family,” Vangool says.