CDR&CK's Sally is in the Starting Lineup for Team Fluff at Puppy Bowl XIV! - YouTube
90 Adoptable Puppies Compete for Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) Title
Sally Photographer: Hannele Lahti | dog photography www.adogphotographer.com
City Dogs Rescue &City Kitties is pawsitively thrilled to announce we have a puppy player in this year’s PUPPY BOWL XIV.The cutest competition in sports history airs Sunday, February 4th at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT on Animal Planet.
Sally storms the GEICO gridiron and makes the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Fluff as they compete to win the CHEWY.COM Lombarky Trophy.
Sally is one of ten Plott hound mix puppies born to mom Tamara in rural West Virginia. Sally charms everyone she meets and is described by her foster mom as "good for the soul." She's sensitive, quiet, and (don't tell the others) the sweetest one in the bunch. Sally was adopted by Daniel and Charles and is now living a happy life in Dupont Circle. Sally, along with 90 adoptable puppies from 48 shelters and rescues across the country, go paw to paw and nose to nose for the in the ultimate match up between “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.”
Sally Puppy Bowl XIV Short - YouTube
#PuppyBowlXIV star and CDR&CK Alumna Sally made it to Rolling Stone! #TeamFluff Animal Planet https://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/puppy-bowl-xiv-what-you-need-to-know-w514905
For the last 13 years, Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL has owned the world’s cutest sporting event on television. Every Super Bowl Sunday, two teams of the fluffiest and cuddliest line barkers and wide retrievers take to the gridiron for a playful game of terrier touchdown, puppy penalties and furry fumbles. Representing rescues and shelters from across the country, these adoptable four-legged players that make up #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff are serious when it comes to winning the Most Valuable Puppy title and more importantly...their furever homes.
About City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties (CDR&CK) was formed in September 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to rescue adoptable dogs in high-kill and overcrowded shelters where resources are severely limited. In October 2015, we expanded our successful rescue efforts to include cats and started the City Kitties program. CDR&CK enjoys being an active part of the community with regular adoption and fundraising events throughout the D.C. metro area. We rely on volunteers and private donations to operate. By finding permanent, loving homes for our cats and dogs we enrich the lives of people and their pets in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.Many of the cats and dogs we rescue are just days, sometimes hours, away from being euthanized due to lack of space at shelters. Sadly, we are often the animals’ only chance of survival. Our efforts have enabled a number of our partner shelters in rural North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia counties to significantly reduce euthanasia rates. CDR wants to find forever homes for the pets that we rescue, so we carefully screen adopters. We check personal, vet and landlord references and conduct home visits as part of our adoption process. To donate in support of our programs visit, bit.ly/CDR-Donate
To learn more about our lifesaving work visit, www.citydogsrescuedc.org
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VOTE City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties Alumna Gwennie to Win $30,000! - YouTube
Gwennie was rescued in January 2016. She only made it out of the shelter alive thanks to a vet tech recognizing something special about her. The vet tech contacted Pam Nalley in South Carolina and asked her to find a rescue for Gwen. Thankfully we had space and brought Gwennie to DC. After arrival she went through several foster homes because she couldn't settle in. Her fosters determined there was something going on that was causing her pain and hence her grumpiness. Upon further evaluation, the specialists determined she had two torn ligaments in her legs and a dislocated (luxated) patella. This required extensive surgery and a long rehabilitation. The next challenge was to find a foster who could manage her care. The wonderful Pezzoli family stepped in and took Gwennie in. They managed her surgical appointments and aftercare and quickly fell in love with this special girl. After all they went through together, they knew they could not let her go and adopted her in July 2016. Gwennie has an amazing life with the Pezzoli's on the Eastern Shore and trips to the beach in South Carolina. A few months ago Gwennie was diagnosed with lymphoma. The Pezzoli's were once again faced with a challeging medical condition. Gwennie is now in treatment and receiving the best care. She is loved dearly and enjoys her life daily. Who could have guessed this bully mix girl from rural South Carolina would have found such an amazing life? Gwennie tells her story below.
Cast your daily vote for Gwennie so we can continue to provide the best care for other discarded cats and dogs. Thank you.
My name is Gwen and I have cancer. I've decided to tell my story because I want everyone to know about the amazing people I've met throughout my journey and how much they've helped me. I'd like to start at the beginning, but my mom, Sandy, said we don't have that much time so we'll start when I was surrendered to animal control many, many years ago. (Oh, my mom just told me it was only three years ago. The concept of time eludes me.) I was asleep on a hard floor and had a Big Ouchie. Just a little while ago I was living in warm home, with food and cuddles and all of a sudden I was here. I don't know how or why I ended up In The Place Without Sunlight, but I hated it. As I'm writing this (or rather telling the story to mom so she can write it), I'm lying in a patch of sunlight on a soft bed in our vacation home in South Carolina. Yes, my pack has two homes for me and I get endless amounts of treats, cuddles, love and warm floors at both of them.
I don't remember how I got there, but I was there when I woke up. I immediately didn't like where I was. There was a funny smell that hurt my nose. There were other dogs there and sometimes they'd leave their beds and never come back. I didn't know whether that was a good sign or not, but I started to learn to not be too optimistic about things. Every day two legged creatures (people, mom reminds me) would stop at my cage and say things like "Bambi" "here girl" and made this weird noise that made me want to wag my tail, but my Big Ouchie was slowly turning into my Really Big Ouchie. Instead of wagging my tail, I'd growl. Deep down I wanted someone to help me, but the only thing I could say was "grrrrrrr." Eventually I started to see lots of pointing towards me saying things "Bambi" and something that sounded like "youth in Asia" and "tomorrow". I couldn't figure it out, but all the pointing made my tummy hurt and that made the sounds come out. I started to growl all the time and that kept everyone away. One day a Vet Tech, named Leigh, from Fox Nest Vet Hospital found me at the shelter and tried her hardest to keep me from being euthanized. I was scheduled for it the very next day. I'll never know why she chose to save me, but I guess she saw something in me despite all the growling. She could see beyond my pain.
Soon a new face appeared. She had the best smile. Her name was Pam. I left with her that day and finally saw sunlight again. It was the Greatest Day Ever. I remember that Pam and ADOPT were working hard to send me somewhere else - to find a rescue that would be able to take me. Finally, my home away from home, even though I didn't know it then, City Dogs Rescue (CDR), agreed to take me. They had Dogs in their name so how bad could it be?
Time passed and I eventually left Pam to get in a big van. It was like The Place Without Sunlight. I spent 9 hours in that van, but the memory of that trip was wiped clean by the happy, smiling humans I saw when I got out of the van at the Happy Place. Everyone wanted to pet and hug me and give me water. However, I almost didn't make it to the Happy Place. It was New Year's Eve 2015 and City Dogs Rescue couldn't find me a foster. Humans like to pawty hardy during that time and no one was around. Thankfully, Anjanette from CDR, who must have seen something in me as well because she advocated for me to come to DC, did what she does so beautifully and found my first foster Mary. I should also thank Anjanette for changing my name from Bambi to Gwen. What am I, a four legged creature that lives in the forest?
Mary took me home with her and introduced me to her cat. I still had the Really Big Ouchie and I'm not mean, but I figured chasing that cat every once in a while, would get the word out that you don't mess with Gwennie! However, the pain was starting to get to me. I was becoming grumpier and growled all the time now. Mary had to give me up because of the cat chasing, but I've learned that everything happens for a reason. My next foster, Maryann, was the one who started to realize that my grumpiness was because of how Big my Ouchie really was. I never got along with her dog Max because I couldn't be nice through the pain. She alerted CDR about my pain and I went to see a specialist. The vet said I had "two blown ACLs and a subluxated patella." (I had mom copy and paste for me because I don't know what it means.) I know what I felt like though. It felt like pain all the time and no number of treats, sunlight, or hugs from Maryann made it better. CDR pulled through again in the most amazing way and raised the thousands of dollars needed for my Really Big Surgeries, like they have for so many other foster dogs before me. They really do have the best supporters. People loved me even though they didn't know me. In the meantime, all the applications I was receiving would fall through because they'd be lured in by my cute face, but my Really Big Surgeries were a huge turnoff. No one could commit the time for 10 weeks of rehab after each surgery. I was beginning to lose hope. I tried to remember the Greatest Day Ever, but I started to forget what Pam and Mary looked like. Maryann also had to give me up because of Max. I forgive him now though because I was the worst back then. The Really Big Ouchie turned into the REALLY BIG OUCHIE and it was all I could think about.
Finally, Pam #2, (spoiler alert, she's my sister) told her mom Sandy (spoiler alert, she's the mom I already mentioned) that a sick dog needed help. I was blessed that Sandy stepped up and offered to foster me. Remember me saying there were many more Greatest Days Ever ahead? When I got to their home I didn't have any stairs to navigate and had many sunny spots right on the bay. Sandy and my pack knew how to handle my fear. I stayed by myself in my crate and would snap at the other dogs if they got too close to my spot. In fact, I may have bitten all of them at one point. (Sorry, guys!) I needed a spot of my own after what I'd been through and Sandy understood. After my Really Big Surgeries, Sandy and I got to be the best of friends during the weekly drives back and forth to the hospital for THE HARDEST WORK EVER which mom calls rehab. As my legs began to heal, I began to feel like myself again. Like the Gwennie who was waiting to shine from under the pain. I started to notice that Sandy wasn't feeling like herself though. Something was worrying her, but I didn't know what it was. I thought it was me and that she was going to give me up like the others had. Maybe the drives were too long for her. Little did I know that she was worried about me and all my rejected applications. However, a little nugget formed in her mind. She asked Bob, (spoiler alert, it's my dad) if they could keep me because fate, kismet, whatever you want to call it had brought me to them. Today, I'm battling lymphoma and whether I have a few more months or a few more years with my pack, I will cherish it as the best time of my life. Mom says I'm a trooper going through my treatments. When they are done, I get to come home to my favorite blanket and my favorite niece and nephew. I know mom has done so much for me, more than I could ever say "woof woof" for, but dad is my favorite because I know it was his decision to keep me and he made the right one. I'm now the happiest dog ever. In fact, I was voted "Happiest Dog Ever" by my pack.
A rainy morning couldn't keep families away from the Dog Days of Summer event at the Postal Museum last weekend, July 29! CDR was there with plenty of adoptable dogs looking for their fur-ever families. Here's some of the great pups we brought out!
Gypsy is a terrier mix looking for her person or family. She'll spoil you with unconditional love and soak up all your affection. To learn more about her and apply to meet her, visit her page at: goo.gl/gwN65q
Here's adoptable Baloo meeting some new friends. He's a 2 year old pit bull who happens to be deaf. However, he's learned an entire series of hand commands to help him know what's expected in his foster home. He's looking for a fun home where he can feel safe but still go on plenty of walks and adventures! If you want to learn more about Baloo and meet him, apply here: goo.gl/VZ4fcT
This speckled cutie is Max, with his proud foster mom, Lauren. He's a 10 month old Pointer mix, and while still working on his puppy manners, is a quick learner and doing well in the home. For more information or to apply to meet Max, visit his profile at: goo.gl/LXkNsg
Phoenix is a twelve pound, year old pup looking for a family willing to share their sofa with a snuggly little friend. You can learn more about him at: goo.gl/eGL9PP
Apollo is a super smart two year old Boxer mix who can't wait to find a family! He wants to find his people to cuddle up with and laugh at his goofy antics! To meet Apollo and learn more about him, check out his profile and apply at: goo.gl/irRkjE
Here's adoptable Ava! She's a two year old Plotthound/lab mix who is still searching for her perfect home, but hopes that you might be person she's looking for! To meet Ava, apply at: goo.gl/dD7mgE
No one could miss Cameron and his grin on Saturday! He's a two year old lab mix, and will always bring a smile to your face! He loves making all sorts of new friends, from pups to people. To learn more about Cameron or meet him, visit: goo.gl/YavAuy
Loretta heard that you might be looking for a gentle, silly, and loving companion to accompany you to the office, on your errands and out and about town, and she's happy to let you know that she's your gal! She's a 2 year old coonhound who has loved everyone (and every dog) she's met.
She's up for hikes, visits to the neighbors, a picnic in the park, or snuggles and Netflix on the sofa, all provided she doesn't have to leave your side. She's a love bug who has some separation anxiety whenever she's been left alone, so she's looking for a family with someone who sticks around home during the day. She's not well suited to a condo or apartment because she can't quite leave her hound howls behind, but her foster says she's a great vocalist!
She'd love a yard, though it is not mandatory for adoption, since she loves sunbathing and never misses out on playing chase with herself and her toys when she has the space. She'll spend her nights happily snoozing on her dog bed, but she's happy to be your alarm clock if you let her. She loves a quick snuggle and roll around in clean sheets before you take her on her morning walk.
By: Renée Orcione At City Dogs Rescue, we can’t thank our volunteers enough! Their hard work and dedication drive the work we do, and we want to highlight their efforts. We hope to give you a look into the heart of our organization through our Volunteer Spotlights Series.
Our first Volunteer Spotlight featured Lee Betancourt, our applications supervisor and adoption/foster applications counselor. This spotlight will feature Emily Cooperman, a CDR foster assistant, intake coordinator, alumni coordinator and occasional application counselor.
Emily grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and has been in DC since 2009. When she isn’t “incessantly pushing foster-dogs on Facebook” as she describes, Emily enjoys hanging out with her friends and her dog Emmy, who she adopted from CDR in February 2014. She also enjoys working and doing pottery.
Emily first got involved with City Dogs Rescue when she saw a friend RSVP on Facebook for a happy hour benefiting the organization. She explained, “I had wanted to do more volunteer work (having dogs involved was an obvious plus), so I looked up their website and applied to foster.“
Since getting involved with CDR and adopting a dog, Emily has been most surprised by the camaraderie and social aspects of the community. Emily never had dogs growing up, she just thought they were cute and fun to play with, so she had no idea what to expect when getting involved with animal rescue and adoption. She said, “I never would have expected how much richer my life would become once I got Emmy.” Emily has met many acquaintances and friends through CDR, at the dog park, and even just walking her dog around the neighborhood. Emily says that her dog has added so many intangible things to her life she didn’t know she was missing.
When asked what she wished other people knew about CDR, Emily said that the alumni and volunteer networks are such a huge asset to the organization, and are helpful and supportive to adopters and fosters, new and experienced. She also wishes that people knew we surpassed 2,500 dog adoptions!
If you’re looking for a happy, loyal companion who loves to give kisses, look no further. Sherwin, the young boxer mix with the beaming smile, would make the perfect addition to your family!
Sherwin would love to end up in a home where he is allowed to be his active and energetic self. Spending time at the dog park and joining his humans on hikes are some of his favorite activities. He makes a great work companion, according to his current foster who brings him to work every day. This social boy loves being able to interact with humans and dogs all day long, but at the end of the day enjoys a good snuggle on the couch and even sleeping in the bed with you! Sherwin doesn’t need much to be happy; he enjoys the simple things in life! A perfect day for him would start with sleeping in, taking some time to stretch, and then having a yummy breakfast. After that, he would enjoy a walk and some playtime with other pups before a mid-day nap. Later, he’d love to take a trip to the dog park or a romp in the yard to chase a Frisbee or tennis ball. If he had his way, Sherwin would include rolling around in a mud puddle to his perfect day. He loves getting a bath…as long as the hairdryer and towel massage is included! To end his dream day, all Sherwin would need is some cuddle time – he makes the best little spoon!
If he could win an award, it would be for his uncanny ability to fall asleep in any position. Whether he is propped up on the arm of the couch, completely sprawled on his back, or curled into a little ball, this guy can sleep anywhere and he sure looks cute while doing it! When he gets out of bed or off the couch after a nice sleep, he slides down with his back legs fully extended behind him. If there was a song to describe Sherwin, his current foster said it would be “Slip Sliding Away”, by Paul Simon. One of Sherwin’s favorite activities is to run and slide across wood floors chasing his toys!
Though Sherwin can sometimes be a goof, he is extremely intelligent and learns new tricks quickly. He is also fearless at walking through the city. He doesn’t let anything faze him: crowds, fire truck sirens or traffic.
Sherwin shines in many areas, but his current foster says, “Sherwin is the MOST cuddly and affectionate dog I’ve ever met. He loves to snuggle and give kisses!” This affectionate boy is just looking for someone to shower with love, apply today to meet him!
Our volunteers are our most valuable resource when it comes to keeping City Dogs Rescue up and running! Their hard work and dedication mean so much to us and we want to say THANK YOU in any way we can. We hope to give you a look into the heart of our organization through our Volunteer Spotlights Series.
Our first Volunteer Spotlight will feature Lee Betancourt from McLean Virginia, our applications supervisor and adoption/foster applications counselor. Lee is also the coordinator for the monthly adoption event at Dogma Bakery in Shirlington.
Lee first got involved with City Dogs Rescue by fostering-to-adopt Hudson, now Grover, in August 2014. She was impressed by the adoption process and the dedication of our volunteers, and wanted to stay involved with the organization. She started out volunteering at the Dogma events, and her involvement and dedication has continued to grow from there!
When asked what her favorite memories have been of her time thus far with us, Lee said, “I love being at the adoption events when a person or family meets the dog that is ‘the one’ for them. It’s happened a few times at Dogma and it’s great to see the connection they make and know the dog is headed to a happy home.” Initially, Lee was surprised to find out how bad the situation is for dogs at many rural shelters, especially outside of DC from where we pull many of our adoptable dogs.
Outside of her work with CDR, Lee enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. Her family enjoys fun, dog-friendly activities, like local hikes, trips to vineyards, or just heading to the dog park! Lee is also training for the Marine Corps Marathon and has been working out at a “boot camp” each weekday morning. Go Lee!
If Lee could be a dog for a day, she said she would be a Jack Russell Terrier – small but mighty! “Both of my dogs are Jack Russell mixes and they have a lot of zest for life. They’re active and high energy but then like to relax – sounds like a great day to me!”
Something you may not know about Lee is that when she was in seventh grade she won an essay contest through her local TV station and was featured in a video introducing the new giant pandas at the National Zoo. Who would have thought we’d have a local celebrity volunteering for CDR! And to close out our spotlight, the best advice Lee has received as it relates to dog rescue, is that, “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” We want Lee to know that all the work she does means everything to us! Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication!
Willie Nelson is a mellow senior gentleman who is looking to be the newest addition to a lucky home. Willie loves to relax and observe, so a home with big windows to look out of would make him a happy dog! A perfect day for Willie would start with a yummy breakfast and a morning walk and later on in the day exploring a park, friend’s yard, or a new path. Willie loves new sights and smells in quiet places without many distractions. Then, after sunset, another good meal, a treat to unwind, and dozing off with his humans would be the perfect ending to the perfect day.
Willie would love to settle into a home with a single person, or a couple without children. Willie has a calm disposition and needs a consistent environment, so rambunctious kids may scare him a little. Willie is still curious about children and is very gentle when interacting with them, but would do best with a patient dog sibling who can hang out with him and show him the ropes. Willie’s current foster believes he does best with calm and predictable interactions. Willie is still gaining the confidence to be left alone.
Willie is the perfect combination of easygoing, goofy, adventurous, and loyal. He may not be the best at learning new commands, but he is incredibly smart and is able to observe and pick up on cues in his environment. Willie has impeccable leash manners and is awesome on a walk, something he and his previous foster worked very hard on!
If Willie could win an award, it would be for “Most Loyal Dog”! Though Willie is completely friendly with other humans, nobody beats his humans! Once someone is able to win this curious senior over, he will be by their side forever. Willie will check in with his human on walks, takes cues from them when he's scared, and seek them out when he can't find them. Whoever decides to give Willie his forever home will certainly be the center of his world and his absolute favorite person to be around. Apply today to meet Willie Nelson!
Tristan is a kindhearted Pit Bull Terrier who is so excited to start his second chance at life. This guy almost didn't make it out of the shelter, but a little over six months ago City Dogs Rescue brought the wonderful Tristan to DC and he has been loving every second of city life!
Tristan's foster has given him the nickname "Mooch" because Tristan is such a sweet and cuddly dog. Every time Tristan meets children on his walks he is sure to say hello to by giving them tons of kisses! He is very gentle with children because he is always willing to receive attention and pets from anyone who is willing to give it to him! Who wouldn't stop by to give Tristan some love?
Tristan is super laid back and loves an afternoon spent with his people watching TV. Tristan is a huge Netflix buff and will let you choose the show every time. But if you like to get outside Tristan will also gladly join you at the park. Tristan is a quick learner and he has already mastered sit, stay, lay down, jump, come, focus, touch, and turn around. Tristan also likes to play games - he often enjoys playing hide and seek with his treats!
Some of Tristan's favorite things to do are chewing on his bones, playing with his toys, and giving kisses. Tristan is working hard at meeting new doggie friends while on his leash, but he does amazingly when playing with his doggie friends off of his leash while at the dog park. Tristan spends his days at City Dog Daycare and has a blast playing with the other dogs!
Tristan loves exploring and most of all is so happy to have a chance to find his perfect forever home! He has a little extra pep in his step when he explores new places and will make truly the best addition to any family that will give him the love, pets, and cuddles that he deserves and is always willing to return.
Visit http://www.citydogsrescuedc.org/adopt.html to apply to meet Tristan. To see more adorable photos of this sweet guy and to learn more about Tristan visit his Facebook album at http://ow.ly/8dmx303AHXG
Milo is a lovable Bulldog mix who is looking for his forever home after falling on hard times with his past owner, who lost his home. Each night Milo happily sleeps beside his foster in bed. When his foster is getting ready for work Milo will still be found under the covers, his eyes barely open! However, at the first sound of his breakfast being prepared Milo jumps out of bed to eat! If you're not a morning person, Milo is the dog for you!
After Milo enjoys his breakfast his owner takes him on a walk to the CDR Daycare, where he has lots of fun playing with the other dogs.
Milo loves food - he is just as excited for dinner as he is for breakfast! He eats dinner promptly upon arrival back home. After dinner Milo enjoys playing with his toys and his foster. Milo loves any toy he can get his paws on: he is not particular in the toy department! After playtime he is always exhausted from his busy day and he enjoys curling up close by to his foster.
Sweet Milo is very obedient and loyal to his people. His foster calls him a velcro dog because Milo is so in love with his people! After being dropped off at daycare Milo likes to watch his owner out the window, happily awaiting his arrival! (After a little while Milo goes to join the other dogs in play.)
Milo loves to be hugged, kissed and scratched. He soaks up any and all attention he can get!
When Milo came to the rescue the poor guy was just skin and bones and he had mange all over his face and legs. Despite his rough past Milo has truly blossomed into the happiest guy, and he is thrilled to be around loving and caring people and he would make anyone a great companion. Apply today to bring this awesome dog into your home!
For more information on Milo, visit his profile on CDR's Facebook page. Visit City Dog Rescue's website to apply to meet this sweet guy!
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