Giving Back

Giving-Back-Dog-RescuesEvery month we donate to a different cause or rescue. Not only that, we’ve actually been told first hand that our (that’s including YOU) donations have helped animals from being put down right then and there. Sometimes we’ll even decide to just send a big check to friends of ours that run rescues that we know need our immediate help. Take pride knowing that your purchase really does help save lives!

Pictured above is Doug (the CEO & Founder of IRBWMD) giving a BIG check, figuratively and literally, to the New England Branch of the American Cancer Society, in honor of finding a cure for canine/feline cancer!

Some of our past rescues have been…..

May: Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue

April: Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

February/March: Just Giants Animal Rescue

November-January: Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue, Capitol Canines, No Stray Left Behind, Home Free Animal Rescue, Atlanta Beagle Rescue:

With the holidays being so difficult with rescues and shelters, we made donations to our closest friends in the rescue world!

April Rescue of the Month: Long Island Bully Rescue

The mission of Long Island Bulldog Rescue (LIBR) is to provide education, prevention, intervention, and adoption services to ensure that all English Bulldogs enjoy long, healthy lives in loving, safe, appropriate homes where they are provided the life-long care they require. We commit to each English Bulldog and adopter(s) we serve for the life of the dog. In the event that an adoption is unsuccessful, the dog is to be returned to the LIBR.

 

February and March Rescue of the Month: Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue

Because February marks the 2 year anniversary of I’d Rather Be With My Dog, we have chosen the Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue as our rescue this month! If you didn’t know, I (Doug) am beyond obsessed with german shepherds, including my own two, so it’s only appropriate to make our rescue this month close to my heart! They are a non-profit rescue dedicated to German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes!

January Rescue of the Month: Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

December Rescue of the Month: Mr. Mo Project

November’s Rescue of the Month: Australian Cattle Dog Rescue

We are a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations help us rescue ACDs from shelters where they are facing euthanasia, transport them to foster homes, care for their medical needs, and find them loving homes.

October’s Donation of the Month: The New England American Cancer Society

October is a special month because we’ll be donating 10% of our sales to the New England Branch of the American Cancer Society. This specific branch does cancer research for ANIMALS in addition to humans. Please visit our Breast Cancer Shop to see our special BC items!

September’s Rescue of the Month: Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

Mission: Our mission is to save senior animals. We will work to achieve our mission and vision by establishing a center to house and care for senior and hospice animals in a home-like environment. The Center works to educate the public about the worth and dignity of life, and provide sheltering where the needs of senior animals are met as long as a quality of life remains. The Center will eventually include a veterinary clinic to offer both traditional and alternative therapies to maximize the quality of life for animals in their latter years. A database will be developed that houses records of animals treated at the clinic and will be made available to the public through an interactive website where symptoms can be researched, providing medical information that can lead to further treatment and diagnosis.

Programs will be offered to the public that include, but are not limited to, grief counseling, care for aging pets, educational materials, and as a resource for inquiries from the general public. The Center will work to re-home lost and/or abandoned senior animals to loving homes, when such placements are appropriate.

Company Description: Peaceful Passings is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. As a home-based rescue, your donation goes entirely for the direct benefit of the animals. A Financial Statement is available upon written request from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

“Doug’s products have given animal lovers and rescuers a way to express to the world their true feelings about their beloved animal companions. Our followers and supporters have told me how happy they are with the relationship that I have formed with Doug because they feel that he is of the same mind and heart as they are. People relate to Doug via the message he sends through his art.” Jackie Meyers, Peaceful Passings Animal Rescue

August’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Friends to the Forlornpit

Every month we donate 10% of our sales to a different rescue. This month it’s Friends to the Forlorn!  Take pride knowing that your purchase helps to save the lives of so many animals in need out there! Thanks for your support.

 Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 rescue group in Georgia. Our mission is to promote responsible pitbull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation, and find qualified homes for sound pitbull-type dogs and other dogs in need in Georgia and around the country.

July’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Big Fluffy Dog Rescuebig fluffy

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping giant mixed breed dogs in need. We value dogs of all breeds, but we specialize in what the name says: big, fluffy dogs. We have volunteers in several states in the South and New England who work to help homeless big fluffy dogs find a home to call their own. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue works to save Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and their mixes from euthanasia.

Our dogs come in to rescue for many different reasons. Many were abandoned at high kill shelters in the South. Some were turned in by owners who could not properly care for them and still others are failed livestock guardian dogs. Regardless of their origins, our goal for every dog we have is the same: a safe, happy home where each dog is a well-loved member of the family. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue has its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. We have volunteers in several states in the South and across New England.

June’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Atlanta Beagle Rescue

Dog CharitiesEvery month we donate 10% of our sales to a different rescue. This month it’s the Atlanta Beagle Rescue. Take pride knowing that your purchase helps save the lives of so many animals in need out there! Thanks for your support.

“A non-profit animal welfare organization focusing on purebred beagle rescue in the metro Atlanta area. We take in dogs from area shelters, dogs that are found as strays by the public, and owned dogs that need new homes. We strive to educate the public about the responsibilities of owning a beagle in particular and all pets in general. Responsible pet ownership starts with spaying and neutering and Atlanta Beagle Rescue strongly advocates for access to low cost spay/neuter surgery for the public. All of our beagles are spayed/neutered before adoption.”

 

May’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Capitol Canines Animal Rescue

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Mission: Capitol Canines Animal Rescue (CCAR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based animal rescue organization that advocates on behalf of homeless animals abandoned in severely under-resourced shelters throughout the Southeast region of the U.S. We place each adoptable companion into a foster home until his or her perfect “furever” home comes along. Furthermore, we endeavor to circulate knowledge and promote initiatives that support compassion toward animals, such as responsible companion animal relationships, as well as legislative objectives, policies, and procedures that promote the humane treatment and better overall welfare of our four-legged friends.

Overview: CCAR is not a breed-specific rescue.  Instead of focusing on certain breeds or sizes, we focus on dogs with a great temperament.  We rescue animals (99% dogs, but we have rescued two cats so far!) predominantly from rural southern areas where the lack of spaying and neutering animals in the community leads to overcrowded shelters and insufficient local populations to save them.  The animals are then fully vetted and transported to the DC area where they stay in foster homes until they are adopted.  Many of the shelters we work with do not have the capability to keep animals for long periods of time due to very high intake numbers and finite space.  Other shelters are slowly becoming more rescue-friendly and instituting better care policies and procedures that increase adoption/rescue numbers.  In areas where the shelters do not assist rescues, for one reason or another, we work with local advocates who have set up programs to help keep animals from entering the shelter in the first place and to assist members of the community with the costs of population control and adequate vetting, like vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery.

April’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc.

Dog CharitiesIn spite of their undeniable cute factor, Yorkies and other toy breeds still find themselves abandoned and otherwise endangered on the street. Worse still these little guys are less able to fend for themselves than larger breeds. Luckily there are organizations like Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc., this month’s official animal rescue. This month we’ll be giving a percentage of our total monthly sales to this wonderful organizations and as result they will be able to care for and find “furr-ever” homes for these great dogs.

Not sold on the organization yet, let Charlotte the charity’s “Ambassadog” melt your heart. The dog, which was found in Queens, NY might only have three legs but thanks to the loving care of this great organization she now stands proudly and happily to live a great, long, and happy life!

March’s Animal Rescue of the Month: No Stray Left Behind

Save DogsMaking adopting a dog easier, safer, and more affordable is the main mission of No Stray Left Behind, a Southern California based agency that we have chosen as our rescue of the month. The gang at No Stray Left Behind helps find homes for dogs from shelters throughout southern California. The organization also ensures that our newly adopted pets are spayed, neutered, and up to date with all of the necessary vaccinations.

All this month your purchases from I’d Rather Be With My Dog will help this great organization continue its important work.

February’s Animal Rescue of the Month: Atlanta Beagle Rescue

Dog CharitiesEvery month we donate 10% of our sales to a different rescue. This month it’s the Atlanta Beagle Rescue,  and last month it was Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue in VA. Read what Jackie, the founder had to say upon receiving our donation!

“A shout out of good news! Doug so graciously made Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue the rescue of choice for his January “rescue of the month”, with us earning 10% of sales from his “I’d Rather Be With My Dog” products. We received enough money through this effort to bring in four seniors to our rescue, paying for the required vetting for all (vaccines, wellness checks, senior screens (blood work), and heartworm tests). This benefit was a huge help to our rescue and we could not thank Doug enough. More to the point, the seniors that would have otherwise lost their lives had we not been able to accept them into our rescue (all scheduled for euthanisia) will now have been saved because we had the resources to support their care. After vetting, they will be available for adoption.Thanks Doug, for saving lives. The dogs that were saved send kisses and love your way – they have so many more years to live and promise to become loving companions and good canine representatives of our rescue!”

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

Mission: Our mission is to save senior animals. We will work to achieve our mission and vision by establishing a Center to house and care for senior and hospice animals, in a home-like environment. The Center will work to educate the public as to the worth and dignity of life, and provide sheltering where the needs of senior animals are met as long as a quality of life remains. The Center will eventually include a veterinary clinic to offer both traditional and alternative therapies to maximize the quality of life for animals in their latter years. A database will be developed that houses records of animals treated at the clinic and be made available to the public through an interactive website where symptoms can be researched, providing medical information that can lead to further treatment and diagnosis.

Programs will be offered to the public that include, but are not limited to, grief counseling, care for aging pets, educational materials, and as a resource for inquiries from the general public. The Center will work to re-home lost and/or abandoned senior animals to loving homes, when such placements are appropriate.

Company Description: Peaceful Passings is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. As a home-based rescue, your donation goes entirely for the direct benefit of the animals. A Financial Statement is available upon written request from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

“Doug’s products have given animal lovers and rescuers a way to express to the world their true feelings about their beloved animal companions. Our followers and supporters have told me how happy they are with the relationship that I have formed with Doug because they feel that he is of the same mind and heart as they are. People relate to Doug via the message he sends through his art.” Jackie Meyers, Peaceful Passings Animal Rescue

 

“I’d Rather Be With My Dog makes donations to different rescues and shelters throughout the world! What is the point of being an animal lover if you can’t give back to the organizations that help support and save the lives of every animal in need?” Doug Ratner – Be sure to read about some of the rescues that we support and the incredible work they do!

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Washington Humane Society

Mission:  While the heart of our mission remains rescuing animals in trouble and finding them good, permanent homes, we also focus on preventing suffering through humane education targeted toward at-risk youth, low-cost spay/neuter services offered at our spay/neuter center and by diligently enforcing the District’s anti-cruelty laws.

Overview:  The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the open-access adoption center in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering, adoption, spay and neuter, CatNiPP, humane law enforcement, lost and found, human–animal therapy programs and humane education.

WHS enforces all of the District’s animal laws under an 1870 Congressional charter, and all animal control laws under contract with the DC government. WHS operates the only open-access adoption centers in Washington, DC; a private shelter at 7319 Georgia Avenue NW, and the DC Animal Shelter (under contract by the Department of Health) at 1201 New York Avenue NE.

In addition to the two animal adoption centers, WHS operates the low-cost National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center, at 1001 L Street SE, located in the heart of Capitol Hill, an animal training facility located at 7315 Georgia Avenue NW, and the administrative offices, located at 4590 MacArthur Blvd. NW.

WHS has nearly 100 dedicated employees, 21 distinguished members of the Board of Directors and more than 350 active volunteers.

I'd-Rather-Be-WIth-My-Dogs-Charities-Dachshund-RescueDachshund Rescue

Mission: To immerse Dachsaholics in all things Dachshund while providing a fun shopping experience and the best customer service bar none. We are passionate advocates and supporters of Dachshund Rescue.

Overview:  To provide the Dachshund obsessed and their Dachshunds with a variety of original Doxie themed items for every facet of their lives.

The Grey Muzzle Organization

Mission:  The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.

Overview:  The Grey Muzzle Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not a shelter or rescue group. Rather, Grey Muzzle funds programs such as senior dog adoption, hospice care, medical screening, and other special programs to help old dogs at animal welfare organizations across the country. All funds are provided through the generosity of public donations.

Dakin Humane Society

Mission:  The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need.

Overview:  The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society was founded in the fall of 2006, when the Dakin Animal Shelter of Leverett, MA and the Pioneer Valley Humane Society of Greenfield, MA merged.

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

Mission: Our mission is to save senior animals. We will work to achieve our mission and vision by establishing a Center to house and care for senior and hospice animals, in a home-like environment. The Center will work to educate the public as to the worth and dignity of life, and provide sheltering where the needs of senior animals are met as long as a quality of life remains. The Center will eventually include a veterinary clinic to offer both traditional and alternative therapies to maximize the quality of life for animals in their latter years. A database will be developed that houses records of animals treated at the clinic and be made available to the public through an interactive website where symptoms can be researched, providing medical information that can lead to further treatment and diagnosis.

Programs will be offered to the public that include, but are not limited to, grief counseling, care for aging pets, educational materials, and as a resource for inquiries from the general public. The Center will work to re-home lost and/or abandoned senior animals to loving homes, when such placements are appropriate.

Company Description: Peaceful Passings is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. As a home-based rescue, your donation goes entirely for the direct benefit of the animals. A Financial Statement is available upon written request from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

Jethro’s Anipal Sanctuary, Inc.

Mission: To provide a permanent, caring home for the animals that are deemed outcasts to society – the ones left behind and who have no hope of surviving. They are a result of abuse, abandonment, sickness or handicap, or just the natural process of getting too old. They are the ones let down by those who said they would love them forever.  They deserve to be treated with compassion and love and have the right to just be a dog by snuggling in a warm blanket, or a cuddly lap. They deserve a filling meal several times a day, with a treat now and then as the day goes by. They deserve to live a healthy life and know that they are an important part of the family. They deserve a life… we want to give them one.

Company Overview: Our organization is a Texas non profit, with our 501 (c) (3) status. Our dream is to build a Sanctuary facility in Texas, but until we are able to do that, our kids will be homed with our Directors. Our focus is the furkids that have no where else to go, usually due to illnesses, behavioral issues, or age. For those kids that are able to heal and rehabilitate, we will then find them the perfect forever home!

Rescued Hearts Northwest

Mission: Rescued Hearts Northwest is committed to saving and improving the lives of at-risk dogs; to educate communities about the importance of spaying and neutering and the benefits of adopting instead of purchasing pets; to nurture and support the positive and respectful relationships between pets and people; and to advocate for all animals, especially for those in high-need circumstances.

Description: Committed to saving and improving the lives of shelter dogs by bringing them into our foster network, rehabilitating them, and placing them with quality forever homes.

 

Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue 

Mission: MAGSR is dedicated to rehabilitating and providing a second chance to German shepherds and shepherd mixes that have been abandoned, abused, lost, strayed, or surrendered. Through our community outreach events around the Mid-Atlantic region, we teach and encourage responsible pet ownership and pet population control. Our all-volunteer organization works diligently to locate loving and responsible owners who wish to make their new dog(s) members of their family — forever. MAGSR remains committed to helping end the needless overpopulation, death, abuse, and neglect of dogs in our area and in improving the lives of the dogs as well as their new owners.
Description: Our rescue is active in Maryland, Northern Virginia, D.C., and south central Pennsylvania. We are a group of volunteers, dedicated to rescuing and placing German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes in good homes.

Your Dog’s Friend

Your Dog’s Friend is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to keep dogs and their families together by addressing the behavioral and training issues that often cause dogs to be surrendered to shelters or rescues.

Three basic issues were the motivation behind the establishment of Your Dog’s Friend:

When people bring home their new dogs, they often have no idea what to do or where to turn with questions and concerns.

Dogs are often returned to shelters for problems that could have been prevented in the first place or that could still be remedied.

Dog parents need better education, so they don’t put their dogs in jeopardy and contribute to behavior issues.

We work to address these issues by promoting positive methods of training and behavior modification because they are effective, build trust, and are based on scientifically proven methods of learning.  And unlike harsher, compulsion methods, they cannot cause pain, aggression, or fear in dogs. We also encourage early socialization and training for puppies to reduce the chance of behavior issues later in life.

Your Dog’s Friend offers behavior and training advice; sponsors free seminars by local trainers and other dog-related professionals; wrote The Shelter & Rescue Dog Book and presents a monthly free workshop just for adopters; refers dog parents to positive trainers, pet walkers and vacation care; holds positive dog training classes, including ongoing puppy classes; and runs a training program specifically for foster dogs to help them become more adoptable (https://www.fosterdogalliance.info). Our website Your Dogs Friend  is meant to be a multi-purpose resource for dog parents, and our e-newsletters include articles on a variety of pet behavior and health issues.    

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Stray from the Heart is a non-profit dog rescue organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless dogs with loving new families. We do so without the benefit of paid employees or a shelter to house these needy dogs up for adoption. We have a wonderful network of volunteers, such as dog walkers, trainers and foster parents to help support our efforts to rehabilitate and socialize each dog before a permanent home is found for them.

We also provide follow-up support to the individuals and families who adopt a dog from us. Stray from the Heart volunteers are always available to provide advice on health and behavioral problems that may arise after an adoption. We are here to help you find the perfect canine companion and to help every dog find a perfect forever home. Even so, we have a “no questions asked” policy in cases where a dog must be returned to us. Our main concern is the health and safety of our Strays.

PAWsitive Action Alliance

We’ve also aligned with the PAWsitive Action Allianceclick the link to find out more about this great organization and what they do with raising awareness for animal rescues and shelters.

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