Shiloh’s Dog Boutique pledges a percentage of all proceeds to animal rescues and other animal-related non profits, and we’ve recently decided to start offering coupon codes to rescues which will generate donations specific to a given organization.
Based in Southern California ourselves, we were very happy to come across an organization called Happy Mutts, a rescue group who serves an area the animals are especially in need. The High Desert. Made up of many smaller towns, people and animals alike often find themselves in a remote place, rather cut off from resources which would be more readily available in larger cities. When you add the extreme heat and fairly drastic cold to the scenario, you end up with a crisis on your hands. One of our own dogs was rescued and adopted from Barstow (Loki, for those of you who have followed our blog) so this situation tugs at our heart in a very personal way, too.
We invited Dawn Baker, of Happy Mutts to do a Q&A with us so that we could properly introduce you to their organization. Here is what Dawn had to say.
Shiloh’s: “Tell us a bit about your organization. When was it founded? Who is the head of your organization, and what inspired you to create your animal rescue?”
Dawn Baker: ” Founded September 2013 officially; however, Happy Mutts was formed, due to someone taking over the founders original organzation and did not like the direction the old organization was headed. The main person is Tessa Anderson; however, we do not believe in heads we are a group of independent rescuers who are just trying to make a difference by taking it to the next level and getting an official 501c3 started to better support our rescue habits and efforts.”
Shiloh’s: I understand you’re located in the desert areas of CA, where pets are especially vulnerable. Tell us a bit about the situations unique to your location and how it impacts the number of animals dumped in shelters and their chances of adoption.
Dawn Baker: “This rescue is one of the only rescues in the High Desert that takes all breeds, i.e. large, small, cats, Pit Bulls, you name it, we handle it. We make every effort to save as many animals as we can, whether that be owner surrender, pulling from shelters, picking up from being abandoned, trying to help owners keep their pets by covering vet bills, fixing fences, we are working hard to eliminate the homeless pet population in the High Desert.”
Shiloh’s: “What conditions do you feel are unique in your area?”
Dawn Baker: “Lack of exposure, economically poor area, lack of support of the homeless pet population in the immediate area, more backyard breeders and people trying to get rid of animals than keep them.
The issues seem to be greater ,(and I am stating this as an observation and being involved with the rescue effort in this area since 2007), we moved here in 2000 from San Diego that has no kill shelters where people seem to get involved. Fundraisers in San Diego bring in 100’s of thousands of dollars. As a volunteer with several rescues including Happy Mutts I just had a fundraiser that brought in $16.30, horrific! Might be 2 shots.”
Shiloh’s: “What is the shelter system like where you work?”
Dawn Baker: ” Those range from horrible to good. We have 3 main shelters in our immediate area. Victor Valley Animal Protective League, Hesperia Animal Control and Apple Valley Animal Services.”
Shiloh’s: “How do you feel your organization is helping to reach out to pets and pet owners in the areas you serve?”
Dawn Baker: “We attempt to keep the pet in their home as best we can, if that means helping the owner to cover vetting, fixing a fence, providing training, we reach out by walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Our efforts speak louder then any words.”
Shiloh’s: “We all love to hear about the successful rescues. Are there any dogs that especially stand out in your mind that you’d like to share a story about?”
Dawn Baker: “So many to select…not sure which one would be the best to provide. I will ask everyone to vote and provide the best story. So stay tuned for this response.”
Shiloh’s: “Going forward, what are your goals for your rescue organization?”
Dawn Baker: “Our goal is to get enough outside funding to cut our private costs in half and double our ability to save more lives.”
Shiloh’s: “Do you feature any adoptable pets online or hold adoption events that are open to the public? If so, when and where are these held?”
Dawn Baker: “Since we are just getting started our website is still under construction, and we are still waiting for approval from adoption websites. We do have adoption events weekly at the PetSmart in Apple Valley on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.”
Shiloh’s: “Do you have a web site where people can learn more about the work you do, and donate to your rescue?”
Dawn Baker: Website still under construction = http://www.happymutts.org/
Facebook has more details on the daily events that are happening with Happy Mutts = https://www.facebook.com/HappyMutts
Dawn Baker: “Any recommendations or suggestions for improving a starter 501c3 rescue would be MOST appreciated. We are ALWAYS in need of funds, suppliers, volunteers, fosters and adopters! ”
Shiloh’s is very happy to meet Happy Mutts, and we really admire their approach. They don’t just work to save animals, they also work with pet owners who are in need of assistance, and with their community as a whole to help ensure that dogs are not abandoned in the first place. Their pro-active efforts toward information, education and resources are invaluable, and the High Desert is blessed to have such friends among them.
To support Happy Mutts, visit their Facebook page and give them a like! If you’d like to donate money or items, visit their web site and say hello!
The coupon code for this organization is “happymutts”. If you’re planning to do any shopping for your dog, you can enter that code on our site, www.shilohsdogboutique.com
and instantly receive 10% off your purchase. In addition, Shiloh’s pledges a proceed of all purchases made using this code to Happy Mutts as a donation to the amazing work they do.
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