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Shelter Spotlight: Dharma Rescue

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Each year, millions of adoptable pets are euthanized because the shelter system is overcrowded. Puppies and kittens are the first to find new homes but the pets that are a little bit older, have medical problems, or that are struggling with the shelter environment often don’t show well and are left homeless. Dharma Rescue is dedicated to saving those forgotten pets from the shelter system and giving them a new life as a therapy animal.

History of the Dharma Rescue

The Dharma Rescue was founded by Susan Fulcher, a dog groomer with more than forty years of experience. For years, Fulcher nursed her love for dogs by doing volunteer work and fostering for a local shelter. Eventually it became more than just a hobby – it became a full-time job and a passion of hers. At the suggestion of one of her customers, Fulcher eventually decided to start her own shelter – the Dharma Rescue.

Related: Pets of the Homeless

This organization is dedicated to rescuing disabled dogs from high-kill and high-risk shelters and training them to be therapy dogs, effectively giving them a new lease on life. Susan Fulcher and the members of her team believe that every animal deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest and that is exactly what they aim to provide for disabled dogs – a full life well lived.

What Services Does this Shelter Provide?

The Dharma Rescue is dedicated to rescuing disabled dogs and to giving them a new lease on life as ‘DAWGS – Disabled Animals Who Generously Serve’. This organization takes dogs from death row and turns them into fully trained service animals.

Related: Luvable Dog Rescue

Dharma Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides disabled dogs with a place to stay, medical care, and rehabilitation – they also spay and neuter all of their dogs. In addition to rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters, they also care for dogs that have been abused or are critically ill. They also care for senior dogs and cats.

When Dharma Rescue takes in a dog, they not only rehabilitate him but train him to be a therapy dog – volunteer handlers from the organization take the dogs to local schools and hospitals to spread love and cheer.

How Can You Offer Your Support?

There are several ways you can support Dharma Rescue. The organization is always in need of donations to help them provide the food, shelter, and medical care their DAWGS need. The organization is always on the lookout for volunteer handlers for their therapy dogs, for sponsors, and for people to adopt their rehabilitated pets.

If you’d like to adopt a dog from Dharma Rescue you can find a list of adoptable pets on their website as well as information about their adoption fees and the application process. You can submit donations by mail or through Paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button on the website.

The next time you think about adopting a pet, don’t go straight for the puppies or the pure breeds – think about the needs of the less fortunate pets, the ones who are old, sick, or injured. These dogs deserve a second chance just as much as any other dog and the Dharma Rescue makes it their goal to give those dogs that second chance – you can join them by offering your support.


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