Jen Niles Art ClassAnimal rescue organizations know the challenge of creating new and effective ways to raise money. At Especially for Pets, we consistently partner with people in the community who want to help in this worthwhile work. Sometimes our involvement even has a happy “ripple effect” that goes beyond the initial event.

In February 2014, artist Jen Niles approached us about holding a fundraising art class for Buddy Dog Humane Society. Jen's enthusiasm was infectious and we were happy to partner with her because it was a natural extension of our community involvement.

MayaVestedInterestWe are proud to share this article about K9 Maya of the Worcester County Sherriff's Office. She will be the recipient of a donated bullet and stab proof vest made possible by a fundraiser held in our Medway store last December. This popular event, Helping Paws for the Holidays, hosted Santa Paws and the Grinch for photos with pets and their people and was organized by Vested Interest in K9s. We would like to thank all of our clients and supporters who made this gift possible!

Baypath LogoIn early 2015, Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton was the recipient of the Especially for Pets Nail Clipping Grant. With these funds, the shelter was able to build a Real Life Room that offers tremendous versatility. One of the important ways that Baypath Humane uses the space is for conducting dog evaluations.

Baypath staff members have received AniMatch canine body language and behavior observation training, which provides them with an objective way to understand a dog's sociability, comfort level with handling, and more. This is one piece of information that the staff uses to help find the right home for each dog.

It can be tough to do evaluations amid the noise and distractions in a typical shelter environment. Thanks to the Especially for Pets Grant, Baypath now has a wonderful, quiet space to do this important work.

In this video, Baypath Director of Animal Programs, Jeanine Lorusso (along with rescue dog Sadie!) demonstrates a dog evaluation.

dog summer beachJoin in on the fun and get a taste of a few of our training offerings in Newton! Dog training instructor Breanna Leonard will offer playgroups and specialized workshops that address loose leash walking, greeting manners and how to redirect a reactive dog. She will also be available for 30 minute private consultations. For more information, click here.

MDM DonationWhen a canine family member goes missing, panic often sets in, and without direction, a search can seem overwhelming. Missing Dogs Massachusetts (MDM) provides an owner with no-cost methods to share their dog's image and information, proven steps to follow, and when necessary and possible, the means and equipment to help bring their lost dog home. Last year, they successfully helped to reunite 700 dogs with their families.