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Stray from the Heart's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find permanent homes for homeless, abused or neglected dogs regardless of where they were born.
Stray from the Heart takes the World Society for the Protection of Animals' vision to the grass roots level. With the WSPA, we strive to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.
WHAT WE DO, AND WHY WE DO IT
Working directly with domestic and international outreach organizations and centers for Animal Care and Control, we rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for homeless dogs without the benefit of paid employees or a shelter facility to house our dogs. Through our network of foster homes, we strive to offer good dogs, facing uncertain futures due to space and resource constraints, new hope and a better life. We also provide follow-up support to the individuals and families who adopt dogs from us. Stray from the Heart volunteers are always available to provide advice on health and behavioral questions after an adoption. We are here to help potential owners 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.
WHO WE ARE
Stray from the Heart is a volunteer-based organization. We are thankful for the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly each day to improve the lives of our Strays, and to insure that their future is blessed with a loving and stable home. We are a member of the New York City Mayor's Alliance for Homeless Animals, collaboration between animal welfare organizations and the City of New York aimed at eradicating euthanasia in our shelters by increasing adoptions.
Financially, we rely on the generosity of our corporate and individual supporters to provide support for our rescue and rehabilitation programs.
HOW'S IT WORKING?
We have had tremendous success in a short time. Since our inception in August 2000, we have been able to rescue and find loving homes for over 1,500 homeless dogs. In addition, we have developed working relationships with international outreach programs, and with local veterinarians who offer essential medical care.
Finally, we are very proud of the international program we have in place. Before founder Toni Bodon implemented this program, many of the rescuers abroad had little or no hope of finding loving and permanent homes for their rescues. With her help, we have been able to reach out, across borders, and share our vision with others who need our help.
OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION PROGRAM
We work with our strays until each one finds a loving home. This is what makes Stray from the Heart special. Each dog we rescue requires many hours of care and social rehabilitation. No matter what it takes, we don't give up. We believe that each one wants to trust again, and can become a well-behaved and socialized canine citizen. We take our time. We pride ourselves in our ability to rehabilitate unwanted and neglected dogs, and to pair them up with the right home. We have the patience to wait for that perfect person or family -- where the commitment and attention to long-term companionship and safety is evident.
OUR VOLUNTEER STAFF
Our successful adoptions are made possible by the long hours and hard work of our volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the organization. Each volunteer takes on a different role - animal evaluation and recovery, foster parent, financial development, marketing, events and fundraising. Each contributes in a different way, but all are an integral part of our organizational infrastructure. They are experts in business and finance, internet technology, sales and marketing, management and human resources, the arts and the law.
We have a core group of volunteers responsible for: website and communications management, finance, volunteer coordination and training, and community relations. These fine individuals have stayed with us and provide consistency across the organization in terms of communicating and maintaining its goals.
OUR SPECIAL RESCUE AND ADOPTION PROJECTS
Our commitment to an international animal welfare philosophy has led us to Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Through our work with Save a Sato and the Amigo Fiel Foundation, we have now found loving homes for over 100 dogs from Puerto Rico and 35 dogs from Ecuador. Save a Sato, a grass-roots animal rescue organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico is a member of a national coalition of shelters and rescue organizations in the US. In Ecuador, we formed a partnership with the Amigo Fiel Foundation in 2006. Amigo Fiel is an animal rescue organization based in Quito, Ecuador, where there are estimated to be more than 300,000 stay dogs.
In less than a year, we have found homes for more 35 dogs, and there are more to come. The success of these programs have been made possible by individuals and corporate sponsors, including UPS who has transported, free of charge, much needed dog supplies to Ecuador. We believe that our efforts to work with international programs reflect not only our commitment to animal welfare, but to international public health initiatives and animal awareness. We have been contacted by numerous additional international programs in South American and India, and we look forward to extending our partnerships as we grow.
Thanks to our hard work, our terrific Volunteers, and some favorable press, more people know who we are, what we do and how we do it. Our volunteer base continues to grow, and our mission continues its successful path. We want you, and everyone who supports our efforts to be a part of our continued growth, and our exciting and promising future.
You can help! Whether you decide to adopt, to foster, to help us with funding, or to volunteer your time and expertise, we want you in our future.