A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal...." Prov 12:10
What is Stray from the Heart?
Stray from the Heart (SFTH) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless and abused dogs.
When was SFTH founded and how many dogs have been rescued?
SFTH was formally founded in 2000 by Toni Bodon and Beth Silberg, both of whom rescued dogs on their own before formally uniting their efforts. As of 2009, we have rescued and found loving homes for over 2,000 dogs.
Where is SFTH located?
One thing that is unique about us is that we actually do NOT have a shelter, but rather, rely on a network of foster homes and veterinary boarding facilities throughout NYC to house the dogs until permanent homes are found.
Where do your dogs come from?
We rescue animals from three main places: 1) The NYC pound, known as the Animal Care and Control Center 2) Shelters that we have partnered with throughout the U.S., including those in Georgia, Tenessee, Ohio and South Carolina 3) Latin American countries like Ecuador and Puerto Rico, where the number of stray and abused dogs is countless.
How many people are involved in SFTH?
We have a core group of dedicated volunteers who devote a substantial portion of their personal lives, outside of their day jobs and families, to the dogs. We also have a number of dedicated and consistent volunteers who specialize in specific areas, such as dog walking, foster care, event planning and marketing. You can be a part of the Stray from the Heart family and save some dogs by volunteering or joining a committee today.
How much does it cost to rescue and rehabilitate a dog?
We spend between $600 - $1,000 a month on each dog in our care. Depending on the needs of the rescued dog, treatment ranges from extensive surgery to providing basic medication.
What are Stray from the Heart's immediate and long-term goals?
In the short-term we are looking to find a location in order to be able to rescue more dogs and a place where volunteers can come together, meet, and interact. In the long-term, we plan to build a shelter and reach out to more cities, states, and countries to rescue as many dogs as possible. We also hope to develop a humane education and internship program.
How can I get involved?
That's the kind of question we like to hear! Check out our amazing opportunities and learn how you can become part of the "StrAy Team" on our How You Can Help section
I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of
human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread,
sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible!
Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. "I have done something," He replied. "I created you."|
The Animals' Savior Copyright-Jim Willis 1999