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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs in distress, especially those living on chains, in pens, or in neglectful and abusive situations. Our mission is to provide a better life for these dogs, while working to address the root problems of animal overpopulation and improve animal welfare. We do this through community outreach and by supporting and educating dog owners in underserved communities, by sponsoring spay and neuter programs, and by rescuing and rehabilitating dogs in need. We want to give a voice to these dogs who can’t speak for themselves, and as the caretakers and domesticators of these animals, we have the obligation to provide for them. Many of these forgotten dogs spend their entire lives in confinement, unable to seek shelter or protect themselves from danger. They are sentenced to a life of isolation, living without love, medical care, and sometimes even basic nourishment, when all they want is to be part of a family. It’s sad and unthinkable, but it’s true, and it’s happens in some communities every day. Worthy Dog Rescue has dedicated teams in the Washington, DC metro area and in York County, SC that work together to help save dogs in need. We also work with shelters in rural communities to give a second chance to dogs whose days are numbered. We rely on a network of volunteers to transport and provide temporary foster homes for these worthy dogs, and identify qualified adopters in the capital region who will give them a permanent, loving home.

Target demographics: dogs in distress, especially those living on chains, in pens, or in neglectful and abusive situations

Direct beneficiaries per year: 170+ dogs and hundreds of adopters in the DC area

Geographic areas served: the Washington, DC metropolitan area and underserved communities in the south

Programs: dog rescue, foster care, reduced cost veterinary care, low and no cost spay and neuter clinics, support for dogs living on chains and in pens, community outreach

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