As a part of our commitment to giving back to rescue groups, we select two organizations every month to be the recipient of our Buy One Give One (BOGO) program.Our BOGO program is based on online sales from two of our leash and collar collections (I Am A Rescue or Support The Underdog). For every collar/leash purchased from these collections, one is donated to a rescue group.
From July 1 -15, the recipient of our BOGO is Old Yeller Ranch Rescue. They found out about PBC on Instagram, and when we spoke to their executive director Dee Diaz-Folgner, we knew OYRR would be a great fit!We asked Dee a few questions about OYRR so our supporters could understand more about this wonderful group.
PBC:How did your organization begin? Tell us your story.
Dee:OYRR's story began when founders Amanda Parker and Josh White rescued-to-foster a pit bull from Sacramento County. Josh and Amanda were shocked to learn how many other wonderful and deserving dogs like Dolly were still out there in the systems and needing rescue. OYRR grew organically from Dolly's arrival. Rapidly, they accepted more dogs into their home until the operation outgrew their living room, and the need for a formal facility, team of committed individuals and nonprofit status was necessary. OYRR began with small kennels built in haste to remove as many at risk dogs from the system as possible, but has since evolved into a facility in which each dogs lives in a 20x40 foot yard furnished with an insulated cabin. I was hired to be OYRR's Executive Director and trainer and our rescue and rehabilitation focus has grown to include humane education, training programs as well as therapy dog services.
PBC: How many dogs has Old Yeller Ranch Rescue helped?Tell us about a memorable rescue.
We are very small but growing rapidly. Over the last 3 1/2 years we've been able to successfully adopt out 200+ dogs. Most dogs are brought in case by case but, we consider taking in dogs who have run out of time a priority.
My personal memorable rescue was "Sochi" left as a throw away on the streets of San Bernardino set to be euthanized. Now she is our OYRR ambassador. Registered "Love On a Leash" therapy pet, visiting our local schools teaching safety and responsibility and visiting our local senior center and any others that seek her comfort.
PBC:Tell us your most challenging moment in the rescue and how you got through it.
Most mornings are challenging as we read through many heartbreaking emails usually before daybreak. Most calls we receive are challenging as we are constantly trying to figure out solutions to other human failures. We face many dark days in rescue, but, the moment when we see gratitude in the eyes of a happy canine that is the moment that shines brighter then any other That's why we continue to do what we do EVERYDAY!
Our mission statement is:"To end canine homelessness by providing a safety net of services and education to the community."
Please join us in acknowledging the great work of OYRR and support the work they do by getting your dog a leash or collar from our BOGO collection. Whatever you purchase, the equivalent will be donated to OYRR.Go here to start shopping.