She says all animals need the basics: food, fresh water, shelter and the ability to exercise.
She says it’s especially difficult for pets that are trying their best to survive outside, are living in a home where they aren’t treated well, or are in a shelter. “Our goal is to better the lives of pets by rescuing and re-homing as many as we can reasonably take into our foster program,” Knox says. “In addition, we help owned animals in the community by providing outdoor houses, heated water bowls, and food, along with heavily subsidizing the cost of spaying and neutering to try to help end the overpopulation problem plaguing our community.”
“When we encounter dogs living outdoors, we do our best to get to the root of why the dog is there — often it’s just lack of education, so we work with the owners to try to change their mindset,” Knox adds. “We talk to the owners about why the dog is outdoors and we try to provide alternatives to that lifestyle. We’re willing to provide crates to help them integrate their dogs inside the home, for example.”
How it works
Anyone in the community may send Paw Patrol Dayton a referral of a dog or kitten in need, including the owners themselves, via phone call, Facebook message, email, or the contact form on their website. All information is kept confidential.
Once an animal in need is identified, Paw Patrol volunteers try to establish a relationship with the owner. If the owner responds in a positive way, the group then sets to work doing what they can to better that animal’s life.
The owner must sign a contract with Paw Patrol before any goods or services are provided. In the case of an owner surrendering their animal to the group, the owner must sign a surrender form, giving Paw Patrol legal ownership of the pet.
Paw Patrol receives no government funding and relies solely on donations and adoption fees to operate. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the group has struggled to maintain an adequate level of donations to continue their life-saving work.
Paw Patrol Dayton is an all-volunteer organization that aims to help better the lives of pets in our community, CONTRIBUTED
Here’s what they need
Items donated can be gently used, but must be clean and flea-free.
- Dog crates
- Durable toys, such as Kongs
- Baby gates
- Food and treats (no rawhide, no food in open packaging or old kibble)
- Collars and harnesses
- Elizabethan collars (plastic collars used while the dog heals from surgery)
- Leashes (5- to 6-foot length, no retractables)
- Capstar (Flea treatment)
- Seresto collars (Flea collar)
- Doggie diapers and belly bands
- Kitty toys
- Litter and litter boxes
Drop off dog supplies at one of the barrels in these locations:
North Main Animal Hospital
8505 N. Main St.
Dayton, OH 45415
2308 E. Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45420
Clayton Animal Hospital
6313 Brookville-Salem Road
Clayton, OH 45415
Englewood Animal Hospital
589 S. Main St.
Englewood, OH 45322
Other ways to help
“The biggest expense faced by the group is vet costs,” says Knox, who says the average cost is $200-$250 to spay or neuter one healthy dog, along with getting that dog vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and dewormed. “We often take animals with advanced medical issues or special needs, sending that cost skyrocketing,” she adds.
Donations can be made through the website or by calling (937) 350-1729.
Also, Paw Patrol is always looking for new volunteers or fosters to help better the lives of pets in our community. Additional information can be found on Facebook or the website at www.pawpatroldayton.com.
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