South Park Residents Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life
Carly Robinson and friend, Aleah Adams, have always loved dogs. After being exposed to the amount of dogs euthanized in animal shelters at a local animal expo, they realized they had to do something to help. Robinson and Adams teamed up with other local animal lovers in the South Charlotte community to establish Dog Days of Charlotte.
Dogs Days of Charlotte’s foster program saves 800-1000 dogs from being euthanized each year. The organization’s mission is to seek out and recruit temporary foster homes for dogs in high-kill shelters. Dog Days of Charlotte works with local no-kill rescue groups and no-kill rescue groups throughout the east coast as a support network to find and coordinate foster homes.
Facebook plays a big part in spreading the organization’s mission. After using their personal accounts to share information about shelters, Dog Days of Charlotte’s members discovered they could use social media to grow their organization. More than 10,000 likes later and the organization gets hundreds of emails each day from people interested in fostering, adopting and volunteering.
Dog Days of Charlotte has also received a lot of exposure through radio and news coverage. They were even featured in a book about rescue groups titled, Dogland: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Dog Problem. “When you see how much an organization is growing and how many people are being educated about your mission, it makes you very proud,” says Robinson.
“When you see how much an organization is growing and how many people are being educated about your mission, it makes you very proud.”
All of Dogs Days of Charlotte’s founders and leading members have full-time jobs and other responsibilities in their personal lives but still manage to stay focused on the organization’s mission.
Despite the large amount of exposure, Robinson and other Dog Days of Charlotte members still face challenges. “A lot of people feel like they are going to get attached to the dogs or they won’t have the room, or the time so they don’t want to foster,” says Robinson. “We are very flexible. We understand people have busy lives and schedules.”
To help more dogs find temporary homes, Dog Days of Charlotte is willing to work with landlord breed restrictions. Also, if you can’t take care of a dog for the entire foster period, the group will find another foster home for the duration of the period.
The group strives to make fostering fun and flexible. Many of their are events geared towards young professionals and families. One of their most popular events is their annual Cornhole Tournament and Fall Festival, Dogtoberfest.
Robinson and her fellow members do not see themselves stopping anytime soon. Robinson states, “We want to continue growing our mission, exposure of the shelter and homeless pet world and the need for foster homes through fundraising events and partnerships. We want to touch as many lives (both human and dog), as possible.”
Want to get involved?
If you are interested in helping out but are not interested in fostering, consider hosting a drive. Dog Days of Charlotte is always in need of supply donations such as dog collars, blankets, leashes and food.
If you are interested in fostering, check out their website at DogDaysOfCharlotte.com and like the organization’s Facebook page, Foster Dog Days of Charlotte.