When Toast arrived, he was terrified. Separated from his best dog friend while at another shelter, he had shut down and wanted nothing to do with people. He cowered at the back of his kennel or at the end of his leash. He turned his face away. He showed us great big whale eyes. He just wanted to hide.
Dogs like Toast get us every single time. They just need a chance -- a moment to breathe and to feel safe. At MCR, our priority is to take in the dogs who need us most. Sometimes, the dogs we take in are old. Or injured. Or they have behavioral problems. Or they've been put on the euthanasia list. If we can help them, we do. Regardless of breed or size.
The Meridian Canine Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We operate as a no kill rescue group that has both a facility and a network of foster homes. We're pretty small, with room for only 48 dogs in the building, and we like it that way. You see, to us, each dog is an individual.
All of our dogs are quirky and wonderful and adorable. And they need a rescue like ours who can take them when no one else will. Lots of our dogs couldn't be cared for by other shelters or rescues (like Tuffy, who was jumpy and mouthy, or Sparky, who's afraid of children) or were no longer able to be cared for by their families here in Idaho (like Lucky or Molly). We help because we can.
But we'll need your support to continue. Join us as we launch our Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. We'll share more stories about our dogs, so stay tuned to learn about Faith and how her puppies are all grown up now, Francis and how her life changed after a major surgery and a pretty amazing adoption, and so many more.
If you can donate, please do. Our work is funded by donations. We need your support so that we can provide veterinary care, behavioral modification, educational opportunities for the public, and post-adoption support. Your money directly helps the dogs in our care. Every little bit helps.
With $5, we can buy treats to reward good behaviors. With $50, we can fully vaccinate one dog. With $500, we can provide care for a special needs dog. Our goal is $50,000. With your help, we can raise the money we need to keep caring for our incredible dogs.
How's Toast now, you ask? He's great. Stay tuned during our campaign to find out more about the friends he's made here.
Together, we'll rescue. Because no dog should walk alone.