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About Wonder Dog Rescue & 650 Fillmore Street, our New Home!
Wonder Dog Rescue has a long history of rescuing dogs in need! Our founder, Linda Beenau, was introduced to rescue in 1992. She assisted Nancy Ford, a long-time Boston and Pug rescuer. Over time she formed Bay Area Boston Terrier Rescue. As time went on, the group grew, and began helping dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds. Wonder Dog Rescue is the synthesis of this progression.
We are a dedicated volunteer group, serving the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and rescuing dogs from all over Northern and Central California. Wonder Dog Rescue has saved blind and deaf dogs, puppies as young as two weeks and seniors as old as 15! We offer hospice to special needs and elderly dogs, caring for them until the end of their lives. Each animal has so much to offer… and we learn so much by opening our hearts to these deserving companions.
When a dog comes into rescue he or she is evaluated carefully. All dogs receive vaccinations and are spayed or neutered, and some dogs receive additional medical care or behavior modification. We work with each dog, giving them the love and structure they need to move onward. Dogs stay in foster homes until they are matched with their ideal family. We want these adoptions to be life long, and take this very seriously!
A grant from the Shaw Family Fund in late 2010 was used to purchase a van. This vehicle is used locally and to transport dogs from kill shelters to rescue groups... to get them to safety! The van has traveled between Los Angeles and the Canadian border.... thanks to the tireless efforts of many wonderful volunteers and shelter folks. I initially resisted "decorating" the van with a wrap. It did not take long to realize, however, that a wrap would become a 'mobile billboard,' sharing the rescue message to thousands of people on every long trip. Thanks to SIGNS NOW in Santa Rosa and the Hengehold Truck company, the vehicle wrap was paid in full!
Ever wonder about how today's youth could be incredible leaders of the future? We do... And in 20131 WDR is embarking on a youth training program! Free training classes will be offered to teenagers, taught by our teen volunteers. We intend to film this process in order to make a training video. These youth ambassadors will be traveling to schools with the video and support materials, to bring the "rescue message" to their contemporaries. Classes will be held at our home office and at the 16th Street PETCO store!
And we still hold weekly adoption events! We'll never stop rescuing dogs.... this is a phenomenally rewarding 'job'... Until the day when there are no more, please Rescue...
With Gratitude to all, for your support and kindness.