Every dog is special. In fact, one rescue thinks they’re more… posh. Posh Pets Rescue in New York City has the dogs of their city and region tied to their heartstrings and they’re always being tugged. They’re bent on saving every dog they can, no matter their background or needs and many times are very literally pulling dogs of euthanization tables and eventually placing them in loving homes. Read more about Posh Pets, their work, struggles and success stories in this edition of the BestBulySticks.com Rescue Spotlight!
When & Why did you start?
In March 2000, our founder Linda Vetrano walked into the NYC shelter and offered to take care of a little dog needing medical care. The shelter gave her a ten-year-old, female Chihuahua, and Linda took the little dog straight to her vet and then to her home. So began Posh Pets Rescue and the reason for our motto, “You don’t have to be perfect to be Posh.” For a decade, Linda ran Posh Pets on her own, with the help of several dedicated volunteers and foster parents. After starting out as foster parents, Melissa McClellan joined the board in 2010 and Viktoria Somorjai joined the team in 2011. All of us started rescuing for the same reason: we saw how many healthy or treatable dogs and cats were dying every day in NYC’s shelters. Instead of waiting for someone else to do something about it, we decided to become a part of the solution.
What’s different about your rescue?
We are an all-breed, all-age, all-medical condition, all-behavioral evaluation rescue. The vast majority of our pets are from NYC Animal Care and Control, a lot of them saved from being euthanized. We don’t have a facility; we operate out of foster homes and use paid boarding if necessary. The vast majority of our supporters donate no more $10-$25 at a time, yet we often take the dogs and cats others may not want to spend the money on. We believe we have to help in our own backyard before we start getting shipped pets to us from all over the country. We also only adopt out locally; in case we need to intervene, we need to be close enough to do so. We take forever responsibility for all the pets we place; if the adopters have to return them, whether after two days, or several years, we take them back. Once they are Posh Pets, they are always Posh Pets.
What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?
It is almost impossible to choose only one. We place 600-700 pets each year, and many of them were considered “hopeless” at some point. We could choose Diamond, the one-eared brown Pit whom Posh Pets founder Linda Vetrano literally and physically pulled off of the euth table. We could choose Foya, the mangy Pit from the euth list, who spend over a year in boarding and training with countless behavioral issues, and was later adopted by the only foster who had ever decided she was worth opening her home to. We could choose Loops, the 15 year-old Beagle, who had been found in a trash bag near Brooklyn ACC, and who not only pulled through, but is now living in his fur-ever home in Pennsylvania. We could choose Hershey, the brown Labrador or Siara, the pocket Pit, who both had to have one of their legs amputated. We could choose Max, the 15 year-old Chihuahua, who arrived at Manhattan ACC so emaciated and with so low a body temperature that our volunteers thought they were only picking him up to take him to be humanely euthanized, and who went on to live nine more happy months with his fur-ever family. We could choose one of the countless little, smaller dogs who everyone would think should be considered “highly adoptable,” but came to us with severe behavioral issues and took a long time to find their homes. The list is endless.
What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
Receiving happy updates from adopters. Knowing that a dog or cat someone once threw away like a used tissue is now a family’s treasured friend.
What can people do to help your rescue?
Since we are a very small rescue with most of the core of the organization working full-time jobs, it is extremely hard for us to find the time for fundraising. (Don’t ask us about our outstanding vet bills.) Any help with our clumsy fundraising efforts would be essential. Since we don’t have a facility (shelter,) we are always in need of loving, dedicated foster homes (in or very close to our base, New York City.)
A big thank you to Posh Pets for all the work they do rescuing, rehabilitating and homing dogs in the New York City area. To find out more about this amazing rescue, visit Posh Pet’s Facebook or their website. Thank you to Nyssa Calkin of Diamond Cut Images for letting us use the wonderful photo of Hershey!
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