In early 2013, Crate Escape became a sponsor of somdog, a nonprofit organization built as a grassroots effort to create positive change for Somerville’s residents and their dogs. Late last year, a new president, Brian Davis, was elected followed by a new Board of Directors. We have many Somerville dogs at all 3 Crate Escapes, so we have kept in touch with somdog over the years. This year, talking to Brian about their goals, (wishes and dreams) we realized how much we have in common and how we can help each other. Especially since getting their 501c3 designation, they are working with communities surrounding Somerville, and focusing on shelter/ rescue issues.
On Sunday, May 19th, somdog hosted a ‘Spring Fling’ in Union Square. Crate had a table there, as did many of our favorite dog services around town, including, Kickass Cupcakes, Polka Dog, the Fish and Bone (retail store on Newbury St.) Next to us was Last Hope K9 Rescue. What fabulous neighbors! We learned about their efforts in rescuing and placing homeless dogs and met many of their staff and foster parents. (no coincidences – Steph and Brad almost adopted a white chihuahua from them earlier this year!)
Through Katie from somdog, we heard about Somerville Animal Control and the city’s shelter. The circumstances described are heartwrenching. We were not able to find a history of the shelter online, but based on what we heard yesterday, the Somerville Shelter is in dire need of support. They have had to move due to lack of funds and are now located in a garage that can only hold 4 animals. One more effort of somdog and Last Hope that we support!
More Spring Fling- we had the best time. We saw many of our customers and their dogs and met so many more. All ages and types, Somerville is definitely a Rescue Wonderland!
Thanks, somdog. We are excited to be on board and look forward to making great things happen with you! Brian and Katie, you are the best! Check out http://www.somdog.org/ and http://www.lasthopek9.org.
Crate Escape is Everywhere!
Spring Fling last weekend and starting this Sunday, we will have a table at SOWA! So exciting! It is a great weekly eclectic farmer’s market in the South End with great food, art, jewelery and much more! Visit our booth at:
A Word from Ernestine
So sorry I missed the Spring Fling in Somerville yesterday. Even as Top Dog, it is a challenge for me to go to events like that. First, there are treats EVERYWHERE! and ‘asking’ (notice I did not say begging) for them is a full time effort. Plus, people don’t pay enough attention to me because there are new dogs to meet (unacceptable).
I have many jobs and one of the major ones is caring for my pack at home. Especially with my new sister Hilda, surprises are much more frequent. Thank goodness there are always tennis balls around!