By Chris Manson
With all the animal rescue groups in the area, I ask Cara Fraser, volunteer and spay/neuter clinic coordinator with Road Dogg Rescue, what’s unique about her organization.
“All the rescues here strive for the same thing,” she says. “We’re all very passionate about what we do. We’re a foster-based rescue and very community-oriented. We do low-cost spay and neuter for the community, and there’s not many rescues that can offer that.”
She says Road Dogg Rescue also works with the local shelters. “We go to the shelters, pull the dogs from them and put them in foster homes. Then the dogs can be assessed in a home environment, to find out if they’re good around children, other dogs, cats…we can look at everything about the dogs and place them in appropriate homes.”
Ms. Fraser says the main thing about Road Dogg Rescue is their focus on the “at risk” dogs. “That’s kind of our mission.”
She tells me they also bring dogs from Fort Walton Beach’s Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to adoption events.
Road Dogg Rescue was founded about three years ago by Stella Lindsey, who had been involved in rescue efforts for over a decade in Arizona before coming to the Emerald Coast.
Ms. Fraser got involved after she moved here from the UK with her husband, who works on Eglin Air Force Base. “I did this kind of thing back home,” she says. “So I’d already looked into local rescues prior to coming here.
“I’ve been with Stella for about a year. It’s been amazing. Obviously, the UK shelter system is completely different from the USA. It’s a real eye opener that you actually have kill shelters here, that sort of thing. It’s great to be able to make a difference.”
Road Dogg Rescue is partnering with our friends at Destin’s Boathouse Oyster Bar for several upcoming events, including the Easter Keg Hunt Saturday, April 4 (more info in this issue’s Events Cover Story); and Dogs and Drinks Saturday, May 9. Bring a 20-pound bag of pet food to the May event, and you’ll snag three complimentary drink tickets.
Ms. Fraser explains that Road Dogg Rescue’s founder is friends with the Boathouse proprietors, and they invited Ms. Lindsey to do events there.
In the meantime, Beachcomber readers can help in several ways. “We are crying out for fosters,” Ms. Fraser says. “The more we get, the more animals we can pull from the shelters.” Volunteers—“an hour or four hours”—are greatly valued, too, as are food, blanket and monetary donations. “Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated.”
For anyone interested in fostering a dog, Road Dogg Rescue provides all the food, as well as crates and medical attention if needed. All adopted animals are spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, and microchipped. Or as Ms. Fraser calls it, “fully vetted.”
“All people have to do is open their hearts and their homes,” she adds.
Learn more at www.RoadDoggRescue.com.