Why Releash Atlanta?
Ever wanted a furry best friend? Opportunely located in the Metro-Atlanta community, there is an admirable organization that rescues a tremendous amount of dogs daily, and seeks to give them a forever home called Releash Atlanta! It was founded five years ago starting as a facebook page which eventually grew into the marvelous, charitable organization it is known for today.
The founder, D.D. Finch is an honorable resident of the Atlanta area, living and connected with many locals. Although her initial career choice is caring for children as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for thirty years, her empathic, kind personality is extended into her love with caring for dogs.
“I have supported the dog rescue world for years,” said D.D. Finch. In 2018, it marked two years of her fostering dogs. The results are that she has rescued hundreds of dogs thus far, continued to exemplify her dedication for dogs constantly, and has always wanted to impact the community with the proper education about rescue dogs and their lives. Due to that, she has built her executive team of volunteers to make her dreams come true.
So why Releash Atlanta? Releash Atlanta is an unique rescue dog organization that serves dogs. Their entire mission is they do not hold adoption events in public, but through meet-ups at restaurants or social media platforms. They raised donations from all around the Atlanta area not to pay their employees a salary, but to care for each dog with proper care.
How It All Began: Dog Match Service
When Releash Atlanta first began, it had a matching process which followed a step-by-step procedure. First, they located dogs in shelters or the streets; next, they gave the dog proper care that could be as simple as a grooming treatment to receiving vaccinations. From there, they created and distributed an online profile that included a dog’s specific breed, color, size, and age if applicable. Finally, they posted the dog’s images online to their social media platforms, specifically facebook or their website, to let the community know that the dog was available for adoption. Once it was released, applicants can look for a match and fill out a detailed application for consideration.
Candidates were reviewed by the executive board. The read over all the aspects of the applications and viewed the dog the candidate chose for adoption. Once they have been approved by the board, an interview is scheduled. In stating this, an amazing factor about Releash Atlanta is that they do not have their own facility. All dogs they care for are fostered at a home by the founders and executive board. This allows a connection with the dogs from the second they have been rescued to the moment they will receive their new home. Therefore, the interview is an important part of the process to not only meet the individuals, but to be able give proper directions on how the person will meet their soon-to-be furry rescue pal.
The Transformation: The Expansion of Releash Atlanta!
Although most aspects of the matching process, such as the interview process, are still intact, now Releash Atlanta is a non-profit, one-hundred percent volunteer-based charitable organization. This truly helped expanded their organization because more dogs could be fostered and care for than ever before. Volunteers do everything from events, transportation services, marketing, foster home care, etc. Their staff includes a couple of hundred volunteers who have provided the resources needed for each rescue. Releash Atlanta is constantly hiring, not for the benefit of their organization, but to help as many rescue dogs as they can at a time. Volunteers commit to long-term involvement with the organization which they come to see as family.
The Now: Seeing them at Rescue Dog Olympics!
Releash Atlanta is excited to participate in the annual Rescue Dog Olympics! Rescue Dog Olympics is a large, pet-focused event that will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Many metro Atlanta rescue organizations celebrate and unite dogs to find their forever homes during this event, and this year, Releash Atlanta will have a tent where they plan to advocate and educate the community to positively impact the world of rescues in Georgia. They will have adoptable dogs at the event as well where you can get more information on their process and volunteer positions. We hope to see you there!
Written by: Sophie Normil.
Images used with permission from D.D. Finch, Releash Atlanta Website and Facebook Page.
Sophie Normil developed an immense appreciation for literature that started at an early age. She is involved in the writing community by writing reviews. Her passion is to become an author with a published novel under any of her favorite genres: high-fantasy, young/new adult, or romance. See her writing portfolio for more of her work: Life By The Ink