Each February, Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa in downtown Milford shares some puppy love as they help raise awareness and funds for local animal rescues in Southern Delaware. The front wall at Fur-Baby is covered with red, white and pink valentines that are inscribed with love notes from pet owners to their best fury friends and from pets to their family. Each note also represents a donation, this year to Doggone Animal Rescue, a foster based organization that “rescues, vets, and loves our furbabies until adoption.”
Owner of Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa for over six years, Sherry Shupe states that helping raise awareness and funds for local rescue is a core value that has been with the business from the beginning. Volunteering for a local rescue in her spare time, Shupe originally created the boutique on Walnut Street as a store that would provide much needed funding for animal rescue and adoption. Shupe decided to leave her job in the Pharmaceutical Industry and become a retail business owner. The commitment and focus to rescue has never wavered.
“We are constantly reminding people to adopt, not shop,” said Shupe. “There are thousands of homeless animals in shelters every year in Delaware that need a home. These dogs deserve a chance to live a happy life.” Nationwide, 64 percent of animals who are turned into shelters are euthanized, according to the American Humane Society. Doggone Animal Rescue hopes to play a role in decreasing those numbers as they help animals find their forever homes.
A “reformed anti-pittie person”, Dawn Mitchell, founder of Doggone Animal Rescue, says she now advocates for rescue dogs, especially bully mixes. She adopted her first rescue animal, a 14 week old bulldog, lab mix 8 years ago from a local shelter and has since adopted two more. Just over 2 years ago she began the non-profit, that helps to bring awareness for rescue of every breed as well as finds forever homes for animals in local shelters.
[Not a valid template]“I have a special love for pitties but love all dogs so if I can find a foster we rarely say no,” said Mitchell. “I think the nurse in me led me to rescue. I was a labor and delivery nurse for 16 years so I tend to be attracted to the high medical needs pups and the pregnant mamas.”
In addition to donations from the valentine wall at Fur-Baby Boutique Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa, a partnership with Annamaet Dog Food has supplied donations of their all natural human-grade food for the pups awaiting their forever homes. For every dollar raised at Fur-Baby during the month of February, Annamaet will donate a pound of food to Doggone Animal Rescue.
To help local animals in shelters, Mitchell asks that people visit Doggone Animal Rescue’s Facebook page or call her directly at 302-222-3438. The organization accepts applications for foster and adoption families. The process includes background checks and home visits.
“Every pup we place is taking a piece of our heart with them so it’s important they go to great homes that are furever homes,” said Mitchell. “Events are the key to many success stories.”
During the month of March, Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa will host “Lucky in Love”, continuing their commitment to local rescues. A special event will be held at the store at 204 NE Front Street in downtown Milford on Saturday, March 18 from noon to 3pm. Event details for each month’s rescue event will be posted on their Facebook page.
Fur-Baby Boutique focuses on healthy, organic grocery and items while their Spa offers daily services where pets can be pampered. Fur-Baby’s Daycare offers an indoor, cage-free park for dogs of all sizes while their Hotel is a kennel-free facility for overnight stays for dogs and cats. Registered with the the State of Delaware as an official location to receive Delaware Dog Licenses, Fur-baby also offers Discount Vaccination events twice a month where pets can receive vaccinations as well as microchips. For more information on Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa, pet lovers can call 302- 725-5078, visit their downtown Milford location at 204 NE Front Street or online at https://furbabyboutique.com.
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