Behind the Scenes at Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue
By Amanda Epley
We recently visited our friends at Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue to learn more about their incredible organization. Since 2004, the staff and volunteers at Mostly Mutts have been reducing the number of animals euthanized in local shelters throughout metro Atlanta. They work closely with animal control officers to save dogs who are often moments away from being put to sleep. The Mostly Mutts team also rescues dogs who may require veterinary care and rehabilitation prior to adoption. Mostly Mutts is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, licensed by the Department of Agriculture and staffed by volunteers. It is privately funded through donations and adoption fees.
The dedicated volunteers at Mostly Mutts work four shifts per day, seven days a week to care for the dogs and cats on site. They also have an extensive foster care network to provide more one-on-one attention to animals in need. “By fostering one dog, you can save two,” says Charlotte DeMarco, PR, Marketing, and Fundraising Volunteer. “Not only do you create more space in the shelter for another dog, but you also provide a deeper level of care for your foster dog until a forever home is found.”
We had the unique opportunity to take an exclusive tour of their facility in Kennesaw for a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this rescue group so special. It was immediately apparent to us how passionate the Mostly Mutts volunteers are about connecting adoptable pets with the right homes. They have an extremely thorough application and interview process to ensure that qualified, compassionate pet owners are matched with a pet that suits their lifestyle, personality, and accommodations. Sometimes it can take a while to find the right owner, but the Mostly Mutts team does not mind waiting for the perfect match.
While the dogs are on site at Mostly Mutts, they can enjoy daily walks around campus, playtime, monthly hikes to Kennesaw Mountain for exercise and encounters with potential adopters, and organized visits from school classes and scout troops to help educate children about animal care and community service.
In addition to teaching children about animal care opportunities in our community, Mostly Mutts has implemented a remarkable program that serves to help children develop their reading skills while socializing shy dogs. The “Read to Dogs” program takes place on Wednesday evenings, and children who may need help building confidence reading aloud can read to dogs who need a little socialization and additional contact with people.
While the dogs are enjoying unique socialization programs and fun community outings, they also participate in extensive pre-adoption training to help ensure they get adopted even faster. Although it takes time for every dog to adjust to a new home, the adoption relationship tends to be more seamless and successful if the dog has already mastered basic training. The Mostly Mutts team received a Maddie’s Fund® Innovation Grant in April 2017 to support their pre-adoption training program. Their successful adoptions can certainly be attributed to the level of care and training they provide to all dogs who enter their facility.
To learn more about Mostly Mutts, visit their website or attend one of their upcoming events. We are particularly excited about their “Off the Leash” Art Show at The Art Station Gallery on October 5th from 6-8 pm. Guests can enjoy live music, light hors-d'oeuvres, crafts, a raffle, and a chance to meet adoptable dogs. They are also hosting the 6th Annual “Ride to Rescue” bike ride in White, Bartow County on October 14 with activities for the whole family including music, food, vendors and a petting zoo. Even if you don’t ride, you can bring your family to have fun outdoors on that day.
Last month, Mostly Mutts celebrated their 500th adoption for 2017, which places them on track to beat their previous record of 520 adoptions in a single year. Since 2004, Mostly Mutts has saved over 7,000 animals. We are truly honored to partner with such an innovative and compassionate organization, and we look forward to supporting the Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue team in the future.