D.I.N.E. is a small, grassroots, volunteer program that seeks to assist as many homeless dogs in need as possible. Since 2005, we have been donating essential items to dogs in the care of shelters and rescues in the NYS Capital District - including Kuranda dog beds, durable chew toys, new collars & leashes, "special diet" dog food and other items that directly benefit the dogs (please see sections on D.I.N.E. Accomplishments, Photos & Projects and History of D.I.N.E.). We also publish a list of rescues, shelters and animal welfare organizations in the region & distribute it to the public (click here for printable version). Through the years, we have provided many educational programs to students and other community groups, networked to find homes for rescued dogs, helped with lost dog searches, worked to shut down hoarders, worked on legislative efforts and even helped Russian animal rescuers during the Sochi Olympics (please see sections on Photos & Projects and Sochi Dogs). In 2013, we started "Christmas Is Going To The Dogs" which has become a very special part of our D.I.N.E. mission.
Through these activities, we hope that we create community awareness, increase the quality of life for animals who are waiting for their forever homes, and increase adoption. We are not affiliated with any one shelter or rescue. We simply try to assist dogs in need everywhere.
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
In 2013, Ray and I decided that instead of buying gifts for each other, we would buy items for dogs in some of the neediest shelters in New York State and deliver them on Christmas Day. Once we found 3 shelters that needed our help, we knew we couldn't do it alone so we put the word out on our Facebook page and our friends really came through! We worked directly with the shelters to determine their needs and spent Christmas day delivering plenty of goodies and other much needed items to benefit the pups. Please see more information and photos of our adventures by clicking on the years below.
One of the things that has really stuck with me is something my husband said: "Hopefully someday we'll be driving a U-Haul truck instead of our own." We're not quite there yet, but the way things are going, we have little doubt we'll meet that goal someday!
To Our Christmas Is Going To The Dogs Supporters: Some people donate money or items. Others donate their time to events. And several businesses donate space for these events. We appreciate every single one of you who help make Christmas Is Going To The Dogs so successful!
Note: Lists of our supporters may be found by clicking on a particular year. Please contact us at email@example.com to let us know if we have omitted anyone so we can add them!! Unfortunately we do not have the names of everyone who attends our fundraising events but we appreciate you too!
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs 2015
Information coming soon!
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The Evolution of D.I.N.E.
"I have been worrying about animal suffering
for as long as I can remember. I became consumed with my
worries to the point of doing nothing. I wanted to go to
shelters to bring treats to dogs but I couldn't bear seeing
heartbroken animals living in cages... so I did nothing. I was
sickened by the idea of someone taking pleasure in forcing
innocent dogs to fight, but the task of trying to do something
about it was too overwhelming... so I did nothing. When I thought
about volunteering for an animal organization, I worried that I
would get pulled into organizational politics... so I did
nothing. When I donated money to animal organizations, I
worried that it would not be spent in the way I had intended... so
I stopped. I've seen starving, sick, abused, neglected, and
homeless dogs and I've helped a few along the way. But it
wasn't in a big enough way. I finally realized that if I could
put as much energy into helping dogs as I put into worrying
about them, I could make a difference in the lives of many.
This is the goal of D.I.N.E."
--Kathleen Collar, 2004