Blog : Mary Doane and a mission named Hope

By Michael | Jan 30, 2014 | in

DEERFIELD – Fresh off a successful fundraising venture in 2013, Mary Doane has a new mission and it’s called Hope.

Hope, that is, who happens to be an adorable puppy in South Carolina that has overcome homelessness and almost deadly injuries to her pelvis and tail after a car hit her. “We were not going to turn our backs on this wonderful puppy,” said Doane, the owner of Mary’s Dogs Rescue and Adoption in Deerfield.

Doane is teaming up again with Ginny Turcotte of Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue in Manning, S.C.

“Hope was a little dog that Ginny saved,” Doane said. “Ginny got her the help she needed as she recovers. We plan to raise $2,000 to help pay for the veterinary costs for her extensive injuries. The monies raised on this fundraiser will go directly to her attending veterinarian’s practice to cover the cost of Hope's surgery.”

Doane and Turcotte are using PetCaring, the free fundraising site for animals. The campaign titled “Hope Needs Our Help” will run through the end of February. “There are so many professional people doing good work. Just to get the dogs vetted and on their way north is hugely vital,” Doane said.

In the fall of 2013, Doane, Turcotte and the Angel’s Hope animal rescue organization of South Carolina joined together and raised more than $2,100 for Buttercup, a mother of nine puppies found living under a trailer in South Carolina. The goal of the campaign — titled “Will you Help Us to Start New Lives?” — was to raise $2,000. Ultimately, more than 58 donors “from all over the place,” Doane said, contributed to help reach the final tally.

The money had a vital, direct impact. Over the past few months, Buttercup and her nine pups have made a remarkable recovery from mange, mites and malnourishment. “These are not stuffed animals out of a box. The vet costs were high and it was quite an effort to get these dogs taken care of,” Doane said. “We are getting the money directly to the rescuers for the veterinary work our dogs need.”

Innovative approaches such as direct fundraisers are nothing new for Doane. A lifelong dog lover who was disenchanted with the dog adoption process, Doane started Mary’s Dogs out of her home in 2011 with a top goal in mind — foster a new dog rescue and adoption process. Doane said it was aimed as much at rescuing and placing dogs as it was to helping both prospective adopters and rescues make the often difficult transition into family life.

Doane blazed a trail by creating a canine adoption pipeline from the two “high-kill” states of North and South Carolina. She has emphasized finding the perfect home environment for each and every dog, regardless of age, breed, or temperament. Doane has educated potential adopters about the dog overpopulation crisis — and how they can do their part to help ease the burden currently being wrought on countless shelters around the country. In less than three year, Mary’s Dogs has been part of the rescue and placement of more than 400 dogs that likely would have been euthanized otherwise.

“Our rescue groups are stronger when we connect and work together,” Doane said. “It’s amazing that at any given point Ginny and her husband have 40 dogs in their care. They never turn one away.”

Doane has also created a unique social networking strategy by utilizing Facebook as a way to foster a dedicated, dog-loving community. Not surprisingly, Mary’s Dogs had more than 800 Facebook “likes” in less than a year of existence with many supporters sharing pictures, stories and experiences.

Within a few hours of starting the fundraising drive for Hope, the site added more than 21 Facebook likes. Hope’s story is spreading.

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Mary’s Dogs Rescue & Adoption is a Business Partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.
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