Non-profit organizations have really been struggling during this pandemic. Mainly because they can't hold the fundraisers, they rely on to stay open.
The House of Hope Animal Rescue has a fundraiser every September, Paws in the Park. This year it was canceled due to COVID. That's why they launched an online auction, Dollars for Dogs!
House of Hope rescues between 125 and 175 dogs every year, from high kill shelters in southern states. They don't have a physical shelter, they're run through volunteers and fosters like Gina Trapani.
"We all have full time jobs. We do this for the love of the dogs and because we’re a rescue that’s volunteer based. We don’t get government funding. We rely strictly on donations in order to help the dogs," she said.
Not only do they take the dogs from high kill shelters and transport them to Maryland, they take care of their medical needs.
"We get them all up to date on their shots, microchip them, spay and neuter them and if they’re heart worm positive we treat them for heart worm and any other medical necessity they require we take care of," said Trapani. "A lot of these dogs are being closed to be euthanized because of their medical needs and this fundraiser gives these dogs an opportunity to have a second chance."
The online auction goes from now until November 14. Check it out here.