Robin and Kathy, Shaggy Shaggy Shake's owners and groomers, have fallen head-over-heels for canines, even the shyest and most difficult specimens. At their pet salon, Shaggy Shaggy Shake, they treat dogs as members of their family with pampering services and a calm, safe, and loving environment. Instead of cowering in cages, dogs rest in cubbies atop cushy beds as they await services such as haircuts, manicures, and dental cleanings. Many grooming services include a bath, during which the pup is lathered with premium shampoo and conditioner. Robin and Kathy also specialize in dog and cat massage, which can promote calmness, ease pain, and reduce the risk of injury from energetic play or competitive figure skating. To make grooming sessions as convenient as possible, the duo can also shuttle pets to and from their owners' homes.
The volunteers—who are called in by police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or hospital personnel—assist family members and other witnesses by providing emotional support, helping arrange necessary follow-up services, and notifying family and friends of the crisis. Volunteers can also work as liaisons between victims and emergency or hospital authorities, and they provide information, referrals, and other resources to ensure that individuals receive ongoing assistance. They also supply these trauma survivors with useful resource guides containing support-group and counseling recommendations, funeral-planning assistance, contact information for crisis hotlines, and other valuable information.
GTSF’s staff members measure kids’ feet on-site to ensure a proper fit before sending children to explore a large traveling inventory of shoes. A community volunteer leads children through the stock, which is made up of high-quality and name-brand athletic shoes to ensure students can select the same styles that their schoolmates are wearing. Children pluck their favorite pair and wear it home, and for many kids, the shoes they choose from Goodie Two Shoes are the first new shoes they have ever owned. By providing children with new shoes, the foundation aims to eliminate an identifiable sign of poverty, provide children with a sense of empowerment by letting them choose their own pair, and improve their self-esteem and performance in school.
Incred-A-Bull's goal is simple: it works to "end canine discrimination" by educating the public about pit bulls and other misunderstood dogs. By providing information and advocacy for these dogs, the organization hopes to drastically reduce the number of dogs who are unnecessarily euthanized. As part of its efforts to dispel pervasive stereotypes about such dogs, it sponsors events like community walks to showcase friendly dogs interacting with fellow canines, adults, and kids.
In addition, Incred-A-Bull supports all of the community's dogs regardless of breed through owner-support programs. For owners dealing with financial hardship, it provides food and basic supplies like leashes and collars at no cost. It partners with local veterinary clinics to pay for all or part of the cost of spay or neuter procedures for pit bull and pit bull mixes, which help prevent overpopulation. For frustrated owners having trouble dealing with their dogs' behavior, Incred-A-Bull offers one-on-one training consultations and builds dog runs to release activity-starved outdoor pups from their tethers. All of these programs are united under the goal of reducing the possibility that dogs will be abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters already stretched to the limit.
In 2013, more than 14,000 volunteers and a fleet of 20 trucks rescued and delivered more than 30 million pounds of food on behalf of Three Square Food Bank?the equivalent of more than 25 million meals. They delivered these to nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations that maintain regular feeding programs. And they donated them to Kids Cafe meals, a Feeding America program, every week during the school year, and distributed them among more than 8,000 programs that feed children over summer break. Three Square gathers everything from canned foods to surplus meats and produce from grocery outlets, then redistributes it to those who face food insecurity, working to ensure every person has regular access to a complete meal. By doing this, Three Square?Food Bank strives toward its mission: "No one in our community should be hungry."