Been meaning to post about this, because I’ve noticed that Wonder Dog Rescue has recently taken up the once vacant office space on Fillmore Street at Hayes in my neighborhood. It’s exciting to have a rescue group HQ so close to home.
Wonder Dog Rescue was founded in 1992 by Linda Beenau. It is a
volunteer-run group that serves the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern
and Central California. It not only finds new homes for dogs in need,
but provides hospice to special needs and elderly dogs, caring for them
until the end of their lives.
The location of WDR’s new space, in the Western Addition, has many benefits for the group. First, it offers them a space to do normal rescue group sorta stuff: conduct daily business, and hold mobile adoptions and orientations. But it also is a place they can hold workshops (check out their event listings — reiki, animal communication, and accupressure sessions for your dog!), offer training to animal owners and professionals, and offer other interesting programs, such as ones that integrate animals with creative arts and activism.
Another bonus about the location is that it’s in a great location for WDR’s goal of reaching out to at-risk youth and populations that do not have experience
with animals. The group hopes to to expose urban youth to dogs and other animals, to learn to develop respect for animals and experience the love and companionship that they offer.