It’s no secret around here that I have a huge soft spot for poms (and for the record, I love all animals). So to a lot of people, it seemed natural that I would work with Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue, but the truth is that PCPR were the only rescue that would take me up on my offer to photograph their adoptables when I was first getting my feet wet in pet photography. Through my pro-bono with PCPR, I’ve gotten to known the volunteers that work behind the scenes to save these animals.
Founded in July of 2011, Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue was started by Jennifer D’Oliveira, Malinda Malone and Pat Humphrey. To-date, PCPR is the first and only Pomeranian rescue in the state of Arizona and so far they have had over 60 adoptions since its inception. While PCPR focuses on the Pomeranian breed, they also help other needy dogs, like Gideon a senior Chihuahua (seen in the top photo). Most of the adoptable pups are housed at Malinda’s Pampared Pets, where they are socialized, feed and groomed by rescue manager, Noel Christenson. Any special need dogs are housed with one of the few foster parents they have.
Last November, while picking up a pom from the shelter, founder Pat Humphrey ran across a young Pomeranian with her litter of three-day-old puppies. Turns out, her previous owners had bought the dog off of Craigslist and when it was discovered that the Pom was pregnant, turned her into the local humane society. Without a second thought, Pat took the young mother (who was lovingly renamed Chloe from Baby GaGa) and her puppies home and raised them until they were old enough to find homes of their own. I am happy to report that mommy and all of her puppies were quickly adopted and are now living in their new happy homes.
As more people buy and support puppy mills and backyard breeders, the more stories like the above happen. PCPR is not only trying to help Pomeranians in need but to also change the attitudes of people to stop animal abuse and overpopulation.
Potato Chip Pomeranian Rescue is a fairly new rescue so any extra help is appreciated. If you are looking for ways to contribute, PCPR needs: funding, volunteers, foster homes and donations.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ll be taking a post a day leading up to the lovey dovey holiday to spotlight our favorite rescue organizations.
- Love & Hope Sanctuary in New York
- Grateful Dogs Rescue in San Francisco
- Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville
- Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn
- Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in the San Joaquin Valley in California
- A Leg Up Rescue in California
Images: Kira DeDecker Photography