Let's be real—every day around here is National Dog Day! We care for all pups, from purebreds to rescue mutts, 365 days a year by feeding them our special breed of healthy, human-grade food and giving back to the canine community. But a special day like this is the perfect excuse to do two of our favorite things: help dogs in need and raise money for them! So we spent one day volunteering and one evening fundraising for one of our shelter partners, Animal Haven:
First, Ollie team members went to Animal Haven's headquarters in SoHo, where we helped walk their dogs up for adoption, clean their facilities, and made them treats:
Mollie, our resident pup foster parent and rescue expert, also gave one of the puppies a much-needed bath!
Our "clean-up crew"—Director of Finance, Yashoda Clark, Retention Manager, Victor Tam, and engineer Jose Rosario—made sure the shelter was sparkling.
The DIY peanut butter treats we made were much appreciated by the pups.
Not one of us walked out without seriously bonding with one of the dogs (and wanting to take one home!)
And, of course, our cofounder and CTO (and resident cat lover) Randy Jimenez bonded with one of the cats up for adoption there.
A few days later, we held a fundraiser for Animal Haven at Brooklyn Brewery, where we raised $3,500 for the shelter—the money will go towards their Recovery Road program that offers veterinarian care to animals with more serious medical needs.
Several adoptable pups were there from Animal Haven, hoping to find their forever homes.
Sampling our human-grade snacks was a popular activity for the pup attendants!
As was jumping in our tennis ball pit—especially for these decked out chihuahuas!
Art on Block was there, drawing custom dog portraits for the doting pet parents.
We were so thrilled with everyone's generosity, and will be donating an additional $2000 to Animal Haven's Recovery Road program!