Brashears, Cornerstone kick-start dog adoption program's efforts

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lifestyles of the poor and forgotten dogs of Carroll County will soon improve, thanks to a kick-start by Brashears Furniture, Cornerstone Bank and an anonymous donor to Go East Young Dog's "Yards for Dogs" fundraising initiative.

Go East Young Dog shelters 30-45 dogs at a time while they are awaiting adoption and transport to new homes in the northeast. Due to facility limitations, the dogs are currently housed in indoor pens. GEYD is adoption focused and tries to limit each dog's stay at its kennel, but some dogs wind up spending several months. Housing dogs for extended periods in buildings filled with caged, barking dogs is far from an ideal environment, and can make dogs less socialized and less adoptable. Dogs need fresh air, exercise and socialization, and this fundraising campaign aims to give it to them.

Go East Young Dog's kennel is located on a large piece of land southwest of Berryville, which is well suited for dog play yards and runs. The goal of this fundraising campaign to build five or more permanent outdoor play yards and dog runs. Project funding is "by the yard," with each $50 donation buying one yard (3 linear feet) of 6 feet tall, commercial grade chain-link fencing.

An anonymous donor has generously offered $3,500 to the cause as matching funds, so each yard of fencing donated doubles to two. The $1,000 donations from Brashears and Cornerstone Bank, when matched, will build the first two 20-by-40-foot play yards. Donations can be made to Go East, Young Dog, 1233 Bunch Springs Rd., Berryville, AR 72616, or through Paypal at Donations of less than $50 are also welcome and appreciated.

In its first year of operation, Go East Young Dog has adopted out more than 250 dogs to good, well-screened homes. Most of these dogs would likely have been euthanized or lived out miserable lives without this new dog rescue.

Go East, Young Dog, Inc. is an IRS-recognized 501(c) (3) public charity and donations are tax deductible.

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