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Meet Darcie Copeland of SpoofDawg to the Rescue in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darcie Copeland.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started with a need to want to help shelter dogs from being euthanized in our local shelters. I didn’t really know how and I didn’t really have a plan. The little I knew about the realities of the rescue world were only the stories of my own dogs. Leroy, a severely abused street dog mama and her single surviving pup, Rebus were living in a trucking yard under a truck when I brought them home. Spoofy, I had brought home a year earlier had been abandoned at the vet by her owners after being hit by a car.

After spending a short time helping a couple of local dog rescues it became quite clear that these volunteer-run organizations were struggling with fundraising on top of their daily tasks of feeding, caring, training, and finding homes for the animals. Since they receive no funding like the government-funded county shelters, they have to rely heavily on donations. There seemed to be a large gap between the rescue organizations and funds, food, and supplies.

The solution seemed to be to bridge that gap by getting these items for the rescues at no cost which would relieve some of their financial burdens and free up some of their time they would otherwise be spending on fundraising efforts. This would give the rescue organizations more time to care for and find adoptive homes. By working together, more animals could be saved.

With a small handful of friends (and I mean very small), SpoofDawg to the Rescue was formed! With our mascot, Spoofy, we began our plight to get donated items for Animal Rescues in need! Now in our second year, we have been able to help Rescue organizations save over $450,000 in total. We have also been able to help rescues in need of emergency fire and earthquake relief with food and supplies for the displaced and injured animals. We recently had our first spay/neuter day called Project Poj where we invited three of our approved animal rescues to spay and neuter a total of twenty-six dogs in one day at no cost with hopes of further helping to save more animals.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We have had our share of struggles and what we call “growing pains” but since our team is so dedicated, we seem to overcome obstacles that find their way to us. We are facing our biggest challenge now as we are maxed out on storage space. Corporate and private sponsors are desperately needed to help us acquire warehouse space so we can continue our mission to help more rescues and emergency disaster relief efforts for displaced animals.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
SpoofDawg to the Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is a bridge to food and supplies for animal rescues in need.

We focus primarily on helping the smaller nonprofit rescues that have few volunteers and time to do their own fundraising. Providing free food and supplies for these rescues helps ease their financial burdens so they can save more animals. Together these smaller rescues save thousands of dogs and cats each year and without them there would be even more pressure put on the larger rescue.

Most people want to help animals but don’t know how.

A very simple way to help us is by making your usual Amazon purchases thru smile.amazon.com (Amazon’s Charity Program) and choosing SpoofDawg to the Rescue as your Charity of choice. Amazon gives us a small percentage of your everyday purchases which helps us tremendously and it doesn’t even cost you anything!
By having our “Fill the Truck” projects we encourage animal lovers and supporters to come out to a specified location and help fill our truck with donated supplies for rescues in need. It’s a great feeling to see the community come together as a team to help save animals.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Our team’s passion to help save animals is the driving force of our success.

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Dogma Pet Portraits

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