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RSQ dogs is a non-profit organization that helps animals find a new home, or what RSQ dogs like to call it “Furrr-ever home”
Here is the interview with Jessica Staples, a volunteer of RSQ Dogs.
Who are you, what do you do at RSQ Dogs and how long have you been with them?
My name is Jessica Staples and I am a volunteer at RSQ Dogs. I mainly volunteer with the dogs. I have been with RSQ Dogs since about October of 2017.
What is RSQ Dogs and where is it located?
RSQ Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) 100% volunteer owned and run organization. Our mission is to be a voice for the voiceless-bettering the lives of the forgotten, abandoned, and abused animals in rural Utah-while inspiring the community to get involved. We rescue animals, get them medical attention, vaccinations, spay/neuter, and then adopt them out! We are located at 1838 W 1020 N Suite B St George, Utah 84770
What is the adoption process like?
If someone is interested in adopting an animal, they can fill out an adoption application form at org. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, we will conduct a home check. This is not meant to be intrusive, but to verify that the home the animal is going to is safe, secure, and the right fit! If all goes well during the home check, the animal can then start their 7-day trial sleepover, meaning the adoption doesn’t have to be finalized for 7 days! This is to ensure it is a good fit for the adopter, as well as the animal.
Why is it important to adopt compared to other alternatives (Buying animals from breeders)
Thousands of animals are euthanized every month across the US alone. This is a result of over-breeding, lack of responsible ownership, lack of spay/neutering, and overfull shelters. Breeders make a living off of selling dogs. When people continue to buy from breeders, the homeless animal population suffers and continues to get worse. Puppies from puppy stores generally come from puppy mills, or mill-like conditions. Even stores that claim to get their puppies from “responsible breeders” lie about where their puppies are coming from. A responsible breeder would never sell their puppies to a puppy store. Most puppy stores will not let you see what the conditions are like for the dogs being bred. They don’t want you to know. Adopting an animal can help reduce the homeless animal population, promote rescue, and help put an end to overbreeding and irresponsible breeding. Save a life, don’t add to the problem. For people looking for breed-specific dogs, there are breed-specific rescues all over the country that you can look into for a certain type of dog.
What has been your most memorable moment while working at RSQ Dogs?
I don’t know if I have a most memorable moment yet. I think my favorite moments have been when we’ve gotten the public involved taking dogs out for hikes. The dogs LOVE getting out of their kennels to stimulate their senses. Seeing the community get involved and getting to see the dogs bond to strangers really makes me feel good.
Can you tell us a little bit about the RSQ monthly garage sales? What happens at these events?
Each month we have a garage sale at our adoption center. We sell donated items (new and used) to help pay for rent, medical expenses, and everything we need to help the shelter run. All the proceeds go towards keeping RSQ Dogs running.
Corporate sponsors are welcomed to partner with RSQ Dogs. What does RSQ Dogs look for in corporate sponsorship?
RSQ Dogs is always looking to partner with company’s who have the same passion for animal rescue as we do. If anyone is interested in becoming a sponsor, we would love to hear from you!
How can volunteers get involved with RSQ Dogs?
If you are interested in volunteering, helping with events, fostering, or anything else, go to https://www.rsqdogsutah.org/get-involved to fill out an application.
Where can people see the animals available for adoption?
We list all out adoptable animals on Petfinder at https://www.petfinder.com/member/us/ut/st-george/rsq-dogs-ut177/
Where can people find more information about RSQ Dogs?
Visit our website! https://www.rsqdogsutah.org/