Providing medical care for homeless animals with extraordinary needs and for whom adoption might not be an option without medical intervention. The fund also supports the long-term care of pets who will never be made available for adoption, and who are, instead cared for for the duration of their lifetimes by a foster home. It is named for the beloved companion of a generous donor who provided the initial funding we needed to establish this account, and is maintained through public donations. Clyde’s Fund is supported by private donations made specifically for this purpose. It has cared for numerous pets whose needs range from orthopedic surgery, to neurological problems, extreme anxiety and depression, and even infection or anemia. Already, Clyde’s Fund has provided medical care to these animals in excess of $45,000.00. Donate now!
Try It Once Foster Program
Do you want to see if fostering is right for you without filling out the application and going through an orientation? We do, too! BDAR's revolutionary "Try It Once" foster program allows participants to foster their first dog immediately. Learn more about about our foster program and how to sign up for "Try It Once" here.
Mod Squad Behavior Program
Supporting dogs who require behavioral intervention in order to find a successful adoptive home. The MOD Squad is supported in part through a partnership with the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha, WI. Through a grant received by the ASPCA, the Humane Society has been able to bring this innovative and cutting edge volunteer-driven behavior modification program to select partner organizations. BDAR is the pilot organization for using the program in a foster-based environment.
MOD SQUAD is currently being re-vamped for 2017 and is currently on a hiatus.
The D.O.G. (Doing Others Good) Project is a collaborative program maintained through a partnership with the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institute in Torrington, WY. The partnership for this program began in the Fall of 2015.
The program pairs shelter dogs with inmate handlers for a period of at least six weeks, during which time both dogs and handlers benefit from the shared opportunity for rehabilitation and redemption. The dogs live with their handlers in their housing units 24/7 and are subjected to a regular and intensive routine. Dogs are schooled in essential manners and the basic life skills necessary to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Though a formal evaluator is not available to the program and the dogs are therefore unable to receive official certification, dogs do not graduate the program until they pass all of their tests. While in training, they are also introduced to casual agility work and receive individualized behavior modification for various needs including resource guarding, impulse control, house and crate training, and leash walking.
Upon graduation, D.O.G. Project dogs are usually immediately adopted. However, if an adoptive home is not yet lined up, they return to BDAR's foster care program. People adopting D.O.G. Project graduates should expect that their dogs have developed some core competencies in obedience and agility. But, the dogs are not professionally trained and have not been worked with long enough to establish new behavior patterns. Therefore, it is the responsibility of adopting parties to continue to work with their graduate to master their newly acquired skills.
The D.O.G. Project program expenses are absorbed almost entirely by BDAR. The cost of providing necessary medical care, feeding, equipment, and supplies are all relegated to BDAR. In the course of a calendar year it is estimated that approximately 70 shelter dogs will benefit from the D.O.G. Project program and go on to lifelong adoptive homes.
Positive Alternative to Shelter Surrender (Pass) Program:
The PASS Program is a re-homing assistance program, which allows participants to take advantage of BDAR’s structure, outreach, online presence and mobile adoption drives to find an adoptive home for their qualifying pet. Additionally, animals placed through the PASS program benefit from BDAR’s returned adoption guarantee, meaning they will never end up in a shelter, even if the adoption does not work out. It is not an owner surrender program; participating pets must stay in their current home during the period of time they are participating in the rehoming assistance program.
Requirements for admission to the PASS program:
- Dogs must be current on rabies vaccination, and proof of such in the form of a signed copy of a rabies certificate is required.
- Dogs must be evaluated by a member of Black Dog Animal Rescue for soundness of temperament and compatibility with other dogs.
- No dog with an untreated acute or unmanaged chronic health condition shall be admitted to the program.
- The surrendering party must sign a contract agreeing to allow BDAR staff and volunteers to manage all details of any adoption, and to surrender all right to the pet to BDAR at the time of adoption.
- The surrendering party must pay a non-refundable $50 fee per dog to BDAR for enrollment in the program.
- Dogs who are not already microchipped are required to be implanted with a microchip prior to enrollment at an additional cost to the surrendering party of $20 per dog.
The PASS program is a voluntary program which allows the participant to withdraw at any time. Dogs in the PASS program shall remain under the care of their current owners until they are either adopted, or the owner can no longer care for them in their home.
PASS participants shall be required to get their dogs to mobile adoption drives as offered to remain active in the program. Participants are encouraged to drop their animals off with BDAR staff and volunteers and to return to the drive only at its conclusion. It is very difficult for surrendering parties to approve of anyone wishing to adopt their pet, and therefore we ask that you carefully evaluate your decision to stay knowing you may risk compromising a potential adoption by being overly protective of your pet.
Should you abandon your pet at an adoption drive (the pet shall be assumed to be abandoned if it is not picked up within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the drive), BDAR will take the dog to the local animal shelter. BDAR cannot accommodate abandoned animals.
Admission to the PASS program is at the sole discretion of BDAR. Denial may depend upon several factors including but not limited to the results of the evaluation and the number of animals currently enrolled in the program.