What was the Inspiration of Sol Dog Lodge?
The board members of Arizona Greyhound and Small Animal Fund came up with the idea of Sol Dog Lodge. They noticed that many families that had emergencies didn’t know what to do with their dogs. The board decided to extend their existing “Hearts at Ease” program for their own dogs and to include all dogs and the people who love them. This is how the “Capital Campaign” for Sol Dog Lodge came about.
The final stages of the campaign are in progress to build a new full service campus on 4+ acres in Marana near Tucson. They expect to break ground later this year. Donors will make this happen and anyone wanting to support the lodge will be appreciated. In the meantime, they are working out of the existing building.
How Does Sol Dog Lodge Help Homeless Dogs?
The organization provides a gap that currently exists in the shelter system. They provide temporary respite services for dogs when there is a crisis in the human family. Often these dogs are given to local animal shelters. As a result, this disrupts the family unit, often permanently, and adds hundreds of dogs to the shelter population.
The Hearts at Ease program was developed in partnership with local social service agencies. The lodge will take in dogs temporarily to give much needed peace of mind to people who are in the hospital, rehab, or hospice. It will help those people affected by domestic violence and those who need behavioral heath care. Also, they will take in dogs for people living in senior living centers.
When the crisis is over, these people can be reunited with the dogs they love. There is a comfort knowing that their best friends will not be lost, abused, or euthanized.
Sol Dog Lodge will provide other services as well to help people who have dogs.
Heartfelt Hounds Program: The organization will match people with disabilities with a dog that can provide daily living help, emotional support, and residential therapy.
Community and Owner Education: Sol Dog Lodge will offer educational programs for kids and adults on pet wellness, socialization, behavioral cues, and how to have fun with their pets.
Services at the Sol Dog Lodge:
- Short and long term boarding
- Dog Day Camp
- Behavior modification and training
- Low-cost medical services
- Free spay/neuter clinics for low income clients
- Transportation services
- Educational Services
- Dog owner and family support
- Emergency foster and hospice services
- Meeting and workshop space
- Open Space Exercise and recreational area
- Specialty Products and gift retail
- Memorial garden and other tribute features
- Pond, walking paths, wildlife trail