Podcast Episode 125: Mobilizing Your Neighbors To Help Pet Parents in Need with Maria Ducasse

On this episode, I’m talking to Maria Ducasse who created a non-profit to help people avoid separating from their dogs due to a hardship such as an illness, losing their job, or losing their home. She got started a few years go in a very grassroots way by asking around at her local dog park to see if her neighbors would want to help temporarily foster dogs to help pet parents in need. She got so much support right from the start! Through her program, she’s been able to keep pets out of animal shelters so that they can keep spots open for the dogs who really need them.

I loved hearing about the big plans that Maria has, such as creating a 24-hour dog community resource center that would give pet parents in her neighborhood an indoor place to socialize their dogs.

The biggest takeaway from this interview is what you can achieve with the support of your community. Dog moms really do have each other’s backs and I want to invite you to become a part of the Wear Wag Repeat community by joining our private Facebook Group. Search for Wear Wag Repeat Labs and request to join today. The group is a great place to experiment with ideas you have for your pet industry business and connect with other dog mom-preneurs. Just search Wear Wag Repeat Labs on Facebook.

Supporting Families and Pets in their Time of Need

Maria Ducasse is the founder of East New York Dog Lovers Inc. Her mission is to help families and individuals diagnosed with an illness, facing homelessness, or a difficult hardship to avoid relinquishment and permanent separation from their pets. She became a first time dog mom 7 years ago, has worked in the pet industry for over 6 years and also volunteers with animal shelters. Maria’s passion and love for animals turned into an advocacy program with the initiative to keep pets home, where they belong.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • What East New York Dog Lovers does
  • Building a community and network of support
  • Organizing fundraiser events
  • Starting a non-profit instead of a business

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