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We've written before about the great work that The Toby Project does—veterinarian Andrew Kaplan's organization dedicated to making NYC a "no-kill" community. It operates mobile spay/neuter vans to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter services to communities that send large numbers of dogs to municipal shelters.

You can help with their effort to share in $5 million in grant funding from Chase Giving. To vote on Facebook, users can log in to their Facebook page, search for the "Chase Community Giving" page, do a search for Toby Project and click to vote. If you're a Chase customer with an online account, go to Chase Giving to vote for The Toby Project.

Strut Your Mutt is a fundraiser that benefits homeless pets. The Toby Project is one of several teams that will walk on Pier 84, September 29, to raise funds for the organization. Join the pack in person or with a donation.

If you're thinking of adopting, a good place to do some research is the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Some other sources:
Animal Care and Control
Animal Haven
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition
A Cause for Paws
City Critters
Humane Society
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Mighty Mutts
New Yorkers for Companion Animals
Stray from the Heart
Urban Cat League

On the Foster Dogs website, you can meet dogs from shelters and rescue groups—you'll find background, photos, and contact info. No experience is needed to foster, just the willingness to give a dog a halfway home. That could be for a few weeks or months—that's up to you. As you'll see, some of the dogs are conventional beauties; for others, you'll need to look a little deeper. Some have behavioral issues that will require patience and dedication. But if you've ever met a fostered or shelter-adopted dog, you know they can make most the extraordinary companions.

Klooff is the social media iPhone app your dog or cat would create for themselves, if only they had opposable thumbs. It's the sweet spot between Facebook and Instagram, and a whole lot of Cuteness Overload. Free on iTunes.


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