A conversation with Robin Von Hollen of Dogs Deserve Better Eastern Shore
Riding down the road on the Eastern Shore is depressing, dogs that are lacking the proper care can be seen almost everywhere. I can’t imagine how these dogs feel. Why were they being left outside in various weather elements? With no shelter, on a chain? They don’t know when they are going to get food or water. Wondering why their humans won’t spend time with them. And a toy-what is that? These dogs often spend their life on a chain or in a little pen, with little to no vet care, lack of food, water, shelter and human companionship. These poor souls experience such a sad existence and they are left feeling hopeless wondering when someone will care. A living breathing soul is considered property as if it were a pair of shoes. It is time for a change!
Through the years, I have seen dogs that were in desperate need but my voice and many others’ fell on deaf ears. Over the past few years, with the help and support of others, I have been doing outreach to dogs in need. During this time, I developed a relationship with Dogs Deserve Better, located in Smithfield,Va. As my relationship progressed, I was asked if I would like to be a volunteer representative for the Eastern Shore branch. I was honored to accept the role and was hopeful to be able to have a greater impact on our dogs, right here on the Eastern Shore. We depend solely off the generous donations we receive from our community and with that, we are able to give back to the dogs that really need it right here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 100% of all donations made to our branch Dogs Deserve Better Eastern Shore VA., stay here on the shore to benefit our dogs here. When our funds allow we will place a doghouse, straw, food, bowls, collars and other needs that might be necessary to help the quality of life for the dog.
We have a Give Them Shelter Campaign for the dogs who are forced to live outside with little to no protection from the elements. When funds and resources are available, The Northampton High School Carpentry class builds the doghouse, with the guidance of their teacher Billy Davis. This is possible with the donations from our community and the help of OBS. With these resources we are able to place a doghouse with straw.
Educating our community is as important as well. We try to educate on the importance of spay, neuter, other vet care and the needs of the dog. All dogs deserve to be inside and be part of a loving family.
We are in need of volunteers, fosters, new or used collars, large stainless steel bowls, shingles, plywood, large wooden doghouses that can be revamped and money donations. In the near future we want to offer help with spay and neuter. We are hopeful to get help from our community to help.
If anyone is interested in helping our cause follow us on our facebook page Dogs Deserve Better Eastern Shore Va., there are so many ways others can help. Please feel free to contact me Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information. You can also donate to our OBS account; contact Tammy at the Eastville store 757-678-5335.
Be the eyes, be a voice, foster, volunteer, adopt, donate, share post. TOGETHER we can make a DIFFERENCE.