Letter from the Founder
In 2008, after over 15 years in the animal welfare community working in business development, veterinary services and fostering, I resolved to pursue my passion for helping homeless dogs on a full time basis. I recognized the impact an organization that collaborates with like-minded organizations could bring to the plight of homeless dogs. This recognition led to the formation of Road To Home Canine Refuge (RTH), a nonprofit organization focused on helping homeless dogs through strategic partnering.
Organizations working towards a common goal have a greater impact working collaboratively as opposed to independently; however, working independently is a common practice within the animal welfare community. A 2009 USA Today article entitled ‘Animal Welfare Groups put cooperation to work’, validated this claim. The article states:
“Collaboration has long been encouraged for non-profits in all sectors, from child assistance to the environment. But many non-profits worry about overlapping missions and losing vital contributions from a limited funding pool, and they often dislike sharing headlines and the social capital they’ve built up.”
A study done in 2009 by The Collaboration Prize produced results cited greater impact by pooling resources and reaching a larger audience through combined efforts as two of several benefits of nonprofit collaboration. Specific to collaboration within the animal welfare community, Marie Belew Wheatley of Denver-based American Humane states that it, “often boils down to avoiding duplication of effort.” She goes on to state, “And we as a field can get more done if we work collaboratively rather than competitively.” RTH is unique in that its mission is to partnerwith other established rescue organizations as opposed to acting independently. RTH’s partnering practices exponentially increases the impact to the cause of homeless dogs by not only facilitating and accelerating the placement of more dogs but also decreasing returned dogs as dogs are better prepared for and matched to forever homes. Instead of “competing” to find a home, RTH believes in “partnering’ to find the best home.
RTH will foster for partner rescues and assume the costs needed to maintain the foster dog allowing the partner rescue to use their resources (shelter, money, food, etc.) for needy dogs.