About a year ago during an IndieBound Naperville monthly meeting at Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus, a time when independent businesses owners were sharing some of the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship, Tom Belgio asked if we had a special fund at Dog Patch to help pay for medical bills of our rescue animals.
I was surprised he asked. Then I realized perhaps we haven’t done the best job we can at informing the community about our business model and how we provide the best care for our dogs and cats before we offer them to folks who wish to give them forever homes.
We are a small, independent business, not a nonprofit organization. Dog Patch provides for the care of every one of our animals for which we hope to find forever homes. Yes. We have a pet care fund, but it’s not tax deductible. It’s supported by donations and we appreciate every dollar very much.
We’re also fortunate to have a great relationship with Naperville Animal Hospital where we spay/neuter and microchip each animal before sending them home. Shots and tests also are taken whenever needed and before we release any pet to a new owner.
Looking ahead, it’s always been our view that gift certificates, not pets, are appropriate for the holidays such as Valentine’s Day. The heartfelt joy of selecting a kitten or puppy is personal.
We also have plenty of wild bird seed. Remember, February is National Bird-Feeding Month, a month created to educate the public on wild bird feeding and all the joys of the bird-watching hobby.
Stop by. Come see all that’s new for the last days of winter and upcoming springtime at Dog Patch!