Matilda is a 4-year-old Staffordshire terrier that was saved from the brink of euthanasia by Jen and Brian, her current owners who also founded Sweet Bark Pit Bull Rescue, located in Dallas, PA.
Since last May, Sweet Bark has been a small, foster-based no-kill rescue, and has teamed up with Delaware-based Lost and Found Dog Rescue (LFDR), the organization that entered Matilda into the Humane Society Spay Day Photo Contest. And good thing they did — Matilda came in first place in the Fundraisers category with more than 35,000 votes! Her winnings have all been applied to the de-Sex in the City Program, the spay/neuter campaign Sweet Bark and LFDR have been collaborating on and which Matilda is the “spokesdog” for. She is also training to become a Canine Good Citizen.
“The de-Sex in the City Program began in Delaware and has since come to Pennsylvania and even southern states,” said Jen. “It’s continuing to spread and I’m so glad to be part of this. I’ve always wanted to offer spay/neuter programs to those who can’t afford them.”
Jen’s cousin, Nicole, can’t say enough good things about Matilda. “Matilda is a sweetheart. This girl isn’t only beautiful on the outside, but inside as well! She loves everyone, is always happy, and always has a smile on her face.” See Matilda’s inspirational video (left)!
Sweet Bark was initially inspired by Dozer, the pit bull Jen and Brian rescued in 2001 and lost to cancer in 2009. “I was always telling people how great pit bulls are because I volunteered with them, but I realized I needed to actually own one,” said Jen. “Dozer was the perfect breed ambassador — a big, happy, goofy guy.”
Coming in the next couple of months, Sweet Bark will be hosting a free pit bull spay/neuter event as well as a dog walk. Both dates TBD. And of course, Sweet Bark will be in attendance at the Citizens for No-Kill Philadelphia Super Adoption Day on May 22nd, and will be sharing a table with Pinups for Pitbulls, for which Jen is a social media coordinator.
Sweet Bark is always in need of more foster homes. “Fosters are the most important thing to us,” said Jen. “They’re the core of who we are.” Want to apply to become a foster? Email Sweet Bark here for an application. If you can’t foster but still want to help, monetary donations are welcomed or you can donate sheets and blankets that foster parents can use for the animals.
Sweet Bark is also in The Shelter Challange Contest at The Animal Rescue Site. It’s free for everyone to vote daily and if they win, it could keep the rescue going for an entire year.
Be sure to follow Sweet Bark Pit Bull Rescue and Lost and Found Dog Rescue on Facebook for updates and information!
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