5/15/50 Fridays: Journey Edition

Once again it’s time for our 5-15-50 Friday in support of Project Empty Kennels!

We are so overwhelmed and grateful for all of the support that everyone has given this life-saving program! We can’t say thank you enough! Our very generous sponsor has raised the match amount to $1,000! We have raised an astounding $920 so far, which is almost to our $1,000 goal! That’s a lot of help for those that need it most – like our girl Journey.

This beautiful little lady was dumped in a parking lot by her family in the middle of winter. Journey spent three long, cold weeks on the run, looking for her family that abandoned her, before allowing herself to be caught and brought to the shelter.

Finally warm and with a full belly, Journey tried to settle into shelter life the best she could. Things were looking up for her, but she had such a hard time believing that humans wouldn’t suddenly take away the necessary comforts of good food and a warm bed. The shelter, although full of love, was not the place for her to be. We knew Journey needed some special help so that she could learn to trust that people would not ever deny her food and shelter, and we knew that Project Empty Kennels was the answer to her needs.

In other shelters, Journey would never have been given a second chance. She hasn’t been in the program long, but we’re beginning to see a more relaxed, trusting, happy girl that we’ve always dreamed of seeing at the shelter. Journey has a road of healing ahead of her, but we’ll be with her every step of the way.

Journey is two years old, is good with older kids but needs to be be the only pet. She needs a calm, loving home that will make sure that she never gets thrown out like yesterday’s trash ever again.

Help Regional continue to give dogs like Journey a chance to thrive in a home. Your support gives dogs like Journey a second chance at a life worth living, and we won’t stop believin’ that all dogs like her deserve a second chance.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of this life saving program!

To see more about Project Empty Kennels, go to https://www.regionalanimalshelter.org/support/training-and-rehabilitation/. To support our 5-15-50 campaign, please make a donation at https://www.regionalanimalshelter.org/5-15-50/

Announcing 5-15-50 Fridays!

We’re excited to announce the first $5-$15-$50 Fridays to Support Project Empty Kennels! During the month of July, a generous donor will match each dollar donated up to a total of $500- it’s a fabulous opportunity to double your impact!!

Project Empty Kennels is an amazing program that helps the most vulnerable dogs in our care. These dogs came to Regional needing extra assistance with learning how to best settle into a loving home life due to previous abuse and trauma. Many of these dogs would be euthanized in other shelters, which is why Project Empty Kennels is integral in Regional’s mission of remaining a no-kill shelter. With the support of our donors, we’ve been able to help many dogs and will continue to help many more!

The current program members are Heart and Journey. These girls are learning to process and overcome the abuse in their past so that they can have a better future.

Help us help these wonderful girls. Every dollar donated during $5-$15-$50 Fridays will support Heart and Journey as they continue on their path towards a happy life with a forever family. Please donate here, or visit us at https://regionalanimalshelter.org/5-15-50 for more information.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s 7th Annual Woofstock a tremendous success!

We are pleased to report that we got to spend the day with 250 of our closest friends and puppies!!  We hope that everyone had a blast! Did you get a face full of kisses at the Smoochy Booth? Get to check out the agility course? Did you have a blast dancing to some great tunes? Did you get lucky and win an awesome raffle or five?

The raffle section was filled to overflowing with 104 totally awesome raffles – thank you to our generous business and community members who made it possible! Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped us to make Woofstock a great success! Thank you to C&R Restaurant for providing a delicious lunch! Thank you to Sheaman and the Mayfield Rover for providing fabulous music! And a big thank you to Concordia Club for their hospitality!!

We are so blessed to have such a supportive and generous community. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who came out to support the small shelter with the big heart. Together, we raised $10,000 for the care of our dogs!  We are so very humbled by this entire experience – thank you for helping us help the dogs in our care. Some amazing things are in the works thanks to the support of community members like you!

We love you all! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU and we hope to see you at next year’s Woofstock!

What a way to turn 6! Thank you!

This past weekend was jam-packed as we celebrated Regional Animal Shelter’s 6th Birthday! We are so thankful and blessed.

What a fabulous birthday weekend!

On Saturday, we had 45 people join us for our double header Paint ‘n Sip sessions at Bottles and Brushes at Core Fit in Mayfield. Thank you to everyone who attended – we hope you enjoyed painting and sipping with us. Thank you to Kristin for opening your doors and welcoming us to your unique & fun space. Thank you to Kath for instructing and leading this paint session. We think everyone’s masterpieces turned out amazing!  

On Sunday, we made the journey to Helderberg Mountain Brewing Company in East Berne to celebrate in Mike and Chris’ beautiful taproom. Thank you to everyone who attended, made a donation, purchased raffle tickets, or drank some very good beer, wine & cider.

Between both events we were able to raise over $1,650 and a pile of very generous donations that will go directly to the care of the animals!

We can’t say enough how extremely grateful we are to everyone who supports our “small shelter with the big heart!” We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our awesome volunteers and the community as a whole. Thank you all for being part of our Regional family. #TeamDog

With Gratitude…

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for everyone who came out last night to help us celebrate five years of being in rescue. We raised our glass to all of those who have helped our shelter become what it is today, and we toasted to the coming success of the next five years, as well as raising $1,600 for the care of our dogs. Thank you to Harold’s for making our celebrations last night possible. We are overjoyed to be making a positive impact in our community and humbled by everybody’s support to help Regional make it happen.

In this season of celebration, we rejoice in how our community has always stepped up and supported the animals that needed it most exactly when they needed it. That’s why this year, for our #GivingTuesday campaign, all donations made to the campaign will be going into Annie’s Fund, which helps critically ill animals get the veterinary assistance that they need. Giving Tuesday is part of a national celebration of generosity that takes place annually on the fourth Tuesday of November.

Annie’s Fund was started for a sweet dog named Annie, who came into the shelter in 2013 after being left in a ditch to die by her owners. Despite our attempts, Annie was in such an advanced state of organ failure that there was nothing that we could do for her but to ease her pain and suffering while making sure she knew what love and compassion was. One of our community members, who wishes to remain anonymous, asked that the donation that they gave towards Annie’s medical bills start a fund that would help any animal that came in to the shelter in a condition like Annie’s… and Annie’s fund was born.

In the years since that heartbreaking day, Annie’s Fund has helped many critically ill animals within Regional’s walls to get the care that they deserved, and for that we are very, very grateful. We look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming days.

With love and gratitude,

The Regional Volunteers


Cheers from our volunteers!
Thank you from our grateful volunteers!


On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation in support of Regional and all of the work that our dedicated volunteers do to help dogs in need. Whether a dog has been abandoned, got lost, or just went on a short adventure, Regional is a safe spot for these pups until they make their way home. Over 100 dogs have come through our doors this year alone!

We cannot do what we do without all of you in our awesome community, and we thank you for your continued support! We are looking forward to someday being able to expand our services….we just need more room! (update on that soon!)

Much love,
The Regional Volunteers