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The next time you’re walking your best friend around downtown Sioux Falls it’ll be easier to take care of your dog doo. DooGooders teamed up with Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. and Jans Corporation to install five dog doo drop-off stations. Help yourself to oxo-biodegradable bags from PooPrints, leave them at one of our stations and help us continue to doo good with poo!

You can read more about the dog doo project here.

The dog doo stations are marked with a dog paw on the map below.

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The DooCrew was helped out by a Good Samaritan after the Doo Cruiser broke down. We weren’t able to get a name to doo a proper thank you, so we asked our Facebook fans to nominate a group to give $50 to so we can pay his kindness forward. The Top Dogs used a scientific peanut butter system to determine a winner for the $50 and a runner-up gift of $10. We are excited to announce that the St. Francis House will receive $50 and the South Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will get $10. Thanks so much for your help!

There were many other worthy causes listed, some of which we hadn’t heard of. We have links to every suggested cause below. Please take a minute to read up on each of them and consider giving a few bucks to one or more of these incredible causes!

Operation Addy

National MS Society

All Cats Rescue

Cure Kids Cancer

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Sioux Falls Area Out of the Darkness Walk

St. Francis House

Sioux Empire Pit Bull Rescue (3 votes)

Teen Serve Missions

Alzheimer’s Association

The Compass Center (Rape & Domestic Abuse)

Selfspiration (2 votes)

Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

American Heart Association

Zoi’s Animal Rescue

Lutheran Social Services Mentor Program

Ian Keisacker, DooCrew Super Hero

Ian Keisacker, DooCrew Super Hero

If you want to spruce up your look for spring, it’s not just your pooch that could use some furry fashion updates. You can keep your head in the game by losing some hair to help kids fighting cancer, including Ian Keisacker of Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Research will be March 13, 5-9 p.m. at Pizza Ranch (2717 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls, SD). You can be a hero for kids with cancer by shaving your head, volunteering or donating. You can also doo some good by signing up to be a bone marrow donor with Be The Match which will also be at the event.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

DooGooders is proud to be part of the Holiday Pet Frenzy coming up on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Canterbury Village! Join us for a fun evening that benefits the wonderful team at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

 

Dropping off blankets at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Today the DooCrew made a drop off (usually we doo the picking up!) to our friends at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Thanks to your comments and feedback on our Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show contest. On this chilly February day, we donated more than 30 blankets to the keep our cuddly friends cozy while they wait for furever homes. Also, congratulations to Dee D. for winning our gift card!

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society can always use your donations to help the pets sheltered there. To keep updated on what the animals there need, follow SFAHS on Facebook or give them a jingle!

Miss America may boast beauty and pageant prowess, and you rarely find a dog in that group, but the canine competition for The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show proves beauty and the breed rules supreme. For the 136th time, furry  folks will flock to New York City for the contest, which you can catch on television, too:

Monday, February 13, 2012
Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups
7-8 p.m. USA Network
8-10 p.m. CNBC

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, Best In Show
8-10 p.m. USA Network

To celebrate the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, DooGooders™ wants you to grab a monocle, jog around the living room with your primped pooch and predict the Best In Show winner. Post the pup you think will triumph before the Best In Show begins Tuesday on our Facebook page, and if you get it right, you win a $20 DooGooders gift certificate. We’ll also donate a dollar to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society for each person that posts their pick. If no one selects the show’s final star, we’ll draw for a winner from those who participated.

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Courtesy: Bitnoots

And a couple fun furry facts about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show:

  • First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.
  • Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series.
  • The first telecast of Westminster was in 1948, three years before “I Love Lucy” premiered.  
  • There have been a total of 299,024 dogs entered in Westminster’s 134 shows through 2010.

DooGooders’ welcomes guest blogs from organizations across the region. This month, we hear from Sharee H. of Sioux Falls wanting to make animal cruelty crimes felonies. You can learn more about the campaign at its website.

Have you ever got something stuck in your head and just can’t get it out? That happens to me when I hear things that make me sick to my stomach like:

  • The guy next door beats his neighbors dog to death with a hammer; his sentence is less than a $400 fine.
  • Someone gives jerky tainted with poison to at least 6 dogs in Tea, SD; no charges filed.
  • A horse is abused with deep rope burns around his legs and severed tendons; the abuser’s punishment is 15 days in jail…5 days in July every year for three years.
  • A man ties his dog to a tree, sets her on fire and lets her burn to death. He was fined $1000 and a few months in jail.

Unfortunately, the list goes on. These are crimes that meet the need for felony punishment, not the ‘slap on the wrist’ sentence of a misdemeanor. But, in the state of South Dakota these horrific crimes are viewed as a misdemeanor; we are one of only 3 other states in the US that have not updated their animal abuse laws to felony status. Yup, something else that makes me sick to my stomach.
Why are we one of those three? Well, it’s not for lack of trying. South Dakota has an agricultural lobby that views animal protection issues as potentially limiting options for farmers – ridiculous but they are entitled to their opinion. We lobby to get the laws changed and they (along with dog breeders – I don’t have enough space to go into that one) lobby to stop us. Both sides, agricultural and animal protection organizations need to find a way to work together and to hammer out an agreement that includes felony penalty for torture, including starving and neglect of our companion animals. I refuse to believe that these two sides are that far apart in our beliefs in what is right and what is humane when it comes to animals.
We need to be the voice of our pets. We need to ensure that our companion animals are protected through legislative means. Our legislators need to know that ending animal suffering is important to us. I believe there is power in numbers so please step up and contact each SD representative and senator about this now. They have the power to help end these travesties. We need the change now.  I want it to be a song that gets stuck in my head not the visions of these crimes and if my stomach is upset, I want too much ice cream to be the culprit not the visions of abused animals.

Sharee H., Sioux Falls

At DooGooders, we think of customer as a dirty word. To us, the people that let us in their home, allow us to know their children (two- and four-legged) and support our mission to doo good feel more like family. This past week, we said good bye to one of our DooGooders family, Jason DiMercurio. Many of you may know Jason from his work at Avera McKennan or on KSOO. We know him best as Cole and Tucker’s dad, his two pups that made him beam with pride, especially on a cold, January afternoon when he made sure Cole left us a fresh present! Or just kisses from Tucker, no matter the weather! The DooCrew will always remember that no matter the time, usually 1 a.m.-ish, whenever we mailed out a bill, Jason would right back instantly with a virtual smile and a joke about our crappy job.

Jason gave his time to help animals in our community, even adopting Cole and Tucker from Second Chance Rescue Center, as he told us in Spot’s Spotlight. Also, the Sioux Falls Business Journal recently profiled Jason for his dedication to his degree, job and community.

Jason exemplified dooing good. He never missed an opportunity to doo that with a smile, a kind word or a laugh that let you know how much he cared. Jason, thank you for being part of our DooGooders family.

Courtesy: KDLT.com

Today will be the last day for a temporary animal shelter in Pierre. Code 3 operated the shelter that helped 178 animals. Now Paws Animal Rescue will help those pets who need to find a home.

Courtesy: bReadySD.com

We want to doo some good for all the families affected by the Missouri River flooding. That’s why this week we kick off a Flood of Care. We will be collecting bags of dog food to help the temporary shelters in Pierre and Yankton. For regular DooGooders customers, leave your donations by your door on your service date between now and next Friday, June 17. For anyone else in the Sioux Falls area, email scooper@doogooders.com and the DooCrew will come by to pick up your donations. Let’s see how much we can collect by next week and flood our state with care!

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