Give A Dog A Bone

Give A Dog A Bone

Corinne Dowling is the Founder, Director and Primary Dog Handler of Give a Dog a Bone, a non-profit program that serves the needs of dogs in long-term shelter care. Give a Dog a Bone was created in 1999 to relieve the isolation, boredom, stress, and suffering of dogs in enforced custody and medical isolation – a population hitherto not served by the dog volunteer program at San Francisco Animal Care and Control (ACC), an open admissions municipal shelter.

These dogs are separate from the ordinary shelter population (strays, surrenders, and dogs available for adoption). A dog can be in protective custody for many reasons, including but not limited to, a cruelty or neglect case, a dog’s owner has been arrested, evicted, or hospitalized, there is a legal investigation involving a bite complaint, or a dog is in medical necessary quarantine.

With her dedicated volunteers, Corinne improves the quality of life for these dogs by providing enrichment though emotional sustenance, mental and physical stimulation, socialization and kennel stimuli. When we can, we form play groups to provide canine companionship and provide some novelty and joy in this primary fashion.

The information above can be found on the official website of Give A Dog A Bone. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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