They come through our doors here at Up Country 3 or 4 times a week. Beagles, Chihuahuas, terriers, Collies and mutts whose new owners took one look at them and felt that unexplainable connection. When the owner and dog walk into the Up Country offices, their relationship is sometimes just hours old.
Up Country is located right around the corner from the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In fact, there’s no way to drive away from them without passing us.
So a few years ago, to celebrate our 25-year anniversary, we proposed a plan to the RISPCA: give every new adopting parent a certificate, good for a collar and lead of their choice. We couldn’t think of a down side to the plan, and neither could the RISPCA.
“We absolutely love seeing the dogs come through our doors!” says Design Director Donna Bodell. “Even though they’ve just left the shelter, there’s already an incredible bond between the dog and owner.”
The new “family” gets to choose the design that best suits them from the Up Country catalog, which holds 120 possibilities, so sometimes their visit takes a while. Then, once the collar is on, it’s time for a facebook photo! www.facebook.com/UpCountryInc
Almost three years and hundreds of rescues later, Up Country’s free-collar program has become a big part of who we are as a company. It’s always great to welcome a pair of new friends. To watch the new owner thoughtfully choose just the right design. But mostly, to know the dog will be going home to a family who’s waiting with open arms.
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