“Our biggest mission is to end pet surrendering,” Maria says. “So whatever help may be needed—food, vet care, whatever you need to keep your pet at home—we are willing to supply and help you.”
Pet parents in need reach out to the group via Facebook or Instagram, or attend their monthly events in person to ask for assistance. From there, Maria shares their story on a WhatsApp chat with all of East New York Dog Lovers’ members, and the resources start pouring in right away.
“We find out who can volunteer to open up their homes, who is able to donate, who’s willing to do what, where and how,” Maria says.