A New Direction

By Colleen Lowery

Photography by Colleen Lowery Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Program Director Kathy Gilmour

Photography by Colleen Lowery
Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Program Director Kathy Gilmour

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue spent its 2013 getting organized, implementing modern technologies and growing — growing rapidly. Program Director Kathy Gilmour took it in stride, making the year one to remember.

Gilmour celebrated her one-year anniversary with the organization in October. In that time Gilmour partnered dogs with people dying of cancer, veterans suffering from post-traumatic illnesses and a fire department. Before coming to HHDR nearly all of the dogs are set to be euthanized, so Gilmour finds joy in placing them in homes with loving families, she said.

On a Tuesday in mid-December HHDR won $5,000 in a one-day contest conducted by CNY Community Foundation. CNY Community Foundation invited local nonprofit organizations to sign up for a chance to win — so HHDR did. Using the CNY Community Foundation’s Facebook page, community members were asked to vote using the simple hashtag #GivingTuesdayCNY. Two hundred nonprofits competed and more than 5,000 votes were cast. “That was just very heartening for us to see the support that we have in the community,” Gilmour said.

HHDR’s signature events occur in the fall and summer, but with a new events team in the making, the organization hopes to have a Valentine’s Day event coming in February.

Gilmour says 2014 will be the year of the volunteer. Their next open enrollment is in March where they will be accepting a limited number of applicants.

For more information about upcoming events, or to enroll as a volunteer or to fill out an adoption application form, visit www.helpinghoundsdogrescue.org.

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