In a lot of ways, I (Christian) feel like I have been prepared my whole life to do what I am doing now…
I grew up on a small farm and had a hand in livestock breeding and animal rescue. My dad taught me a lot about caring for animals and my fondest memories are bottle feeding bull calves he regularly rescued. He was frustrated about the cruelty toward male calves born on dairy farms and thankfully was also moved with compassion to do something about it. Nurturing baby animals from a young age has shaped who I am today.
Before I married I worked for a local Boys’ Shelter. Being part of a ministry to help find safe living arrangements for homeless boys was one of the most painful and rewarding jobs I have ever had. Leaving to start my own family was difficult!
In 2013, I discovered Goldendoodles and instantly fell in love with the breed because of their gentle teddy bear disposition and looks. However, finding a Goldendoodle or any other type of Doodle from a reputable or humane breeder proved hard to find. While researching breeders, the discovery of puppy mills left me feeling sick! I wanted to provide a solution for people who cared about buying their pet raised in a trustworthy and loving environment.
Doodles Making a Difference was born out of my two passions colliding: compassion and justice for both children and animals.
Our Alliance Home program is unique and original to Doodles Making a Difference.
We are so thankful for these amazing friends, that not only share a passion for supporting the children at Set Free, but are also passionate about reputable breeding.
Every Alliance Home raises our doodle puppies inside their homes, in clean, spacious whelping areas that are comfortable for our Doodle Mamas and their babies. When the time comes, if the Alliance Home is unable to raise their litter, another Alliance Home steps up to take in and raise the puppies.
As the years have passed, I continue to be amazed and grateful for this community of trustworthy people! Originally, DMaD was known as The Doodle Alliance because our Alliance Homes and our alliance with Set Free.
As of 2021, with their help, DMAD has been able to financially cover the cost of caring for over 200 Set Free children. That’s shelter, meals, education, medical care, clothing and love provided for over 200 children for six months!
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