Mission Statement

Because of a Dog does not normally have any animals within the organization and is not a rescue. Animals transferred to our care are normally transferred to a rescue/shelter. The organization was founded to assist local municipalities and state/federal agencies (Police Depts) with food, supplies, tools, and resources for the strays. At times, if funding is available, we may also assist companion pet owners with food and medical needs. Companion animals may include, but are not limited to dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, and birds. Assistance is not guaranteed.

Our main mission it to assist municipalities, police departments, animal control, federal/state/local agencies with medical needs for strays. Most often municipalities do not have budgeting for the medical care for strays and sadly these animals may be euthanized if the amount of care will be costly. This is where Because of a Dog comes in so you may, at times, see multiple fundraisers for multiple animals picked up as strays. 


Because of a Dog had covered all fees associated with PayPal (fees are assessed if donors do not check "sending money to family/friends").  Paying these fees depletes our funds and there is less money to assist with other animals. When we post a fundraiser it is with the authorization from the municipality, agency, or treating veterinarian. Please note that the veterinarian offices will NOT be able to give updates on the medical condition of the animal and they also will NOT be accepting donations over the phone or mailed in - all funds must come through Because of a Dog. If a donor chooses to, donors can mail their donation to Because of a Dog, PO Box 3158, Bethlehem, PA 18017. 


Receipts for donations that are mailed to us are mailed to the donor. As a 501c3 non profit organization, your donation is tax deductible as allowed under the IRS code. 



The organization gains funds through donations, raffles, bake sales, galas, dinners, mailers, advertising, social media, and online auctions. It is with the generous funds from the community and businesses that Because of a Dog is able to help animals in need.