Michael Gould, the “mayor” of Hounds Town USA, a fully interactive pet care facility, will be visiting the Murfreesboro area Saturday, November 12th, to donate funds to Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) of Rutherford County and Agape Animal Rescue in Nashville, TN. The rescues will use the funds to pull five dogs off death row from their local municipal shelter, and to provide needed heartworm treatment to make dogs with the disease more adoptable.
As a former NYPD canine trainer and Military Working Dog handler, Michael deployed the first canine teams to the site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. After he retired, he founded interactive daycare, boarding, and grooming facility Hounds Town USA. Because of his background in commercial dog training, he has naturally always aided local rescues and municipal shelters by evaluating, training, and rehabilitating some of their most difficult dogs.
In 2011, he founded Hounds Town Charities, a 501(c)(3), to establish an entity officially responsible for supporting other rescues, charities, and shelters with the specific goal of helping “red” dogs: dogs that are at risk for euthanization because of misunderstood behavioral issues. Since 2011, the charity has helped dozens of these “red” dogs find homes.
In an effort to expand their reach, the charity is identifying shelters around the country that implement programs to help increase a dog’s adoptability and will be awarding grants to help support these programs. “It’s so important to give back,” says Gould. “We can only offer our rehabilitation services to such a small selection of dogs, that we wanted to find a way to help other high risk dogs around the country.” The charity recently rescued Cappuccino, a former bait dog, who was severely abused and neglected. He’s now happy and healthy, waiting for a forever home.
To learn more about the charity, visit www.houndstowncharities.org. View Cappuccino’s story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osZWspWRt8Q, and learn more about Michael at www.michaelsgould.com. For more information contact [email protected], 631.873.9486.
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