Fenced In by Love 2014 Nominee– Do It For The Dogs Shelter and Thrift Store!

ValentinesDayFencedInByLoveContestAt Dog Fence DIY, they know that wonderful things happen when we are surrounded by love. They are thankful for all the volunteers that reach out to defenseless, abandoned and abused dogs and take extraordinary steps to ensure their safety.This Valentine’s Day I was asked to help them to identify individuals/organizations that make a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs across the globe. So Fenced In by Love 2014 invited me to blog about my favorite volunteer or organization that is making a difference by surrounding these helpless dogs with tenderness and affection.

shelter thrift shop signI must nominate Do It For The Dogs Shelter and Thrift Store. Do It For The Dogs  features The Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake that is a private, non-profit no kill animal rescue organization which keeps its shelter open only through the public’s patronage and continued support. At the Second Chance Thrift Shop, all proceeds go directly to cover the expenses to care for the many homeless animals at the Humane Society.

humaneOn the shelter intake form at the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake, there is a blank space labeled “reason for surrender,” which describes in just a few short words, why an animal’s owner has made the decision to voluntarily relinquish him/her to the shelter. “Sheds…Destructive…Barks…Can’t keep in my yard…Digs…Divorce…New Baby…Moving…Boyfriend doesn’t like…New Job…Allergies…Not enough time for…Too expensive…Too much work…Too old…Too many…Too big…Too small…My dog/cat got pregnant…Can’t find homes for the puppies or kittens…And I don’t want anymore!” These are just a few of the reasons an animal become homeless.  For whatever reason, the number one responsibility of the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake is to now provide a clean and safe refuge for any homeless animal that has been able to find their way to our rescue shelter until a loving home can be found.

"do it for the dogs" volunteers

“do it for the dogs” volunteers

The Second Chance Thrift Shop is a unique thrift shop with a variety of wonderful merchandise for sale. The shop is staffed by devoted volunteers, all willing to give their time to raise funds for the dogs and cats cared for by the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake. Donations of quality home decor items, furniture, collectibles, kitchenware, linens, books, jewelry, and new or gently used clothing for adults and children are just a few of the items featured in the Second Chance Thrift Shop. Donated merchandise can be accepted at  33 W. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Grand) in downtown Grove during operating hours or at the After Hour Donation Box conveniently located next to the Humane Society Shelter, two miles East of downtown Grove on Highway 10.

The Drive to Save Lives - One Road Trip at a Time!

The Drive to Save Lives – One Road Trip at a Time!

So, the Grove Humane Society and the awesome volunteers entered into a Canine Transfer Partnership with the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, Minnesota, to give homeless animals a chance at finding their forever home. Because of mandatory spay and neuter regulations in the state of Minnesota, there is not a pet overpopulation problem as there is in Northeast Oklahoma. Golden Valley is a large suburb of Minneapolis with families wanting to rescue a shelter animal instead of buying from a pet store or breeder.


Transport of dogs from the Grove Humane Society to Minnesota usually takes place once every month. On the evening of  the animals adventure to a new home, volunteers began to walk, pet, and kiss goodbye to the dogs from the shelter that are chosen. They are then loaded into pet crates and finally into a large cargo van borrowed from Flint Ridge Animal Shelter in Kansas, Oklahoma, for a long 10-hour drive to Golden Valley, Minnesota.

By the end of the evening many volunteers have tears of joy and smiles all around. They know that these homeless animals are the lucky ones–their lives were saved and they will be adopted into a loving home. Since the inception of this transfer program almost 2 years ago, the Grove Humane Society has saved the lives of almost 1,000 dogs.

All of the veterinarian costs, vaccinations, gasoline, food and lodging expenses for the volunteer who makes this long road trip is paid for by the Grove Humane Society, and it averages about $100 per dog.

Monetary donations are Welcome and can be mailed to P.O. Box 451205, Grove OK 74345,
or visit the Humane Society website at www.humanesocietyofgrove.com and donate electronically using PayPal.


That is what I Love about this fine organization and their volunteers… and why they should win the Fenced In By Love Award!

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THE WINNERS: Announced February 17, 2014

JUDGING: Five members of The DogFenceDIY staff will select the winners based on merit of their story.


hearts2Fenced In By Love Organization of the Year will receive…

  • Amazon Gift Card valued at $350
  • 100 adjustable Bandana Dog Collars valued at $1,000
  • Plaque of Appreciation
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31 Responses to Fenced In by Love 2014 Nominee– Do It For The Dogs Shelter and Thrift Store!

  1. Debbie L. says:

    A amazing story of LOVE! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Laura R. says:

    We are very thankful for the support of our community who donate items and shop at our Second Chance Thrift Store, along with the many workers and volunteers who love and care for the homeless dogs and kitties of our area. Thank You to Debbie for sharing the work of the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake, Inc. and for taking the time to submit our Shelter for consideration to this competition!

  3. Debbie L. says:

    Forgot to say! Gosh I hope they WIN!

  4. Tina Ashburn says:

    It breaks my heart to hear and read about animals who are in such need, and I am so thankful to organizations like this one who will help our 4-legged-friends. I hope they win!!

  5. I hate to see animals in cages, breaks my heart!
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  6. Lisa says:

    can I tell you how awesome it is that they have a thrift store attached? That’s actually pretty brilliant!
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  7. Jess C says:

    Thanks so much for sharing!! Dogs are very close to my heart, so this is a cause I would definitely support

  8. brett says:

    i love this story!! what a great thrift store they have. and a cool idea to raise funds for innocent animals!!
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  9. This is so awesome! I definitely have a soft spot for animals. Both of our cats are rescues.
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  10. Amanda says:

    Great cause. Really wish them luck and hope they win

  11. alisa says:

    So nice to hear they are a no kill. Well worth the award!

  12. Joanne says:

    Great cause and love all they do for the animals. Such a nice and caring bunch of people.

  13. Stefani says:

    What a great story. I love those that try to help others including our animals. They should win!
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  14. Pam says:

    This is such a great organization. I hope they win!
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  15. Karen says:

    I think it is great that city in Minnesota has wonderful people who wish to rescue dogs. Good program the shelter has with finding homes for their animals. They deserve to win.

  16. Margie says:

    I have had dogs dumped at my house – part of the side effects of living in the country! This shelter helps save these animals and we could not imagine how it would be with out such a caring bunch of people running it. Wishing you luck and hope the shelter wins.

  17. Lacy says:

    This program sounds so amazing. Love the idea of a thrift shop and all the proceeds going to help the animals. Wonderful. I am sure all nominees should win, but I hope this one is the winner!

  18. Cheyanne says:

    That is such a wonderful story, and organization. Wonderful of you to nominate them for this.

  19. Karen says:

    This is a great cause…really hope to see them win!

  20. admin says:

    Love all the support for this worthy cause. My dog, BabyGirl, really appreciates it also. She and her brothers and sister were dumped in the holler by our house (they were not even weaned). We took her siblings to this shelter so long ago… We are happy to know that they are making people laugh at their antics in their forever homes just like BabyGirl makes us laugh!

  21. Jennifer B says:

    This is such a sweet story! That shelter really sounds awesome!
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  22. Truly what a great organization going such important work. I hope they win
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  23. Deborah says:

    Always love reading about good deeds and extra special is when it helps out these dogs. Thanks for sharing.
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  24. Kandi says:

    What a great cause! I love how they help animals get adopted in other areas! To have a group dedicated enough to drive 10 hours to assure these animals get a good home is amazing!
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  25. How wonderful that the program has made that much of an impact!
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  26. This organization seems to be a great resource in the community. Your article highlights the fact that we should volunteer to help causes that are important to us so they can do the work we value.
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  27. I wish I could adopt ALL the puppies! What a great cause, and a great idea!
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  28. trisha says:

    My daughter and I volunteer at our shelter and we have SEVEN adopted animals!
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  29. Malia says:

    This is such a wonderful organization! If I ever get another dog, I know I will adopt one and save a life.
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  30. Amanda Love says:

    This sounds like such a great cause. I’ve never heard of Fenced In By Love before now and I hope the Second Chance Thrift Shops wins. Sounds like a great organization.
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