Rob Maher, owner of Unleash Brooklyn, a New York doggy daycare, has been housing rescued dogs from his other business and passion, Dog Habitat in his doggy daycare facility, but as of March 31, 2014, the last three rescued pets he has there – Brandon, George, and Diamond – will need to find a new place to live.
Unleash Brooklyn is closing due to a rent increase Maher cannot afford. The doggy daycare located at 216 Franklin St. started five years ago, but when the business owner went to renew his lease, he was faced with a high rent price he cannot cover.
For Maher, finding foster or permanent homes for the pets as soon as possible is what he is focusing on.
Brandon is a 2-year-old American Bulldog mix, George is a 12-month-old Pit bull, and Diamond is a Hurricane Sandy refugee, pocket Pit bull.
The canines benefited from living at the doggy daycare because staff members would work with them to socialize them and get them ready for adoption. However, the pets’ future is uncertain and it is up to animal lovers to welcome them into their homes before they become homeless pets again.
Maher has looked into other local rescue groups to see if they have space to take in the dogs, but so far everyone he contacts tells him they are at full capacity.
The business owner says he might be able to keep one or two dogs, but he can’t take all three with him.
As for Dog Habitat, they will rely on foster homes to continue their mission to help and rescue as many stray and dogs in need as they can.
As of March 27, 2014, George and Brandon found a new place to live. The following message was posted on Dog Habitat’s Facebook page:
It’s been an amazing day here Dog Habitat Rescue, we have one more little girl to go!!!! Who can take Diamond home? We are sure someone knows someone for this little bundle of pittie love.