Captain’s Interview: Hope Animal Rescue

Before our inaugural Durham Softball season, we asked our team captains to answer some questions about their organizations so we can help educate our players on their cause and why their work is important for the Durham community. These are their answers!

Hope Animal Rescue

Captain’s Name:
Jonah Roby

Job / Title with Non-Profit:

Personal Background:
Born in Fayetteville, NC, I am the husband of the founder/director of Hope Animal Rescue. I do so many jobs within Hope Animal Rescue, from setting up events, to transporting dogs to the vet, home visits and adoptions, and so much more!

What is your softball experience level?
Casual play, nothing remotely professional.

What does you like most about Hope Animal Rescue?
They make a difference to the lives of so many animals, the people who foster, and the families who give them amazing homes!

Please describe Hope Animal Rescue and what they do for the Durham community.
Hope Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of stray and abandoned pets in North Carolina. We promote compassionate and humane treatment of all animals, regardless of breed or species. We rescue those unlikely to get out of the shelter system alive, and have a heart for the senior dogs and those with medical needs. We are an all volunteer rescue, and all funding goes back to the care of the animals.

What is a specific project/initiative will a contribution from Durham Softball help?
We are starting a community outreach initiative this year, to help residents care for, and hopefully keep their animals. We are working on getting a fund started to assist with medical care, microchipping and spay/neuter.

Why did Hope Animal Rescue want to join the Durham Softball League?
We were approached to participate by someone who knows one of our volunteers. We think it is a great way to have fun outside of the normal ‘job’ of the rescue, bring awareness to what we do, and hopefully meet a lot of wonderful people who share a passion for making a difference.

What would Hope Animal Rescue do with a $200 donation from Durham Softball? What would they do with a $1000 donation?
Either donation would be used for our community outreach fund. That fund will be specific to help people who want to keep their animals, but can’t afford to treat an illness or disease and provide free spay or neuter. We have done this in the past on a smaller scale, but we now have an Outreach Coordinator, whose role will be to focus on making an impact on our community.

Other than your own team, what other non-profit in the Durham Softball League would you want to win the championship? Why?
Meals on Wheels. Their work helps our seniors and home bound citizens. We donate surplus food to them to help people take care of their pets. The organization delivers food for people and their pets – a mission close to our hearts!

Featured Week Donation Item: Dog Toys!

Fido didn’t like the inflatable chicken you bought him? Spike won’t touch that fancy new rope thingy? Petunia thinks she’s too cool for a squeaking tortoise? One of the dogs at Hope Animal Rescue would probably love it!

During one week of the 2018 season, Durham Softball players will have the chance to donate new or lightly used DOG TOYS to Hope Animal Rescue. The team that combines to bring the most Dog Toys to give to the who’s-a-good-boys and girls at Hope Animal Rescue each week will earn a bonus donation for their team’s sponsor! Donations will be accepted at the field until the last out of the last game each week.

Thanks for your support!