Dog Days

Fido Fixers, a unique non-profit



The group’s first mobile unit

Between them, friends Lisa Wysocki, Susan Maounis and Suzanne Steinberg can claim the affections of twenty or so dogs, many of them beloved rescues. “When we talk about our dogs, we sometimes have to stop and count,” laughs Lisa.

Add in their collective menagerie of cats and a few horses and you have serious pet lovers.

Yet for these Greenwich moms, their earnest belief that all pets deserve nurturing homes extends beyond their backyards. In 2012 they launched fido fixers, a unique non-profit which addresses a problem the women say is plaguing many rural American animal shelters—the inability to financially support essential spaying and neutering programs.

Ultimately, that void can lead to aggressive kill policies at overwhelmed shelters.

“The amount of rescue animals being transported up here from the rural South was a bottomless pit,” Susan explains. Through prior volunteer work with local animal shelters, “we were finding amazing dogs coming out of desperate situations. The more we asked why, the more we understood the spaying and neutering needed to happen, but it wasn’t, and dogs and cats were dying because of it.”

Through grassroots fundraising and their volunteer efforts (no one associated with Fido Fixers is paid) the nonprofit buys and outfits specialized vans that bring spay and neuter services to remote shelters.  

Already, more than 1,500 dogs and cats have been sterilized since Fido Fixers delivered its first $150,000 van—essentially a mobile veterinary hospital on wheels—to Macon County, Georgia, in May 2013. A second van was scheduled for delivery to rural Tennessee in late October and plans for a third are in the works.

The help is so desperately needed Fido Fixers has a wait list with calls coming in from shelters all over the country desperate for help. “Our goal is to help as many of these wonderful animals as we possibly can,” says Lisa.

To learn more about Fido Fixers or make a donation visit FidoFixers.org


A volunteer from Fido Fixers in Macon, Georgia, snuggles an Italian greyhound puppy

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


Show More...

Most Popular Articles

  1. Best of Greenwich
    Delamar Greenwich Harbor
  2. 10 Things Greenwich Teens Can Do This Summer
    One Greenwich teen shares some suggestions for summer fun!
  3. Villa Maria School: Annual Spring Gala
    Richards of Greenwich
  4. Save the Children Benefit
    Riverside Yacht Club
  5. American Red Cross: Red and White Ball 2014
    NetJets Hangar at Westchester County Airport