FAQs

FAQs

What Is Stray from the Heart?

Stray from the Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding loving homes for homeless and abused dogs. The organization was founded in 2000 by Toni Bodon and Beth Silberg, both of whom rescued dogs independently before formally uniting their efforts. Learn about our mission.

Where Do You Rescue Dogs?

Stray from the Heart primarily rescues animals from three places:

  • The city pound, known as the Animal Care and Control of NYC;
  • Partner shelters throughout the U.S., including those in Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee; and
  • Latin American countries like Ecuador and Puerto Rico, where the number of stray and abused dogs is countless.

How Many Dogs Has Stray from the Heart Rescued?

As of 2009, we have rescued and found loving homes for more than 2,000 dogs. View our adoptable dogs to find your canine companion today.

How Much Does It Cost to Rescue and Rehabilitate a Dog?

We spend approximately $600 – $1,000 a month on each dog in our care. Depending on the needs of the rescued dog, treatment ranges from extensive surgery to providing basic medication.

Where Is Stray from the Heart Located?

One thing that is unique about Stray from the Heart is that we do NOT have a shelter, but rather, rely on a network of foster homes and veterinary boarding facilities to house the dogs until permanent homes are found.

What Are Your Immediate and Long-term Goals?

In the short-term, we want to find a location so we can rescue more dogs and have a place where volunteers can meet, interact and collaborate. In the long-term, we plan to build a shelter and reach out to more cities, states and countries to rescue as many dogs as possible. We also hope to develop a humane education and internship program.

How Can I Get Involved?

That’s the kind of question we like to hear! Our dedicated volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Everyone takes on a different role, such as fostering one of our loving Strays, conducting pre-adoption home visits, transporting sick dogs to the vet or helping with fundraising, to name just a few.

Learn how you can join the Stray from the Heart family today.


I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. “God,” I said. “This is terrible! Why don’t you do something?” God was silent for a moment and then he spoke softly. “I have done something,” he replied. “I created you.”

The Animals’ Savior – Jim Willis © 1999

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