Liam the bait dog


We were made aware of this sweet boy needing our help. He was living behind a warehouse in South Memphis and in need of medical attention. Unfortunately, based on his condition and injuries, we suspect he was a bait dog. His left eye was swollen shut, his tail was possibly broken, he had bite marks all over his body and a gash on his face. His spirit was broken. Lucky for him, we are all about lovin' on some pups and showing them the good life. We've named him Liam, which means warrior.



Run free Gouda

Three years ago, a volunteer alerted us to a pair of dogs who had been roaming around together. One of them was a sweet deaf boy we named Gouda. His buddy Merlot was adopted, and Gouda found an amazing foster home. His foster family loved him well, and taught him how to interact with people despite his deafness. During the time Gouda was with us, he developed a debilitating disease that caused him a lot of pain. While he did have times of remission, the flare ups were really hard on him. This week, his disease intensified and we made the difficult decision to let him go last night. When he passed away, he was surrounded by people who loved him. He was an amazing and sweet boy who was loved by many. Rest in peace sweet Gouda, we are comforted to know you will never know pain again.


Rest in peace, sweet Dodge

Over the weekend, our doctors discovered that Dodge (and Hemi) tested positive for a rare disease called Pythiosis. The prognosis is poor but can be improved with surgical intervention. With success, Hemi had surgery Friday. Today, Dodge was in surgery and we made the very difficult decision to not wake him back up as the disease was covering his entire body and there was no way to remove all of the affected parts of the organs and intestines. We are completely heartbroken to lose our beautiful Dodge but find comfort in knowing he was loved beyond measure in his last days. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for Hemi as we work on a treatment plan.


The First 15 Streetdogs!

Earlier this week, we reached a new landmark for SDF- we now have over 15,000 followers on Facebook! First of all, we'd like to say "hi" and "welcome" to our new followers, and "Thanks for sticking around" for those that have been with us for a while! We appreciate all of you, and couldn't do what we do without you! To commemorate this occasion, we would like to do a brief walk down memory lane and share photos of the first 15 Streetdogs to be adopted. We weren't as active on social media then, didn't have a media team, photography team, or applications team (actually we didn't have any teams!), so we figured you might want a peek at our humble beginnings!

For those that don't know, Streetdog Foundation started in 2009 when Mel and Kent went to MAS to look for a stray dog that a friend had been feeding- the friend was concerned that the dog had been picked up by animal control before she could get it into a rescue. When Mel went to MAS to look for that dog, she thought she had found him, and placed a “hold” on him until her friend could get there the next day to get him out. Well, it turns out that this was not the same dog, but one who looked just like him! (Fun fact: the case of a doggy doppelgänger has happened at least twice in the history of Streetdog now.)

Anyway, in the process of looking for this dog at MAS, Mel somehow came home with 2 others, plus the “look alike” dog….and then the original dog they went there to look for showed up again, right where he was being fed previously. So the rescue started with 3 dogs from MAS and one stray, two of whom look very much alike (Thurman and Ramsey!). Since then, Streetdog Foundation has rescued over 850 dogs from the streets of Memphis, and still maintains a focus on finding the right fit for both the dog and the household. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue; our volunteers work diligently to make sure every match has the highest chance of success- this has worked well for us, as you'll see many of the original 15 Streetdog adoptions still happy, healthy, and posting updates to our alumni page!!! 
Without further ado, the first 15 Streetdogs to be adopted!

(PS: SDF alumni who were adopted before our alumni page was created, if you're not on it, please let us know and we'll add you! We love to see updates and keep in touch!) #sdfhappytail"


1.Thurman (the dog that started it all)
2.Mayday (one of the original 3 from MAS)
4.Sir Charles/Jazz
6.ICU (one of the original 3 pulls from MAS)
8.Sweet Baby/Terry
10.Ramsey (one of the original 3 pulls from MAS)
13.Sweet Pea/Sophie


Howl at the Moon Live Auction-Week in Destin, FL

How does a week by the beach in Destin, FL sound? Come to Howl at the Moon and you can bid on a 7 day stay at this gorgeous rental. It sleeps six humans and well-behaved dogs of any size. There are even crates provided!

You don't want to miss your chance to win this! Get your tickets to Howl at the Moon today!

(Value: $1,700)

What goes perfectly with dogs, veg heads, and November 12?

Here are JUST SOME of the amazing vegan/vegetarian options you will see in our spread at this year's Howl at the Moon. A massive thank you to these businesses and friends that love us and even moreso the pups!!

Tofu kabaobs and Veggie medley Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen
Vegetarian Pasta from from Dejavu Restaurant
Black eyed pea hummus topped with Flo's ChowChow and pumpkin seeds from Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
Pretzel Bites from Flying Saucer Memphis
Mac-n-Cheese from Soul Fish Cafe Midtown

AND SO MUCH MORE! (Meat eaters welcome too!  We'll have plenty of options for everyone!)


Get your tickets here!

T-shirt Design Contest!

Hey Streetdog Fans! We need a little help from our friends!  We are releasing our 3rd Limited Edition Streetdog Foundation t-shirt this fall and we want YOU to design it. 

What you need to know:

On the deadline, our leadership team will select 3 finalists and we will post those to social media for a public vote.

We would love to see some designs that creatively depict our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home stray and abandoned dogs in Memphis. The winning artist will get a free ticket to Howl at the Moon and will be credited on the shirt.

How can you get one? Come to the 4th annual Howl at the Moon and visit our merch tent.  After the event, any remaining shirts will be available on our website at www.streetdogfoundation.com/streetdog-shop.  Can’t remember what the first 2 Limited Edition shirts were? See the photos below of our tie-dyed Grateful Dog shirt and our beloved Monk t-shirt. 

#iStreetdog::Laura Helper-Ferris

Laura Helper Ferris has been helping stray dogs find homes for several years now. After finding dogs who would make their way to forever homes via Streetdog, she finally became a foster fail and added sweet Lila to her pack last winter. She is also a Streetdog volunteer and a member of our Training and Integration team.

"It was a dark, rainy, fall evening when Laura Helper-Ferris was on her way to Memphis from Fayetteville, Arkansas for a business trip. She saw a dog dangerously close to the side of the road near the city dump and was compelled to stop. Percival came trotting right to her, hopped into her rental car, and she promised him that she would find a way to keep him safe despite her situation. At the time, Laura frequently traveled for work and lived in an apartment. When she called her fiancé to tell him about the dog, he simply said “I can’t wait to meet your refugee”.

It’s impossible to know what Percival had seen or experienced before he came to Laura and Patrick. All that mattered was that they had an instant connection and he immediately became part of their family. Two years later, it would be Percival who chose the next member of their family. On a walk around the neighborhood one afternoon, a dog approached them from across the street, and placed his paw on Percy. Hector chose them to be his family too.

Years later, another dog wandering the neighborhood would connect Laura to Streetdog Foundation. Some friends of Laura’s saw a dog at a busy intersection and agreed to keep the dog at their home while Streetdog found an adopter. It didn’t take long before their friends fell in love with Rudie and decided that he had already found his home. Soon, a starving dog (Walter) in a parking lot would bring Laura and Patrick back to Streetdog. A friend agreed to foster him, and Streetdog helped find the perfect home for him after a long recovery from heart worms and other illnesses.

In 2013, their beloved Percy passed away. Hector was lonely without a canine companion, so Laura brought home a dog from the streets she spotted on a Facebook ad. They were back to being a family of four! As is fitting with this story, another dog needing a family happened into their lives. This time, Laura and Patrick agreed to keep the pup while working with Streetdog to find a home. The moment Lila put her paw on Patrick, they all knew she was meant to be with them. And four became five.