QBSDR graciously accepted the invitation of Dan and Kelly McLemore, once again, to be the sponsored rescue of Corgi Beach Day. Dan and Kelly, founders of So Cal Corgi Nation, have created an incredible event that has gained the attention of people nation-wide, including media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Cesar Millan’s son, Andre. Who wouldn’t want to come and play with 800 corgis for four hours on a beautiful day in Southern California? With a schedule of events that included a costume contest, corgi limbo, and best “momo” contest, you really cannot blame the media for wanting to join the fun.
The widespread re-corg-nition (see what I did there) that QBSDR has gained from attending a So Cal Corgi Beach Day has been phenomenal. This summer we couldn’t have been more humbled by the outpouring of support that Dan and Kelly rallied for QBSDR, as well as generous proceed donations from purchases made at the event. As if it couldn’t get any better, Purina Beyond Pet Food was also in attendance with a special campaign involving QBSDR. For every photo uploaded to social media with specific Beach Day related hashtags, Purina donated a pound of dog food, up to 500lbs. With over 800 corgis in attendance we struck the dog food jackpot!
To top it all off, we were graced by the presence of the Famous Corgis of Instagram. With them, their human counterparts came along with a Kissing Booth. Fans waited in line to snag a smooch from one of their favorite insta-corgs. All proceeds of the booth were donated directly to QBSDR and we couldn’t have been more grateful. Low-riders helping low-riders; now that’s paw-some!
Meanwhile, back at the tent, QBSDR was in full swing interacting with the Corgi Beach Day attendants, answering their questions and handing out informational flyers. Next door we had a meet-and-greet tent set up for people to visit with our adoptable dogs. We had a full crew of foster parents, volunteers, and alumni as well. Throughout the day, there were many GREAT questions brought to our tent. One fact that people were surprised to learn is that QBSDR is actually a very small organization. From looking at all the hard work and achievements going on within the rescue, people might think that we operate on a large scale. The reality is that QBSDR is run by a core group of people, led by one incredible woman, volunteering their homes and their spare time to help low-riders in need. As a foster based rescue, there is no “home base” facility to house our dogs. Every dog rescued by QBSDR is evaluated and placed with a specially selected individual, or family, based on their specific needs. There are no dog walkers or kennel attendants; there is no front lobby or secretary. All of the work you see is done within private homes of people who have a deep passion for what this rescue is all about. Our volunteers get to assist with events, like Corgi Beach Day, as well as home checks and other special projects. While we might not have a huge crew, we do have a lot of supporters and that is certainly something to get excited about!