I grew up in southeast Texas, and got my first dog when I was 4 years old. He was a black lab who I named Rex. I adopted a cat at an early age too, who I named JC. Some of my earliest memories are of playing with Rex and JC. Through my childhood, I got and raised a few more dogs. I had Buddy, Georgia, Rowdy, and finally Rexanne (a black lab mix who I named after Rex). By the time I was an adult, all except Rexanne had passed away. Rexanne was a sweetheart, and the best loyal friend I could ever ask for. She was by my side from age 13 to age 28, living a healthy and happy 15 years. She moved with me from Texas to Arizona to Lake Tahoe to the Bay Area and always adapted to each place as well as I did. When she passed away, she had been in my life for well over half of it. Shortly after she passed away, I started Dog Godfather. A friend like Rexanne couldn't be replaced so easily, so instead of getting a new dog of my own right away, I decided to care for others’ dogs anytime they went out of town. I had been doing so already since I was 10, so it was something very easy for me. I decided to form a team of like-minded, animal-loving people. Mona, who is from Iran, had little experience with dogs before moving to the US. She quickly became a dog lover, and a natural care provider to them. We started getting requests from our pet sitting, dog boarding, and dog daycare clients for mid-day walking, and realized this was something a lot of dog owners needed here in the East Bay. So we started a dog walking service, and that lead to starting the pack walks and dog park adventures. As someone who knows dogs and has raised several of my own, I believe being active, doing new and fun things, and feeding quality food is the simple recipe for a healthy, happy dog. So I want my business to reflect that attitude. I want each dog that we care for to be treated as if our own- like we are the dog’s godparents. Not in a religious way, but in a caring and loving way. That’s where the business name comes from. I've always been passionate about certain causes, but uncertain how I could really make a positive difference in an impactful way. Recently, I had the idea to merge the business with something that directly helped people and animals. So after much research, I found Charitable Checkout, and started a campaign with them through Dog Godfather. This platform is unique in that we are putting the cause before the business. We can highlight up to 3 charities at a time and enable people to donate easily from our website, or through Charitable Checkout. Nobody at Dog Godfather or Charitable Checkout ever touches a penny of the donations. To do more than just promote these charities though, we offer rewarded giving- a coupon for our services and public thank you for each donation. The average coupon is worth half of the donation amount, so we are basically donating 50% of the amount that goes to the charity each time if the coupon is used. Keep in mind too that we don’t get to claim that money as a tax write-off either, as all donations go from customers to charity. Most businesses will donate a small percentage of their revenue to charities, make a big deal about it, and then reap the tax benefits. I want our efforts to be genuine and transparent. At the end of the day though, I just want Dog Godfather to be an organization that truly makes a positive difference to our clients, animal and human alike, and to our community and beyond.
~Jason, Owner of Dog Godfather