ZIONSVILLE – Denise Katz has a long history as a veterinarian, including working for Indianapolis Animal Care Services and the former chief medical officer of the Noah Animal Clinic.
Then, in February 2020, she decided to pursue her passion for helping shelter animals by launching her own rescue, called The LOVE (Learning Outreach and Veterinary Efforts) Pet Project.
She bought a farm and turned it into an animal-friendly place dedicated to rescuing the dogs and cats they care for. But in June of that year, she also opened The Rescue Boutique in a quaint space on the Black Dog Books side of downtown Zionsville.
This store is more than a place to shop. It is also a place to give back and pay forward for animals in need.
We’re heading to Zionsville for some puppy love on this trip In your neighborhood.
“The Rescue Boutique is a store that sells dog and cat items for animal lovers,” said Denise Katz, director of The Rescue Boutique and The LOVE Pet Project.
Inside the quaint boutique you’ll find bowls, necklaces, treats, toys, and food, all either made in the USA or fair trade.
All of this benefits the LOVE Pet Project: a rescue specializing in dogs with medical needs.
“We do a lot of serious medical puppies… because Ozzie needs open chest surgery,” Katz explained. “We’re looking, ultimately, around $ 4,000 for that puppy alone.”
Because of those needs, Katz says their adoption fees are higher than most rescues in the area.
“Our adopters are really funding our rescue,” she said. “When you adopt one of our puppies, all of these fees go toward either helping that puppy or the next puppy in need. ”
However, she says they also have puppies without serious medical needs.
“We also take a lot of moms and litters, which most rescues don’t have the room or the capacity for that and we do,” Katz noted. “Usually when we have really healthy puppies it’s because we have taken in a mom with a litter.”
Speaking of puppies, we met a few during our visit that will make your heart melt.
Like Jagger, 10 weeks old, a mix of English Spaniel Poodles.
“He came to see us because his eyes were closed and they didn’t know what was going on with him,” she recalls. “At the first examination, we noticed that he was suffering from a condition called dry eye, which requires medication twice a day … But as you can see, his eyes are stunning.”
Then there’s little Jerry, the French Bulldog puppy, who has been diagnosed with spina bifida.
“His [condition] affects him so much that he’s actually incontinent… So he’s going to take a very special home because this little man is going to have to wear diapers, ”Katz explained. “But right now he’s doing fine. He loves life.
We also met Rose, 2 months old, who was rescued from a hoarding house.
“There were 97 dogs in one house and we went to remove 25 of the adults,” Katz said. “When we were there, we also took Rose because Rose actually has deformities in her hind legs… But now, thanks to physical therapy and a lot of hard work, she can walk and will be ready to be adopted in. probably about a week. ”
If you are having trouble adopting a pet, Katz says there are still many ways to support the rescue, such as financial contributions and donated supplies.
“We always need items for the puppies. We go through puppy pillows like crazy, ”she said. “But also volunteers… People who want to come and socialize the puppies and adult dogs.
Four things you should know about the Rescue Boutique:
- After launching her own rescue called The LOVE Pet Project (LOVE stands for Learning Outreach and Veterinary Efforts) in February 2020, Denise Katz went on to open The Rescue Boutique (located next to Black Dog Books at 115 S. Main Street in Zionsville) in June of that year. All profits from the store go to the rescue.
- Currently, The Rescue Boutique is only open on Saturdays, but it also hosts special adoption events. “We are trying to match [the events] with other things going on in the Zionsville community because we’ve been really adopted by the Zionsville community, but we also have random adoption events, ”Katz said.
- They don’t keep rescues on-site, but you can see photos and information about some of the adoptable pets on The Rescue Boutique’s Facebook page. If you are interested in adopting an animal, they say contact them directly at [email protected] and they will arrange a meeting by appointment.
- If you can’t adopt a pet, Katz says there are other ways to support the cause, like donating puppy supplies, financial contributions, or volunteering.
For more information on The Rescue Boutique and The LOVE Pet Project, visit their website by clicking here. You can also connect to social networks through Facebook and Instagram.
While in Zionsville, check out these other local favorites:
· Black dog books
· Michele is on Main
· Rosie’s place
· My sugar pie
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