Who We Are

NYCSR is an all-volunteer, foster organization. We don’t have an office. We don’t have a shelter. All of our dogs are kept in foster homes and all of our administrative work is done by volunteers in their "spare" time.

Our History

NYC Shiba Rescue was founded in April 2007 by eight members of the local Shiba meetup group: NYC Shiba Inus and Their Human Companions. Here are some milestones from our first year:

  • March 29, 2007 – We pulled our very first Shiba from an area shelter and realized something big was about to happen.
  • April 28, 2007 – Eight volunteers got together for our first meeting, formed the initial Board of Directors, divided responsibilities, and made a game plan.
  • May 5, 2007 – The first official NYCSR adoption contract was signed.
  • May 8, 2007 – NYCSR became a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.
  • August 8, 2007 – The NY State Department of State signed and filed our non-profit incorporation papers.
  • September 15, 2007 – We participated in our first public education event, The AKC’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
  • March 6, 2008 – The IRS determined that NYC Shiba Rescue, Inc. is eligible for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3).
  • April 17, 2008 – With 26 dogs adopted out already, we held our first official fund raiser event and celebrated our first year anniversary!
  • September 2009 – The economy forced us to take a step back and temporarily halt intake of new dogs.
  • September 2010 – Reorganized and partially out of debt, NYCSR started taking foster dogs again and had already rescued 13 more dogs by mid-February 2011.
  • July 28, 2011 – With 16 dogs adopted out so far in 2011 and 11 more currently in foster care, NYCSR is going strong since our reorganization! Today we re-launched our Quarterly Newsletter, The Shiba Scream.

Our Structure and Operations

The entire organization has recently been reorganized to break responsibilities into easier-to-manage chunks so that NYCSR is more effective, flexible and scalable and less dependent on just a handful of volunteers.

Please consider volunteering some time to help us continue saving dogs and educating the public.