If you know the SR/A team, it’s no secret that many of us are animal lovers. On any given day it’s possible to see one of the staff’s dogs in the office keeping watch over our desks, greeting gallery customers, and patrolling the kitchen during lunch time. That’s why it’s no surprise that when we choose to give back to the community, one of our first instincts is to help animals. On September 23, SR/A held our second annual adoption event and fundraiser at La Collection in partnership with City Dogs Rescue.
Though we typically hold several events at La Collection throughout the year, the dog adoption event is my personal favorite. La Collection comes alive with energy as adoptable dogs literally take over the gallery. Most love the attention, belly rubs, and ear scratches they get from customers and passers-by, while those that are little shy, as some rescue dogs are, can easily find a quiet spot in the gallery where they can settle down to watch the show. At our 2016 event, all the dogs present were adopted within a couple of weeks after the event, and we’re happy to report that it looks like several of the dogs this year also met their forever families at the event.
This year, SR/A organized a silent auction as part of the event. I’m pleased to say we raised over $600 for City Dogs Rescue, over double the amount raised at the 2016 event. This would not have been possible without the generous sponsors who donated goods and services for the silent auction:
- Ascend Institute of Martial Arts
- Olde Towne Pet Resort
- Orvis of Bethesda
- Academy Dog Training by Heywood
- Veterinary Holistic Care
- ReetMomma on Etsy
- Frame Avenue
- Sabine Roy
- Nadine Singh
- Cori Steadman
Giving back to the community is part of our firm culture. As much as we love dogs, SR/A is proud to have supported other animal organization in the past, such as earlier this year when our team participated in Design for Felines with the DC Humane Rescue Alliance. However, City Dogs is an organization close to our hearts here at SR/A. My fiancé and I adopted our dog Lander from City Dogs in 2015 and our principals, Sabine and Sean, adopted their dog Margot in 2016. Here are Lander and Margot sporting their “alumni” bandannas at this year’s event.
If you’d like to learn more about City Dogs Rescue, please check out their website: www.citydogsrescuedc.org. And, be sure to keep your eye out for the date of our Third Annual Adoption Event next fall!
Jennie Carman is an Interior Designer at SR/A Interior Design. She earned her MFA in Interior Design from The George Washington University in 2014 and previously spent several years in the event planning industry before moving into a career in interior design.