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Because You Care, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit rescue and adoption organization that is dedicated to saving, treating and placing all stray and abandoned pets in the area. They have been serving the Erie community with excellence since 1981. There is no physical shelter at BYC. All pets stay with loving foster families while they wait for their forever homes. This gives the foster family much needed time to acclimatize the dog to life in a caring household, with a schedule and socialization with other people and animals. The foster parent can really get to know their foster pet's true personality, likes and dislikes, favorite toys or any behavior issues. When potential adoptive parents have questions, the foster parents will have the answers.  

BYC spays and neuters all of their incoming pets in an effort to curtail the pet overpopulation. 

The dogs that enter into Because You Care often come from neglectful or abusive homes.  By opening your home to another soul that has the capacity to love his human beyond limits - you are telling that animal that they matter. If you are ready to make this commitment and change an abused animal's life forever, please contact the shelter and staff at BYC. There are so many pets waiting for their second chance.  

Before your potential adoption is final, the pet will receive all necessary medical care and someone from the staff of BYC will perform a few home visits. This is necessary to make sure your home environment is safe and suitable for a new addition and for them to be sure the dog you want to adopt is the right dog for you and your family. 

If you would like to volunteer at the rescue or become a potential foster family, contact Because You Care's staff. They will be grateful for your assistance. If you are able to make a donation of cleaning supplies, food, toys, treats and other necessary items, or a monetary donation, again the rescue will be grateful for whatever you can give. Loving animals is easy; being their voice and advocating for their safety and lives is much more difficult and time-consuming. Please do what you can for the love of animals all over the world.  

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Erie

  • Admission FREE!
    Month March

    #1 St. Patricks Distance Festival

    On your mark, get set - GO!  The Erie Runners Club will be sponsoring this annual 5k, 10K Racewalk on St. Patrick's Day.  All participants must pre-register! There will be awards for the 1st place male and female along with age group awards as well.  If you are a supporter, head on down to the Rotary Pavilion near the Waterworks area at Presque Isle with your whole family! Even Fido is welcome on his 6-foot leash, so all of you can come and cheer on the athletes! Be sure to clean up after your pooch. This race will take place no matter the weather so come prepared for rain if the forecast calls for it.  Grab a snack before the race starts and bring your comfy chair to claim your spot along the course!  GO! GO! GO!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 11am-4pm

    #2 Paws & Claus - Pet Photos with Santa

    Fido is excited because Santa Paws is coming to town! Let your pup climb up on Santa's lap and whisper his wishlist in the big guy's ear. You will get a picture of your pet with Santa - a paw-fect holiday keepsake! This event is sponsored by the Humane Society of NWPA. There will be loads of activities to keep you and your pup busy while you wait for your turn with Santa. For just a $10.00 fee, you and your pup can have a day filled with fun, activities and SANTA! Not a bad way to spend the day with your best friend by your side! Fido will woof you for taking him and you will have a great holiday photo for the mantel when all is said and done!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 12pm Onward

    #3 Holiday Wrapping Fundraiser

    The shopping is all done. Congratulations! Now, you have to wrap it all - not a problem! Bring your gifts and your furry canine companion to the Harborcreek Pet Supplies Plus store to this annual "Puppies Aren't Presents" Holiday Wrapping Fundraiser! While you and your pup browse aisle upon aisle of dog toys, food, treats, leashes and collars and anything else your dog might need, the "elves" at Harborcreek Pet Supplies Plus store will wrap each and every one of your gifts in exchange for a donation. All donations this year will benefit advocacy groups against puppy mill cruelty. Your donation will fund educational resources - like providing children's books about animal welfare and puppy mills to local libraries and so much more. Please give generously to this wonderful cause!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December

    #4 Christmas Town

    Dashing through Erie, with your entire family? This drive-through Winter Wonderland is open to every member of the family that can squeeze into the car - even the furry ones!  The Erie First Assembly Church hosts this festive evening in December. You are invited to drive through and feast your eyes on breathtaking light displays, a live nativity, music, grab some refreshments and so much more. The community looks forward to this event every year - it will surely get you in the holiday spirit! Happy Pawlidays all!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November

    #5 Jingle Bells Holiday House Tour

    Now, this is the perfect place to bring Fido for a long walk! While you enjoy self-guided tours of 5 gorgeous homes, presented by the Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society, your pup can get his daily dose of exercise. Of course, Fido cannot come inside the houses, but the outdoor grounds are worth checking out on their own! Get some chilly November air in your lungs, burn some calories, spend some time with your furry buddy and see some of the most breathtaking homes in the city. Maybe you can get some ideas for decorating your home this holiday! There will be light refreshments, raffles and Chinese auction baskets. Be sure to clean up after your leashed pup out on the street. You won't want to miss this event!
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