Our Mission

We raise awareness and resources for homeless dogs and the heroes who fight for them.

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WHAT WE DO at Who Will Let the Dogs Out (which we affectionately call Waldo):

TRAVEL to shelters and rescues all over the country to gather and share their stories because we believe the problem of too many adoptable dogs suffering and dying in this country exists not because people don’t care, but because they don’t know.

RAISE AWARENESS through journalism, photography, and film. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and read stories of the shelters we visit on our blog.

ASSIST shelters and rescues with grant seeking, resources, ideas, and solutions through personal mentorship, newsletter, and sharing successful ideas in one place.

INVITE everyone to be a part of the solution by networking with other rescue/advocacy organizations to collaborate, and by providing volunteer opportunities with our organization and within our shelter and rescue network. To find out what you can do, click here.

To date, we’ve been to 82 organizations in eleven states! If you know of a shelter or rescue that could benefit from connecting with us, please reach out to us: info@whowillletthedogsout.org.

If you would like to help individual shelters we have visited, you can find information about how to do that on the List of Shelters and Rescues.

If you are a shelter or rescue, please check out our Resource Guide which has a list grant opportunities, plus lots of ideas for fundraising, community engagement, volunteer and foster programs, shelter practices, enrichment, children’s education, and other resources specifically to help shelters and rescues.

Waldo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and 100% volunteer run.

Thanks to our partners who donate much needed supplies to our shelter/rescue partners and support our work. We hope you’ll support us by supporting them! (click on image for more info)

Alexandria, Virginia

Who Will Let the Dogs Out

128 W High St

Woodstock, VA 22664