The Bear Project
All of our rescues depend on your donations. Your gift today will go straight to helping all of our rescue animals. Your donation will help cover:
food & water
spay & neuter
Every dollar can make the difference between a life saved or lost. Your giving is important and will help save a life.
Our mission is to promote responsible pet ownership and to help humans build lifelong and loving relationships with their pets. We are dedicated to aid our community through spay/neuter programs, and help to reduce the stray population by rescuing and providing care to unwanted and neglected pets.
The Bear Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization founded in Marietta, GA in 2015. Through a network of dedicated animal rescue's/volunteers, and alongside our trusted veterinary partner, TVC, we provide vaccinations and spay/neuter to protect and improve the lives of these animals. We also work to provide foster homes when necessary, while seeking forever homes with qualified adopters. We are not a shelter so we rely on fosters and other rescue organizations to assist us until we can find permanent homes for the dogs we rescue.
We work to reduce animal overpopulation through endorsing spay/neuter and promoting responsible pet ownership, including vaccinations, owner education, and when necessary, placement in appropriate homes for stray and neglected animals.
We are not a shelter so we rely on fosters and other rescue organizations to assist us until we can find permanent homes for the dogs we rescue.
We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit, fully supported by donations. Donations will be used to help animals in need and The Bear Project, Inc. reserves the right to appropriate funds as needed.
Donations can be mailed to 1100 Old Dallas Road SW, Marietta GA 30060 Attn: The Bear Project, Inc.
The Bear Project is the culmination of a labor of love that developed over a period of 13 months, during our efforts to capture Bear, aka Cornbread. When we learned about Bear, he had been living in a junkyard, was terrified of people, and had eluded several previous attempts to capture him. When we began our efforts, we had no idea the patience and dedication that would be required to bring him to safety.
We met as two women who kept crossing paths during our efforts to help animals in our community. When we realized we were both doing the same thing, using our different strengths and abilities, we decided to team up and see if we could do more as a team than we could as individuals. We quickly confirmed that we could.
So a black dog we called Cornbread solidified our mission. When we first heard about him, we went to the junkyard where he was living to assess his situation. We sat and watched, and fed him while trying to formulate a plan to capture him and get him into a rescue. Little did we know that day how hard that would be, but we never gave up. We returned every day to feed him and win his trust; we set up traps, we placed cameras to learn his routine…we tried it all! As time went on, we would make amazing progress, only to have him revert back to a scared and timid dog, afraid of his own shadow. He was a frightened dog, living in an environment with turmoil, and with every setback, our resolve deepened—what we knew was that giving up was never an option.
We were fortunate enough to have friends who would come to help and support us. Eventually the owners and workers at the junkyard also began watching out for him. As time went on, we realized that when people see others care, they begin to care, too. The community became invested in this sweet, frightened dog that had no idea what kind of following he was building.
During this time, we received calls about other dogs that would also show up at the junkyard that needed help. We worked to capture them, and found them safe homes. We soon discovered that people were following along with us on social media and were rooting for us to help this one dog — through him, they helped us help other dogs along the way. People also started to reach out to us more often for assistance and we were compelled to do as much as we could to help others in a caring and responsible way.
Finally, the day came when we did catch Cornbread! Through another friend in rescue, we reached Eldad and Lisa with Hope for Paws, who came out to meet us and provide advice, and to tell us we were on the right track. Their expertise proved invaluable, and we were shocked that — after all of the worry, tears and time invested, over the past 13 months — how smooth and calmly his actual rescue was. Bear was ready, it was his time!
When we finally caught Cornbread, we took him into TVC to have him bathed and begin his vetting, as well as scan for a microchip. To our surprise, he was chipped! We found out his name was Bear. He had been lost for over 2 and a half years, after a car accident had spooked him and he bolted from the car. His owners had searched for him, doing all they knew how to do, but never gave up hope. They kept the chip up to date, and because of that, Bear was able to be reunited with his family. A terrified dog had come back to life, home with the family that loved him.
During the time we had worked separately and together for various animals, we had both been going to the same trusted vet - The Veterinary Clinic & The Veterinary Clinic West in Marietta, Georgia. We would walk in their doors with pets from our community to help people vet their pets if they would allow us to spay and neuter them. TVC was always so encouraging and friendly, and they believed in what we were doing. Eventually, they decided to come alongside us and offer their help in any way they could. They met with us, guided us, and most of all encouraged us to expand our vision. We could not ask for a better group of people to be aligned with as we take our next step to becoming The Bear Project.
We have grown now to include 2 other amazing people who each bring their own unique talents to our group, and who have also been working in rescue in the community for many years. We know that together, we can all make a greater difference, helping our neighbors become more knowledgeable while advocating for responsible pet ownership. We know this is just the beginning…
Here are a few of our video's and news stories covering the reunion of Bear with his family:
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