DOG & PONY SHOWS: Kim Wolf, “Layla” (1/6)

KimWolfFeaturedPhotoEven though I’m from a cat-owning family, I fell in love at first post with Beyond Breed founder Kim Wolf’s Dogs of New York page. What makes Wolf’s blog so great, is that she not only brings awareness to these dogs as characters, but to the people at the other end of their leashes, which represent such powerful literal and emotional bonds. The ultimate goal of her non-profit, Beyond Breed–to bring relief not only to the diverse animals of NYC, but to the diverse humans responsible for them too. We selected Kim Wolfe to be a Featured Creative for this “Dog & Pony Shows” themed month out of our enormous appreciation for all she is doing to creatively communicate and address the concerns of the canine community of NYC.
~Kim Kaletsky, Ideablog Managing Editor


Layla is a 1-year-old dog from Bushwick, Brooklyn. "My Dad found her running down the street 2 months ago."

Layla is a 1-year-old dog from Bushwick, Brooklyn.
“My Dad found her running down the street 2 months ago.”

I’ve learned that many New Yorkers take in pets as strays or from friends/family/neighbors who can’t care for them anymore. I refer to this as “informal rescue;” these Good Samaritans are taking care of homeless pets, but they aren’t part of a formal rescue group or animal shelter. I find the most Good Samaritans/Informal Rescuers in the most under-resourced neighborhoods of NYC, proving that how much money you make and where you live doesn’t dictate how well you can care for a pet in need.

See more of Kim’s Featured Creative posts on our Ideablog

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~~~Kim Wolf is the Founder & Executive Director of Beyond Breed. She has worked in the animal welfare field since 2008, including positions at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Animal Farm Foundation, and Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kim has been a frequent speaker at animal welfare conferences, including: Humane Society of the United States “Expo,” Best Friends “No More Homeless Pets,” Purina/Petfinder “Adoption Options,” Michigan Pet Fund Alliance “Michigan No Kill Conference,” Animal Welfare Foundation of New Jersey “Annual Workshop,” and others. Kim’s career also includes more than 7 years as a social worker for older or at-risk individuals in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Philadelphia. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Colgate University and completed graduate-level coursework in social work, gerontology, and non-profit management.

Kim lives in Brooklyn with her 3 adopted dogs. You can reach her at kim[at] or (917) 386-7965.



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