2019 RED HOOK COMMUNITY PROM SPONSOR,
WOOFS ‘N WHISKERS!
Woofs ‘n Whiskers, Red Hook Brooklyn-based Urban Cat & Dog Retreat, is the 2019 Sponsor of the RED HOOK COMMUNITY PROM supporting the scholarship programs of Cora Dance. Below is an interview with Owner and President of Woofs ‘n Whiskers, Danielle Vidals, about her dedication to community and the importance of giving back:
Danielle Vidals: “I moved to Red Hook in 1995. Three years later I purchased a new pair of sneakers and started my own dog walking company. In 2004 I took over Woofs ‘n Whiskers expanding my experience to boarding and daycare. Four Paws Dog Walking, which came to be known as Woofs ’n Whiskers, is an integral part of the neighborhood. Our walkers have been pounding the pavement for over two decades. We are in and out of people’s homes and are the eyes and ears on the street. Woofs takes seriously our role as partners in creating a happy, healthy and safe environment not only for pets, owners and team members but for non-pet owners in the community. By providing proper socialization and lots of exercise, we help create good canine citizens. Woofs ’n Whiskers’ commitment is not only to the family pets but to the whole family. Sometimes that means sitting down with owners, learning about who they are and how we can support them. We go the distance to know our families and address their needs in ways that go above and beyond what happens inside our space. We are also committed to hiring from within our neighborhood. Woofs is more than a place to work. It’s a family. We invest in our employees. We invest in building relationships. We invest in education. We invest in our community.”
SH: “What is your connection to Cora and what inspired you to support the RED HOOK COMMUNITY PROM?”
DV: “Both Woofs ’n Whiskers and Cora are community-oriented organizations committed to excellence. Shannon and I have known one another for 20 years. We met while walking our dogs in Brooklyn. My deep, personal connection with Cora (outside of a long and colorful friendship with Shannon!) was initially inspired by my children, Nora and Mateo, both dancing as pay-what-you-can students and being two of the first members of Cora’s YCP/Youth Company Programs. Cora’s holistic approach goes way beyond what just a “dance school” provides and embraces the whole family to help foster a loving community that supports each other and grows stronger every day. I met some of my closest friends through Cora. Mateo has gone on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet & Paul Taylor. These opportunities came about through Cora’s support. That takes real investment, not just in the studio but in homes and the community. That’s what Woofs is about too: being part of the community and supporting families. Cora’s work is rooted in community, reaching across borders, creating access and breaking boundaries so everyone can not only enjoy the arts but can have a lifetime of opportunities that they wouldn’t have without the deep and lasting work Cora does. That deserves supporting and I’m proud that Woofs can be a part of helping Cora make our community a better place!”
SH: “Why should people come to the 2019 RED HOOK COMMUNITY PROM?”
DV: “First, it’s a ton of fun! And EVERYONE is welcome no matter what age or ability to pay. Second, it supports arts - EXCELLENT arts - for kids. Why would you NOT come???”
WE LOVE YOU WOOFS! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON JUNE 1!
Woofs ’n Whiskers is a unique alternative to other local pet care facilities. Woofs has a 6,000 square foot outdoor space in Red Hook, Brooklyn for their dog boarding and daycare guests as well as luxury condo spaces for feline friends. Woofs runs back-to-back playgroups throughout the day, creating a stress-reducing program of rest and activity. The staff at Woofs 'n Whiskers strives to provide pets with the best care available. Their goal is to provide a happy, healthy and safe environment so clients can have peace of mind knowing their loved one is getting the best care available by a knowledgeable and caring team. Time is taken with each pet and their person to learn individual likes and dislikes. Woofs takes pride in their ability to provide personalized care. As animal lovers and pet parents, the Woofs ‘n Whiskers team is dedicated to ensuring that their guests are welcome and treated like one of the family. Woofs ‘n Whiskers is located at 14 Coles Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 in Red Hook. For more information, visit www.woofsnwhiskers.com or call 718-237-0298.