Dogecoin ($DOGE) can now be used to help rescue real dogs, as an animal rescue organization has started accepting cryptocurrency donations with a focus on the meme-inspired cryptocurrency that saw its popularity skyrocket earlier this year.

According to an announcement first spotted by Cointelegraph, the PAWS Chicago organization will now start accepting donations in BTC, ETH, DOGE, and other cryptocurrencies in a bid to support its operations ahead of the launch of a new hospital to help homeless cats and dogs.

The organization is reportedly targeting a “tech-savvy demographic of potential donors,” while promoting cryptocurrency donations through billboards that use the popular laser-eye meme in the cryptocurrency community.

The organization has reportedly already provided over 300,000 surgeries to spay and neuter animals in Chicago in a bid to reduce the number of shelter animals being euthanized in the United States.

Its surgeries, it claims, have already reduced the number of homeless animals euthanized in the Chicago area by 91%. PAWS Chicago CEO Susanna Homan was quoted saying:

We are eager to connect with the growing cryptocurrency community, who can help sustain the future of animal welfare in Chicago and save animals’ lives.

As CryptoGlobe reported, search for the meme-inspired cryptocurrency exploded during its massive 10,000% price rally, going from an average of 135,000 monthly searches in April 2020 to 16.5 million in April 2021.

The surge was seemingly related to the WallStreetBets subreddit and its battle against hedge funds over the price of GameStop’s shares. It started after a parody account on Twitter going by WSB Chairman asked whether DOGE had ever traded at $1, other users piled on.

Dogecoin was created back in 2013 as a joke. The cryptocurrency’s community is well-known for taking on philanthropic projects, which included helping charitable organizations. It made headlines in 2014 after raising more than $25,000 worth of DOGE to let the Jamaican bobsleigh team attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi.


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