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When a Dog Is More Than a Pet

Fido, the classic dog name, is often overused in pet commerce to help distinguish pet-related businesses. To truly understand what Fido means to us, you need to know who he really is—or rather, who he was.

Fido's Animal Hospital Building

The Real-Life Fido of Historical Fame

A Street Dog in Tuscany, Italy

One evening on his way home from work in 1941, an Italian man named Carlo Soriani came across an injured mixed-breed puppy. He took the poor creature home, nursed him back to health, and adopted him as his own. For several years, the dog would follow him everywhere, including to and from the bus stop Carlo used for work each day.

Dog walking down street

The pup would wait patiently in the nearby square for his caretaker to return and excitedly welcome him back as he stepped off the bus. His devotion earned him the name Fido, translated from the Latin word “fidus,” which means faithful.

That steadfast devotion would continue long after Carlo failed to come home after work one day. In 1943, Carlo’s factory was hit during a WWII air raid. Fido couldn’t possibly have known what happened, but nonetheless, his faithfulness never wavered. Every single day for the remainder of his life, Fido made the same trip from the same house to the same bus stop and back again, looking for his master.

Dog laying down on the street

The story of his devotion soon spread beyond the town and even the country as international publications, including TIME magazine, captured his story. Borgo San Lorenzo, his hometown, even honored him with a gold medal and his own bronze statue. Once destined for life on the street, Fido became the stuff of legend.

Fido dog statue

Fido passed away in the only way befitting his name: waiting for Carlo to come home from work. The best friends reunited when Carlo’s wife laid Fido to rest near her husband’s cemetery. His days of waiting were over and his enduring patience was finally rewarded.

Red fire hydrant on yellow and red background

No Dog Left Behind

Fido’s story is special, but not uncommon. We often hear similar themes from our clients when we first meet their dogs.

Dog shaking a persons hand

To honor the rescued animals residing in our community, we have always kept—and will always keep—corporate social responsibility at the forefront of our agenda.

After all, it's what Carlo would want—and what his faithful Fido has earned.

Dog shaking a persons hand

Charitable Contributions

We help fund animal welfare-related organizations to ensure dogs with stories like Fido's find forever homes.

Person handing a sitting dog a bone

We welcome those who seek accountability and transparency in the businesses they support. Keep reading to browse our transaction history with 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to rescuing dogs and advocating for homeless animals.

Learn About Our Partners

Person handing a sitting dog a bone

Impact and Statistics

Animal-related philanthropy is a significant part of our mission here at The Fido Group. Here’s what we have accomplished so far.

$30k Total amount donated
7 Organizations benefited

Our Impact

We've donated $30,411 to 501(c)(3)s to date, which translates to:

  • 225 spays and neuters performed 
  • 42,575 meals donated to shelter dogs
  • 152 dogs sponsored
  • 2,027 vaccinations administered
Dog holding a scale in its mouth

We support several animal welfare and rescue organizations. Homeward Trails Animal Rescue (HTAR), based in Virginia, has saved more than 30,000 animals since 2001. Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is our District-based partner that has protected and cared for the animals of the nation’s capital for 150 years. We are also proud to support We the Dogs (WTD), Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue (MM), Last Chance Animal Rescue (LCAR), and Humane Society International (HSI).

Did you know that The Fido Group is a one-person show?

2021

$500 HRA - 11/16/21

$100 HTAR - 11/15/21

$578 HTAR - 11/03/21

$500 HRA - 10/17/21

$529 BFAS - 10/05/21

$500 HRA - 09/22/21

$394 HTAR - 08/29/21

$250 HSI - 08/28/21

$100 HSI - 08/12/21

$501 HRA - 08/04/21

$250 HRA - 07/26/21

$494 HTAR - 07/10/21

$250 HRA - 06/21/21

$435 HTAR - 06/07/21

$250 HRA - 05/20/21

$60 HTAR - 05/07/21

$210 HRA - 05/06/21

$260 HTAR - 05/06/21

$50 HSI - 04/16/21

$417 HTAR - 04/05/21

$150 HRA - 03/30/21

$50 HTAR - 03/20/21

$325 HTAR - 03/03/21

$1000 HSI - 02/24/21

$50 LCAR - 02/10/21

$359 HTAR - 02/04/21

$4,200 HRA - 01/31/21

$2,500 HRA - 01/15/21

$263 HTAR - 01/03/21

2020

$500 HTAR - 12/01/20

$100 HRA - 12/01/20

$343 HTAR - 11/02/20

$50 WTD - 10/22/20

$250 HTAR - 10/05/20

$100 MM - 09/08/20

$1,000 HTAR - 09/02/20

$214 HTAR - 08/02/20

$50 HTAR - 07/28/20

$100 HTAR - 07/28/20

$75 HRA - 07/29/20

$197 HTAR - 07/09/20

$400 HRA - 05/29/20

$122 HTAR - 05/06/20

$272 HTAR - 04/03/20

$397 HTAR - 03/06/20

$1,250 HRA - 02/29/20

$550 HTAR - 01/20/20

$500 HTAR - 01/08/20

$250 WTD - 01/01/20

2019

$350 HTAR - 12/30/19

$150 HTAR - 12/03/19

$330 HTAR - 12/03/19

$967 HTAR - 11/11/19

$1,000 WTD - 09/24/19

$247 HTAR - 08/07/19

$254 HTAR - 07/15/19

$1,000 WTD - 07/01/19

$3,868 HTAR - 06/01/19