The objects of her affection were now the down-and-out canines of the neighboring communities. Mrs. Dodge called them her All-Americans. The same meticulous attention she had given to her best-of-breeds she focused on developing her animal shelter, St. Hubert's Giralda. An ambulance with a two-way radio patrolled the streets 24 hours a day on the lookout for dogs in distress. A warden service kept dogs off the highways, broke up dog packs, controlled rabies. An education unit published and distributed information on dog care and organized lectures and film showings for children. An adoption agency was organized to find homes for strays.
Today a low stucco building on the west edge of Giralda houses the shelter's kennels, first-aid room and canine library. An endowment of $2.85 million will help make ends meet.
The last litter of Mrs. Dodge's show dogs was whelped in 1959. The final survivor, a pointer, died in February at St. Hubert's Giralda, where it is said he had asserted his position over his underprivileged brothers and sisters and reigned as top dog.