How We Give Back

Foundation Extinguishes Needs of Fire Victims

 

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Waldo Canyon Fire

The U.S. is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. More than 1,000 counties, in states stretching from Florida to Oregon and even including Hawaii, have declared states of disaster. The drought has impacted farmlands, water reserves and has created conditions which are conducive to disaster, including wildfires like those which raged uncontrollably in Colorado in June and July. Even though the fires are now relatively under control or extinguished outright, a state of fear reigned just a few short weeks ago.

Near Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon Fire was a disaster of massive proportions, consuming several thousand acres of woodlands and driving residents and companion animals from their homes. Adding to the heartbreak, many dogs and cats were separated from their pet parents in the fiery maelstrom.

In times of great need, however, heroes arise to help save the day. That’s why it brings us such immense pleasure to relay the story of All Breed Rescue & Training, an animal rescue organization that took extraordinary measures to care for pets displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire. More...

Going Home Greyhounds

 

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The noted aviator and writer Antoine de Sainte-Exupery once said, “In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude”. In that sense, this month’s featured rescue organization has firmly established itself as a builder of bridges, connecting thousands of dogs and adoptive pet parents.

It’s our great honor to announce our financial award to Going Home Greyhounds, a non-profit that provides refuge, aid and care for retired racers. Based in Wexford, PA, this rescue has been in continuous operation since 1995 and their reach covers a 100-mile radius which encompasses Pittsburgh. Going Home Greyhounds (GHG) is guided by a board of five members who oversee the day-to-day operations of more than 70 volunteers. This massive team is responsible for a variety of duties, including transporting retired racers from track kennels, bathing newly retired dogs, fostering Greyhounds in their homes, doing meet-and-greets with people interested in adoption, participating in local parades and handling the details of fundraising events.
Every fosterer in their network commits significant time and energy to locating qualified and loving homes for these graceful creatures. Caretakers are actively involved in making sure the adoption process operates smoothly. As a “temporary parent”, they can provide valuable insights into the personalities and individual needs of every dog, helping to place the right Greyhound with the right family. More...

Noah's Ark Sanctuary

 

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Noah's Ark Sanctuary

We’re very excited to bring you news of another financial award given by the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation. This month’s highlighted organization is the Pompano Beach-headquartered Noah’s Ark Sanctuary for Abandoned and Abused Animals, an animal rescue working hard to re-home dogs and cats and to curtail pet overpopulation.

What began as a husband-and-wife team working part-time has now blossomed into a full-time network of dedicated rescue workers. After moving to South Florida from Tennessee in 1996, Barbara and Jim Beeson discovered that their fellow Pompano Beachers were offering up haphazard care for a feral cat colony. While food and emergency veterinary care were being irregularly covered, no spaying or neutering was taking place. The Beesons recognized that this small colony could grow to epic proportions, and that someone needed to act fast to prevent the development of a crisis scenario. Ultimately, with the tireless assistance of Barbara’s mom, Bette Walston, and local attorney Thornton Scott, Noah’s Ark Sanctuary for Abused and Abandoned Animals was officially founded. Since that time, their efforts have made a significant impact, recognized by both community leaders and governmental agencies. More...

Foundation Award Helps Pets Breathe Easier

FoundationThis month, it is our great pleasure to announce another Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation financial award, given to Marion Regional Humane Society of Marion, IL. A non-profit, no-kill organization, this tight-knit group works closely with the public to achieve their twin goals of reducing pet overpopulation and matching up abandoned animals with new homes. In a profession that leaves some rescuers cynical about the cruelty of some people towards non-human animals, these folks do their good works with gentle caring, unflagging perseverance and good humor.

As we have seen many times in previous foundation-related blog postings, some rescue organizations take as their mission the saving of specific breeds of dogs. Other non-profits cater their knowledgeable care solely to cats. And then there are those organizations like Marion Regional Humane Society, who seemingly take their inspiration from that ark of old, opening their hearts and doors to animals of all stripes, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters and more.


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Over the years, Marion Regional has operated a spay-and-neuter program, offered veterinary medical aid, provided food and shelter, and – above all – improved the chances that abandoned animals will become united with loving forever homes. More...

Once Abandoned, Canines Go Further with FAR

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The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation is pleased to announce one of its latest grant recipients, the Forte Animal Rescue (FAR). FAR well represents the noble spirit of small rescues which are short on financial backing but full of hope and strong in the belief they can affect positive change in the lives of their rescued animals.

Based in Marina del Rey, CA, Forte Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue organization that’s also committed to fighting pet-overpopulation and furthering the understanding of the human-animal bond through educational programs and community activities. Since FAR’s founding in 2002, this small band of devoted care providers have saved the lives of nearly 700 dogs!

Typically, this non-profit organization supervises the care of 40 to 50 canines. Without a facility of their own, their rescued dogs stay with foster parents or in an approved boarding house. FAR rescuers pride themselves in providing a 100% no-kill safety net for abused, neglected and abandoned canines. More...

Brighter Tomorrows with Rainbow Rescue

FoundationFounded by a brother and sister duo, Rainbow Rescues of Chicopee, MA, provides a safe haven for dogs, cats and rabbits. Since 2008, they and their team of devoted volunteers have operated in the attempt to make the world a better place, one adoption at a time.

Upon receipt of a new rescue, their animals are almost immediately placed in a foster home. In fact, both Maria and her brother Shawn foster dogs in their own homes, while overseeing and coordinating a network of volunteer foster pet parents. None of their rescues spend time in cages or kennels, which helps to soothe the rattled nerves of relocation.

Maria O’Brien spearheads the group’s efforts to identify the perfect long-term placement for every animal. Last year, they successfully adopted out 40 companion animals to their forever homes. This rescue also takes its place in the community seriously, working to educate the public about animal welfare and other related issues.

Each animal taken in by their agency receives a complete health evaluation and an emotional/temperament assessment, along with necessary vaccinations. Additionally, all rescues are spayed or neutered. Their policy is to accept all animals except for large livestock; when such cases arise, they provide referral services to agencies or fosters who specialize in livestock surrenders. More...

A Helping Hand for Community Sharing

Boy and Beagle For many American homeowners, the economic recession has dealt a harsh, sustained set of blows. Unemployment rates remain perilously high, and foreclosures continue apace. While most states have experienced their share of miseries, Michigan in particular has borne the brunt of bad times. Fortunately, an organization exists whose sole purpose is to assist those who desperately need a helping hand.

Founded in late 2004, Community Sharing is a non-profit outreach agency that serves food and provides support to hundreds of families and their companion animals. While they do not rescue pets directly, they save them every day. Community Sharing provides food, veterinary care and pet supplies, allowing families in financial straights to keep their companion animals at home, where they belong, keeping families together.

But that’s not all. This compassionate group’s greater mission is the provision of food, clothing, educational and emergency financial assistance to those in need while respecting their dignity and fostering their future independence. The vast majority of their aid recipients include the recently unemployed and the working poor. Overseen by a board of twelve members and operated by a group of over 100 volunteers, Community Sharing provides support to over 300 families and more than 1,000 individuals every month. Doing their level best to keep up with the prolonged needs of their fellow citizens, Community Sharing has pursued their mission of caring with unrelenting resolve.

When speaking about their work, Community Sharing shared the following quote from Henry David Thoreau: “It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.” They know too well that when a pet parent is separated from a companion animal, especially due to financial hardship, spirits can be broken. For people without any other family besides a cat or a dog, losing this last emotional connection can be devastating. As their volunteers have witnessed firsthand, hard times become infinitely more difficult to bear without hope, without a positive relationship to help keep you going. More...

Angelas Angels Cat Rescue

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This month, we’d like to highlight another financial award given by the Dr. Jane HealthyPetNet Foundation, this time to Angela's Angels Cat Rescue, a donor-supported, non-profit, no-kill, cage-free cat rescue in Columbia, North Carolina. What began as a personal experience caring for and rescuing sickly and abandoned cats, quickly became the established rescue organization we honor here.

A small, tightly knit organization, their focus is on saving felines from euthanasia at high-kill shelters, while also taking in stray, abandoned and surrendered cats. They actively work to maintain relationships with other no-kill rescues, shelters and vets in the surrounding area, thus creating a strong network of caring individuals working in tandem to save as many cats as possible, placing them in loving, permanent homes. The majority of their rescues are in temporary foster care, although some of their adoptable cats currently reside in the cage-free “Cat House” on the founders’ property. More...

Foundation Award Knocks Out Vet Bills for Boxers

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We’re pleased to bring you news of yet another financial award given by the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, this time to a small, inspirational group of Boxer rescuers in North Carolina.

Headquartered in Hampstead, the Carolina Boxer Rescue is a not-for-profit rescue organization established in October of 2001. In their decade of operation, they have helped to rescue and find forever homes for hundreds of purebred Boxers in North and South Carolina.

The folks at this amazing non-profit liberate Boxers from nearby shelters and humane societies, accept surrenders directly from owners who are no longer able to provide quality care, and welcome strays in any condition. The rescued pups are then transferred to one of many caring volunteer foster homes in both Carolina states, living indoors with their temporary pet parents. Every Boxer receives a complete physical, immunizations, sterilization, heartworm test and treatment for any illnesses or diseases. More...

Foundation Aids Rescue Group in Tornado-Ravaged Alabama

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On April 27th, a massive storm system spawned over 180 tornadoes across the southeastern U.S., cutting a swathe of damage, injuries and death. The majority of the destruction occurred in Alabama, where tornados reached strengths of F4 and F5, the most destructive possible. Nearly 4,000 businesses were shuttered due to extensive damage. The full extent of the devastation is difficult to comprehend.

Now, just a few short weeks after experiencing the worst tornadic outbreak in over 50 years, Alabama residents are still digging through the rubble. So many lives were lost, many more were injured, and thousands are homeless. Many of those affected by the disaster included companion animals. Fortunately, a rescue organization has been making great strides in assisting dogs, cats and pet parents through this unbelievably trying time.

Established in 1971, the Humane Society of West Alabama is a no-kill, all-volunteer, non-profit organization utterly dedicated to the dogs and cats in their care. They operate on a spare budget, thanks entirely to donations and fundraisers, but never spare on the superior care they provide their rescues. In 2010, they placed 109 dogs and 91 cats in new forever homes, in addition to providing support to another hundred animals and families in need. More...