Founded 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.
In spite of their high level of care, they charge only a minimal adoption
fee, to help offset the costs of medical treatments and the provisions needed
to outfit their foster homes. Every cent they raise from adoption fees and
donations go towards the cost of caring for these fortunate four-leggeds.
No one affiliated with Rainbow Rescue receives any kind of compensation
… except for, according to them, “a lot of good feelings”.
Maria O’Brien said that the foundation award was “greatly appreciated”
and that Rainbow Rescue was able to use the funds for a wide range of necessities,
including “much needed supplies such as crates and cages, flea preventatives,
heartworm preventatives, specialty foods for our food-allergy dogs, and
much more”. Maria added that they were able to cover the costs of “several
medical procedures for some of our adoptable pets to help them lead healthier
and more comfortable lives”.
In what follows, we provide some of the details regarding just three
of the lives that were improved by our financial award.
BETHANY [Successfully placed in a new forever home] A beautiful 3-to-4
year-old Bull Mastiff, Bethany needed corrective surgery for her eyelids.
With funds from the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, Bethany received
the surgery she needed, and it was a successful procedure. Shortly thereafter,
she was adopted into a fantastic new home where she is happy and healthy.
DELILAH [Successfully placed in a new forever home] Rescued shortly after
receiving our financial award, Delilah was quickly diagnosed with both heartworms
and Lyme disease. Additionally, she was suffering from malnourishment and
was severely underweight. A portion of our donation helped to treat all
of her conditions, making her healthy enough to be adopted by her new loving
PERCY [Available for adoption] One of Rainbow’s older rescues is the
handsome Percy. He was suffering with a large tumor on his side, which caused
him discomfort and became easily inflamed when he played and rolled in the
grass. Part of the money received was used to cover the costs of surgery
to remove the benign growth. Post-surgery, Percy is much more comfortable
and has resumed his happy and exuberant play schedule in his foster home
as he patiently waits for the discovery of his forever home.
In addition to the procedures and supplies mentioned above, our grant
made it possible for Rainbow Rescue to afford food and toys to help newly
adopted companion animals make the transition to their new homes as stress-free
We’d like to convey our sincerest thanks to all of our readers who, through
their personal donations and continued patronage, made this grant possible.
You have directly helped the O’Briens and their dedicated network of Rainbow
Rescue volunteers to continue their vital work towards making the world
a better place for abandoned companion animals.
Remember, every time a Life’s Abundance order is placed, a portion of
the profits goes directly to the foundation. If you would like to show additional
support our foundation, you may do so when placing an order online or by
sending a check to Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box
1425, Palm City, FL 34991. Even if you can only spare a dollar or two, you’ll
be providing much needed aid to deserving pet-rescue organizations, which
are on the front lines of the fight to reduce and eliminate pet abandonment,
neglect and abuse in America.