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
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.
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
Day-to-day operations now take place in a 2,500-square-foot leased space, but
the directors have purchased a three-plus-acre plot of undeveloped land where a
brand new facility will be constructed in the very near future. In addition to
seeking our grant, Marion Regional has actively pursued other fundraising
opportunities to help pay for their new shelter. This spring, they plan to
sponsor a black-tie affair at a local winery and restaurant in hopes of
garnering local, and potentially more ample, financial support.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention … to deal with the issue of
limited space for their rescued animals, these warm-hearted folks provide pet
food for pet parents who are burdened by financial difficulties. They know the
best way to prevent animal abandonment is to keep companion animals in their
existing homes, if at all possible. Similarly, they have implemented a low-cost,
spay-and-neuter program, which also helps to curb feline and canine
overpopulation in the area.
When their shelter was relocated to their current location, volunteers were
utilized for many aspects of the move, including the installation of an HVAC
system. Unfortunately, the unit was installed improperly, which lead to routine
(and expensive) maintenance issues. When your primary source of funding comes
from bake sales and the sporadic donations from the local area, dealing with an
issue of this magnitude can prove especially challenging. Clearly, they needed
substantial funding to handle the problem.
Our foundation’s board of directors consulted with Marion Regional’s
directors, and a mutual decision was reached to allocate the necessary funds for
building repairs. Once completed, anything remaining of the grant money would be
put towards the stewardship of their rescued four-leggeds.
According to Jim Powless, our financial award made it possible to deal with
their persistent problem, saying that “we are extremely grateful for your
approval and funding of our grant application ... Otherwise, we might have
just continued to expend short dollars indefinitely trying to pump more
refrigerant into the system that wouldn’t work.” In fact, they were able not
only to fix the system, they were also able to install an ultraviolet light to
reduce mold allergens and bacteria. Since the new equipment was installed,
they’ve had no incidents of respiratory infections or widespread allergic
outbreaks in the shelter … fantastic news indeed!
In addition to the critically needed HVAC repairs mentioned above, our grant
made it possible for Marion Regional to cover some of the costs of operating their
shelter, including life-saving medications and vaccines.
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 dedicated network of Marion Regional’s volunteers to
continue their vital work towards making the world a better place for abandoned
Remember, every time you place a Life’s Abundance order, a portion of the
profits goes directly to the foundation. If you would like to show additional
support for 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 rescue organizations on the front lines of the
fight to reduce and eliminate pet abandonment, neglect and abuse in America.