The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation is gratified to bring you news
of our latest grant, awarded to Richardson Rescue, a medium-sized group
in York, SC.
Richardson Rescue has been rescuing pets since 2003. The mission of this
Carolina rescue is to provide shelter and care for both dogs and cats, and
ultimately to place them in forever homes. In addition to these vital services,
they also provide a low-cost spay-and-neuter program for local families
subsisting on low incomes. An ardent advocate on behalf of animal rights,
founder Janet Richardson views her work as falling under the umbrella of
“preserving the sanctity of animal life”. As goals go, it’s our opinion
that her rescue agency has become a great success!
Unlike many of our grant recipients, Richardson Rescue owns and operates
a physical facility. The rescue center has a capacity of 130 animals, with
nearly 40 dog runs, a medical facility with 15 crates and an observation
area with 12 crates. And outdoors, there’s a dog park for exercise and play.
As a publicly funded rescue, the number of companion animals they can
save is entirely dependent upon fundraising. Their operating costs are supplemented
by campaign drives, grants and affordable adoption fees.
In 2012, this rescue located “wonderful, loving homes” for 385 dogs and
cats. Thanks to their ongoing efforts, they fully expect this year to be
a banner one as well, with a projected 425 adoptions. Reviewing their numbers
of successful adoptions, we can truly say that Richardson Rescue is hitting
its stride after a decade of saving the lives of South Carolina’s homeless
dogs and cats.
Every adoptive parent goes home with an informational packet containing
medical records, microchip information, proof of vaccination and flyers
on subjects from training methods to medical advice. Thanks to the signficant
donated time of a trainer who specializes in the resolution of behavioral
problems, this rescue offers almost daily socialization training to adoptive
pet parents. They’re always on the lookout for volunteers to feed and play
with the animals, work on special projects and the occasional performance
of clerical work.
In addition to their work in providing affordable alteration surgery
to pet parents with limited means, Richardson Rescue actively pursues avenues
for educating the public and governmental agencies about responsible pet
stewardship. Thanks to their steadfast endeavors, spanning years of coordinated
enterprise, they successfully led a reform effort in 2012 to improve local
animal-rights legislation regarding the chaining of dogs.
Richardson Rescue sought a grant of $1,500 to further the vital work
of its Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program. For the last decade, this program
has been integral to its operations, offering these services to local South
Carolina residents. While the scale of the efforts depends largely on funding,
their dedication to this cause is unwavering. That’s because they have seen
firsthand the positive impact that these surgeries have in controlling homeless
populations and reducing the number of euthanized pets. In spite of their
efforts, thousands of dogs and cats were still put down last year by the
“animal control” agency, in their county alone. Sadly, the vast majority
of these deaths are preventable. In their application, Richardson Rescue
asked our foundation to support them “in our quest to be part of the solution
as we stand united on the front lines of rescue.” It was our great pleasure
to fully fund their grant proposal. For all of their diligent work on behalf
of their community, all of us here at Life’s Abundance salute the hard work
of these volunteers.
Here are just a handful of the lovable creatures whose lives have been
bettered, or outright saved, by Richardson Rescue …