It’s time once again for an update from our charitable wing, The Dr. Jane
Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award
to an amazing group of caregivers based in Highland, MI. Founded in late 2004,
Community Sharing is an outreach organization that provides support and food
assistance to hundreds of families and their companion animals.
Unlike the majority of our grant recipients, this caring non-profit is not a
rescue shelter or a foster network. That being said, their efforts not only
ensure the survival of dogs and cats, but their happiness as well. In addition
to pet food and care products, Community Sharing provides people with clothing,
school tutoring, GED completion aid, budgeting assistance, employment counseling
and much more. This full-scale support makes it possible for families in
desperate need to stay together. And for many of their families, that certainly
means keeping their pet kids at home, where they belong.
Doing their level best to keep up with the needs of their community, this
agency has seen first-hand the emotional wreckage of surrendering a companion
animal. For individuals without close family, who only share their home with a
pet kid, the mere prospect of losing their dog or cat due to financial hardship
is heartbreaking enough, and can be a real source of chronic stress. But thanks
to Community Sharing’s diligence and caring, the stress can be relieved, and
these relationships maintained. It’s just another way this group aids their
clients and helps them to deal with life’s challenges.
The vast majority of their aid recipients include the recently unemployed and
the working poor. The number of clients who come to Community Sharing each month
fluctuates, so the number of families with pet kids they feed varies from month
to month. Overseen by a board of 14 members and operated by a several dozen
volunteers, Community Sharing provides support to hundreds of families and
individuals every month. Through their Client Choice Food Pantry, they provide
individuals and companion animals with enough food for 20 days per month. In
just over a decade of service, nearly 200,000 meals have been provided!
In an average month, they serve 142 pet families with a total of 345 pets
every month ... altogether, that’s 158 dogs and 187 cats who benefit from
Community Sharing’s food assistance programs!
Thanks to the generous support of others, their supply of dog food was
already well-stocked for this time of year. Therefore, our entire financial
award went towards feeding cats. Our most recent round of funding will provide
four months’ worth of meals for all 187 cats currently living with Community
Upon learning about April’s financial assistance from The Dr. Jane
Foundation, Grant Manager Linda Anderson said, “We are thrilled with this award
and will judiciously use these funds to buy and provide food for our client’s
pets.” She added, “Without support like this, clients would not be able to keep
and feed their pets.”
From all of us here at Life’s Abundance headquarters, we deeply appreciate
and respect the extraordinary example this committed network of rescuers sets
for all Americans … extending helping hands to neighbors in need. Along with our
financial award, we’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks to Community Sharing
for doing their utmost to make the world a kinder, gentler place for people and
pet kids alike.
And we thank all readers and customers … through your personal donations and
continued patronage, you’ve helped make all of our grants possible. Your
generosity and loyalty have helped to make the world a better place for
abandoned, abused and neglected animals across America.
And there’s more good news … we are still accepting applications for 2015
funding. If you know of an animal rescue organization that deserves special
recognition and financial support, please encourage them to fill out an
Check back next month for more good news from The Dr. Jane Foundation. Together,
we’re making a difference!