It’s time once again for an update from our non-profit charity, The Dr. Jane
Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award
to a noble group of rescuers based in Marina del Rey, CA. Founded in 2002, Forte
Animal Rescue received their first grant from our non-profit in 2011, so this
recent application allowed us to see how this group has flourished over the last
Staffed solely by volunteers, this small non-profit has big aspirations. Not
only do they save dogs of all sizes and shapes (and the occasional cat, too),
they devote considerable time and energy to improving their community with
education initiatives while also working to stem the tide of pet overpopulation.
Forte rescuers pride themselves in providing a 100% no-kill safety net for
abused, neglected and abandoned canines.
When we first encountered Forte four years ago, they provided foster care for
between 40 to 50 dogs annually. That number has nearly doubled! When a canine is
rescued by Forte, they typically stay in foster care for about four months prior
to finding their forever family. Surprisingly, one of Forte’s biggest challenges
isn’t finding adoptive homes but identifying foster homes. That’s because so
many of their excellent fosterers just can’t say goodbye to the rescue dogs, and
end up adopting the pups themselves!
Forte operates a Junior Volunteer Program which offers kids hands-on experience
while learning about the importance of compassion and animal welfare. As part of
their ongoing commitment to educating their community, it’s an enterprise they
hope to expand. Based on its success, Forte is also moving forward on similar
programs but which will aid senior citizens and returning war veterans.
Even with no paid staff, they still manage to hold weekend adoption events, in
hopes of pairing up their rescues to loving adoptive homes. The bottom line,
this big-hearted group will do whatever it takes to locate the perfect forever
homes for all of their four-footers.
The grant from The Dr. Jane Foundation made it possible for one very special
mixed breed pup to receive the urgent medical care he so desperately needed.
Medium-sized with a plush golden-brown coat, Whiskey is the quintessential
American dog … friendly, intelligent and loyal to a fault. It’s hard to believe
that such a lovable creature would become the victim of chronic neglect.
The first few years of Whiskey’s life were pretty good. He had a caretaker, but
after she had children, Whiskey was pushed by the wayside. For nearly three
years, he endured what rescuers referred to as “severe neglect”, spending almost
all of his time locked in a small cage. By the time Forte became involved, he
was very sad, miserable with pain and clearly fearful of people.
As a consequence of his longtime confinement and lack of care, his dental health
suffered greatly. It’s not at all uncommon for caged animals to try to chew
their way to freedom. Over extended periods of time, enamel can be worn away,
exposing the roots to infection. By the time Whiskey was rescued, his mouth was
caked with black plaque, characterized by examining veterinarians as “the worst
case of canine periodontal disease they’d ever seen”. The majority of his teeth
had to be extracted in a series of complicated dental surgeries. Given the
horrific state of his mouth, his caretakers were relieved that he had not
developed a serious secondary health problem as is so common in these extreme
Sadly, his dental problems were not the full extent of his injuries. An
untreated lesion on his ear was so severe it too required surgery, leaving him
with unusual scarring.
Fortunately for this little fella, his foster family proved more than a match
for his physical and emotional scars. In spite of his hardships, there was no
question that Whiskey had not lost his fundamental love of human companionship
(even children, amazing given his experience). With love, patience and loads of
quality medical care, Whiskey has fought his way back to health and happiness.
As you can see from the photo below, Whiskey has been welcomed into his new
forever home. By all accounts, he certainly seems to be loving every minute of
his new life. You see, his foster family fell so hard for this resilient dog
that they decided to become his forever family.
Forte Founder & President, Marie Atake, had this to say about our award: “Thank
you for your support that has helped us bring this happy ending (and a new
beginning!) for Whiskey!”
Anyone looking for more information about this amazing rescue can visit their
site at FARescue.org or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Presently,
they have 28 dogs and one cat available for adoption, all just as lovable as
From the Board Directors for The Dr. Jane Foundation and all of us here at
Life’s Abundance headquarters, we thank this committed group of rescuers for
their years of amazing work. 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 our great
And there’s more good news … we are still accepting applications for funding.
If you know of an animal rescue organization that deserves special recognition and
financial support, please encourage them to fill out an application.
Check back next month for more good news from The Dr. Jane Foundation. Together,
we’re making a difference!