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Harley’s Hope Foundation January 2017 Newsletter
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Did you know that 80 % of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by age 3? This condition, which is no different than periodontal disease in humans, is completely preventable by providing pets with routine exams and dental cleanings. Left untreated, the condition can cause teeth to rot as well infection that may travel to the pets' internal organs.
Just because your pets' teeth look white doesn't mean they don't have the disease. By the time you pet develops bad breath and obviously bad teeth, the disease may have already caused considerable damage. Only your veterinary professional can tell you for certain if your pet needs treatment, but can you imagine not seeing your dentist for years on end and having to soldier through the pain of chronic toothaches and infection?
February is Pet Dental Awareness Month and many veterinary clinics offer special discounts to entice pet parents to bring their fur babies in. If your pet hasn't had a dental cleaning in some time, please consider taking advantage of these special discounts to get him or her seen. Their health may depend on it.
Did You Know?
Thank you to everyone who supported and helped Harley’s Hope Foundation during 2016! We look forward to having a productive 2017, but before we look forward, we want to look back over the year and thank some very important people.
First up, thank you to anyone who donated to our cause in any amount. We know not everyone is capable of giving a major gift, but each and every gift helps us save more lives and relationships. So, whether you give on a monthly basis, contribute now and again through the website or by mail, donate through Indy Give!, Colorado Gives Day, or the Combined Federal Campaign, donate as an individual, a corporation, or via a foundation grant - thank you! You make our mission possible and helped HHF help over 250 animals in 2016, and over 2,100 since we began.
Next up, our volunteers. We are a small organization with a small volunteer force, but please know how big an impact you have on HHF. Whether you donate at an event, stuff catnip for us, volunteer in our office, serve on the board, or care for precious lives as a foster parent, we appreciate you and what you bring to the table. Typically, animal lovers want to work hands-on with animals and can do so at shelters and animal rescues on a regular basis. The fact that you choose to volunteer with us knowing our mission and programs are very different from other groups, makes your contribution of time and talent all the more special!
And, last but definitely not least, thank you to our service providers - veterinarians, trainers, and boarding facilities. Many of you extend discounts on your services to help us stretch our dollars further. We know this means a loss of income to you and tells us how very much you care for the animals we seek to help.
Now, on to the new year. As we continue to review our policies and procedures in order to serve people who are truly in need of our help, we will be making more changes in 2017. The biggest one is the elimination of our annual Because We Care Pet Fair. We hosted the fair for five years and saw diminishing numbers over the last two years. As you can imagine, this type of event is a big undertaking that requires a lot of volunteers, including veterinary professionals. We had hoped to break the event up into quarterly clinics, making it easier on everyone involved. Sadly, the grant funding we intended to use for this purpose did not come through. If funding does become available, we’ll reconsider quarterly fairs, but for now, we have decided to put our focus back on our core programs offering help with life-threatening and life-altering situations.
Another change will involve streamlining the emergency foster care program. There is tremendous need for this program, but we only have a few foster homes, which means a lot of the animals end up at the office. While we love having them here, it does add extra work and the program is intended to offer help for roughly six weeks maximum. Instead, the housing cases are lasting months and months, with our last two cats staying in foster care at the office for 11 months! Because of the housing issues in our area - increased rent, decreased availability - we will not be accepting foster cases for this purpose. We will, though, continue to offer temporary housing in cases where the pet parent is hospitalized or recovering from illness or injury and needs foster care that falls within our 6 to 8 week time frame. Again, we’ll reconsider this IF more foster homes become available or more boarding facilities offer deep discounts to us.
And, we’ll be making minor changes to the veterinary assistance programs, too. Effective January 31, 2017, all animals over the age of one year must already be spayed or neutered at the time the client applies for assistance. These simple procedures can help eliminate potentially life-threatening conditions like pyometra, mammary gland tumors, prostate and testicular cancer, pregnancy and birth complications, and more. Almost every community offers subsidized spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, so barring a medical condition preventing the animal from being altered, we will look at already altered animals as a sign of a responsible pet parent.
Regardless of what changes or remains the same, we are committed to keep moving forward because we truly believe that safety net services can have a profound impact on the number of animals being given up or euthanized simply because the pet parent is facing financial constraints. We hope you will continue believing in our mission, too, as we simply cannot do this alone.
Best wishes to you and yours for a very healthy and prosperous 2017!
Cynthia Bullock, CFRE
Many Thanks to our Supporters!
Our Upcoming Events
Thank you for keeping
pets and their people together.
Harley’s Hope will be hosting a Painting with a Twist fundraiser on Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m. We’ll be at the west location,
1025 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. Not familiar with these events?
Here’s the description off their website, http://paintingwithatwist.com/coloradosprings-west/
“Uncork your creative side with Painting with a Twist! Get your Twist at our Inspiration Bar, bring a snack, and relax. Our talented team of instructors guides you step by step through the night's featured painting. We provide all painting supplies and artist instruction. No art experience is needed. Simply be ready to have a Twisted good time! “
To add to the fun, we’ll hold drawings for fun prizes and this is a family-friendly event. To register, go to http://paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewevent.aspx?eventID=754345.
The cost is $35 per seat.
Join Us for Painting with a Twist!
We hope you have liked our Facebook page so you can read all about the cases your support makes possible. In case you haven’t, we’d like to share a couple cases that really grabbed our heartstrings.
Every animal we assist holds a special place in our heart - cat, dog, horse, rabbit or bird - each of these lives matter to someone. But, who can resist a sad puppy face?!
We were approached shortly after Christmas asking for help with little Quincy, a 3 month old Rottweiler. He was taken in by single dad, Jose, after a friend decided he didn’t want the pup. Problem is, Quincy was injured, but Jose initially thought the dog had a bad sprain. After he got Quincy to the veterinarian and x-rays were taken, it turned out to be a bad fracture of the leg. Jose, who is employed, but supporting himself and a young child on one income, applied to multiple groups including HHF.
Ultimately, Harley’s Hope and Ginger’s Legacy both contributed so the surgery could move forward. Quincy‘s broken bone had to be plated, but the veterinarian is optimistic that he’ll grow up to be a big, beautiful dog. Thank you to our supporters for making this happy ending possible!
"An animals eyes have the power to speak a great language"
- Martin Buber