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Harley’s Hope Foundation Fall 2015 Newsletter
“I want to say thank you and express our gratitude for the help this foundation had given us. Our wonderful loving family member Jayna was hit by a car earlier today and is suffering from so serious injuries. The emergency bill is very expensive and with your help she was able to stay overnight and get great care. Tomorrow we will be bringing her to a place in Denver and are in the process of applying for additional help with another foundation as well as set up a “Gofundme” account. She has a great chance of recovery now once she’s able to get her surgery. Your foundation saved us from having to make the horrible choice of saying goodbye tonight. I will keep everyone posted on her progress. I am working hard to get enough donations so our little girl can fight through this and make it home. We have 5 kids who are heartbroken and praying for her life. She gave us kisses before we had to leave tonight, letting us know she is holding on. Thank you so much for what you did for us -- it was very last minute and the lady who helped us even stayed away from home at her office very late just to do this for us. Thank you, my kids said they love you and to tell you thank you as well.”
Update from Friday night:
“We can’t even express enough the amount if gratitude we have for your foundation. Without your help and very fast help you made it possible for her to survive the night and be able to make it into surgery today…Thank you so much and we will continue to post updates. Thank you so much!"
- Harley's Hope Foundation Client
Meet Kitty, the Assistance Cat You Saved!
Kitty is an assistance animal to a young boy with autism. When Kitty ended up in the emergency room with a urinary blockage, mom Sarah needed help fast to save Kitty's life and her son's constant companion. Sarah applied to Harley's Hope Foundation and we were able to assist with a portion of the surgery and hospitalization costs thanks to the generous support of animal lovers just like you and grants from foundations such as The Pajwell Foundation. Kitty, who was hospitalized for several days prior to undergoing surgery, soldiered through the procedure quite well. He got to go back home to his family just days later and is on the road to complete recovery.
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Upcoming Dates to Know
There are several pet-friendly days coming up, so mark your calendar and find a special way to celebrate with your pet family! Making a donation to Harley's Hope Foundation is a great way to show your support for animal awareness and care.
Jayna was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries. Her loving family is still working hard to help Jayna down the road to recovery.
Harley’s Hope Foundation partnered with Wild Blue Animal Rescue and Southern Colorado Animal Rescue (dba Black Forest Animal Sanctuary) to host our First Annual Flealess Flea Market on September 12th. The doors of the Black Forest Community Center weren’t even officially open when folks started filtering in looking for a bargain or hidden treasure. Among the items that were donated were a canoe, high-end bicycles, furniture, clothing, collectibles, books, tools, sporting equipment, gaming devices, housewares, electronics, and so much more!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who picked up donations, sorted, priced, set-up and cleaned-up after the event. A huge thanks to St. Paws Thrift Store for generously offering to match each dollar earned through the event, and to the board of the Black Forest Community Center who waived the rental fee on the venue allowing more money to go back to the animals! We hope to make this an annual event and are looking for a garage, barn, or storage unit in which to store donations year-end. If you have space we can use, let us know!
Have a car, truck, boat or RV taking up space? Consider donating it to Vehicles for Charity! Harley’s Hope Foundation is a registered member of VFC and will receive 80% of the sale proceeds from vehicles you donate on our behalf. And, it’s simple. Just CLICK HERE, complete their form and call for pick-up. That’s all there is to it!
HHF Display at Pikes Peak Roller Derby Dames Game
October 24th @ Colorado Springs City Auditorium
Karma Hour benefiting Harley's Hope Foundation
October 27th @ Bristol Brewing Co.
Donate to HHF through Indy Give! and Receive Cool Prizes
November 1st -December 31st @ IndyGive.com
Pre-Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation to HHF
November 1st - December 7th @ ColoradoGives.org
Drink Night benefiting Harley's Hope Foundation
November 19th @ Burrowing Owl Neighborhood Lounge
Make Your Colorado Gives Day Donation to HHF
December 8th @ ColoradoGives.org
Holiday Wreath Fundraiser benefiting HHF and other Indy Give! Charities
Watch your inbox for more information about this holiday celebration!
'Tis the Season
Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, which means year-end fundraising campaigns. Harley’s Hope Foundation participates in two campaigns - Indy Give!, which supports select charities in the Pikes Peak Region, and Colorado Gives Day, a statewide, one-day giving campaign. Both campaigns are vital to raising funds for our programs.
Donations made through Colorado Gives Day, December 8, are received during this fiscal year and are eligible to be matched by the $1 Million Dollar Incentive Fund offered by the Community First Foundation and First Bank. Gifts can be scheduled beginning on November 1st, but will not “drop” until December 8th. Visit www.coloradogives.org for more information or to schedule your gift.
The Indy Give! campaign happens between November 1st and midnight December 31st with funds distributed to charities in late January. Donations of $25 and up are eligible for rewards ranging from gift certificates to local breweries to sporting event tickets and more. Donations may be made by visiting www.indygive.com.
Regardless of which campaign you choose, let us thank you in advance for your philanthropy and for choosing Harley’s Hope Foundation as one of your charities of choice!
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.
Ralph is a very sweet 5 year old Collie mix who underwent surgery to amputate his left hind leg. Ralph has been dealing with a severe, chronic infection in his paw that is so painful he can’t bear weight on it. Treatment has offered some temporary relief, but the infection always comes roaring back. The veterinarian decided that it was time to take Ralph’s leg or risk losing Ralph’s life. His mom, Diane, is the sole source of support for her family. Her husband sustained serious injuries in a car crash years ago that prohibit him from working. Diane does work, but makes just slightly more than minimum wage and struggles to care for all of her family members, Ralph included. HHF is glad we could help, thanks to our wonderful supporters, and is confident that Ralph’s quality of life will improve tremendously. Please send good thoughts Ralph’s way!
To Fix or Not to Fix!
Most people are familiar with the concept of spaying and neutering pets to prevent unwanted litters and to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters each year. But, did you know that spaying and neutering also has health benefits?
Harley’s Hope Foundation receives applications for assistance on almost a daily basis. Unfortunately, many of those requests are for treatment of conditions that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering the animal at an early age. Pyometra, mammary gland tumors, pregnancy and birth complications, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and perianal tumors are all very expensive to treat with no guarantee of the pet’s survival. What do they have in common? They all can be prevented through spaying and neutering.
When we ask applicants why they didn’t spay or neuter their pet, we often hear how expensive it is or they tell us that their cat is indoors only or they are always with their dog when outside. Why then do we end up being called to help with infected wounds the indoor cat obtained when he managed to slip outside? Or to save the life of an unaltered female dog suffering from pyometra - a nasty uterine infection that can kill if not treated in time?
To put it in simpler terms, spaying and neutering is far less costly than rushing your pet to the emergency room because he or she needs surgery to survive. How much less expensive? An emergency C-section performed after-hours can cost $2,000 and up. A spay surgery performed through a subsidized program or in a nonprofit clinic can cost as little as $100, even less if you purchase a voucher offered by many rescues, shelters, and safety net organizations like Harley’s Hope Foundation. And, the undue suffering and risk to your pet cannot be quantified.
Because these conditions can be prevented and because we offer low-cost vouchers during our annual Because We Care Pet Fair, the Harley’s Hope Foundation board of directors has voted to change our policy effective August 1, 2016. As of that date, we will no longer accept cases that could have been prevented, opting instead to offer more preventative care in the form of low-cost spay/neuter vouchers and periodic low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics. This will allow us to focus on assisting with cases where the person has done everything possible to provide care to their pet and needs help with traumas, emergencies, cancer cases, etc. that could not have been avoided. There are other benefits to spaying and neuter as well.
To read more, visit http://www.nwspayneuter.org/spay-neuter/why-spay-neuter.htm?gclid=CPXCxrPJ-ccCFQiOaQodMaMOIw to access a wonderful article by the Northwest Spay and Neuter Center.