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Harley’s Hope Foundation Spring 2015 Newsletter
Franny Gets a New Outlook on Life
Laura was already having a difficult week. Her father passed away at the beginning of this week and her husband was hospitalized for surgery when her little dog, Franny, suffered a terrible injury. Laura's two dogs were playing when the larger dog accidentally poked Franny in the eye with a claw. Laura took Franny to AECC where it was determined the eye couldn't be saved. Laura secured part of the cost, but couldn't cover the full amount, so AECC staff contacted us for help. Franny's eye was removed and she is now back home recovering. We wish Laura and her family better times ahead and thank our supporters for making happy endings possible.
2015 is off to a very busy start with 24 animals receiving assistance in the first six weeks of the year.
While every case is compelling in its own right, there are some that stick with us.
Our first veterinary case this year involved Jack, a cute little mixed breed who lives with his “mom”, Lucille, who is 90 years young. Jack was out in the yard when he managed to get his head stuck in the fence. In the process of freeing himself, Jack tore open his lip. This was not a minor cut. In fact one person described it as looking like the dog had a harelip. Lucille, who lives on Social Security, couldn’t afford to take Jack in for treatment, so a friend helped her apply to HHF for assistance. Jack was seen in the emergency clinic where his lip was stitched up and by now he is back to normal. Meanwhile, Lucille has moved into an assisted living home and was allowed to bring her precious Jack with her.
Another case that hit home involves Sir Wallace and Lady, two sweet kitties whose “mom”, Cherry was hospitalized with wounds. Cherry is a Fort Carson soldier, and her mom and platoon sergeant tried to stop in and care for the cats, but mom lives out of state and had to return home. Cherry’s platoon sergeant did her best to drop by the apartment daily to feed the cats, but they required more care than she could give. We got a call from Fort Carson asking if we could help, so we took Sir Wallace and Lady into emergency foster care in December and were able to reunite them Cherry earlier this month. We’ve since had a chance to visit the cats and they were clearly happy to be back home with Cherry.
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Thank you to all of our donors who gave in the last quarter of 2014 and through early February 2015. We apologize in advance if we missed a name or couldn’t list campaign donors due to space constraints, but we appreciate you all the same!
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Don’t ignore your pet’s bad breath - it could signal serious dental issues that, if left untreated, can spread to the heart, lungs, kidneys and other internal organs, and ultimately become life-threatening. According to Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “One of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets is dental disease, and, unfortunately, these issues can get serious if untreated.”
Before you complain about the cost of dental care, take into consideration the cost of neglecting this important part of routine pet care. According to a 2013 analysis conducted by VPI Pet Insurance, “the average cost to prevent dental disease in pets is $171.82, but it costs $531.71 to treat dental disease.”
Don’t assume because your pet can’t complain about pain that they aren’t experiencing the agony of tooth pain, abscesses, loose teeth, and the frustration of not being able to eat crunchy pet food. Think back to the last time you had a toothache or needed an emergency root canal. Our pets don’t suffer any less, so take advantage of veterinary discounts this month and schedule a dental checkup today!
HHF will be celebrating its fifth anniversary later this year and we want to thank everyone who has helped us get this far. Safety net organizations like ours do not have built-in earned income possibilities like many nonprofits do. We must raise every dollar that comes in, and it goes out just as quickly to provide major and emergency veterinary care, help with training, or emergency foster care. Because of this, our supporters are truly critical to our survival.
Thank you to all of the individuals, foundations, corporations, and service providers who believe in our mission to “… ensure low income pet parents and their companion or service animals may remain together when issues arise. The goal in doing so is to prevent at-risk animals from being surrendered or falling victim to euthanasia for treatable conditions and behaviors.” In our first four years, we were able to provide services to over 1,300 animals in Colorado, but only because of the generosity of our donors. We know there are more out there who need our help and endeavor to assist as many as our resources allow.
Safety net organizations are few in number, but the need for the programs and assistance we provide is great. And the goal to prevent animals from becoming homeless or being euthanized simply because their person lacks funds, is one we are passionate to obtain. Please help us realize our goal by supporting HHF, sharing information with other animal-lovers, volunteering your time, or simply sharing our Facebook posts and Tweets.
Thank you all and here’s to five more years of saving lives!
Cynthia Bullock, CFRE
HAVE A HEART! OPEN YOUR HEART AND YOUR HOME!
by Nomi Berger
Do you like happy endings? Do you cheer when families that were separated, whether by disease or distance, crisis or cost are reunited?
If you do, then we need you!
We need you to open your hearts and your homes and become SHORT TERM fosters for the ever-increasing number of animals we are committed to looking after.
For several years, Harley’s Hope Foundation has been providing short term (two months or less) foster care for pets belonging to people who are temporarily unable to take care of them due to such unforeseen circumstances as illness and hospitalization, emergency evacuation, and loss of housing. With a few exceptions, all of the fostered pets have ultimately been returned to their original owners. In fact, of the 30+ animals fostered by HHF, only 3 have had to be rehomed due to the owners’ deaths or ongoing illness.
But now, as word of our unique service continues to spread, we find ourselves with more desperate pet parents and more anxious and needy animals than ever before. And because of this, WE find OURSELVES in desperate need: of more short-term foster homes than ever before.
Without more available short-term foster homes, many of the animals we might otherwise have helped may find themselves either homeless or placed in shelters and at risk for euthanasia.
WITH more available short-term foster homes, the more individual pet owners we can help and the more animals we can take into temporary care.
Just as when Harley’s Hope Foundation was created in 2010, we still believe that no companion or service animal should suffer needlessly, and that the bond between humans and animals must be preserved in the face of life's most difficult challenges.
Being a short-term foster provides a two-pronged solution to a single problem. It provides the animal’s owner with both reassurance and peace of mind, knowing their cherished companion is safe and being cared for. And your home provides that same animal with a temporary place of refuge until they can be safely returned to their owners.
While we provide for the animal’s wellbeing, you, as the short-term foster home, provide them with a stable environment and above all, love.
No two animals are the same, but the experience of fostering one is. It can be one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of your life.
Won’t you please consider opening your heart and your home by agreeing to become a short-term foster today so that we can continue to help more people and their pets tomorrow?
For more information, please contact Cynthia at 719-495-6083 or email her at email@example.com
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Pet First Aid/CPR Training
Would you know what to do if your pet stopped breathing, began choking, or went into shock? Many people are surprised to learn that the American Red Cross offers cat and dog first aid and CPR training. Harley’s Hope Foundation is one of ARC’s registered providers and offers reduced cost training to increase the number of pet parents ready to address potentially life-threatening emergencies. We feel that knowing how to safe your pet’s life fits in nicely with our other efforts to keep pets and their people together.
Pet First Aid & CPR Class
Our next class is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes are held at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and cost $55 per person.
The fee includes a Red Cross Certificate and your choice of a dog or cat first aid book with DVD.
Space is filling up fast, so call (719) 495-6083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or inquire about future classes.
HHF offers a combination dog/cat class that covers numerous topics from identifying what’s normal for your pet, assembling a pet first aid kit, treating shock, choking, traumatic injury, administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and much more.
Thank you for keeping
pets and their people together.