Last week I posted about adopting our sweet and wonderful Macy (here). We found this furry bundle of love as she was walking down the street with her rescue mom from Hope AR. They are such an awesome organization that this week I wanted to talk some more about Hope Animal Rescue as appreciation for the love and laughter they have brought to us and so many others!
Some background: Cathy and Ashley (mom and daughter team!) founded Hope Animal Rescue in February of 2013, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the unnecessary killing of North Carolina’s adoptable dogs and cats. These lovely ladies hope to end the killing of homeless pets in North Carolina and stop the use of gas chamber euthanasia. They have an ultimate goal of having every shelter in North Carolina become No-Kill. According to Cathy and Ashley, this can be done, but it takes a community to make change happen! I hope they can achieve this goal and any support you can give will help!
Hope is a foster based rescue, with fosters all across North Carolina, and foster homes are very integral to their rescue efforts – if there isn’t a foster available, Cathy and Ashley cannot rescue an at risk animal. I thought about fostering but then decided to adopt instead. However, I was curious about fostering and other ways that we could support Hope AR or any animal rescue. I sent a note to Hope and heard back from Audrey.
Foster Coordinator Audrey: When I decided to foster animals, I actually started out with another smaller animal rescue. I wasn’t introduced to Hope until a month later when I fell in love with a blurry picture of a minpin located 3 hours away. I sent the shelter an offer to foster her if a rescue would step up, as the one I was in was unable to get her.
Hope AR stepped up for me and the minpin, Sophie, and vouched for me to go and get this girl. Following that, I was impressed with the detailed care that Hope extended to its fosters and rescues. Hope never allows an animal to wait when they are sick or injured and is always available to the family. This is why I dedicated my rescue life to Hope Animal Rescue.
How can you help? There is always a need for volunteers with any rescue/shelter. The number one thing lacking for every organization, aside from actual fosters, is money. Without fosters, not a single animal can be saved and without funds, very few animals can be saved as care then comes out of pocket for the director (which happens so very often). Following those top 2 needs, help is always needed for things like transportation, great pictures from good photographers, accounting help from experienced bookkeepers, events coordinating to help find new places to have adoption events, fundraising ideas and events, volunteers at events to help watch and play with the animals as well as talk to people who come see us! Rescue is a business, even if it’s non-profit and to be successful it must be run as one. Therefore, every paid position in a business corresponds to a need for a volunteer in a rescue!
Why adopt from your local shelter or rescue? We have all heard the news stories about puppy mills and the horrible way these poor dogs are treated. Many times once a dog is no longer useful to the breeders, they are dropped off at a shelter. Dogs that do not meet a certain standard are also dropped off. Very often purebred and designer breed animals are killed in shelters every day because people choose to buy from a breeder and not visit a shelter. Next time you or someone you know is looking for a new four legged family member, check your local shelter or rescue group first! Your fur-ever love may be there waiting for you!
Considering fostering a pup or two, or a kitty or three? Most animal rescues are foster based, and so logically it carries that without fosters, animals can’t be saved. They NEED homes to care for these fur babies while they wait for their forever home! Even in rescues that have a facility, space is limited and fosters are still needed. If every pet owner responsibly spayed/neutered their pets and then fostered a playmate for said pet, we could eradicate the euthanization of all perfectly healthy animals in shelters across the country. Please consider fostering an animal today!
I saw this picture on Facebook the other day and thought I would share it here.
Thanks for reading, hope you learned a bit here and will give a little love by supporting your local animal rescue!
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