I am so very thankful for everyone who has donated to the Santa Paws Drive, especially with times being tough for lots of our friends.
As you can see, we’re still a bit short. If you are planning on donating this season, now would be a good time. The last day for cash donations is December 20, 2010. The last day for toy and treat donations is December 10th (tomorrow), so that the elves can have time to sort all the items, pack them up and ship them off in time for Christmas delivery!
This year, six fantastic shelters were selected:
Animal Rescue League
The Animal Rescue League of Laurel, MS is one of the very few no-kill shelters in Mississippi. They are committed to caring and providing for the many unwanted and abandoned animals in their community. No animal is ever euthanized simply because it is unwanted. Their dream is to eliminate the huge numbers of homeless animals by educating the public about responsible pet care. ARL is proud to have rehabilitated and found homes for thousands of beautiful animals since 1981.
BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE
Big Dog Ranch Rescue is dedicated to saving large breed dogs in desperate need of help. Located in West Palm Beach, FL, the dogs they rescue are either out of time at kill shelters or have been surrendered or abandoned by previous owners through no fault of their own. They care for them by having them fully vetted, rehabilitated and trained in a loving way so they have the best chance for finding a loving forever home. "No matter how small, every dog is a ‘big dog!’"
Chicago’s Harmony House for Cats was started in 1970 with the motto of "Caring, Not Killing." What started as a mom-and-pop foster group grew over time to a permanent unique haven for cats with three full floors for their cats and kittens to romp around. Multi-tiered cat trees sprawl across every floor and, at any given time, one can find a pile of cats snoozing in a heap of furry bodies with paws sticking out from every direction.
K9 Tenerife is a completely volunteer-run organization formed in 1993 by three caring women who were moved by the plight of the poor and neglected abandoned animals on the island, located off the coast of Africa. Their main goal is to protect animals from cruelty, starvation and neglect, and neuter and spay to prevent overpopulation. They house an average of 55-60 dogs at a time and have recently constructed a beautiful Cattery to help cats.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO ANIMAL RESCUE
Southern Ontario Animal Rescue is a non-profit incorporated and registered charity organization with extremely limited resources. SOAR rescues every single dog that it is able to, including dogs that have been abandoned or rejected due to ill health, abnormalities or old age. SOAR was founded in 2005 by their current president, Jan, who was inspired by her rescue dog, Daytona, who never left her side during her treatments for cancer.
Chestnut Cat Sanctuary and Rescue Centre is located away from busy streets in quiet, shady, peaceful spot in the South of England. Their small group of permanent staff members and volunteers is dedicated to providing needy cats and kittens with cozy living areas, toys, two square meals a day, a fun play area and the promise of a better life. Since first opening their doors in 2000, they have helped find homes for hundreds of cats.
As you can see, they are all very deserving and are hoping to give the critters in their care just a little better Christmas this year. As always, thanks for all you do and all you will do in the years to come.
Remember, adopt pets, we deserve it!!! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!