The Casket - 2021-11-24




TRACY JESSIMAN @Saltwirenetwork

Yogi Berra said it best: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” That quote sums up finances for most rescue organizations as many operate on shoestring budgets. They strive to make every penny count and they begin by recycling pet beds, dog collars, leashes, feeding bowls, cat toys and just about every item conceivable. But it isn’t enough because it takes money to save an animal. When a pet arrives at a rescue organization, its needs are evaluated before being placed in an approved foster home. This process takes time and money. Whether it is a litter of puppies, kittens, or adult dogs and cats, their individual needs in foster care will have to be fulfilled. Puppies and kittens are draining for a rescue organization, both financially and emotionally. They can be a financial drain on resources and consume volunteers’ valuable hours, and if the mother is with the litter, she too must be taken care of. Dogs and cats of every age will be assessed and their health checked by veterinarians. Many of these animals will need to be vaccinated, spayed or neutered. If there are urgent underlying medical conditions, the rescue will have to be advised by a veterinarian on moving forward and treating these health issues. Some animals arrive at the rescue with past veterinarian records if a family surrendered them, but many arrive without health records. Fundraising is crucial for every rescue, and it takes countless person-hours and funds to save a pet. Therefore, fundraising must occur throughout the calendar year. A rescue may hold one, if not two, more significant annual fundraisers, but they desperately rely on smaller monthly events. Planning for substantial events takes plenty of time and some organizations don’t have the person-hours to dedicate, so they rely on smaller monthly fundraisers. Monthly fundraising events can be held as online auctions. An office may sell homemade baked goods to employees with the funds going to a local rescue. Many professional photographers donate their skills to seasonally themed pet photography sessions. Weekend barbecues can be held at public parks, and of course, the funds go directly to a local cause. There are many other imaginative ideas and most of these functions are organized by dedicated, supportive volunteers. Please contact a local shelter or rescue if you would like to help them with a fundraiser as they all need financial support. If you cannot donate money, maybe consider donating your time or muchneeded supplies such as cat litter, cleaning supplies, crates, blankets, towels, scratching posts, blankets, towels, sheets, baby gates or any item you feel would be helpful. Every animal rescue organization works extremely hard to bring in vital funding, but they also rely on donations from compassionate pet lovers. Fundraising by these advocates and volunteers never ceases. You can often find local events on Facebook and if you can help, either financially or with pet-related items, you will feel wonderful knowing you are helping animals in distress. Please be kind to animals. Tracy Jessiman is a pet portrait artist who lives in Halifax with her husband and their three pets. She has been rescuing animals most of her life, but more intimately, animals rescued her.


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