A Non-Profit 501 (C) (3) Association
We are already at the end of October and are wondering what happened to 2012.
It really has been a whirlwind of activity and we have barely had time to pause for breath!
Below are some of the highlights of the past few months. As you can see, we have been very busy. As well as coordinating adoption events and fundraising activities, we have been expanding our foster program, increasing our network of rescue groups and providing funds for some special animals in need. It is clear that the number of animals needing homes and medical attention continues to grow and there are times when the situation can become overwhelming. However, when an abandoned animal finds a perfect home and is given a second chance in life, it energizes us to continue.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your support of our activities is greatly appreciated and we couldn't save as many animals without you.
Over the past few months we coordinated several adoption events. These events not only allowed us to find homes for many animals but helped us expand our network of contacts.
In April we participated in a local church's spring festival and found homes for a number of animals from the Keller shelter. In the summer and fall we partnered with Half Price Books in Watauga and held 2 cat adoption events. We hope to organize more events at the store within the next few weeks. We have also taken advantage of events in the city including Kellerfest and a recent community event at the Lion's Club.Last month we participated in a huge adoptathon at a local Petsmart along with several other shelters and rescue groups. As the number of homeless animals continues to rise,we hope to host more adoption activities in collaboration with the local business community.
By expanding our foster program and introducing people to the idea of caring for a shelter pet in their home until a permanent home can be found, we were able to give many animals a second chance in life. Echo, a blind Pit Bull, found wandering near a busy intersection, was given the care she needed until the right home was found. Doreen, an elderly dachshund mix who might otherwise have spent weeks at the shelter, found a loving home with someone who adores her.
Six four week old Tuxedo kittens were brought to the shelter, apparently orphaned. They were cared for by a wonderful family until each found a perfect home. When Tipper, a friendly black cat, tested positive for FIV, her future looked grim. However, through networking we managed to place her in a program for FIV positive cats at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
It looked like it would be difficult to find a home for Dolly, a Golden mix with behavioral issues. Dolly, however, was one of the lucky ones as she was fostered by a trainer who has worked through her issues and is now training her to be a therapy dog.
Other animals who were saved thanks to our foster network include a heart worm positive Great Pyrenees who has now found a forever home in Pennsylvania and Jackson, an overweight, heart worm positive Lab who was rescued by a group in Indiana. We also saved 5 newborn kittens thanks to an extraordinary family who bottle fed them for the first few weeks of their life.
Without our wonderful fosters, these animals would not have been given a second chance.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, AANT was able to assist many animals in need.
We helped three heart worm positive dogs by paying for their treatment. Dolly, pictured right, Jackson, a young Lab and Dunkin, a shepherd mix, are now thriving in their new homes and are on the road to recovery. AANT also provided the money for surgery for Emily, a young spaniel mix who arrived at the shelter with 2 cherry eyes. In September our group paid for emergency surgery for Daphne, a young Pit mix who suffered complications following spay surgery.
Teeter, a young chihuahua mix, arrived at the shelter with a severe case of mange. AANT paid for his treatment and he is now being fostered by a wonderful family. One of the most recents dogs receiving our help was Faith, a whippet mix who was found in bad shape in the back room of a local pet store. She was emaciated and suffering from a serious case of ringworm. AANT paid for her initial treatments and found a rescue group willing to put her in their foster program. Florence, a tiny orange and white kitten, was found as an orphan. She was placed with a nursing mother who immediately accepted her and enabled her to survive. When the mother and babies became sick with upper respiratory illness, a volunteer paid for the medical expenses involved. Florence later developed a bad case of conjunctivitis which led to concern that she migh lose one of her eyes. AANT arranged for her to see a specialist who made sure she received the best of care. Her eye has almost completely healed and she has not lost her sight.
Dixie and Dapple arrived at a local shelter several weeks ago. The bonded pair quickly won over everyone they met and became favorites of the shelter volunteers. As time passed and the shelter reached capacity it became clear they needed to leave the shelter soon.They were lucky enough to find a foster family willing to foster them together until a new home could be found. Shortly afterwards we learned that Dixie, the Lab, had a torn ACL and that surgery would cost around $2,500-$3,000. We are determined to repair her damaged leg and thanks to an enthusiastic volunteer, we have already raised over half the amount. We are hoping that our supporters will be able to help us cover the remainder of the costs and that we can soon schedule her operation. She and Dapple are praying for a miracle and hope that they might find a home together.
AANT was invited to participate in a coalition of local animal advocates which aims to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community.
Other participants in the group include the ASPCA, HSNT, Operation Kindness and other local rescue groups. More information will follow.
We are very grateful to shelter volunteer and school teacher Shannon Stephens who worked on a project with her school class entitled, 'Pins for Pets'. By selling pins and fridge magnets featuring portraits of shelter animals, the children have already raised over $1,600 towards Dixie's surgery.
The Animal Advocates of North Texas is designated an unincorporated nonprofit association created under the laws of the State of Texas, in accordance with Chapter 252 of the Texas Business Organizations Code. EIN# 26-3789328
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