A Non-Profit 501 (C) (3) Association
With the start of another year, we take a moment to look back at what we have achieved over the past few months.
We are grateful to our donors for their support which has allowed us to make an impact in the lives of so many animals. Thanks to your grenerosity we have been able to assist several animals in need of medical attention and give a second chance to others who had previously known only a life of abuse or neglect. We have highlighted below some of our recent activities along with stories of some of the wonderful animals who are now enjoying life to the fullest.
In November and December we coordinated two adoption events in collaboration with the Keller Animal Shelter. These events not only resulted in animals finding new homes but helped increase awareness of the existence of the shelter. As a bonus we also found some new volunteers!
Expanding the shelter's volunteer base has multiple benefits - it allows us to increase our network of contacts, the animals enjoy the extra socialization and adoptions are positively impacted as a result.
Aware of the dilemma caused by a limited shelter budget and the need for veterinary care for the animals, we initiated a relationship with the local veterinary clinic, Parkside Animal Hospital. Vets regularly check on the shelter animals to make sure everyone is healthy and that any animal in need of medical attention is treated immediately. The experience and dedication of the vets who support the shelter is invaluable.
Tackling the Problem of Lost Pets
Perplexed and frustrated by the number of healthy, happy pets who turn up as strays and are never reclaimed, we realize that many people do not know what to do when their pet goes missing. Acting promptly can save lives. Canvassing the neighborhood, calling local shelters, posting fliers and sending out an e-mail plea can all help reunite an owner with his or her pet. In an effort to help guide people at this stressful time, AANT created postcards outlining the steps to take and providing the phone numbers of area shelters. By distributing these postcards in local veterinary clinics, shelters etc, it is hoped that more pets will be reunited with their owners in a timely fashion.
AANT members sold $5 shopping passes at a local Macy's department store with 100% of the proceeds going towards animals in need.
Teddy showed up at a local shelter just after Christmas. A senior poodle with glaucoma and a heart condition, it was clear that finding him a home would be challenging. AANT members, however, could not put him out of their minds. When a friend and animal lover found out about him, she offered to foster him and at least allow him to live out his final months with dignity, knowing that he was loved. AANT paid money towards his medical evaluation and his heart medication. Six weeks later the shelter received a call from a woman in Louisiana who had lost her poodle while vacationing in the area in December. Her description matched that of Teddy. By now the foster family had become very attached to him and had decided to make him a part of their family. With mixed emotions they decided that he should return to his original owner who could not believe that after all this time her baby was still alive and well.
Clearly Teddy was fortunate to have been loved by so many people.
Tom, Jerry and Louis
When 3 tiny kittens arrived at a local shelter at 3 weeks old, they were cold, hungry and dehydrated. It was clear they would need round the clock care in order to survive. AANT found a volunteer willing to foster the kittens, bottle-feeding them and making sure all their needs were met. We also paid for a trip to the emergency room in the first few days while they were still at a critical stage. Fortunately all three kittens survived and found happy, loving homes. Another success story!
A Special Thank You !!
AANT would like to thank a special group of youngsters who raised over $100 for AANT by hosting a bake sale. We thank them for their compassion and kindness which help bring us one step closer to achieving our goals. If you know of a group who would like to make a difference in the community, please contact us. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Upcoming events include a micro-chipping clinic and adoption events. We also plan to visit local schools and encourage children in the community to get involved in our fundraising and volunteering efforts.
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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