BENEFITING: BLUE MOUNTAIN HUMANE ASSOCIATION
Animal lives matter. All animals deserve a second chance at a contented and happy life, because animals deserve to live free of pain, discomfort, and despair. Animal lives matter because animals make life-altering, positive changes in the humans they share their lives with, just as we do for them. We are a HIGH-SAVE animal rescue and adoption center serving Union County, Oregon, and the surrounding area, with a population of over 100,000 people.
Prior to 2012, the facility was not high-save. Over a thousand animals were euthanized yearly, many who were otherwise healthy. In 2012 we rose to the challenge under new leadership and became a high-save facility. Since then, only 27 animals have come through our doors and been euthanized, and those were on the advice of our local veterinarian as being the most humane course of action.
Stop. Think about that. Twenty-seven in five years. Instead of THOUSANDS. We believe this is a noble goal, one that many can support.
But it's not cheap. High-save facilities cost much more to maintain than do traditional shelters. Why? Because animals are housed in the facility for longer periods of time, increasing costs for food and veterinary care. Many animals come in with health issues that must be addressed, and must be paid for, as we do not have a veterinarian on-site, nor can we afford one. We do not discriminate---we are an ANIMAL shelter, so we take in all kinds, including livestock, which are expensive to keep. Chickens, lizards, rodents, cows, pigs, horses---you name it, we've probably sheltered it. Sugar gliders? Yep. Ferrets? Check. But mostly dogs, of course. And cats. We've had as many as 80 cats housed on-site.
We are committed to the high-save goal, because it's the right, the humane, the caring thing to do. But we need your help. We are a small facility that believes in using most of its funds for the purpose of animal rescue, not overhead. We have only a few employees who cover reception as well as animal care and kennel maintenance. We have one Executive Director who also serves as an on-call animal control official. We have a small number of dedicated volunteers who foster animals, help with adoptions, care for the animals and provide them with daily activities and exercise, and help with many other essential functions of the Animal Rescue. We make sure cats and dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and wormed. We perform follow-up checks on animals adopted out to make sure they are cared for properly. We are now one of a small handful of truly open-door high-save animal rescue centers, and we are very proud of that. But we also are supremely challenged by performing this monumental task in a highly rural setting with limited funding available, particularly from local government agencies. Our average animal intake is over 900 animals per year. We advocate, educate, provide animal rescue and adoption services, rabies clinics, dog licensing services, and promote positive animal welfare and care in Union County and the surrounding areas.
So we are asking for YOUR help in supporting the high-save mission of the Animal Rescue. Our annual budget is between $250,000.00 and $277,000.00, depending on a lot of intangibles, such as veterinary costs and volume of animal intake, not to mention what kinds of animals come through the door. Only about 12-20% of our operating costs could be expected to be covered by monies from local governments. The rest? It's up to YOU.
Do you love animals? Does it sicken you to think about perfectly good, loving, healthy animals being euthanized for no other reason than that they are taking up space? It does us, too. That's why we do what we do. And we're asking for YOUR help, to make 2016 a life-changing year for animals and their people in Eastern Oregon. Please donate. Continue to make the Animal Rescue a significant force for good in Eastern Oregon. And thank you, from us, the horses, the pigs, the cats, the ferrets, the sugar gliders, the dogs...well, you get the idea.