Another year, and yes another birthday fundraiser! I'm asking for anything you would have spent on my birthday - drinks, gifts, food, gas...you get the point, to instead be a donation supporting a really great charity! :) Last year I informally did the SF SPCA and this year I’m going back home to help the animals in Arkansas. My charity this year is one I’ve personally volunteered with before and the mission is very close to my heart.
Not sure why the Event is a Marathon in Little Rock, but I'm not doing this for a marathon this time.
Most people don't know I did Great Pyrenees rescue for a few years. I was raised in the sounth where a majority of people think of animals as property and certainly not something to be cared for. Several dogs and cats don't see a vet. Ever. There are still "shelters" that use the animals as target practice instead of humanely putting them to sleep to make room for others. My goal is to raise enough funds ($1,000 - vet/staff, supplies) to have MASH visit the small town I grew up in. If we raise more we can hopefully hold multiple spay and neuter clinics or provide free services to those who need it. If we reach the goal I will personally send out progress and pictures of the event. You will know exactly how many pets you personally saved that day including future generations. Please help me put rescuers out of "business"!! ;)
TLDR: Help me stop pet overpopulation through a trusted spay and neuter clinics. :D
Arkansans for Animals (AFA) helps animals and people through its volunteers and by networking with small grassroots groups throughout Arkansas. AFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals through various programs such as:
- The Wilds - an 80 acre wildlife habitat
- The Farm - a horse rehabilitation and adoption center
- Active participation in legislation
- Policy and shelter standards
- Low-cost spay/neuter referral programs
- The nationally recognized Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital (MASH) - which has performed over 70,000 sterilizations.
Here is a bit more about a couple of their programs:
Operation SAVE (Sterilization and Vaccination Effort) is a low-cost, full-time spay/neuter clinic in Little Rock. Though this program is designed to help families of pets who could not afford services otherwise, there are NO income restrictions, nor residency restrictions to participate. This clinic is limited to providing spays/neuters and some basic care for animals scheduled to be sterilized in order to help reduce the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens born, reduce the numbers of homeless cats and dogs which suffer in our communities, and help to reduce the euthanasia of pets in our shelters who cannot find homes.
The MASH is a program developed to specifically address the pet overpopulation problem in under-served areas of Arkansas with occasional diversions for major emergency rescue operations. The MASH has a self-contained surgical unit, and provides living quarters for our dedicated staff and veterinarian who spend large parts of each week away from home to help combat pet overpopulation. They handle pediatric sterilizations, sheltered animals, rescues, ferals and pets owned by low-income, elderly and disabled Arkansans. The MASH provides low-cost sterilizations to an average of 4900 companion animals annually, 34 animals per day, 3-4 days per week, 47-48 weeks per year.
So, here I am, once again, asking all my amazing supporters, and to those who simply love animals, to please consider making a donation today to Arkansans for Animals and help stop pet overpopulation one kitty or puppy at a time.
Support Arkansans for Animals by clicking the DONATE button above. I appreciate it more than you know.
You could even go one step further and click JOIN THE TEAM to help me fundraise for this cause. You can become a team member for this project and spread the word to your own friends and family. Just think of the impact we could have if we donate and then ask 10 of our friends to donate too.
Thanks again for all of your support and for helping me celebrate another wonderful year of life!!
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