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BENEFITING: PAWS PROVIDING ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES

EVENT: PAWSome Winter Challenge

EVENT DATE: Jan 25, 2013

Mike Krause

THE STORY:

 

Can you imagine spending night after night sleeping on a slab of concrete or a piece of cardboard? 

How about it rain, sweltering heat, or piles of snow? 

Well, that’s how many Rochester area animals live day to day. 

Are you ready to help raise awareness of this unfortunate epidemic??

WE KNOW YOU ARE!! Join us for the...

 

1st Annual PAWSome Winter Challenge

Friday, January 25, 2013

7:00PM-11:00pm

Camp Eastman-Rotary Lodge Area

Irondequoit, NY

 

EVENT DETAILS:

 

TO JOIN: $25 Registration Fee-Click “Fundraise or this Event” or scroll to the bottom and click “Join the Team” 

*All proceeds will go to PAWS Inc. 

 

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $100 

 

FUNDRAISING HINTS: Set an hourly goal and find friends and family to sponsor you $5 for every hour that you sit outside on cardboard. 

INFO from Crowdrise: If you're an individual participating in an Event, once you join the Event by clicking on the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS EVENT button, you'll get your own fundraising page to share with everyone you know. Make your fundraising page compelling with photos/video/text and then bother your friends and enemies at least 2 times and ask them to donate. Be relentless. It's for a good cause.  

 

GIFT BAG: For challengers who meet, or exceed (oh yeah!), the $100 goal, you will be given an "I survived the PAWSome Winter Challenge" drawstring bag filled with a PAWS blanket, flashlight, and more! 

 

An “All Ages” Celebration with pizza and drinks will immediately follow the event inside the Rotary Lodge. An Adult “Midnight Celebration” will take place from 12pm-2am at O’Callaghan’s Pub with food & drinks. 

 

 

So, I know PAWS Inc is great, but what exactly 

AM I SIGNING UP TO DO?? 

 

*Your CHALLENGE is to spend a cold, Rochester, winter night, outside (for as long as you can), just like the city pups and kitties of many Rochester homes. 

 

*Wear your warmest outdoor clothing and bring a piece of cardboard. Grab some friends to join your team for entertainment. Other than that, you will have nothing-just like many neglected city animals. (*If you need cardboard, stop by The Landlord Outlet @ 31 Richmond St. Rochester, NY. Be sure to fancy it up to represent why you are doing this crazy January event!)

 

 

Stand up for these animals who can’t help themselves.Together, let’s raise awareness to help set these animals and their owners on the path to providing adequate shelter, food and medication that will keep these loving animals healthy for years to come!

 

*THANK YOU TO MONROE PROPERTY PROS & FIRST POS FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT!

*THANK YOU TO CAMP EASTMAN & THE TOWN OF IRONDEQUOIT!

 

In Honor of Lou

 

 

It is with heavy hearts in which we regretfully share the sad news with you all regarding our sweet boy Louie. Yesterday, after an unexpected bout with a sudden onset of an infection or toxin, either from water or a wild mushroom he might have picked up while outside, it immediately attacked his liver and began shutting his system down, and he had to be put to sleep. Our family here at PAWS is mourning the loss of a true 4-legged angel and our deepest sympathies go out to his wonderfully devoted and loving parents who view his time with them as one of their greatest honors and blessings in life.

Many of you shared in the continuous triumphs of this energetic and lovable puppy as you read the updates and saw the pictures in his first few months of life. For those of you who don't know the story of Louie we are honored to share it with you, but truly saddened as to why we are doing so at this time.

Louie, like so many puppies in under served communities, was torn away from his mother at only 4 ½ weeks, only to be paraded around the streets of the city for sale. He was then purchased by someone who Matt is still in touch with to this day. This area which Louie was born into was notorious for dog-fighting, so his fate, even as a young puppy, was up in the air. All before the time a puppy is to be weaned, Louie had been in and out of various homes. He then was sold to the owner who had reached out to us for assistance. Prior to Matt working with volunteers, he often was by himself taking care of his PAWS members. He often had his friend Joe by his side during those first months of launching the program. Matt immediately fell in love with Louie and just admired his little spitfire puppy attitude. Not long after having Louie in the PAWS program, the owner starting showing signs of trouble. He was expressing constant fear of where he lived, and he then had stated he had to move or get rid of Louie. Matt strongly advised him to do nothing with Louie until notifying him first. If he had to move, Matt would assist with ensuring Louie was safe, whether at the time it meant for him to stay with him, or if he was in need of a new owner/home altogether. The owner had all of a sudden called Matt and told him while he was moving he let a neighbor watch Louie. This immediately raised red flags as Matt asked him to think very carefully and to be sure it was someone who was trustworthy and had Louie's best interest in mind. Louie's owner had stated he thought so, but he didn't have any other alternative......fast forward a few days and Matt got a call that made his heart drop. He was informed Louie was stolen. The neighbor had supposedly told Louie's owner he didn't know where he was, that he was gone. Again, this is one of the worst areas in the city for dog fighting, this was certainly troublesome news under any circumstance, let alone these. Matt kept questioning the owner on whether he was being honest, asking whether or not he really sold Louie. For two weeks Matt scoured the streets, working on building connections, asking questions, driving around, searching for a glimpse of Louie, or finding out where he was to know he was safe and not already a sad statistic. Finally, Matt, through his networking, located Louie. He was safe, and Matt made arrangements to pick him up and rescue him. He had indeed been sold for drugs and money. After finding that out and rescuing him, we also found out he was just short of being trained to begin fighting. This baby was about 6 months old and had lived such a sad life, but it was all about to change. 

Once Matt rescued Louie, we were blessed to have great volunteers foster him for a few nights and rearrange their schedules, and sacrifice their time to ensure he was safe. After a few days of not being able to locate a more permanent foster situation, we had to take him in at our home. We made the decision it would be in his best interest to not put him in a boarding situation. During his time, we had our dear friend work with training, walking, and running him daily. He had time to decompress from all he had been through. He had been to the vet a few times to get vaccinated, treated for a skin bacterial infection, and of coursed, neutered! He was such a healthy, happy boy, and he was such a gentle soul who wanted to be loved. Our linoleum floor in our dog room, or lack thereof, reminds of us of the time we were honored to have him intimately in our lives. After just shy of 3 weeks, we were still unable to secure a foster or adopter, so our wonderful friends again took him into their home for 3 more weeks. During that time, his wonderful adopters came to us and expressed an interest in meeting Louie. Immediately, after meeting Louie, they were dedicated to giving him the unconditional love and training he so desperately needed and deserved. They were always willing and open to everything expressed to them so they could ensure the best for Louie's transition into their lives. They adopted him back in August, as many of you know, and Louie couldn't have been any more blessed than to have ended up with two genuine, kind-hearted and devoted parents. Louie had been participating in training classes, meeting new friends, and quickly was becoming the model dog! Just this past Saturday, Louie went for a sail (as you can see from the picture posted). After this weekend, Louie all of a sudden became extremely ill. His parents did everything they could to find out what was going on. At the hospital they were told his liver and system was shutting down, and heard the devastating news there was nothing they could do so save their sweet boy. They had to make the horrifying decision to end this baby's life before he suffered any longer on his own. Louie was about 10 months old, and his last two months of life were filled with such love and devotion as he so undeniably deserved. Mike and Lisa, we at PAWS are so very sorry for your tragic loss and irreplaceable absence Louie leaves behind for you. You are in our hearts and will always be a part of our family here at PAWS.

 — with Michael Krause.

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Sweet Lou 12-1-11 to 10-18-12. Sweet Lou- you made two short months with us feel like a whole lifetime of love. Your wagging tail, smiling face, and warm cuddles are missed with all our hearts. We are hollow without you. Until we meet again, remember how much we love you, and go get those froggies! We want to thank PAWS, Matt, Laura, Mike, Pete, Tails of Success, Sherri, Rich, Cam, All Foster Homes, and all the people that were involved in Lou's rescue.

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55% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $550 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Bill and Anne Marie

Bill and Anne Marie

DONATION: $30

In memory of sweet Lou who is hopefully running around with Penny right now. 5 years ago

In  support of Mike Krause - Alan

In support of Mike Krause - Alan

5 years ago

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

5 years ago

Lucy

Lucy

DONATION: $50

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Ray Sands Glass

Ray Sands Glass

DONATION: $10

Shasty McNasty 5 years ago

Lisa & Easton

Lisa & Easton

DONATION: $25

In memory of our sweet Louie, and all the smiles he brought us. 5 years ago

Pat Weber

Pat Weber

DONATION: $100

In memory of Sweet Lou 5 years ago

Holy Cow..that's a BIG cookie!!

Holy Cow..that's a BIG cookie!!

5 years ago

Daisy and Juniper Freer

Daisy and Juniper Freer

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Sweet Fatty and Budinski

Sweet Fatty and Budinski

DONATION: $150

5 years ago