BENEFITING: SANTA FE ANIMAL SHELTER
ORGANIZER: SANTA FE ANIMAL SHELTER
EVENT DATE: Sep 29, 2014
It has been almost 4 years since I joined the Santa Fe Animal Shelter as a volunteer dog walker. During this time, I've learned so much about dogs, particularly homeless dogs, and about the services the Shelter provides to help the dogs (and all animals that come to the Shelter) with whatever needs they have: medical/surgical, behavioral, and importantly, finding a loving home.
Recently, the Shelter upgraded its medical/surgical services. Through donations, it built a new clinic that serves all of the animals who come to the Shelter. An amazing full-time surgeon saves lives and repairs damaged limbs. The public part of the clinic, with its own staff, cares for animals at costs based on income so that economic status is not a deterrent to high quality care.
Increasingly, the Shelter is focusing on behaviroral issues associated with both dogs and cats. It is behaviors--especially fear that makes some dogs and cats refuse to interact or bond with humans--like Diego in the beautiful video accompanying this email--or others dogs to act aggressively. Without appropriate intervention by trained staff, the behaviors can result in a decision to euthanize a dog or cat when with compassionate training and love, the dog or cat can become adoptable.
The Shelter has received donations to construct a building dedicated to working with dogs and cats with behavioral issues. Along with other volunteers, I have been asked to participate in a Crowdrise donation campaign that is running from September 29 to October 30, to raise additional funds to support the Behavior Department staff to work one-on-one with dogs and cats in need.
I've never participated in a fund-raising effort before and find it a bit intimidating, especially as I ask family and friends to contribute. Finances are tight for us all, I realize. But my love for the dogs (and cats) that come to the Shelter and my admiration for all that the Shelter's staff does, particularly the Behavior Department, help me to overcome my reluctance to ask.
If you can, please consider a donation of any size--no matter how small or large. If you can, please consider it your Christmas present to me. And please do watch the video about Diego which explains much better than I can what this effort is all about.
Thanks very much!
We're helping animals like Diego learn to trust again. Give to save lives and help 30 animals get the critical behavior training they need in order to find a loving home.
Have you ever encountered a fearful dog? A frightened dog who is trembling, with their tail tucked between their legs, looking up at you with panic in their eyes? No matter how gently you try to reassure them, it takes time for a fearful dog to learn to trust again. Because our resources for time and space are limited, the behavior staff has to choose who they think they can help the most in the shortest amount of time. Making that choice is not something we want to do. We want to save them all, and we know that you feel the same way.
In order to save more lives we need your help now. We are counting on you to help us save 30 lives in 30 days from September 29 - October 30. Our goal is to raise $500 per animal – a total of $15,000 – for this critical behavior care.
If you have ever encountered a frightened dog, you know how heartbreaking it is to see an animal who is afraid to trust. Please help us give these animals the chance they deserve to break free from fear and find their way back to our community. With your help, we can do it – and so can they.