Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Help for Georgia shelter dogs

From Georgia to Connecticut

Carol Lavoie, an astrolger and artist from Connecticut, and a generous donor to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, sent this message and asked that I put it on the blog. I said I'd be happy to help. I can't vouch for the project, but I have heard of it before, and it certainly sounds legit. My sister has two dogs from shelters in Georgia and Louisiana.

So here you go:

Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs from euthanasia in Ga. We rescue them from high kill animal shelters returning them to health, and finding them “forever homes”. This year we are already planning our “A Home For The Holidays” adoptions in December.

Unfortunately here in Georgia dogs & cats are euthanized every week due to overcrowding. In the metro Atlanta area alone over 100,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in 2009. By contrast the northern states do not have the over population due to in part by aggressive spay/neuter programs. Their shelters are actually lacking dogs!!! Its hard to believe if you are from the South but after doing my research I found that the transport of dogs in animal shelters from the south to the north, especially puppies and small breeds started about 10 years ago.

Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc. has formed a partnership with SPCA Of Connecticut for a “Shelter Dogs Rock, A Home For The Holidays” Pet Expo in December. This will be the largest adoption event in the Northeast.

Our goal is to get 400 dogs that are on the kill list in Georgia shelters, bring them to Connecticut and ultimately get them into loving homes. We are so excited about this project. The project sounds so simple, yet in reality it is not. 

All dogs must be fully vetted and all must be spayed/neutered. Many dogs arrive at the shelter in extremely poor health. Sixty percent will have heartworm and need to have a very expensive treatment to save his/her life. Also all dogs must be in a foster home and out of a shelter environment for a minimum of 14 days. This in to insure that all dogs involved in the transport are healthy as we cannot take any dogs that would be a health risk to the other dogs going North.

Our volunteers do not view any of the tasks involved to be difficult, a problem or even an issue. So what is the problem we are faced with? Raising $20,000. Yes we need $20,000.00 in donations to rent the Connecticut Expo Center for three days. We cannot confirm the date until we pay the Connecticut Expo Center. 

Today we are asking you to go to our website www.seniorpaws.org and make your donation. Every $1.00 helps us reach our goal and will save a dog.. Please forward this email to all of your animal-loving friends. 

- Carrie

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