Week 6: Whew! This was a challenging week for us. We lost a total of 10.8 pounds. It's hard not to think about food when you're stuck inside all the time (and the start of paczki season doesn't help, either!). The frigid cold weather has made it difficult to get out and enjoy our favorite winter activities, but we have two weeks left and we're determined to finish big! The good news is that we've lost a total of 169 pounds so far! We're also excited to announce we've gained two additional sponsors, Linda Smith and Marianne Moffatt. We're thankful to everyone for their encouragement along the way-we couldn't do this without you!
Week 5: We're back on track this week! We lost a total of 22.2 pounds collectively. This is no small feat, especially during the long, cold winter months when hearty comfort foods like casseroles and mac and cheese sound particularly good. We're extremely proud to have lost 158.3 pounds as a group so far and with three weeks left to go, we're hoping to surpass 200 pounds! Wish us luck!
In 2013, we had a phenomenal year—our best to date, as we surpassed all of our previous adoption records. We were thrilled when we totaled our year-end numbers to discover we had managed to find homes for 620 animals!
It was hard to believe we’d be able to do better than that. We decided to push the envelope anyway—our goal was to adopt out 650 animals in 2014, no matter how lofty that sounded (without adding any additional kennels). We knew this might be a challenge, but it was something we strongly believed could be done.
As it turns out, we were right. In fact, we were more than right—we exceeded our goal by 50 adoptions and ended up finding homes for 700 animals this year! This is a 13-percent increase in adoptions from last year. Our returns were lower, as well, we believe due to the continuation of Mutts With Manners and Ruff to Ready behavioral programs.
We are incredibly proud of these numbers and thrilled that we not only reached our goal, but significantly surpassed it!
This is not to say 2014 didn’t come without some challenges. We saw a number of animals come through our doors with medical problems. There was Roxanne, who had a luxating patella which required surgery. And there was Grover, who arrived with patches of fur missing and blistered skin that required medication and special food for treatment. We had a number of dogs arrive who tested positive for heartworm, which is a very time consuming medical issue to treat. We’ve also taken in quite a few older animals in 2014, as well. This can be frustrating as everyone typically is looking for cute, little puppy to adopt, which means older animals wait longer for homes.
Perhaps it’s these challenges that make 700 adoptions in 2014 even more special. Regardless of what we face on a daily basis, we promise each animal that they will be cared for and loved until they find the perfect family of their own.
At the end of the day, however, we couldn’t do all of this without our generous community of supporters. We are extremely proud to break records once again, but just know that YOU are a huge part of this, and should be proud, too!
As we head into 2015, we look forward to another year of lifesaving rescues and fantastic adoptions. Whatever the year brings, we’ll continue to provide a warm bed, veterinary care and individual love and attention to every animal as long as they’re here. Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and here’s to the year ahead!