Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Updates Continued!

Gunther’s Story, Part 2

Back in May we gave an update on Gunther, a collie-mix from Transport #79. This poor pooch spent night and day outside in the dirt chained to a tree. Now to be fair, his owner had all sorts of animals ‘dumped’ on her doorstep, which created an overwhelming situation with no clear solution. Fortunately, with her cooperation, the combined efforts of three rescue/shelter organizations and a lot of perseverance on his part, Gunther finally got off his chain and found a home with a loving family in Connecticut. Hooray Gunther! Recently, more information on our happy update collie-mix has surfaced and is definitely worth mentioning…

Moving to Connecticut and receiving lots of attention has apparently done a world of good for Gunther. His family says he’s gone from 18lb (in April) to a whopping 31lb (as of August). And the timid, suspicious boy who initially shied away from his new family is now outgoing and affectionate with them and any other people he meets. This, I’m sure, is due to the inspiring dedication of his family to not only love and shelter him, but consistently interact with and socialize him.

It’s apparent that Gunther had made a difference in their lives too. His family ‘mom’ now volunteers weekly at the shelter where they found him. And his ‘dad’ bubbles with enthusiasm as he describes Gunther’s transformation. He praises Gunther’s happy demeanor and affection, and he credits Gunther with adding much enjoyment to the family’s everyday life. He is their constant companion on walks around town or during quiet times at home. They play a dog’s version of tag or keep-away in the yard. Gunther even gets on well with the other two rescues in the house, two cats.

An almost overwhelming amount of effort goes into the rescue process. Candidate animals are identified through volunteer/shelter networks, temporary shelters and vetting are arranged, destination shelters are identified, transportation is scheduled, and FINALLY the process of rehabilitating these stressed, confused and exhausted animals and finding them permanent homes is begun. However, I’m sure that every night when Gunther lays his head down on his cozy doggy bed beside his family, he is very overwhelmed with thankfulness.


As always, THANK YOU for your encouragement and support!




About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE:
The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Easy instructions on how to vote 3 times a day!

Follow these simple instructions to vote for us 3 times a day so that Saving Shelter Pets can win a $25,000 grant this October in the Pepsi Refresh contest

METHOD 1: Vote Online (EMAIL)

  1. Go to http://tiny.cc/animal-pepsi
  2. On the bottom left corner (blue bar), click on the “Sign In” button
  3. Type in your e-mail address and be sure to select “No, I am new Here” (unless you already have an account)
  4. Select “Sign In” to move to the next screen & complete the requested info (only takes 1 minute to register!)
  5. Complete all of the requested information
  6. Click “Done” to complete your registration
  7. Vote for Saving Shelter Pets (and our 4 animal friends). It’s quick and simple. Just click all 5 “Vote for this Idea” buttons.


METHOD 2: Vote Online (FACEBOOK)

  1. Sign into Facebook
  2. Then go to http://tiny.cc/animal-pepsi
  3. Click “Vote for This Idea” on any of the animal groups listed
  4. Click the blue “Login in with Facebook” button
  5. VOTE for ALL 5 organizations listed. It’s quick and simple. Just click all 5 “Vote for this Idea” buttons.
  6. If you have extra time, go to each group’s page and leave a comment to let them know you’re voting for them!

METHOD 3: Vote by Texting

  1. Compose text messages TO: 73774
  2. In the message section, type: 102190 ( this is Saving Shelter Pets’ number)
  3. Hit SEND


Sign up for a daily email reminder to vote throughout October:
http://www.savingshelterpets.com/mailinglist/?p=subscribe&id=1

Spay Day in October – 30 more pets fixed!

Saving Shelter Pets hosted our second spay & neuter clinic for 2010 this past Saturday, October 9th. A total of 30 cats and dogs were fixed, and by doing a low-cost clinic this time rather than a free one, we were able to reduce our costs by about $500 compared to the last clinic in February. This is great news as it obviously means that we can start fixing even more animals for the same price in future clinics!




While our rescue work is definitely important (and there are many happy pups in their forever homes who can vouch for that!), we understand the greater importance of addressing pet overpopulation problem at its source. Spay & neuter is vital in keeping cats and dogs out of the shelter in the first place. Murray County, Georgia is a very rural, low-income community and we hope to continue helping them with future clinics for as long as it takes to ensure that no more pets needlessly die at animal control!




As most of our supporters know, we are currently participating in the Pepsi Refresh project to win a $25,000 grant for our Spay & Neuter program. With our newly discounted vet rates, and the plan for more low-cost rather than free clinics, we now estimate that this $25,000 grant would allow us to host a spay & neuter clinic every month for 2 years –– which means approximately 720 animals fixed!

Please take a minute every day for the rest of October to vote for us in this very important contest so that we can continue our much-needed spay & neuter work. Visit THIS LINK for easy instructions on how you can vote 3 times every day!

A huge thank you to Dr. F for her vet services and to our volunteers Jillian & Rebecca for all their hard work in coordinating our latest clinic!





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE:
The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall online auction open for bidding!

SSP Fall online auction – open for bidding!
Stop by and find great deals on jewelry, clothing, electronics, memorabilia, and more....

CLICK HERE to start bidding today!

Auction runs October 4th through October 18th 11:59pm EDT.






Proceeds from this fall's event will benefit our Spay & Neuter program. This program provides spay & neuter clinics in Murray County (Georgia) where most of our rescue efforts are currently based. Our next spay & neuter clinic will be held on October 9th.

Please spread the word to your family & friends about our online auction!

And a special thank you to our spring auction sponsors: Bling Bling 4 Pets, Terry's Angels and Sent-Well




About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Please vote to keep us in the top 10 to win $25k!

We can do this! But we need YOUR help!!

We are very excited to have a 2nd chance in October to win a $25,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project. After participating in September, we have learned a lot of good strategies and are confident that we can WIN this in October! We have teamed up with 4 other wonderful animal organizations to support each other the next 31 days. We're starting out today ranked #3 so all we have to do is maintain that position throughout October!!



Visit this link to vote for all 5 animal groups:
http://tiny.cc/animal-pepsi

Animal Alliance logos

It's FREE & you can vote 3 TIMES A DAY now thru October 31st!


THREE WAYS TO VOTE:
  1. ONLINE (with your email address)
    Vote online once a day: refresheverything.com/savingshelterpets
    (create an account using your email address)

  2. ONLINE (with your Facebook login)
    Vote online once a day: refresheverything.com/savingshelterpets
    (sign in using your Facebook account -- or use the Facebook app HERE)

  3. TEXT
    Text 102190 to PEPSI (73774) once a day
    (no charge but standard text messaging rates apply)

Click HERE to sign up for a daily email reminder to vote throughout October.



Our Alliance members’ text voting info is as follow.
All these numbers can be texted individually to 73774.
  • Wild Bird Fund: 102533
  • Daisy Cares: 102202
  • Clark County Humane Society: 100854
  • Blind Cat Rescue: 102422
  • Saving Shelter Pets: 102190





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE:
The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.