The majority of the animals brought into their shelter have been abandoned, often due to a medical problem, not to mention are suffering the ill effects of chronic neglect. It’s rare that the dogs have been spayed or neutered, but this is the least of the volunteers’ initial concerns upon intake. AFHS has seen it all … pups with broken bones, mange, heartworm disease, intestinal distress, horrible dental decay and even gunshot wounds.
AFHS prides itself in its willingness to take in and care for the creatures who would likely be immediately euthanized at other shelters. Because they are fundamentally a no-kill shelter, veterinary bills represent a huge portion of their overall expenditures, especially since they do not have an on-staff veterinarian. All of their intakes undergo a full medical exam, vaccinations, alteration surgery and are microchipped.
Due to an unexpected event in 2011, they were forced to vacate the property that had served as their base of operations for years. Rather than give up their dreams to make a difference, they opted to do the hard thing – to downsize and regroup. With a renewed sense of purpose, AFHS refocused their energies on “hard to place” dogs, instituting a “no dog left behind” mentality. Even though their location had changed, their die-hard work ethic and heart-felt mission remained intact.
Always, in everything they do, they seek to minimize suffering and prevent cruelty, whether it’s working to spay and neuter homeless animals or to educate the public about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet parenting. Whether these dogs are covered in fleas and ticks, excruciatingly thin due to prolonged food deprivation, or wracked with illnesses that could have been avoided with proper vaccinations, the good souls at AFHS peer beyond the problems, and behold the true being within. As they have witnessed with their own eyes, kindness, care and responsible stewardship can go a long way towards bringing these creatures back from the brink of despair, and usher in a new and happier phase of their life.
And their record is nothing short of miraculous for a rescue of this size. At present, they are averaging 80 successful adoptions each year. That’s a lot of happy families! Anyone thinking about adopting a dog can make an appointment any day of the week. Just like their hearts, their doors are always open to a prospective pet parent.
Most especially, we are deeply appreciative of our readers, individual donors and customers, all of whom play vital roles in making our foundation a viable agent for positive change. Your kindness and commitment to pet health has made a real and definable impact, assisting volunteer groups just like Animal Friends Humane Society in their steadfast efforts to make the world a better place for abused and neglected animals.
If you or someone you know works with an animal rescue organization that’s worthy of special recognition and some extra financial support, we are still actively seeking grant applications for 2013. With your help, we’re ready to fund more dreams and make other life-saving stories possible.
Check back next month for another dose of good news from the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation!
*The remainder is dedicated to operational costs such as registration, accounting, legal fees, etc.