While sick in bed last week, I watched a lot of TV and read a lot of news stories on my phone.
I read a lot of interesting stories from the ridiculious to the inspiring.
One night I was watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and he had a news story about “Fairy DogParents”.
~What is Fairy DogParents?~
Fairy DogParents is a 501C3 nonprofit charity organization that targets DogParents experiencing financial hardship- specifically when faced with a decision on whether or not they can continue to afford to keep their dog or will need to surrender it to a shelter. We assist qualified DogParents with the financial burden of dog food, medical assistance and general wellness. Assistance is temporary and not guaranteed long term.
~How was Fairy DogParents started?~
The founder of Fairy DogParents lost her rescue dog Ladybug in January 2009 after a long battle with various illnesses. She realized how fortunate she was to afford Ladybug’s veterinary needs, multiple medicines and prescription food. She asked the vet if she could donate her left over medications and food and sponsor another family who had fallen on hard times and were at risk for having to surrender their dog due to temporary financial strain. When the vet, local rescue leagues, shelters and animal groups all said ‘something like that doesn’t exist’ she decided it should. Since March 2009 we’ve assisted 75 Sponsor Dogs in Massachusetts. And thanks to our supporters this number is growing every month.
~How do they get the funds to help the dogs?~
Strictly through fundraising, all donations will go directly to assisting our Sponsor Dogs. In 2010 we subsidized $27,000 towards our Sponsor Dogs food, medical and wellness needs. No money from fundraising will go towards operating costs, they are assumed by the board at this time.
~How many dogs have they helped?~
Since inception in March 2009 we’ve assisted 75 Sponsor Dogs and each month this number grows. Their needs vary from food assistance, vaccinations, prescriptions, general wellness and acute care needs. Each DogParent can receive sponsorship up to $800 towards care if they qualify and funds are available. Each Sponsor Dog was at risk of being surrendered to a shelter without our assistance. Our 2011 goal is to sponsor 75 new dogs in Massachusetts and in 2012 we plan to expand beyond Massachusetts.
~How can you know about the dogs you help and where your donation goes?~
The best way is to sign up for our email list to receive our monthly newsletters, follow us on Twitter or join our FaceBook Cause Page. We plan to update our donors monthly on the progress we’ve made. We will not share your email address with anyone. Alternatively you can visit the Gallery section of our website.
Fairy DogParents is such a wonderful organization! How amazing would it be if they could spread across the country?
I have some friends who have had their furbabies get sick and it’s just such a high cost to take care of them.
Make sure you check out Fairy DogParents!