The Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge is giving away $85k in prizes on #GivingTuesday and you can help us win! The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a day to give back to the causes that are close to your heart, and this #GivingTuesday, we're asking you to join us as we reach for our goal of $15,000.
On this global day of giving, we're raising $15,000 to help local homeless pets in need. We're so excited to tell you that the first $500 of #GivingTuesday donations have been matched by the generous Zirps Family, AND we've had three more donors step forward to match an additional total of $2,500! Double the impact of your donation by locking in your #GivingTuesday gift today!
This holiday season, donate to help animals like Wren.
One morning a few weeks ago, LCHS Dog Foster Coordinator Amy Raddar, was called to the Tallahassee Animal Service Center to help out with a dog that had been the victim of a vicious stabbing. However, this story isn't about him. Instead, it's about the small, trembling brown ball of a dog in the kennel next to him. Her name was Wren, and she was so full of terror and overwhelmed by her environment that she peed herself and fled to the other side of her kennel when Amy reached out to her.
That day, after spending more than an hour coaxing the skinny chocolate colored terrier mix to accept her touch, Amy left the shelter determined to help both the dog she had originally come to see and Wren, the dog whose need she couldn't ignore.
As Amy often does with the special needs dogs in our foster program, she took Wren into her own home. A day later, the terror-stricken creature that Wren used to be was replaced with a spunky, cuddly, playful dog. A day of quiet comfort and affection had restored her true personality and it was a wonder to behold.
Yet, even as Amy celebrated the ease of the little dog's transformation, she was already scheduling surgery for her newest charge. During her spay at the shelter, the vet staff had noticed a problem with her right hip and sent her out for x-rays, revealing such a badly malformed hip joint that the vet marveled at her ability to walk. Just two days before Thanksgiving, Wren went into surgery to reshape both of her hip bones and hopefully allow her to be pain-free for the first time in her life.
This little dog still has a long road ahead of her, including treatment for heartworm disease once she has recovered from her surgery. However, after hours in surgery and an overnight stay at the clinic, Wren is back with Amy and resting comfortably with the help of medication. She has begun the healing process and overall, her prognosis is good.
Like many of the animals that we help every day, Wren needed so much more than an average rescue. It is thanks to your support and generosity that we are able to provide not only full bellies and warm beds, but also the type of care that changes lives for the better forever.
This #GivingTuesday, please make a gift in Wren's name for all of those like her. Give because a scared dog should be given a chance to find their feet. Give because an animal shouldn't have to live with debilitating pain. Give because some rescues' needs are average and some are much more, but they all need someone to take a chance on them.