The New Year should bring some good news, don’t you think?
2015 was tough on a worthy Colorado non-profit, Pets Forever. Budget cuts at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences caused the nonprofit to lose a major source of funding. Without an infusion of cash, their days were numbered.
I’ve had the opportunity to see the good that Pets Forever volunteers do through my work as a veterinarian. Pets Forever is a program “designed to help low-income elderly and disabled Larimer County residents maintain ownership of their pets for as long as possible, and to improve the health and well-being of these pets and owners by providing needed help and resources.” Pets Forever’s primary focus is to provide direct services to clients and their pets, including:
- In-home animal care (e.g., dog walking, brushing, feces removal, litter box cleaning, etc.)
- Companion dog walking (walking with pet and owner)
- Transportation of animals to/from vet or groomer
- Home delivery of pet food and supplies
Pets Forever also provides limited financial support for veterinary care (including spay/neuter procedures) and animal supplies. They also state that their program “serves as a safety net for many of our most vulnerable community members because the majority of our clients are homebound. Pets Forever volunteers have literally saved lives by being there in time to make the necessary 911 calls.”
The nonprofit recently turned to the crowd-sourcing site LoveAnimals.org to raise money. As of 1/5/2015 they have collected over $17,000, which is 343% of their $5000 goal! As fantastic as this is, Pets Forever’s annual operating budget is in the neighborhood of $125,000, so more financial help would certainly be appreciated. With this relatively small amount of money, Pets Forever serves around 150 clients in Larimer County, Colorado.
Have you heard of LoveAnimals.org? I hadn’t until I learned of the hardships that Pets Forever was facing. According to their website:
LoveAnimals.org is a nonprofit crowdfunding website that helps animal charities connect with donors to raise money for critically needed projects… Nonprofits across America post projects in need of funding on our site, and you can donate any amount to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, we transfer the money which the non-profit uses to complete the project. You'll get photos of the project taking place and insight into how every dollar was spent.
LoveAnimals.org helps fund projects of all sizes—everything from the veterinary care an individual animal desperately needs to furnishing a new surgery suite at a spay/neuter clinic. Most projects currently posted on the site deal with the needs of pets, but wild animal, farm animal, and aquatic animal projects are also available.
Take a look at this video for more insight into how the process works and consider giving to a cause that you see as vital. If you need a little convincing as to the good that even small donations can do, check out Nubbins story. It’ll make you smile.
Dr. Jennifer Coates
Pets Forever sees fundraising success. Kevin Duggan. Fort Collins Coloradoan. Accessed 1/5/2016.