Animals adopted between March 1, 2023 and May 31, 2023
Since March 1, Life is Better Rescue has seen 112 cats, 84 dogs, and 26 small animals come through our doors. 25 of those are dogs transfered from our local municipal shelter after receiving an urgent call to assist with a hoarding case. In terms of veterinary care, we're talking about 82 spay and neuter surgeries just since June 1, nearly 200 rounds of wormer and anti-parasitics, more than 100 vaccinations, a few dozen rounds of antibiotics for various maladies like upper respiratory and ear infections, five umbilical hernia repairs, plus heartworm prevention, microchips, blood tests, etc.
We've always been of the mindset that rescue should be accessible, and have worked diligently to maintain reasonable adoption fees. The fact remains that even with fantastic partner veterinarians, the increased cost of veterinary expenses and basic supplies mean that our adoption fees often barely cover the investment we make in our animals and their care. They certainly don't cover the extras that come up, like those of Demi, Addie, and Whiskey, just in the last few months.
Demi came to us with a soft mass on the top of her foot made up of suspicious cells; the best long-term outcome for her was a full amputation of the leg. She made a great recovery and being a tripod plus an incredibly affectionate cat lured an awesome couple into making her a part of their family.
Addie arrived to rescue weeks before the start of "doodle-palooza" (our Amish puppy mill rescue efforts) and has been patiently waiting for her family for months while getting looked over in favor of designer dogs. In that time, this active girl has been treated for a puncture wound and had a pesky, bothersome cyst surgically removed. That surgical site got infected and required additional follow ups and treatment. Addie has a family waiting to meet her when she gets the all clear from the vet.
Whiskey is one of our most recent rescues; this sweet and gentle German Shepherd puppy arrived underweight and when one of his littermates contracted a mild upper respiratory infection, his exposure resulted in severe pneumonia. He is currently hospitalized to receive oxygen, IV antibiotics, and around the clock supportive care. Our deposit for his care was to the tune of several thousand dollars; his condition is stable, but guarded.
We do our very best to provide top notch preventative and urgent care for our animals so they meet their forever families happy and healthy. Our recent out of the ordinary medical expenses combined with the rising cost of care are depleting the funds that allow us to continue saying yes to animals at-risk.
If you've adopted a pet, you know how the level of personal care and commitment that goes into each and every animal placed into a home, and the unconditional love and care they bring to the humans they own. We'd be honored if you'd consider a small contribution to "refill the coffers," so to speak. $5, $10, $20 - every dollar adds up to more lives saved. As a registered nonprofit, your contributions are tax-deductible and every dollar goes right to the animals.
Thank you for your generosity.