As you all know, GRR is a totally volunteer non profit. We do not get grants nor do we have fundraising events. We rely totally on your generosity.
I just calculated our typical per dog cost at about $300. This includes an exam, a heart worm and tick disease screen, a chip, a rabies and distemper/parvo shot and a spay/neuter. We buy food for the dogs, we pay for the repair of the kennels when the anxious dog rips it all down, we put clean chips in the kennels and we get throw away dogs new collars and tags. It is not fancy, but you KNOW the dogs feel safe and loved.
In the last few months we have placed way fewer dogs than usual. We have had several dogs that are requiring a fair amount of testing and medical support. We have also had a couple of dogs with separation anxiety which means broken pens and ripped fences. This means that way more is going out than coming in.
I thought it might be helpful for you to know what this actually means in terms of real, live dogs..
Nathan arrived in terrible shape. He has cataracts in both eyes, and his skin was totally raw from hot spots. His mouth was a mess requiring extensive dental surgery. He had 2 absesses and needed 8 teeth removed. His bills have been about $1200.
Granny dog came when her owner was going into a nursing home for Vets. She was 16 and you can be sure no one wanted to adopt a 16 year old dog. her expenses were $740.
George was abandoned in the snow and was pretty compromised. We have worked hard to try to figure what was going on for him. He is now doing better. His bills have been about $1200.
Hobbs was a stray picked up by the shelter in Southern New Mexico. He had a major tumor which turned out to be benign but his expenses were $790.
Lulu’s owner died, and she arrived weighing 35 pounds. She had major, complex IBD and was totally fearful of any people. We had her for 6+ months to get her socialized and well. Her medical expenses were $380 but she also had specialized food and supplements for the 6 months.
People generally give us $200-$400 dollars and sometimes less. When the *sometimes less* happens to coincide with a flood of *extra* expense, we need your help.
I think many of you know that we are a very tiny group of dedicated volunteers. We have placed more than 850 Goldens over the years. But we don’t have a fund raising department. We have you. And I think most of you know that we are very, very good at placing dogs and have put most of our energy there.
We get 100% of the money you give goes to support dog costs. It is all tax deductible.
We put a paypal button on the home page there. If you can give us anything, we sure will appreciate it.
As always, THANK YOU for your support and continuing interest.
thank you for everything!