Crossing Paths Rescue Perfect Storm

$43,610 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 20 months
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue in Cleveland, Alabama www.xpar.org, a southern registered non-profit rescue and grass-roots organization was built from the ground up by Ms. Mary Ellen Tidwell in 2006, has grown into an incredible network of loving, caring, giving volunteers and fosters – simply, a small southern animal rescue organization of dedicated and committed caregivers wanting to provide rescues in their care with safe and comfortable environments – environments that have proven to improve their mental and physical well-being while in their care and to create environments that assist in their transitioning into forever homes. 

The organization works relentlessly around the clock at the rescue facility and within the foster network, caring for 100+ rescues in their daily care. The rescue facility is maintained impeccably as well as facilities within the foster network - staffed by veteran volunteers and fosters that attend to all the daily care and needs of all their rescues: cleaning, feeding, watering, prevention (flea/tick/heartworm), medicating (heartworm positive/after-surgery requirements) processing intakes, preparing for transports, transporting to vets and groomers, responding to adoption applications, scheduling spay/neuter, responding to stray/abuse/neglect calls, pulling animals from shelters, isolating and expanding care for surgical patients, managing facilities projects, and so much more as one could not keep up in tracking all of their activities due to their many efficiencies  … Did I mention that all of these activities can occur on a single day of the week?

THEIR GOAL: To find good, loving, forever homes for as many homeless dogs as possible. The rescues they work with are abandoned and, otherwise, have very little hope of rescue. 

 What do I now know about the animals in shelters in and around Cleveland, Alabama? The heartbreaking fact is, “no one is coming for animals finding themselves in these shelters.” “High-kill” facilities can be used for every shelter within a 100-mile radius of Blount County – many losing their lives after a 7 day wait period. To have witnessed the heartbreaking process firsthand, it has led me to seek a GoFund Me for the organization as I cannot lay at night without seeing those who are left behind and knowing Crossing Paths Animal Rescue can make a larger difference. 

What did I see in Alabama? Animal shelters nearby Blount County or Pell City, Alabama are often 50-60 highway miles from small populations, small being defined as 50-100 homes. Beyond Blount County or Pell City, Alabama, any traveler would have to drive additional distances of 50-60 highway miles in all directions to find larger populations, larger being defined as 100-200 homes. I saw that Crossing Paths Animal Rescue makes a difference – the kind that reaches you in places of your heart that you did not know existed.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE DIFFERENCE: Crossing Paths Animal Rescue’s Yardley, Pennsylvania location in Bucks County, Pennsylvania serves as a satellite of Crossing Paths Animal Rescue in Alabama.  The satellite location function is to bring awareness of the availability of these wonderful dogs to folks in Pennsylvania and neighboring states and to facilitate adoptions in the Northeast where there is more demand for these highly adoptable dogs. Dogs which are adopted to people in the Northeast are transported every 2-3 weeks from Alabama to various locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and stops along the way. Crossing Paths Animal Rescue successfully placed 1,014 rescues in 2016.

 Having recently visited Crossing Paths Animal Rescue in Cleveland, Alabama to volunteer time – the experience moved me to my very core. In all my life, I have never met a group of individuals that epitomize the very definition of selfless; caring more for the needs, wants and happiness of their rescues rather than for what they themselves need and want - unconditionally loving their rescues. These individuals are a testament that genuinely good people exist in the world and do make a difference for each and every rescue that crosses their path. I had adopted from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue 2 years ago, a rescue I named Rescue Roo, her super-hero name, and now see that her name could not be more fitting as it takes higher natures of love, patience and faith of an organization to get Roo from a shelter in Alabama – to my home, her forever home - to get any of their rescues to forever homes is herculean in effort …


Crossing Paths Animal Rescue is a registered non-profit organization, existing for the sole purpose of animal welfare, their rescues, and has been fortunate over the many years of their existence to have just enough to meet monthly expenses, treat all medical and surgical conditions that have passed their doors and solely dependent upon truly generous and responsive individuals who have helped in times of greater need – asking only when costs exceeded what a rescue can manage. Ms. Tidwell has helped saved thousands of dogs in all cases of “no one coming for them” and she continues to sacrifice everything she has in order to keep her rescue operating - even to this day…


Ms. Tidwell personally and financially undertook expansion and upgrades in specific areas of their facilities when hit with a Perfect Storm… Unexpected surgical costs for rescues in their care that exceeded $22,000 in the last two months, costs NEVER passed on to adopters; heartworm positive cases have quadrupled in the past 10 years in their local area and increased incidents of heartworm positive dogs taken from shelters in the past three months have escalated to 15 rescues at an average of $500 per rescue treatment, $7,500 in costs NEVER passed on to adopters; costs are estimated at $7,000 to replace a recently downed roof that has damaged the interior of their main facility and significantly affects their veterinarian/medical care unit; and many other unexpected costs that simply add up - costs ALL covered by Ms. Tidwell’s personal funds that were designated to complete expansion and upgrade projects – $50,000 of her own funds as an infusion to initiate projects - funds now desperately needed to complete projects. A Perfect Storm has left the main rescue facility in its wake – with construction halted, rescue is unable to pull in more dogs from shelters that are contacting the organization to provide intervention as the expansion temporarily reduced a great number of kennels normally available; daily functionality of the main rescue is disrupted due to the displacement of every day equipment and dispersed construction equipment and materials; rescues temporarily housed until the completion of construction are remaining longer in temporary conditions; and morale is lowering with each passing day volunteers and fosters enter the grounds – the lifeline of the organization.

Crossing Paths Animal Rescue is a “rescue first” to treat and care for any rescue to make them healthy, happy and adoptable - I cannot begin to imagine the heaviness upon Ms. Tidwell’s heart in deciding to save, or to save more – decision-making that evidences that the sole purpose of the rescue’s existence is to save precious souls that pass through their doors, even at personal cost and loss of faith that she can overcome the challenges now ahead of her to restore the main rescue and provide more for more rescues.

GoFund Me is not seeking to recoup any personal funds already invested as Ms. Tidwell simply would like more than anything in the world, to have her projects completed and fully operational as she had envisioned and as quickly as possible - the ability to provide safe and comfortable environments – for current rescues, for more rescues, for all rescues that cross their path.

Prior to recent events, Ms. Tidwell had cleared much land to prepare for concrete pouring to accommodate new and larger kennels in the new area, to incorporate an open play yard, to provide electric and water throughout the new complex to offer cooling and heating during changing seasons, to provide gable roofing that offers relief from the heat of the sun and shelter from the falling snow for both rescues and caretakers, and a host of other wonderful initiatives.

Life “Dares Us to Dream.” It is my heartfelt and sincere hope that GoFund Me efforts can make dreams come true… to restore an organization that impacts those who cannot speak for themselves - rescues.


Funds are needed immediately and within the next 60 days to restore disrupted rescue areas and complete expansion - to return current rescues in our care to normalcy and to accomodate overflowing shelters in our area and in neighboring states.

PLEASE COME FOR THEM… for the rescues and the work Crossing Paths Animal Rescue is doing to save lives, often in their final hour when humankind has failed them and placing them into homes where they are valued, loved and cared for family members.

I believe in heroes – I believe in an organization led by an incredible woman’s passion and dream, its most incredible volunteers and its remarkable fosters – I believe there to be a hero in all of us – I believe in YOU to be that hero!

Animal Hero of the Month: Mary Ellen Tidwell


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GoFundMe Update 11-17-2017

Rescue prayers are being answered and we wanted to release an update prior to Thanksgiving – to share our many blessings and of which, begin with YOU ALL. From adopting our rescues that have saved their lives and saving another the moment you said, “I do” – all rescues, past, present and future are eternally grateful as is our entire organization.

Crossing Paths is truly blessed by a community of adopters and supporters that have unconditionally saved and loved new family members, that have unselfishly donated, large or small to BE THE DIFFERENCE for those without a voice – the voiceless, any dog that has found themselves in shelters, needing to be rescued – your contributions to date shall endure for many, many years and many, many more rescues to come.

Having accomplished our most significant and urgent needs with your donations, we are delighted to share the results of our efforts to date and while we await delivery of 20 NEW KENNELS, all the fixin’s:

1. Main Building Side-Roof - Replaced
2. Main Building Inside Damage - Repaired
3. Main Medical/Isolation – New Construction Completion
4. Concrete – New Construction Completion
5. 32-10’x10’ Kennels – New Purchases
6. Mom & Pup House – New Purchase

While we continue to strive towards meeting our drive goal for necessities at our rescue facility, we wanted to stop, to give thanks. To say that each and every life that you have saved is a priceless gift, and for each one, you have saved two… we have cared for and have loved them all – their long roads to your hearts, to your homes, have been the most rewarding moments of our lives, each and every one.

We are honored – to know you all…we give thanks - to you.
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Dear Adopters, Friends, Friends of Friends, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents of Our Adopted Alumni Community, Facebook Followers and Sharers, Concerned Donors, Tremendously Generous Donors, and all those who continue to support our efforts,

It is with our heartfelt and sincere gratitude from rescue and all the dogs in our care, and those that will find their way to our rescue that we reach back to you all today to provide you with Up-to-Date Rescue Restoration photos of work completed at the rescue for without you all, regardless of the amount of your kind and generous gift, we would not have been able to overcome the significant challenge of driving in enough funds to pour concrete to move forward, or dream it possible that we could pour before the winter months were upon us – your donation has been life-changing for our rescues, for our staff. We have successfully poured 108 yards of concrete in the past two week as it is difficult to find and hire responsible, affordable contractors in our remote location – a complexity that has longed plagued our ability to progress due to non-prioritization of our project, the amount of re-work required given reduced cost proposals and we have finally been able to hire and complete the concrete effort in a few days with a proven contractor who had performed on our main building concrete efforts and whose installation has endured, passing the test of time as our main building was erected in the beginning of Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, 2006 and all concrete work successfully stands today.

We are proud and forever blessed by you all to announce that we are now able to move 12 new and innovative kennels into the area that will finally offer relief to rescues displaced for too long and provide our staff with efficient daily maintenance environments that will allow more time spent during the day to brush, to walk and to love on those who have found their way to our care, our hearts.

With tears in our eyes, with love in our hearts, we are now able to report that we have completed the following emergency projects to restore rescue and build towards realization of a dream through your donations:

1. Main Building Side-Roof Replacement
2. Main Building Damage Repair
3. Main Medical/Isolation – New Construction
4. 108 Yards Concrete – New Construction
5. 12-10’x10’ Kennels – New Purchases

Falling short of our donation goals but achieving the most critical aspects of our initiatives that offer benefits in critical care and observation, shelter, safety, daily maintenance and restoration of space in new kennels for our rescues – we are truly blessed, our rescues are truly blessed – by you, by all those that have given unconditionally through action to make a difference – to be the difference.

With the depletion of GoFundMe funds that have blessed us to date, rescue is now focusing on the following efforts to raise the additionally needed funds towards the dream of keeping our promises to our rescues today and for years to come; health, safety, comfort and loving care. While we do realize the drive to cross the finish line will take us much time and effort, we as an organization, from staff to volunteers are committed to the long-term as we all do it all – for them – to improve quality of care for every dog that has found themselves passing through our doors – until forever comes along:

1. 20-10’x10’ Kennels – Replacements for Existing Kennels, Injury Prevention and Spacing Initiative
2. 40’x40’ Play Area Construction – Individual Leash Time and Open Space Exercise

We want to take a moment to express our deepest, sincere and heartfelt appreciation for your gift, communicate our completed efforts and share our vision, as all are important to having invested in a dream for rescues, dreams that today are becoming realties, realities that will change the life of every rescue for years to come – rescues in our care are overwhelming blessed by the unselfish nature of folks like yourselves.

Noteworthy, you do not stand alone in your support to see Crossing Paths Animal Rescue as serving our rescues with the care, quality, compassion, dignity and love for a longer term than the immediate. Recently, an astonishing, remarkable, incredible donor had contributed $5,000 to move us over the goal line to be able to pour the 108 yards of concrete necessary to make significant progress in providing our rescues the space lost during our expansion efforts that were met with untimely, costly and rescue changing disasters – a moving, humbling and a treasured donation towards rescues future, leaving us all speechless and including our full-fledged, full-blooded coonhounds. Each and every donation has brought us to today, gloriously; one dollar, five dollars, five hundred dollars or five thousand dollars – as a community, as people who care so much so to take action YOU ALL ARE THE DIFFERENCE and we hope that we can ask once more to drive change…

To purchase 20-10’x10’ kennels with all the fixings, GoFundMe needs to generate $16,000.00. While so many have given, freely and from the heart to get us to today, we ask if you may consider a second and matching donation to make a second and lasting contribution to bring rescue transformation to the brink of completion – to offer safe, spacious and weather built environments to keep them safe, healthy and comfortable until their forever homes come along. Consider personalizing the purchase of a kennel with an expansion kit to honor your own rescue or all those that have touched your heart, your life.

Lastly, Cindy’s Place, recently announced on Facebook as a near-term project is also being privately sponsored by another donor who in the past few weeks visited rescue and was moved to action in seeing our overwhelming progress, in large part driven by your generosity, recognizing the need to provide for sometimes “that one” rescue, and in meeting Cindy. Cindy’s Place will be dedicated to dogs like Cindy, longing for a forever home for quite some time, for any dog left behind, for too long… An extended area that feels as close to home as a rescue can get and for any dog that passes through our gate that we have made a promise to – to care for them until that one person sees beyond an exterior of any dog to want to share their love with, their home with, their life with… Unfortunately, Cindy is still available… and we are confident her blessing will someday soon come – a forever home.

While we apologize for the length of our update, we believe all donors are far deserving to see the impact of your generosity as you all have been instrumental in our progress and through a deeper understanding of our organizations operation, you too may see why a donation of your size makes a real difference… leaves us speechless… we could not have ever have done all that we have accomplished so far – without you.

With Overwhelming Gratitude Beyond Words and Deepest Appreciation,
Mary Ellen Tidwell, President, Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, on behalf of all our fosters, all our staff and volunteers and most importantly – our rescues

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Thank you to everyone that has supported our Go Fund Me effort so far. With your contributions our new medical building has been completed (see pics below). We now have isolation capability. It is a sterile, environmentally temperature controlled area that offers optimal conditions to save by assisting those rescues taken in that are in medical need and require special attention. We have solicited and received contractor quotes to lay cement in the new kennel area. We still need your help to complete the new kennel area, refurbish the main building which requires sterilization and concrete floor sealing. Even donations of five dollars help significantly and gets us closer to purchasing new material needed to help our current and future rescues.
Thank you all again so very much. Please continue to share!
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GoFundMe Update 07-21-2017


Achieving 26% of our goal in a little over 2 weeks is AMAZING! However, momentum has stalled and we desperately need your assistance as summer months are heating up in Alabama.

As a real-time update, work progresses as donation dollars have poured in and we ask once more for you all to share as far as your reach can take you to help us, help them – to live a temporary existence within rescue that offers a healthy, loving and nurturing environment, with proper care, safety, comfort and happy to provide temporary love and sanctuary while rescues await forever homes… in hopes to do more, for more that need rescuing.

Thank you once more to those who have selflessly donated, donated time to read our story, donated time to take action – donated to make a meaningful and life-changing difference. We continue to need assistance to reach our goal to restore the rescue – to make a permanent difference for those in our care, for more rescues that will come.

Main facility roof restoration has been completed. After taking damage to perimeter wall, restoration included modifications for direct thoroughfare to medical room from main facility. Expansion, installation of sheet metal ceiling, updated electrical wiring, boxes and housings throughout, and incorporation of overhead lighting within the main facility and conduit to medical room have been completed since posting GoFundMe; enhancing lighting in an area requiring increased lighting intensity and permitting immediate emergency access and more frequent medical checks – work continues in the medical room as it is vital to restore the area as soon as possible and is priority of our efforts at this time.

Additionally, work continues in our displaced kennel area, an area of expansion that continues to limit our ability to move our temporarily housed rescues into permanent structures and reduces our abilities to relieve over-crowded shelters in the state and from surrounding states – recent poor weather has setback significant progress in this area.

Other on-the-ground projects continue as well, and as contractor availability, weather and funding permits. We will continue to post updates as work progresses and again, our heartfelt and sincere gratitude to everyone who has contributed, has shared, and to those we hope to meet along the way in our journey as we continue to tell their story…
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$43,610 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 20 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue INC
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Cleveland, AL
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