Herding Dog ResQ Annual Wish List
Daily upkeep, Veterinary care, Yard & Facility Improvements & Expansion for dogs fostered through AB-HERDING DOG RESCUE.
Alberta Herding Dog Rescue is a small, nationally registered Not-for-Profit organization that deals specifically with herding breeds such as Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs (Heelers), Australian Kelpies, Australian Shepherds, Coolies, Catahoulas, Corgis, Malinois (and other Belgian Shepherd varieties), as well as German Shepherd Dogs.
We are not a shelter with expansive facilities & office hours. We are a small group of herding & agility enthusiasts that foster the dogs in our homes & this resource, as with many rescues, is severely limited. Because of our limited resources we cannot take in every dog & we will not take in people or dog aggressive dogs. We were set up to take in dogs that exhibit those often misunderstood herding behaviours or who have the non-stop energy of the herding breeds but not the instinct.
Our goal is to find pet homes for those dogs that do not herd, herding homes if the instinct is very strong - basically, active homes with adopters that understand the breed & will work with them as needed. Once accepted into rescue, the dogs are welcome to stay with us until the most perfect match can be found. It is not a first come, first serve system & there may be some applications refused, as we are trying to find the home that can best provide what that particular dog needs.
All dogs are spayed or neutered, receive regular vaccinations & deworming, are fed a quality kibble & have clean crates/kennels & bedding to sleep in for as long as they are in foster care. The dogs also get daily runs & play time, with dogs of similar size & personality, in our 3-4 acre yard. Our current training goals are simply to help these dogs become good pets for adoption by the breed knowledgeable & active public. In the future, to provide the stimulation & work that many of these dogs need to stay "sane", we would like to purchase agility equipment as well as build a shelter & re-fence the pasture for a small flock of sheep.
We are a small NFP group so we are limited in how we can fundraise but the expenses are ongoing & fundraising to cover the costs never actually ends. Our wish list outlines the basic costs if we have to pay top dollar but we welcome discounts or item donations & corporate partnerships are a blessing.
Our current expenses average $3500/month, depending entirely on the number of dogs in foster care & the veterinary care required. Any donations made will go directly to the rescue program to cover the immediate needs - vet care, food, shelter, toys, training, grooming.
Unfortunately, although we are a registered Not-for-Profit, we cannot give tax deductible receipts without charity status (an option we are considering).
Thank you so much for your support, now & always!
Cindy & the K9s
It all helps!
Once again, we have to ask our followers and supporters for your help.
This is only the 3rd month of 2015 and we have had more surrenders and transfers come in than we have had dogs adopted. The adoption fees help offset our costs but when they are not coming in, the expenses climb exponentially!
Fortunately, we do not have any spays or neuters coming up and vaccines are up to date. However, we do have a dental procedure scheduled for Roxy the Kelpie next week. And Nellie, the little BC x JRT, has been in rehab to help her build her leg muscles back up from 8 weeks of kennel rest for her dislocated toes.
Until we can make a dent in our vet costs, and we can find homes for some of our current fosters, we have to put a freeze on any future intakes.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Especially for Pets of Calgary ran a "Bump up your Bill" campaign for the month of December. The total amount raised from their customers would then be matched by E4P.
Especially for Pets has shared with us that they will be writing a cheque for $1500! That is just WOW!!
Thank you for starting our 2015 off with a big bang!
Thank you to all who have contributed to our fundraising campaigns in 2014 and who support us in many other ways!
We are still, and probably always will be, fundraising to help cover our vet costs and basic upkeep of our foster dogs until they are adopted. 2014 has not yet ended and even though we had a successful adoption year, we have had a number of dogs surrendered this month alone. The space we opened up has already been filled again.
Although we rely on your generosity for our working funds, we could also use foster homes and/or volunteers with specific skills (such as grant finders)! If you are interested in helping out is some other way, please contact me.
Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!