Healthy-Dog Pup Huts

$440 of $32,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 2 months
THIS CAMPAIGN IS DEDICATE TO THE MEMORY OF FOSTER DAD WAYNE PIERCE (shown in the above photo with foster dog Elsa).  Wayne dedicated many years to fostering dogs for the High Plateau Humane Society and turned his property into a wonderful summer facility for our dogs.  May you rest in peace Wayne, knowing we are doing everything we can to help all the dogs you loved.

BACKGROUND:  The High Plateau Humane Society (HPHS) is the only organization in Modoc County dedicated to caring for and re-homing all of the County's adoptable shelter animals, as well as its strays and abandoned dogs. 

So far this year we have taken in 9 litters of puppies and 50 individual dogs.   Although we found them all homes, we struggle every time we receive a litter of puppies because we are not set-up to handle them.  We plan to change that with this campaign and YOUR help!

THE PROBLEM:  Although we have been around since 1987, and own a building that houses our thrift store and cattery, HPHS has always depended upon volunteer foster homes to care for our dogs.   We prefer this system as it allows us to get to know the dogs in our care and provide some basic training that will help them find new homes.   However, it is extremely difficult to find a foster home that can accept a litter of puppies.  Not only do they need skilled care and attention, they also need a large heated environment that can be easily cleaned and sanitized to prevent exposure to Parvo and other canine diseases.  Our fosters simply do not have these facilities available. 

THE SOLUTION:  We plan to use the funds provided by this campaign to install three "Healthy-Dog Pup Huts" in our service area.  Each Hut will be placed on property owned by an experienced volunteer, and will consist of an insulated Sturdy-Built Shed set up like a "Tiny Home", similar to the one shown in the picture below, although not as fancy looking.  Each hut will cost a little over $10,000 to purchase, install, and outfit with electric heat, running water, storage cabinets for food, bedding and cleaning supplies, a counter for food preparation, a small couch for visitors, and sanitizable surfaces throughout.   Funding will also cover the cost of building a large attached covered deck surrounded by kennel fencing that will serve as an outdoor play area.  The deck's surface will be covered with rubber stall mats for easy cleaning and disinfection, and unlike the example shown in the photo, the pup huts will be built on skids so they can be relocated if needed.  

In short, each Pup Hut facility will provide a fun, safe and sanitizable environment where  puppies can be kept warm and protected while they complete their  quarantine period and await their new family.  

NAME THAT HUT!   Donors that provide more than 50% of the funding for a Pup Hut, either as a group or individually, get to name the HUT!  Have a favorite animal or friend that you want to dedicate a hut to?   Here is your chance!  Help us raise the funds for a particular hut and ask your friends to donate in their name!  We will report regularly on our fundraising progress!  Thank you again for your interest in helping the dogs of Modoc County.

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As of 9/9/18 our fundraiser has raised $1,510 ($810 on Facebook, $440 on GoFundMe, and $260 from other sources), and we have a $3,000 pledge coming in from a property owner in Cal Pines! Whoooo Hooooo!!! We are only $2,000 away from actually getting our first structure on the ground! Here is what we want to buy (see photos). The "porch" on the shed is important to provide a protected area from snow around the door. The shed is in skids, so it can be moved to a new location when needed. The kennel will be placed on a low deck on skids as well, and attached to the shed to allow dogs to go in and out of the shed at will, helping house-train them and allowing them to stretch their legs. We need to order the shed soon if we are to get it in time. Come on everyone! Please dig deep and donate! The dogs need you!
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It is day 15 of our campaign and winter weather is just two months away. The good news is that we have raised a total of $1,385 to date! $785 from our Facebook Campaign, $340 from GoFundMe, and $260 from other sources. If we can double this amount, we will have enough money to seek matching funds from foundations. So, what do you say? Can you share this message and encourage your friends to donate so that our foster dogs can have warm winter housing this year and a safe place to play? A $40 donation buys a Horse Stall Mat, and we need 12 of those for each Pup Hut. A $60 donation buys a heater! A $100 donation will buy an extra large dog door. A $200 donation will allow us to install a dual pane window, and a $400 donation will by a 10'x15' kennel with a canvas top (like the one below)! Everyone who donates at least $100 will have their name engraved on a plaque which will be placed on the Pup Hut they helped to build! Please share our campaign and encourage your friends to donate!
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I would like to thank everyone who has donated to date. It is day 7 of the fundraising campaign and we have raised $340 on GoFundMe, $405 on Facebook, and $220 from folks reading the newspaper. The $965 we have generated will pay for enough kennel fencing to enclose a 10'x10' play yard, cover it with a canvas top, place the whole thing over a wooden deck to keep it out of the mud and snow, and cover the play surface with horse-stall mats to allow for easy sanitizing and disinfecting! YAY!!!

Now we just need to get the pups out of the winter weather and into a nice cozy, well-lit building that they can snuggle up in at night. This is the hard part! The 10'x12' shelter we need, including insulation, windows and a steel door to keep out the mice and the weather, costs $6,235 with tax. We plan to buy it locally. Once we have the building, we can probably find someone to put in the electrical, etc, to finish it off, but the building is a very big deal, and cannot be purchased without your help. What do you say? Can we get enough donations to install at least one Pup Hut before winter? Facebook says over 6000 people have seen our Facebook plea. If everyone who saw this donated $10, we would be able to install SIX Pup Huts!! Surly we can get enough to do just ONE. Come on! Let's do it! These guys are counting on us!
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It is Day 3 of the campaign to keep puppies safe in Modoc County. Yesterday a news article appeared in the Modoc County Record and today a $200 donation came in via our Thrift store from that news announcement. YAY!! Add that to the $225 in donations we have received via this GoFundMe Campaign and we are sneaking up on having 5% of what we need for our first Pup Hut.

I admit, I had hoped I would see an avalanche of $10 and $20 donations from everyone who saw our announcement. Facebook alone says over 2,000 people have been reached by our initial announcement. Had every one of those people donated just $10, we would have TWO Pup Huts by now!

I know that Modoc is an animal loving County, so I can only think that I have not given you enough information to understand how critical this program is. Here is one of many comments I have heard....

GIVE THEM AWAY! "You don't need to keep the puppies at all, just give them away for free! They will be gone in a few hours."

If only it were that easy... Clearly there are not enough homes in Modoc to take all of the puppies Modoc produces, even if they were given away. We know this by the number of people surrendering litters to us (6 litters so far), or abandoning them by the side of the road (3 litters this year).

Once in our care, the Humane Society is required by California law to spay or neuter all dogs and cats that we take in before they are adopted out, whether or not we give them away. We also must provide all required shots. HPHS cannot afford to pay over $120 in medical costs on a dog or cat and then give them away, over and over again. No one could.

Although we can give the puppies to another rescue and let them handle the medical requirements, no rescue will take a litter of puppies that has not passed a 10 to 15 day quarantine period for fear that they may have been exposed to Parvo. Even then, they want to see our quarantine protocols to ensure the pups could not contract Parvo while in our care. This is because every puppy that comes down with Parvo will cost over $2,000 to save, and only 80% of them will live, even with the best medical care. In addition, anything the puppy touched during its quarantine period must be sterilized to prevent another dog from picking up the disease. Grass and dirt cannot be sterilized, so land that a sick puppy played on before showing signs of being ill cannot be used for puppy fostering EVER AGAIN. So, every time HPHS agrees to take in a litter of pups, we are playing Russian Roulette with Parvo and potentially ruining our ability to take in another litter.

The Pup Huts solve that problem, because they will pass Parvo Protocols and preserve our Foster Homes. That is not a small thing. There are very, very few people in Modoc County willing to help with puppies. Any pup that HPHS refuses to take is euthanized by the City or County. They do not have the resources to do anything more. This project provides a critical safety net for all the pups in Modoc County.
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$440 of $32,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
High Plateau Humane Society
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