In last week’s post, we met a nursing mama dog Pepper and her pups, who were staying at the Balch Springs Animal Shelter while they waited on a forever home. Pepper did a great job of feeding her babies, but she needed to put on some weight and get to a veterinarian pronto. Luckily, the kind folks at the Plano Animal Shelter took in this little family and will work on getting them all adopted through their foster program.
This week, I want to shed some light on the financial constraints and challenges that the Balch Springs Animal Shelter is facing. Their budget has been cut in recent months, and they no longer have the finances to purchase high quality food for the animals. Instead, they rely on donations from stores – open bags or bags nearing expirations, from a variety of brands – which means the dogs don’t ever get used to a particular food, and their digestion suffers.
In addition, the cold weather is coming and the shelter has indoor/outdoor kennels. This is great when the weather is nice and sunny, because the dogs have the option of staying indoors or going outside at their leisure. But on days like today, when it’s cold and rainy and dreary, it would be great if the dogs didn’t have to sleep on a cold, concrete floor. Kuranda offers a way for shelters like theirs to get dog beds donated at a discounted rate.
Finally, there are just basic necessities that the staff needs to do their jobs. Supplies and equipment like scales, shelving, wound and skin care, latex gloves, crates, and kitty litter is needed to help the shelter run efficiently.
Animal Control Officer Vanessa Forsythe has set up a few fundraising websites in an attempt to get the dogs at the shelter the food and beds they so desperately need.
Kuranda Elevated Dog Bed Donation: https://kuranda.com/donate/12333
GoFundMe Site for Food: https://www.gofundme.com/balchspringshelter
Amazon Wish List for Supplies: http://amzn.com/w/3N9X6UCQO6L42
*To make your donation go even further, don’t forget to shop using Amazon Smile (http://smile.amazon.com). Sign up for a free Amazon Smile account, and then go about shopping as usual. A part of your purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice!
This Black Friday, don’t forget about this little shelter who is begging for our help. Do some shopping online and give back to this little shelter that is going above and beyond to save as many lives as they can.