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The Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.
So what exactly is the Giving Challenge you ask? ‘The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event supporting more than 625 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, who have shown a commitment to transparency by having profiles in The Giving Partner.’ – The Sarasota Community Foundation. We are proud to be one of the organizations participating in the 2018 Giving Challenge, this is a wonderful opportunity for our little rescue to raise much needed funds, which allow us to continue to save and care for animals in need.
What does that mean for us? Well, it means we have an amazing opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in our community! Each donation of $25-$100 made via the Giving Partner page is matched dollar for dollar during this event! More funding means more lives saved! Forget-Me-Not Inc. is a last resort rescue for so many dogs in need, there are very few groups who will save and commit to the types of dogs we take. Urgent and Priority Pets, who aren’t eligible for adoption at Animal Services due to behavioral, medical, or other issues. Bully breeds, which take longer to find homes for due to breed restrictions on housing and insurance. Severe medical cases which cost thousands to save. These are where we focus our efforts, because we know that without us, these dogs would fall through the cracks and be euthanized, forgotten. To us, they are #Unforgettabull!
Meet Sandor. Sandor was saved from the kill list at Animal Services. He did not meet the requirements to move to adoptions, simply because he found the kennel environment very stressful. He didn’t even have a name, but was referred to as ‘The Hound’. If you are a Game of Thrones Fan, you’ll know where we got his name. Of course, ‘The Hound’ had to be named after that character. We saved him in January of 2018. Since then, he has met with trainers, one of whom believe that he was most likely feral for a part of his short life. He has learned some basic commands, and in April he will begin a board and train program to help him learn how to truly be a dog. Between vetting, care, and training, Sandor has already cost the rescue over $2500. We think he is worth it, don’t you? Will you #BeTheOne to help us continue to care for Sandor?
When Kifi crossed our path, she was all belly! This girl had clearly not been cared for, but was very pregnant. Kifi’s initial exam showed a belly full of pups, roughly 7 were seen. Out of those 7, only 2 were viable, with the remaining pups very underdeveloped. She required an emergency C-section to save her life and the surviving pups, but her journey didn’t end there. After all the trauma caused by a belly full of puppies, Kifi had major bladder damage, and couldn’t urinate on her own. She was brought back to the vet again, and catheterized while she underwent rigorous testing to find out what was wrong. It took 3 vets, a specialist, 6 weeks of constant care, and over $7000 to save her! Along her journey, euthanasia was recommended several times, due to the mounting cost of her care. To us, that was never an option! We committed to saving her, and we take that commitment very seriously! Today, thanks to that dedication, and daily medication, Kifi lives a happy, normal life! She has been adopted, as have her two pups, and we enjoy getting updates on her adventures with her family! Will you #BeTheOne to help us save the next emergency medical case, like Kifi?
What does ‘No Kill’ mean to us? Did you know that a rescue only needs a 90% save rate to be classified as ‘no kill’? When we say we’re no kill, we mean it! We are proud to hold a 100% save rate, despite taking some of the hardest cases. Some of our dogs are unable to overcome the trauma they endured before coming to us, and as such, will never be able to be adopted. So they’ll live out their lives with us, enjoy daily walks and love from our volunteers and board members. They’ll never be hurt, hungry, or shown anything but the love and compassion they deserve. Andy for example, has some major resource guarding issues, once you’re aware of this, he is an absolute love! However, due to these issues, we can not safely adopt him out.