December 30, 2013: Our Hero Grant Fund is Nearly Gone!
Right now we can fund only FOUR MORE DOGS. Thanks to you we raised another $8,666.00 on top of the initial $30,000 for a total of $38,666. We have now funded vet care for 124 dogs since October 2012, for a total of $37,200.00.
Help us fund MORE chained dog rescues. Watch the video,
below, and click this link or donate (right) to contribute so we can continue to provide health care grants for chained dogs. Thank you.
Thanks to two bequests and donations made to this page from DDB supporters, we were able to set aside a vet fund for chained dogs in an initial amount of $30,000. Between October 2012-December 2013—in just over a year—Hero Fund grants provided vet care for 124 dogs at a total of $37,200. Isn't that amazing? Take a look at some of the precious faces of these 124 dogs to your right.
Sadly, at this time our grant funding is almost depleted. We have care left for only four dogs.
Link to the latest Facebook note featuring the last 24 grants awarded between October 2013-December 2013. Even if you don't read all the stories, be sure to look at the before and after photos, they are very heart-warming.
But this program has been so amazing! We don't want it to end. And neither do the dogs, individual rescuers, and rescue groups who have benefited from the program. As one rescuer told us about the chained dog they rescued and received a grant for:
"Ruffus goes with them to the local Ice Cream shop where he gets his OWN cone.. can you IMAGINE THAT? I mean, he must think he's died and gone to heaven! From being totally ignored and neglected to sitting on a bench at the ice cream shop sharing a cone...Makes me cry I must admit. Thank you again for your help! He owes this to you!!"—Laura Fine, MistnStone Labrador Retriever Rescue Assistance Group
We've created a chip in to raise an additional total of $15,000, of which we've raised $8,666 to date to enable us to keep the Hero Fund grant program going and provide the much-needed care for another 30 dogs who currently languish on the chain but are hoping for freedom.
Will you be part of this amazing program? 100% of all funds donated to this program are reaching the vets for the dog's care directly...if you donate to only one program all year, make it this all-important mission that gives and gives and gives.
Hope, pictured below, is just one of the wonderful success stories we've been able to fund through this grant. Each story and dog is featured on our Facebook page if you'd like to keep up with all these great tales of love and compassion for the chained dogs.
"Hope was rescued off the chain by a young gentleman named Cody. With the help of a reverend, Cody attempted to care for Hope, but unfortunately the landlord wouldn't allow Hope to stay. I replied to a plea from Dogs Deserve Better for rescue help for Hope, and a promise of a vet care grant. I drove and met them in Rocky Mount about two hours away, and Hope was a sweet loving girl right from the start. She has eyes that will melt anyone's heart and the sweetest temperament. Unfortunately, life on a chain wasn't good for her health, as she had terrible skin infections from fly and flea bites, along with being heartworm positive and suffering from poor nutrition. She is young and was also un-spayed and was starting to go into heat. Thanks to the vet care grant from Dogs Deserve Better, she is slowly healing physically and mentally and adjusting well to living in a home. She now runs and plays, and loves her soft comfy bed and all the toys in her basket."—Trish Cates, North Carolina
History of the Hero Fund Grant:
Dogs Deserve Better has rescued thousands of chained and penned dogs nationwide in the last eleven years and given them new, happy lives inside the home with a family to call their own. In fact, from September 2005 through June 2012, DDB paid out a total of $389,098 in vet costs for rescued chained and penned dogs all across America and into Canada and Guam! That's a lot of HAPPY DOGS!
The Hero Fund Grant pays for initial vetting of shots and spay/neuter when a dog is rescued from a chain, a pen, or is freed from some other horrendous situation in which his/her basic right to freedom and love is withheld.
Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. is now almost two years into our project to build the Good Newz Rehab Center on the site of Michael Vick's former Bad Newz Kennels. We have received state approval, and thanks to two bequests, have been able to PAY OFF our building and 16 acres. We are currently fundraising to build a wing onto our existing facility to enable us to rescue more dogs while we raise the amount needed to create our state-of-the-art facility.
After this facility is built, we will renovate the current structure into a low cost vet clinic to benefit the local community.
Through these bequests, we were also able to set aside a fund of $20,000 (which climbed to $30,000!) to pay vet bills for chained and penned dogs that OTHER INDIVIDUALS or GROUPS RESCUE and take physical custody of while we can continue our quest for a facility at the Good Newz Rehab Center and continue our rescue from foster homes across the country.
This enables us to help these dogs ostracized and neglected at the ends of chains, in pens, and in other horrible conditions that we are currently unable to rescue and house ourselves.
We offer $300 grants for basic vet care for chained and penned dogs to the individuals or groups who rescue the dogs (these must be NEW and upcoming rescues-within two months of the date of application); these grants will be paid directly to the veterinarians who are treating the dogs to ensure that the money is being used for the requested dog. While we cannot guarantee that every request is granted, as long as the below conditions are met and we haven't run out of money, there is a good chance we can help your rescued dog!
1. Must fill out the form, below, in it's entirety in order to quality.
2. Dog must be a formerly chained or penned dog, or otherwise ostracized from the home and family, and photo evidence of chaining, penning, or other neglect must be uploaded. We are sorry, but we cannot fund stray rescues or shelter dogs unless we have evidence of former chaining or penning. The dog must be a very recent rescue (within two months of date of application) who still needs help with vet bills. Funds cannot be granted for a dog that was rescued months or years ago as the purpose of the fund is to help those individuals and groups who are currently stepping up to rescue a chained dog with funds to make it easier for them financially.
3. Must supply a photo of the dog after rescue, inside the home or facility or outside in a nice location interacting with other dogs or humans. No grants can be funded for those who still live outside after rescue, as that doesn't fall within the mission of Dogs Deserve Better.
4. Must acknowledge the following conditions. By hitting the submit button, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the following conditions: I agree that all information submitted here is the truth. That the dog legally belongs to myself or said organization, and that I have legally rescued this dog from a chain or pen or other circumstance that may fit your criteria. I further agree that the dog will live inside the home or facility and will not be subjected to long periods without human or canine interaction. I agree that I/the organization noted is the sole legal guardian and owner of this dog, and that I hold Dogs Deserve Better harmless against any and all claims in relation to this dog. I agree not to euthanize the dog except in extreme cases of illness, injury, or aggression. DDB is giving out $300 grants for vet care for formerly chained or penned dogs. This is my application for said grant, however I acknowledge that it is not guaranteed to me. DDB reserves the right to refuse the grant to anyone on any basis whatsoever, and is not required to provide a reason for declination. No grants will be provided without photo proof of the dog's previous living conditions, and a photo of the dog after rescue. DDB bears no legal claim or responsibility for said dog, express or otherwise. I hereby grant DDB permission to post my story and photo of rescued dog upon acceptance into the program.