Rescues/Shelter Programs

Dr Jane Foundation Grant Award Feeds Michigan Cats


Family sitting with cat

It’s time once again for an update from our charitable wing, The Dr. Jane  Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award  to an amazing group of caregivers based in Highland, MI. Founded in late 2004,  Community Sharing is an outreach organization that provides support and food  assistance to hundreds of families and their companion animals.

Unlike the majority of our grant recipients, this caring non-profit is not a  rescue shelter or a foster network. That being said, their efforts not only  ensure the survival of dogs and cats, but their happiness as well. In addition  to pet food and care products, Community Sharing provides people with clothing,  school tutoring, GED completion aid, budgeting assistance, employment counseling  and much more. This full-scale support makes it possible for families in  desperate need to stay together. And for many of their families, that certainly  means keeping their pet kids at home, where they belong.

Doing their level best to keep up with the needs of their community, this  agency has seen first-hand the emotional wreckage of surrendering a companion  animal. For individuals without close family, who only share their home with a  pet kid, the mere prospect of losing their dog or cat due to financial hardship  is heartbreaking enough, and can be a real source of chronic stress. But thanks  to Community Sharing’s diligence and caring, the stress can be relieved, and  these relationships maintained. It’s just another way this group aids their  clients and helps them to deal with life’s challenges.

The vast majority of their aid recipients include the recently unemployed and  the working poor. The number of clients who come to Community Sharing each month  fluctuates, so the number of families with pet kids they feed varies from month  to month. Overseen by a board of 14 members and operated by a several dozen  volunteers, Community Sharing provides support to hundreds of families and  individuals every month. Through their Client Choice Food Pantry, they provide  individuals and companion animals with enough food for 20 days per month. In  just over a decade of service, nearly 200,000 meals have been provided!

In an average month, they serve 142 pet families with a total of 345 pets  every month ... altogether, that’s 158 dogs and 187 cats who benefit from  Community Sharing’s food assistance programs!

Thanks to the generous support of others, their supply of dog food was  already well-stocked for this time of year. Therefore, our entire financial  award went towards feeding cats. Our most recent round of funding will provide  four months’ worth of meals for all 187 cats currently living with Community  Sharing families.

Upon learning about April’s financial assistance from The Dr. Jane Foundation, Grant Manager Linda Anderson said, “We are thrilled with this award and will judiciously use these funds to buy and provide food for our client’s  pets.” She added, “Without support like this, clients would not be able to keep  and feed their pets.”

From all of us here at Life’s Abundance headquarters, we deeply appreciate  and respect the extraordinary example this committed network of rescuers sets  for all Americans … extending helping hands to neighbors in need. Along with our  financial award, we’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks to Community Sharing  for doing their utmost to make the world a kinder, gentler place for people and  pet kids alike.

And we thank all readers and customers … through your personal donations and  continued patronage, you’ve helped make all of our grants possible. Your  generosity and loyalty have helped to make the world a better place for  abandoned, abused and neglected animals across America.

Dr Jane Foundation Award To Stickney's Toy Breed Rescue

Family Gathering
Family Gathering in the Kitchen.

It is our great honor to relay news of yet another financial award granted by Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation. In a recent round of funding, we subsidized  the vital enterprises of a non-profit organization whose mission is to salvage  the lives of dogs damaged by human greed.

Located in Cortland, Nebraska, Stickney's Toy Breed and Rescue and Retirement  Sanctuary specializes in small breeds, dogs who generally weigh less than 25  pounds. Nine out of ten of the dogs received into their care come directly from  puppy mills, not just locally but from other states, too. The remainder of their  dependents are spared certain death in shelters where they are slated to be  euthanized.

Stickney’s Toy Breed Rescue and Retirement Sanctuary began as a journey of  discovery. In 1998, founder Mary Stickney entered the internet age with an  investigation into the source of puppies sold in many pet stores. Upon learning  that many of “those puppies in the pet store window” were born and raised in  puppy mills, she decided to take action, converting her home into a refuge for  dogs. Her residential property is situated on five acres and features an  enormous dog run, a six-foot-high chain-link fence covering nearly a quarter of  an acre … plenty of room to roam for these lively, tiny creatures.

Mary has taken as her personal mission the rehabilitation of dogs who, when  they come to her, are emaciated and broken in spirit. Almost without fail, every  canine who comes to Stickney’s is in need of emergency veterinary care. By the  time she enfolds her caring arms around these pups, some of whom have been  discarded like trash, they are suffering from a range of physical and mental  abuses and atrocious medical neglect, having barely survived appalling  conditions that can hardly be called “living quarters”. All too often, she has  witnessed first-hand horrors that can hardly be comprehended by many pet  parents.

First Embrace
Embraced for the first time.

Mary’s day starts early, rising at 5:00 a.m. to put out fresh water and food  for her dogs. At present, she also has a full-time day job, but her assistant  Lisa DeNood provides care and supervision while she’s away from home. Evenings  are spent trying to locate or meeting with potential adopters. No part of her  home is off-limits to the dogs, whom she affectionately refers to as “the lucky  ones”, many of whom share her king-sized bed at night. Her bedroom is brimming  with floor cots and crates (the doors have been removed). She devotes  significant energy to teaching them how to live in a home, as most have spent  their entire lives in cramped cages. Helping these dogs overcome fear and  anxiety is a major challenge, but one she approaches head-on. On the weekends,  any number of volunteers arrive to play with the pups and to help handle the  intake of new dogs. Saturdays and Sundays are prime adoption times, unless the  team is rendezvousing to pick up new rescues.

Giving out Treats
A volunteer feeds treats to happy pups.

The adoption fees they collect go towards the high vet bills they routinely  incur, although the extensive care provided leaves Stickney’s operating in the  red much of the time. To help fill this need, the Board of the Dr. Jane’s  HealthyPetNet Foundation stepped in and made a significant contribution.

Awarded in August, our donation covered the costs of veterinary care for 12  dogs retrieved from two different puppy mills, one notorious for its deplorable  conditions and the other a Dachshund mill whose violations were so egregious it  was shut down by authorities.

The medical problems of the rescued canines are not for the faint of heart … perhaps not even for the stalwart of heart. All 12 needed immediate medical  attention. Two of these canines, a Maltese named Mindy and a Pomeranian named  Cinnamon, were suffering from multiple issues, including kidney failure, dental  infections, strangulated hernia, ear infections and other conditions too graphic  to describe here. Despite the best efforts of veterinarians, both pups died  during treatment as the extent of the trauma proved too extreme to survive.

Emaciated Dog Mork
Emaciated from neglect, Mork will no longer be  denied good nutrition.

Fortunately, the maladies of the other ten pups did not prove fatal. Thanks  to the epic efforts of volunteers and veterinarians, they were able to save the  lives of two Yorkies, one Maltese, one Shi Tzu, two Brussels and four  Dachshunds. All of these pups needed extensive dental work, some suffering from  conditions so severe that most of their teeth had to be extracted. Snickers, one  of the Doxies, had ground her teeth down to mere nubs after repeatedly  attempting to chew her way out of her cage.

We hope that we helped ease this small operation’s financial burden, as well  as playing a role in making sure their rescues receive the proper care they  deserve. On behalf of all of these small-in-stature but large-at-heart dogs who  are now starting down the road to recovery, and hopefully happiness, we offer  Stickney’s our deep and abiding thanks. Their diligent work puts a spotlight on  the dark side of the pet industry.

Zeus enjoys his new-found freedom.

Life’s Abundance is proud to sponsor the efforts of this  remarkable rescue. The perseverance of Mary and her team in the face of gruesome  and heart-rending situations gives us hope. While their rescues serve as grim  reminders that there’s still much work to be done, still many left to save,  every instance of healing teaches us we can improve the plight of companion  animals everywhere.

Most especially, we are thankful to all of our readers and customers who,  through their personal donations and continued patronage, make all of our grants  possible. Your kindness and commitment to pet health has directly helped this  devoted group of volunteers to make the world a better place for abused and  neglected animals.

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