This time of year is a time of thanks, reflection, sharing and giving a little something of ourselves. Animal Aid is privileged that you have chosen to support our work to care for animals in need. I personally thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. We couldn’t achieve what we do without your ongoing assistance.
We don’t want to be big, we want to be great at everything we do.
As a valued supporter of Animal Aid, you know how hard we work to give every animal in our care a second chance for adoption and to find a loving home. The year is fast coming to a close, and as we head into our busiest period, I am asking for your support today so that we can continue to provide exceptional care to each and every animal that come through our doors.
As an open door shelter we do not turn away any animal in need.
People are often surprised when I tell them that we do not receive government funding to operate. This is why I need your help so that we can meet the ever growing demand on our services.
I hope you will consider making a tax deductible gift this holiday season to assist Animal Aid to continue to do what we do best and that is support the many animals in our care until it is time to go to that special person or family.
Your very special gift of $35 will assist us to provide the highest level of care to over 6,000 animals that arrive at Animal Aid each year.
I want to share with you today some insight as to how my team go the extra mile to care for and prepare animals to be ready for adoption. I am heartened to witness special little miracles every day.
Our veterinary team provide specialist care whether routine health checks and vaccinations through to basic or more complex surgery.
This small veterinary clinic cares for the thousands of homeless and abandoned animals that come through our doors. In the past twelve months to prepare animals in readiness for adoption the practice alone:
• Performed 1200 surgeries
• Inserted 1400 microchips
• Undertook almost 10,000 consults and vaccinations for animals in our care
• De-sexed 2,000 animals
Over the next six months we will see almost 1,000 baby animals, particularly kittens, arrive at Animal Aid that will need extra tender loving care.
These young vulnerable kittens, puppies, baby rabbits and guinea pigs have special needs and are not quite ready to go to a forever home and need the short term love and care of a foster person or family.
Nurturing young animals is costly and time intensive, some needing 24/7 care. Whether it is for special formula, food, medical attention, warm bedding and enrichment - no effort is spared to give these precious animals the best start to life.
Supporter, if you can find it in your heart to make a gift of $35 or $50 to help us heal and care for deserving animals in preparation for adoption, it would be wonderful.
It can cost over $450 to care for a baby kitten or puppy in readiness for adoption.
An animal finds itself at Animal Aid through no fault of its own.
I often wonder what they must be feeling or what it is like for them finding themselves in unfamiliar surrounds with hundreds of other animals. A snippet of our time is a life time for them. We cannot change the world but we can change the world for that animal.
Seven days in our care is equivalent to six months for them.
I can’t imagine what goes through their mind when someone approaches but they are overlooked for adoption?
Many animals when they arrive are so frightened – some physically shaking.
That’s when I am most proud to see my team of staff and volunteers take extraordinary steps to do many little things to make a difference in the life of each and every animal in our care. Whether it be time to walk, play, gently stroke, massage or simply whisper to comfort and calm an animal to reassure it that all will be okay.
We accept an animal for what it is and not for what we want it to be. That’s what makes us unique and why we succeed in what we do.
The animals that come into our care are not perfect. They just need the right person or family to help them to be themselves.
It’s surprising the number of animals that come to us that have been abandoned because they have special needs or injuries that require attention.
It saddens me when I see older cats and dogs arrive that are no longer wanted just because they are old; some are even deaf or blind. But as always, the Animal Aid team swing into action to prepare these beautiful animals for adoption so they can spend the rest of their time in a loving home.
As the CEO of this wonderful organisation, I am extremely proud of the work we do and what we achieve each and every day of the year with so little.
Any support you can give means a lot to the Animal Aid Family. Your tax deductible gift of $20, $35 or whatever you can spare will be a very special gift this holiday season.
On behalf of the Animal Aid team, I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
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On behalf of the Animal Aid team, and however you celebrate this time of year, I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
Chief Executive Officer
PS: Supporter, I am always heartened and grateful for the support of generous people like you. Thank you doesn’t express enough my gratitude.
We continually strive to do things better and more efficiently. I hope you enjoy hearing about the work we do. It gives me great pleasure to share our many achievements and little miracles with you.
The beautiful images in this letter are of animals that have been adopted; their happy expressions tell what 1,000 words can’t.
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Thank you!