Join A Helping Paw at leading this life-saving effort "Pets n' Crisis"
We all know the economy is poor. But did you know it is the direct cause of the deaths of more cats and kittens than usual? As more and more people lose their homes, more cats and kittens are turned in to shelters that are already overfull. To make matters worse, fewer people are adopting. Can you blame them? Everyone is cracking down on their spending and adopting a cat or kitten is the last thing they are thinking about. This surely has become a tragic problem for every shelter. A Helping Paw has the solution - We CAN increase adoptions in this poor economy by reducing adoption fees and making it more affordable to adopt. Problem is, we can't do it unless, you, the public supports this wonderful life-saving effort. Adoption fees only cover medical care. When we do an adoption, that fee goes directly back into medical care to help the next pet. So as you can see we can't lower fees unless we have your financial help because we won't have enough money to provide medical care to another pet. With the public's help and donations, we can reduce the adoption fee of a pet, and still have enough money to help the next pet in need. We've already proved that we can increase adoptions in this extremely poor economy now all we need is generous public support. With your donation of $25 or more we can save many more lives preventing these pets from ending up in already over burdened kill shelters. Every single donation is helping save the life of a precious cat or kitten. Please, please help these precious animals, sponsor an adoption today. You can even choose wich cat or kitten you would like to sponsor, just choose from our adoptable pet list. If you or your business would like to be named as their special sponsor please let us know, otherwise we will assume you would like to remain anonymous. Please make donations out to: A Helping Paw (Cats n' Crisis). Trust me, you will feel great knowing you saved a kitty and made it possible for them to get a great home.
Volunteers Are TRUE Livesavers ~ Come join us!
Volunteering to help homeless pets is so rewarding! You can see it in their eyes they are content. For many this is the first time they truly feel safe and secure. Come join us and help us help more pets in need. Morning cleaners always needed - come work with the pets in their cage-free rooms, though we warn you, it can be a bit of a challenge at times as we have many super curious pets! Cleaning isn't for you? That's OK, we have plenty of things to keep you busy and help support the pets: we always need: grant writers; re-sale shop pricers and display help; people to hang posters at area shops; people to bring our pets to meet & greets at local pet stores; people who can transport pets to medical appointments and on and on. Please come in to fill out a volunteer form and tell us more about how you can help pets. Even an hour a week makes all the difference! Reliable people only please. Great way to learn more about what it takes to save these precious pets. College bound students WELCOME!
Do YOU care enough? Give The Gift Of Life. Don't wait, tomorrow could be too late. A Helping Paw Inc.
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
3086 Unit #4 Cranberry Hwy., E. Wareham
Dedicated to ending the cruelty, suffering and death caused by animal overpopulation. We pride ourselves in helping the ones that need it the most - we DO NOT pull "perfect" pets from other states. Massachusetts shelters are already overburdened and it is our goal to reduce the deaths of wonderful, loving pets, right here in Massachusetts. Our services go far beyond the work we do with the animals, we take great pride in the work we do helping people and the community! After all, it's the pets and people that make the community, and our goal is to make it better for everyone.
Pet Of The Month
I want to give you my love!
Can you imagine I have been at the shelter for over a year? I came in as a baby and I've grown up here. I was rescued from a life on the streets and though I've made this my home and feel relaxed here, I tend to become nervous again in new places. I need someone who will understand that it will take me a while to adjust in my new home. I'll probably hide under the sofa for a week or two, but with your love and patience I will become a loyal friend. I want attention and love, but with so many new people coming and going it is hard for me to trust. Consider adopting one of my 'special' friends like me, for a great adoption deal.
When YOU don't SPAY it's the pets that pay...
Everyone thinks working at a shelter must be so much fun. It is one of the most emotionally and physically draining jobs one could do and with very little respect from the public.
The frustration of watching pets suffer simply because their caregivers didn't care enough to have their pets altered is horrific. People think "what's the big deal, people love kittens, I'll find homes for all mine." Put aside the fact that there are already thousands of kittens being killed each year in shelters because of lack of good homes. Consider the suffering these animals go through. All too often we take in a litter of kittens who are born to moms who aren't even healthy enough to care for themselves. Many times we take in a mom and babies the owner stating they can't keep the cat because she simply won't stop getting pregnant. They laugh that she's on her forth litter of the year. Mom's resources are completely drained, her body never been given time to recover, and now she's expected to care for yet another litter. Mom is in poor condition and we have to boost her the best we can just so she will survive in hopes she will be strong enough to care for her babies. Many times mom's body is in such a weak state, the kittens begin to suffer. Though we intervene the best we can, these kittens are already in a frail state. Our volunteers spend hour after hour, day after day trying to keep the kittens going long enough for their bodies to respond to the nutrition we are offering them. Many times, just when we think they are going to make it, the kittens take a turn for the worst. Their little bodies finally unable to fight anymore. We watch as they take their last breath and their suffering ends. Sick to our stomachs that no matter how hard we worked it wasn't enough. Remembering the owner who laughed and showed absolutely no respect for the pet they took in. Yes, the pets PAY when you don't spay.
Medical Funds Needed For Senior Dogs
AHP is one of the only organizations that rescues senior dogs.
Without your donations how can we help them?
Senior dogs require more than just basic medical care, caring for these precious seniors can be financially draining for our shelter. Adoption fees only cover a small portion of their care. By making a donation towards their care, you are making it possible for us to help yet another dog in need.
A tiny little guy trying to survive the streets alone. With his poor health it is amazing he survived. No other shelter would help him because of the cost of his medical care. We took him in keeping our fingers crossed there are enough people out there that want to see this little guy live. Thank you to the two people who cared enough to send in a combined total of $150.
Adison was owned by a woman who kept to herself, never asking anyone for help. She rarely left her home, and almost never had visitors. She passed away queitly, and wasn't found for 10 days. Poor Adison didn't know how to cry out for help. He survived on a bag of cat food and what water he found. We were contacted by a family member shortly after the dreaded call. But before the family had a chance to rescue Adison, the police had taken him away and sent him to another shelter. He was to be placed in a 10 day quarantine, but because his owner was deceased, he was going to be immediately euthanized due to his poor condition. So not only did this poor dog just lose his home, and his beloved owner, he was soon to lose his life. After several calls, just short from his euthanization, the family was able to get him released and he was then brought to us. The family warned us that he was in poor condition so we were prepared for the worst. But even at that, the volunteer was still shocked by his appearance. He was 100% matted. His feet had balls of matts the size of golf balls. At first we thought he had no eyes, until we pryed the fur away. It was hard to tell if he had any physical issues, so the first trip he would make was to the groomer. The groomer had her work cut out for her. It took four hours, two people and several blades to find the little doggie under that mess. Our volunteer came back looking like she was just dragged through the streets. Though Adison came back with a few knicks and bruises, I can guarantee he felt 100% better. It took just a few short days for him to recover from his ordeal of losing his home and mom and for the first time he wagged his tail. Though he can be a cantancaras old man at times, most times he just wants to get a good o'l bum rub and play outside.
A very special thank you to the family member who cared enough to rescue Adison. Most people wouldn't have bothered to go to the effort of rescuing him, especially during such an emotionally draining time. Generally when a family member passes away, the pets are euthanized because no one in the family cares enough to take them in. But she put aside her pain, to save his life and offer one last gift to her loved one.
We would also like to thank Marleen Malone, owner of The Rover Makeover in Sagamore for donating her services to make this little boy look so handsome.
Though we deal with real cases of animal abuse and neglect on a daily basis, Adison's story isn't about that. It's about a woman who removed herself so much from society that for whatever reason, she was unable to ask for help for herself. I hope she is looking down at us with a smile, knowing that yes a few people did care, they cared enough to want her beloved dog to have a second chance at life.
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Every wonder what happened to the 6 kittens you gave away FREE...
- was hit by a car
- was euthanized at a shelter along with over 80% of all cats at shelters
- was eaten by a coyote
- died of medical problems because the owner was too cheap to take it to a vet
- was killed by the neighbor's dog
- is still living with a loving family.
Less than 25% of the cats and or kittens given away free wind up in permanent homes. Over 90% of the cats and kittens we take in were obtained for free by a friend, family member or through the newspaper. Don't let your cat litter, spay today!
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- We have given out over $30,000 in spay/neuter assistance
- We have made it affordable for low-income pet owners to alter their pets
- We have offered free spay/neuter to people who care for ferals
- We provide many area classrooms with the award winning publication Kind News
- We have rescued hundreds of stray cats and kittens from our streets
- We have drastically reduced the feral population in our area
- We have prevented thousands of kittens from being born to our streets
- We offer daily support to pet owners who have questions about their pets
- We have provided a resource for people unable to keep their pets
- We have given out hundreds of pounds of free pet food to less fortunate pet owners
Thank you volunteers and financial donors for all that you have done to improve the lives of animals and the people who love them.
Foster Parents NEEDED!
I remember a time when the volunteers and I would get a much needed break in the winter. Well, those days are long gone. These gorgeous animals in need are keeping us hopping all year round. So many in need, so little room. We want to be prepared for the hectic spring season so we are currently setting up foster homes in preperation. If you would like to help save a pet's life by becoming a foster parent, please call today. Certain requirements are necessary to ensure the health of your pets and ours, such as providing a private room in your home. All we ask is that you are reliable, dedicated and able to offer lots of love and patience. And you can't beat the reward of helping a homeless pet get a new, permanent family. Please call today or email email@example.com.
Volunteers are unpaid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. Anonymous
Pet Shopping - Read Before You Search
Gone are the days when people would walk into a shelter and simply fall in love with a pet. Times have changed making it possible for people to view lots of different animals in a shorter period of time, right from their own home. We are forever grateful to the site PetFinder.com who has helped placed so many of our pets, however, I feel, as do several of the other shelters I've spoken with, that sites such as these have lead to 'pet browsing', meaning people are now being very specific when looking for a pet. No longer do people jump in their car and visit the nearest shelter in hopes of finding a match. People now scan through unlimited photos and descriptions of pets, in search of what they consider to be the 'perfect' pet. Being specific as far as personality goes is obviously crucial to matching a pet to your family, but some people have taken it to the point of specific size, colors, shade of colors, hair length, even eye color! etc as if looking for a new dress that will fit perfectly. Whatever happened to adopting a pet because it made you feel great knowing you saved a life that needed saving? Recently we had a couple who stopped by and looked at five other shelters for a kitten, they had seen near over 30 kittens yet still couldn't find one that 'clicked' with them. Our precious Princess dog was overlooked because she wasn't the right color, our little 14 pound doggie friend had five vistors yell at me because they said he was MUCH too big! our sister sibling kittens are much too big for most at only six months of age, (sadly this pair has spent their entire six months at the shelter, but no one seems to care, so they will continue to grow up in a cage.) even a kitten at three months is considered too big!
Though we are thankful to have the opportunity to list our pets on-line reaching many more potential adopters. We are finding on-line adoption sites have lead to people becoming far too 'picky' when choosing a pet. Prior to internet searching, people would visit their local shelter and choose from the pets available. People were more apt to adopt a pet with mild special requirements, simply because they interacted with the pet and fell in love. Even when finding out the pet had special needs, they were less concerned and more likely to continue with adoption because they had already become attached. Now with internet searching, people simply by pass any pet that has even mild special requirements.
A Helping Paw feels every life is valuable and we would never turn our backs on the ones that need us the most. But sadly when people are searching for a pet, it is way too easy to click them away and on to the next pet. Had they met the pet at our shelter, chances are they would have fallen in love with them regardless of any issues they may have.
We are finding far less people are concerned about the pet's personality, they are too busy searching for the right color, length of fur or even eye color. In their quest to find the 'perfect; pet, they are overlooking some of the most amazing animals. I have to wonder sometimes if society is forcing shelters to deal with only prime animals, the heck with the ones who may be a little shy or simply need a little eye ointment now and again.
Over the last five years a drastic change has been made in dog adoptions. People now virtually 'special order' their pooches, again in previous times people would visit shelters looking for their match. Chances are they went home with something totally different than what they thought they were looking for simply because they fell in love. Now you simply leave your pet description with an organization and they will ship you almost anything you want from a southern state. Considering most people only want puppies or sm breed dogs, what happens to all the other wonderful dogs right here in MA who so desperately want a home? Did you know that being either a big or black dog is almost an immediate death sentence?
I see a very sad change coming, kittens just over the three month mark stuck in cages day after day unable to play or explore as people continue their quest to find the 'youngest' kitten possible. Soon these kittens will be euthanized at tradtional shelters as they have overstayed their welcome. Cats who tend to be a bit shy around new people (gosh how can we blame them, pop me in a new place surrounded by strangers and see how I react), will never get a home, dogs who are just a little oversized for the likes of most people, or possibly even the wrong color will be put to death.
I guess as in any business you must role with the changes in order to succeed, as so many shelters have already learned, but if that means leaving the old, the black, the 'too' big kittens, the shy, the ones who require simple medical care to die, we will NEVER make that change! That is not a change I want to be part of. I started rescue work to rescue pets, not supply the demands of people who judge pets by color, size, shape or first impressions. Good things never come easy and that inculdes relationships, that is what we want from our adopters, not a trophy to show their friends, but a true relationship with the pet they choose to adopt. If we chose our spouses simply based on looks and whether or not they had medical issues, few of us would be happily married. Of course I got lucky, I just happened to get looks and a great personality!
We can't shop for pets the same as we do inanimate objects such as clothes or cars, we only get pleasure from these things based on their looks, pets bring us pleasure through their individual personalities, looks should not be a factor.
Written By Chrissy T. in hopes more people will adopt with their eyes closed.
Special Needs Kittens Desperately Need Your Help
~~ Star Princess Fund ~~
Star Princess is a precious little girl who was found trying to survive alone on the streets with a seriously deformed leg. Just one week later an adorable 6 week old kitten was found crying in pain. With his paw trapped in a fence, he painfully set him self free, tearing off all the skin from his paw. Alone in fear and pain, maggots soon infected the skinless paw. He was named Survivor. Emergency care was put on hold as volunteers tried to come up with the money needed to save his life. Sadly, Survivor didn't make it. We care so much for these precious animals who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. It brings tears to our eyes when we lack the funds to help them. They look at you to ease their pain, give them a chance at life. Please won't you make a generous donation to our "Star Princess" medical fund to ease the pain and suffering of others who require emergency care.
Animal Population Out of Control
In every town there are hundreds to thousands of pets calling the streets their home. In one area alone we rescued 200 kitties. Many were kittens. The victims are Innocent: being tossed out by caregivers who've grown tired of them, or didn't want to provide medical care, or moved away. Many are the product of free-roaming unaltered pets breeding litter after litter. Doesn't matter where they came from or how they got there, the fact is they need our help.
Most people could care less about stray cats, feeling they aren't worthy of safety, security and love. Shame on you people, just one visit at our sanctuary seeing how happy and content our feral kitties are would change your mind. So many people think it's sad to see these kitties living on the streets, but so few people offer the financial resources we need to help these wonderful kitties. People also wrongly assume if a pet was abandoned it must be sick or have something wrong with it. 99% of the time there wasn't anything wrong with the pet, it was the owner that had issues, commitment and moral issues.
I don't know of one town that isn't 'littered' with groups of stray/abandoned/feral cats and kittens. Most people don't see them so they don't think there is a problem. Just because you don't see the problem doesn't mean it doesn't exists. Many people who are aware of the problem, they've seen litters of kittens growing up on their street, feel it's the town's responsibility.
Every town is facing cut-backs. Whether we agree with them or not, the fact is many necessary programs are suffering. Resources to help homeless animals are seriously lacking and in many towns there are no town run resources for cats and kittens, at all! This is no longer a town problem, this is everyone's problem. Until we start taking responsibility for these precious beings ourselves, nothing will change - cats and kittens will continue to die on the streets. Please don't rely on animal shelters to do it alone - the problem is just too overwhelming! But each and every person can make a drastic difference. Each person who volunteers or offers financial assistance can help towards curing the problem. Considering a group of 30 cats can lead to over 200 cats+ in just one season, it makes perfect sense to spay/neuter these cats and end the vicious cycle. Unlike the tragedy of Katrina that no one could have prevented, this is something we can all do something about. Imagine a time when gorgeous little fluff balls with blue eyes can be placed in loving homes instead of being eaten by coyotes, or hit by cars, or dying from disease. You, you reading this can make the difference. Your tax money goes to destroying animals, why not send a donation to help save them. Whether it's $1, $50, or $1,000 - every penny counts! Your time, your money can be what saves that precious little blue-eyed baby - it's a gift from the heart that will give you a warm feeling forever.
A Helping Paw is a no-kill, volunteer run organization dedicated to increasing the human/animal bond and decreasing the deaths of innocent homeless animals. According to the HSUS over 70% of cats & kittens in shelters are destroyed and 60% of dogs. A Helping Paw is a NO-KILL organization. Though we are unable to take in EVERY pet due to space and lack of funding, EVERY pet we take in gets a second chance at life. Our efforts directly benefit open admission shelters by lessening the amount of animals at these facilities. Through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and with financial support of animal lovers like you, we have saved hundreds and hundreds of animals from suffering a cruel death. Many of the pets we take in would normally be euthanized by other shelters due to medical costs and lack of space - if a pet has any problems, regardless of how mild, people won't adopt them. We don't think a pet should be killed just because it has a simple medical problem or is a bit nervous around strangers. Every pet we take in will remain with us either permanently or until we can find it a great new loving home. Please help us continue saving these wonderful animals either by adopting a 'special' pet, or sending a financial donation to help us care for one. Humans aren't perfect, why should we expect our pets to be. AHP is funded exclusively by people like you who want to stop the killing of innocent lives. We DO NOT get one penny from the government nor town contracts. Every penny we get is stretched so we can help as many animals as possible. Our "Angel Wings" program appeared in the ASPCA's 101 great shelter ideas, and we are proud members of the HSUS and the Very Best PetNetwork, We've also had mention in many local papers and national coverage in Cat Fancy Magazine.
We are honoured to accept this award on behalf of our dedicated volunteers and friends
who offer financial support. Please visit these wonderful sites, they are amazing!
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Beanie Babies For Pets
Our goal is to collect over 5000 Beanie Babies, help us reach our goal! For more info please call . All sales will go directly into our building fund.
We welcome most items for our thrift shop, but please keep in mind due to limited space we request that all items have a value of $5. or more. The more value an item has the more money we can raise for the pets.
Matresses, computers and monitors must be 2008 or newer, no black & white TV's, all electronics must look new and be working perfectly, no medical supplies such as walkers, crutches etc., no golf clubs, no baby items, no toys unless like new and complete.
Items should be dropped off during open hours. Please do NOT leave items outside. They will be stolen.
Wareham Wal-Mart $500.
Home Depot Wareham $25 gift card
Shaws Wareham - $50 gift card
Wal-mart Raynham - $500.
Sept- Dec - Over $12,500 for our building fund.
Sept. $300. from the Cape for our building fund.
Aug. $600. from a special friend for medical care
A special THANK YOU to Tessa & Jill. Mom donated all of her earnings from her yard sale to our pets. And little Tessa at only 2 1/2 years old, donated all of her change which totaled $50. Our pets are very lucky to have such special friends.
Thank you to ThriftShopper.com for helping promote our thrift shop.
Looking for a thrift store in your area? Visit them today!
Special thanks to our media friends:
Wareham Courier - has helped us place 100's of pets!
The Pet Gazette
The Pet Zone
Their efforts make it possible to save more lives
Mattapoisett Animal Hospital: www.mattapoisettanimalhospital.com/
Animal Health Clinic - Trowbridge Rd, Bourne -
Marion Animal Hospital Marion
Pet Partners - http://www.petpartnersne.org/
Dr Palmer, NH
We would like to thank Lynn and Jack Peterson for all their help. Please tune into their pet show every Friday on WBSM, 1420 AM. MY TURN Career Opportunities students of Bourne High School held a special fundraiser just for our pets. They raised $155.00! A+++ The funds will help our pets get the medical care they need. We would like to thank the following publications for running articles in hopes of helping us find a new home: The Bourne Enterprise, Cape Cod Times and the Standard Times.
May 2005 - A very special "paws-up" to the kind gentleman who donated a 10' x 20' outdoor dog run for our K-9 residents.
Dec 2005 - $1,000 to our feline friends from Ms. Rogak
Dec 2005 - $2,000 from a friend to help with feral kitties
A person who can see into an animal's life...sees beyond themselves. CT
A Helping Paw is a registered 501 (c) (3) all volunteer nonprofit organization. Your donation is fully tax deductible. We do NOT pay our Directors, so more of your donation goes directly to the pets. We make your hard earned funds work hard for the pets.
Keep those Paw Points Coming!
since May 10, 2005
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