December Shelter Scoop

Dear Friends,

As we bring in the new year, our 50th, I would first like to thank each of you that made our end of year fundraising campaign successful. Thanks to the generous support of donors we surpassed our goal of raising $75,000 and will enter 2023 with the financial support needed to build upon our success.  

There was a lot to celebrate in 2022 but our greatest impact was made by saving the lives of over 3,200 animals. We ended the year with a live release rate of 94% last year. This was no easy task since we had 3,200 animals come into our care, an unprecedented increase of 600 animals over the year before. We are fortunate to have a supportive community full of volunteers, fosters, adopters and donors like you that share our vision for creating a community that values animal welfare.  

Last year was our most impactful year to date. We found adoptive homes for 1,829 animals.  Over 1,000 animals benefited from temporary placement in foster homes. Our dedicated volunteers donated 11,000 hours of their time and we helped reduce the feline overpopulation by getting 500 outdoor cats spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  

This will be my fifth year with the RHSPCA and I am still in awe of the generosity and support of our donors and the dedication of our staff and volunteers. I am excited for us to further expand our programs and services this year as we continue to fulfill our mission of decreasing pet homelessness through advocacy and adoption. Together, we will make sure that our 50th year is our most successful year as we continue to proactively address the causes of pet homelessness in our community.

With gratitude,

Huck Nawaz

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November Shelter Scoop

Dear Friends,

November was Adopt a Senior pet month and nine deserving senior pets found loving homes.  All too often senior pets are overlooked by adopters.  So each of these pets’ adoption fees were reduced to only $25, and it worked!  It’s especially rewarding to see the older animals find loving homes to be with a family this holiday season.  In addition to the senior pets, 196 other animals were also placed in adoptive homes..

Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, kicked off our annual fundraising campaign this year on November 29th.  This year’s effort was focused on raising awareness and funds for senior pets and we exceeded our goal of $10,000 for Giving Tuesday.  These funds will go towards providing for the special medical and behavioral needs of the senior pets that come into our care.  The funds also offset the reduced adoption fees that incentivize the adoption of pets in need.

Twenty five dollars does not come close to covering our costs to get an animal ready for adoption.  Each animal is vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, blood tested, and spayed or neutered (if intact) before being placed for adoption.  They are provided with nutritious food, treats, toys as well medical treatment for what ails them.  As pet owners can relate, the cost of veterinary care has skyrocketed over the last two years.  Our experience has been the same as we continue to provide the same excellent care for all our ‘temporary pets’ here at the RHSPCA.

Our fundraising efforts will continue through the end of the year as we try to reach our goal of $75,000. You’ll be hearing from us a little more often during the Holiday season as we share with you our accomplishments over this past year and goals for next year.  It is through your support that we continue to expand our impact and further our mission. To create a community free of pet homeless and animal suffering through adoption and advocacy.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the RHSPCA family and the pets in our care. 

With gratitude,

Huck Nawaz

Executive Director