- a dog with a terrible case of the growing pains
- a cat who was bit by a spider
- a dog who had been hit by a car and needed its hip put back into place
- a dog with cancer, and we helped the owners help him cross the rainbow bridge
- a dog who had been attacked by another dog, and we helped the owners help her cross the rainbow bridge
- As of September 30: a dog who may have digestive issues and needs lab work done
September was another semi quiet month for the Foundation. We had five families apply and receive assistance — for a total of $702.93 given in aid. Below is a brief description of the cases we helped:
All of you!
When we sat down to select one volunteer to highlight for September, we couldn't decide on one person. So, we are completely and utterly thankful for you all.
Volunteers are so critical to our mission at Fur Kids Foundation. You help us with every aspect of the Foundation and every cog is so important to the wheel that keeps us rolling. Some of our most energetic and enthusiastic volunteers are the busiest people we know, who selflessly give their time to help others. Whether you're helping us with our cases (which can put your emotions through the ringer), picking up trash at CAM-PLEX, setting up/tearing down and even creating and organizing events, picking up sloppy and wet dog poo in a pool or in the rain, reaching out to people to support us, donning a costume and playing with kids/animals for a few hours or flying in from Alaska to take photos at events, every hour you spend with FKF supports our mission to help keep families with pets healthy and happy in Campbell County, Wyoming.
We are so grateful that you choose to share your time, talents, and enthusiastic energy with us and can’t thank you enough! Your amazing, caring, animal loving hearts keep us going, and that is very humbling. Thank you.
While most families can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of their fur kids, there are times when a pet gets sick unexpectedly or when a family has fallen on hard times. This is when they can turn to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of families with animals in Campbell County, Wyoming. Since 2012, we’ve helped more than 215 families, and we’ve granted more than $32,000 in aid. None of this is possible without your support.
We are reaching out to you today to ask you to help us create better fundraising events for you and your family/friends to enjoy with (or without) your fur kids. The Fur Kids Foundation volunteer board works very hard to make sure the majority of the money we raise is used to help families with animals in need. We are very happy to report that in 2014, more than 78 percent of the funds we raised went to keeping local animals and their families healthy and happy.
Please consider taking a few minutes to answer this survey and providing some suggestions. The survey will close on Monday, October 5 at 5 pm.
Thanks again for your support.
Pet-A-Palooza, Fur Kids Foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, was PAWSOME—with nearly $6,000 raised to help families with pets who need access to emergency veterinary care! There were more than 300 attendees with their dogs at the event! We saw an increase in contestants at our attractions with 17 pets registered for Pawject Runway and 15 contestants for the Small Dog Showdown. And, our new Table of Treats and Trinkets sold out half-way through the event!
Please be sure to check out, tag yourself and share the photos of the event posted on Facebook. And, if you took photos at the FKF Photo Booth, check out this album on Facebook. Discs are available at Photo Imaging Center Gillette, located at 900 Camel Plaza, Suite C. You can print the pictures of your choice!
This event is very important to Fur Kids Foundation, as it’s the largest fundraiser that we hold. The volunteer board wants you to know that more than 80 percent of the funds raised at our events and fundraisers go toward helping families with pets with emergency veterinary care. Since 2012, we’ve helped more than 215 families, and we’ve granted more than $32,000 in aid. None of this is possible without your support.
We are truly grateful to the following businesses and individuals for their help and generosity at Pet-A-Palooza this year.
August was a quiet month, and a much needed break for our case managers. We had six families apply for assistance, and were able to help four of those families keep their pets healthy — for a total of $529.56 given in aid. Below is a brief description of the cases we helped:
The Fur Kids Foundation board of directors wants to give a huge shout out to Megan Taylor as the August Volunteer of the Month!
Megan has been a wealth of ideas since joining Fur Kids Foundation. She is spearheading an upcoming fundraiser the Foundation hopes to hold over the holidays where participants can make dog and/or cat toys. She's in discussions with a local business right now, and we hope to release more details about the event shortly. She also has some interest in forming a Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) in Campbell County, and has been helping the board collect information on how we can potentially partner with other entities in our community to make this happen. Megan has helped the Foundation sit at booths at local pet stores, even after spending her entire morning working at the Saturday farmers' market. Thank you Megan for giving us so much of your spare time. We can't wait to hear more ideas from you!
Have you seen a volunteer go above and beyond? Let Mary or Felicia know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Pooch Plunge made some HUGE waves on August 29! We saw more than 200 dogs, and likely more than 400 people, come through the City Pool. We also made more than $1,300! If you attended, please share your images or videos with on our Facebook page, and be sure to tag yourself in the pictures our wonderful photographer and board member Mary took.
Shout out to nearly 20 volunteers who helped us at registration, guarding the dogs and people, and the silent auction table. You guys are our rock: Brandon, Rachel, Mary, Tara, Cody, Rebecca, Felicia, Peggy, Leah, Phyllis, LeAna, Lanie, Randy, Heidi, Robynn, Jessica, Manda, and Diane.
Thanks to Kay Friedlan and her life guards for helping us put on this event, as well as helping us supervise all of these people and their dogs.
And, special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who have given money so we can hold events like this:
Animal Medical Center of Wyoming
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Cloud Peak Energy
First National Bank of Gillette
Gillette Optometric Clinic
Jamie Pedersen, ERA Priority Real Estate
Masters of Ceremony
Powder River Office Supply
S&S Builders, LLC
Sit Means Sit of Central Wyoming Dog Training
Susan McKay CPA LLC-Susan McKay & Crystal Ninas
Check out a video taken by Gillette Healthy Living at the Pooch Plunge to learn a little bit more about the event, and the Foundation!
Since 2012, Fur Kids Foundation has helped more than 200 families, and granted more than $31,000 in aid. Thank you for helping us keep pets healthy in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you'd like to help us continue to help families with emergency veterinary costs, please consider donating.
Have you heard the news? Campbell County will soon have its first dog park, courtesy of the Gillette Dog Owners Group (GDOG). GDOG has been working since 2012 to build this park, and it will pay off on Saturday, August 29 at 2:30 pm with the grand opening of The O-So Fun Dog Park on the at the intersection of Warlow & Hannum, near Bicentennial Park.
Many dog owners are likely howling for this new dog attraction, and the Fur Kids Foundation board is pleased to see a new amenity added for dog owners that enhances our community’s quality of life. We hope that GDOG and dog owners in our community make this dog park a great attraction that can be safely enjoyed.
Ask any dog owner you know, and they'll tell you that their dog loves to play. Dogs are social critters, and it’s natural for the majority of them to want to socialize and play, sometimes with other dogs and people. A dog park or dog run is a place where some dogs can get additional exercise, sniff the plants, romp with other dogs, or just rest in a comfortable and controlled setting. According to the ASPCA, dog parks can be a benefit for both dogs and their owners; however, they are not for everyone or all dogs. In this blog, the Foundation offers five tips for pet owners on how to safely enjoy the O-So Fun Dog Park, as well as some links to dog park etiquette we encourage you to read.
Remember to Scoop the Poop.
You’re responsible for cleaning up after your pet at the park, according to City of Gillette Ordinance 4-12.B. Please remember to bring your own plastic baggie to clean up after your pooch. You can purchase rolls of them at most pet supply stores, or you can even bring the plastic bags you receive from the grocery store to use. The Foundation has previously written about the importance of picking up the poo, but if you need a refresher, here are the blogs:
· Do you scoop your pet’s poo?
· Responsible dog owners Scoop the Poop
Don't bring unvaccinated puppies (or dogs), unneutered males, or females in heat to the park.
While it may be tempting to bring your little ball of energy to the O-So Fun Dog Park, Fur Kids Foundation suggests waiting until your puppy is at least four months old and has had all the necessary vaccinations, including Rabies (which is required in the County), Parvo, Kennel Cough (bordatella) and even heartworm prevention treats, among others.
Unneutered males have higher testosterone, meaning more aggressive behavior, and unspayed females in heat can make you a fast grandparent, as well as cause some aggression from other dogs trying to interact with the dog. Read more reasons why we feel you should spay and neuter your pet in this blog post.
Owners don't want their dogs catching anything just as you don't want your dog catching anything. Wait until your dog is healthy and vaccinated to bring him/her to the park. If you have any questions on whether your dog is healthy enough to be at a dog park, please contact your veterinarian.
Don't let playtime turn into fight club.
Barking and growling are considered normal social interactions, but it's your responsibility to decide when the rough-housing is turning into a dog brawl. If that happens, remove your dog.
And, if you know your beagle Rover doesn't interact well with dogs, don't go to the dog park expecting him to be different. The dog park is not the appropriate place to work on fixing your dog’s behavior problems. You may need to set up play dates with one dog, and then gradually add dogs to the mix before you plan on a visit to the O-So Fun Dog Park.
Don't unleash your dog and lose track of him/her.
Sure, it seems obvious, but sometimes dog owners can get distracted while talking to other dog owners about that silly thing Fido does with water, and what not. Make sure you know where your dog is at all times to avoid problems like fights. As with a child, you never know what your dog might get into.
Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to pocket the phone, keep one eye on your dog while chatting it up with other visitors, and although the O-So Fun Dog Park is an off-leash park, keep a leash handy.
Consider bringing water to the park with you.
We have not heard if water will be available at the O-So Fun Dog Park. Please make sure you bring Fido some water, and perhaps even a bowl to drink out of when you're there to help avoid heat stroke.
Please Note: GDOG and Fur Kids Foundation are separate non-profits in Campbell County, Wyoming, with different goals for dog owners in the community. GDOG is solely responsible for the rules and happenings at the O-So Fun Dog Park. Should you have any questions about the O-So Fun Dog Park, please contact GDOG at (702) 373-1682 or email@example.com. Learn more at www.gillettedogpark.com.
Looking for more dog park tips?
Here are a few other articles to check out regarding dog parks. Do you have any dog park tips you’d like to share with us?
· ASPCA: Dog Parks
· The Association of Professional Dog Trainers: Dog Park Etiquette
· Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, The Art & Science of Animal Behavior - Dog Park Etiquette: Rules to Help Dogs Get Along
· The Whole Dog Journal: Dog Park Etiquette
Fur Kids Foundation board members believe that one very important way to keep pets healthy is to spay and neuter them. Today, we wanted to discuss why in four very simple points.
1. Spaying helps your female pet live a longer and healthier life. We’ve had multiple veterinarians, from all of the clinics in Gillette, tell us that spaying helps prevent uterine infections like pyometra and breast cancer. According to the ASPCA, breast cancer is fatal in nearly 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Neutering your male pet helps to prevent aggression, roaming, urine marking, and a variety of other unwanted male behaviors. It also helps to prevent testicular cancer in male dogs.
3. It’s affordable. Look at it this way: can you afford the cost of your pet having a littler? Listen to us: The cost of your pet's spay or neuter procedure is much, much less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
4. It’s good for the community and helps to fight pet overpopulation. According to the ASPCA, stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets, and in shelters or rescues. The 2012 City of Gillette Animal Control Report, states that more than 1,000 animals were euthanized in the local animal shelter, down from nearly 1,300 in 2011. The ASPCA reports that every year, millions of pets are euthanized or suffer as strays. Many times, the animals in shelters are the offspring of family pets. Much of this could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Dogs and cats can be fixed at any time during their life span. Your veterinarian can address any concerns there might be about performing the procedure.
Spay or neuter your pet for a healthy and happy life. It’s really that simple. If that doesn't sway you, we also encourage it because of stories like these from Black Dog Animal Rescue:
In mid-July, the Foundation updated it's Application for Assistance to help us better assist people who need help with veterinary emergencies. We now require proof of identification as well as proof of income with each application. We are very hopeful that this will also help us apply for more grants.
July kept our case managers busy, much like June. We had 19 families apply for assistance, and we were able to help 13 of those families keep their pets healthy -- for a total of $2,326.31 given in aid. Below is a brief description of the cases we helped, and be sure to check out our Success Stories:
We have come a long way since we organized in 2011, and we know it’s because of the wonderful support that we receive from our volunteers and donors. Thank you for all that you do for Fur Kids Foundation and the families with pets in our community.
If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board members Felicia and Rebecca. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!