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.
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 member and Founder Felicia. 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!