Moms & Pups In Poverty
MILLIONS OF PETS SUFFER IN POVERTY
“More than 23 million U.S. pets live in poverty, with their families. 80 percent of these pets have never seen a veterinarian, and 91 percent are not spayed or neutered.”
*(The Future of Companion Animal Welfare -https://www.animalsheltering.org/page/pets-life-data-report)
HIGH RISK DOGS
These animals are at high risk of entering overcrowded shelters to be euthanized, and that is why the MuttShack Animal Rescue Foundation works in low income areas to rescue moms and puppies, to end the cycle of breeding and poverty.
CALIFORNIA FARMERS AND LOCALS NEED HELP
Californians love their pets, and their lack of financial resources does not mean they lack love and compassion for their pets. Their lives are enhanced by the companionship of their pets regardless of their income, social status or geography. All around California, in underserved farm communities like Bakersfield, as well as urban communities like South Los Angeles and Baldwin Park, companion animals in poverty need our help.
STOP SHELTER SURRENDERS
Pregnant moms and moms with newborns are frequently surrendered to shelters because their owners are financially strapped and unable to take care of their pre- and post-natal medical requirements. The MuttShack Animal Rescue Foundation, visits these neighborhoods and helps families in poverty and the sector of animals who will have the greatest impact on our shelter populations – moms and litters. We provide for the medical needs of moms and litters of puppies. We spay moms to help them stay with their families, and puppies receive post-natal medical care before being adopted.
OUR MOMS AND PUPS IN POVERTY PROGRAM HELPS PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS
The MuttShack “Pups in Poverty Program” embraces the human component of the human-animal equation by approaching people in a respectful way and recognizing that people’s love for their pets transcends socioeconomic circumstances and cultural differences. We visit neighborhoods, and rescue unplanned and unwanted litters of puppies, providing post-natal care and sterilization for moms and puppies, to stop the cycle of breeding. Spayed mothers no longer produce litters, and newborns no longer become breeding dogs who contribute to the pet overpopulation.
STOPPING BREEDING WHERE IT STARTS
The community impact of taking on puppies is staggering, over 750 puppies rescued and adopted by us in 2017 are are puppies who are NOT breeding this year or ever! But taking on new litter critical care is not for the faint of heart; we at MuttShack are dedicated to our mission. We provide puppies around the clock monitoring, PARVO testing, vaccinations, immune support, disinfestation of fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites, as well as grooming and comprehensive nutritional support. These services are hard to come by, if not impossible, for financially struggling families and overwhelming for shelters with limited staff.
Building our strong community relationships
We are meeting people where they live instead of waiting for them to come to us—building relationships and providing people and pets with life-changing resources. We offer free services such as spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, food & pet supplies, and general wellness care in our outreach communities. We strive for partnerships with animal shelters, local animal rescuers, animal welfare organizations and other important community leaders and service providers, including faith-based entities, social service programs, health care agencies and local businesses.
IT IS ALL ABOUT TRUST
Building trustful relationships with people and establishing an ongoing presence in the community is critical to making a real impact. Experience has shown us that when we extend our compassion to human beings as well as animals, we can create long-term and meaningful social change.
SHELTERING AND ANIMAL CONTROL CANNOT STOP THE PET OVERPOPULATION
As most rescue groups have experienced, the PFL study of 67,000 people and 127,000 pets found, “animal control and sheltering alone will not solve the problems of pet overpopulation.” There is a continual influx of dogs into the shelters coming from underserved communities. For that to stop, it is imperative to keep pets healthy and safe, in order to keep adult dogs in the homes they already have, while reducing the numbers of new puppy populations. To do this you need a true, long-term connection with the community. This connection is built on trust and on a refusal to pass judgment. We run interference to stop families from giving away or selling puppies. Many of these litters are frequently under-developed and as young as three to four weeks old. These puppies cannot survive without medical care, socialization, and training, and frequently become sickly or “problem dogs”, pre-destined for the shelters or worse, continue their cycles of breeding which feeds endlessly into the shelter population.’
PRE-EMPTING SHELTER DUMPING
Pre-empting new pet populations is key to emptying out Shelters
The PFL data report confirms that for animal welfare to work we must go beyond “Animal Control” and “Animal Sheltering”; we have to step up to include in-depth, long-term community connections in order to keep pets healthy and in the homes they already have whenever appropriate.
Over the last six years The MuttShack Animal Rescue has built just such in-depth, long-term community connections to families in several low income and underserved areas of California, including Bakersfield, Baldwin Park and South L.A.
Community trust gives us unfettered access to families’ homes and hearts and allows us to systematically end the cycle of breeding of pets, one family at a time. We spay mama dogs and their litters, provide medical care and find loving, forever homes for litters and offspring ~ ending the cycle of breeding and eliminating the possibility that any of those pups will end up in shelters.
Help our farmers and underserved communities
Sponsor our Puppies in Poverty program, which helps us reach underserved communities, and provide care to 500+ animals in the year 2018.
Together we can keep loved pets healthy and united with their families by working from within. Help us develop, implement and sustain community outreach and pet owner support programs and serve our underserved communities to achieve transformational change.
YOU CAN JOIN THE “MOMS & PUPS IN POVERTY PROGRAM”
Your donation will be used to help people and their pets live happier, healthier lives together, reducing companion animal suffering and overpopulation in animal shelters.
Please — Call me! 747-800-1360
Amanda St. John, Founder, The MuttShack Animal Rescue Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
The MuttShack is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit which is volunteer staffed and supported through donor contributions.
NO KILL NATION
We are committed to the No-Kill Paradigm and supports No-Kill efforts all across the US and abroad. Our main focus is on rescuing animals at risk of euthanasia in municipal and county shelters throughout the Southern California area. Want to learn more about how to make this happen? – Read “REDEMPTION by Nathan Winograd
WAYS YOU CAN HELP Make a direct donation via PayPal
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The MuttShack is volunteer driven!
We would like to thank you for supporting The MuttShack. Your support gives food to hungry pets, helps us control unwanted pregnancies and we give our heartfelt thanks from our rescue area communities.
To set up a planned gift or make a bequest please contact me by e-mail or phone. Thank you for being a part of our rescue efforts!
Amanda St. John
Tel: 866-718-1001 Ext. 108
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How your support helps …
The MuttShack is always in need of the support from our individual donors. As an animal rescue organization, we rely on donation support to help fund veternarian costs, shelter adoption fees, animal supplies and materials, and food and care for animals.
Every little bit helps! Even just for a bowl of food – a puppy will be greatful for.
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