The new year brings new hope for the animals of Help Save Pets! We have just come off of a BIG year, our third-largest number of adoptions yet, with 941 homeless pets finding their second chances in their forever homes in 2012. This is terrific news, for several reasons: HSP has managed once again to remain in the black (yay!), while still preparing almost a 1,000 animals for adoption - thanks to our devoted supporters! In addition, more adoptions means that many more animals helped, and more space to help that many more in 2013.
And it may be good news in the "bigger picture" as well from an economic standpoint -- 2012 was the first year in 3 years that we saw such a marked upswing in the number of placements - this means more homes were willing (and able!) to step up and commit financially to providing for a new member of the household. It seems that people are not on such shaky ground - at least not as much as the majority had been for the past couple of years. Not only is this great news from an adoption standpoint, but it also has taken some of the pressure, and some of the heartache, off of all of us on the "front lines", so to speak, with regard to relinquished animals. Without a doubt, there were fewer animals being given up by their owners because of foreclosure and job loss in comparison with the last couple of years. If more animals are able to stay in their loving homes, that means less influx at the pounds and high-kill shelters, and more ability for groups like HSP to step up and help the ones that are there after all.
Here's hoping that 2013 continues to bring more good news to the animals still in need of our help. I also wish for a continuation of economic recovery for all of our adoptive owners, and for all of our dedicated HSP supporters as well. We know that you will all do everything you can to provide the best of care to your own animals, as well as give what you can to help HSP with its goal: to help those that others can't and to save those that others won't!
Thanks for all that you do for our cause!
Meg Kremer, Executive Director
Sharing some of our messages from our Appeal Letter donors.
"We adopted the best dog in March 2010. Her name was Gretchen (now Daisy). We love her so much."
"We adopted our friend 3 years ago. She gives us much joy and happiness and our grandchildren love her."
"My wish is that every animal could find a loving home to go to."