Paw Protectors are a very important group of Almost Home supporters. This group of donors ensures that AHHS has a steady stream of donations throughout the year. Funds received through this program provide for the daily needs of the homeless pets in our care. Beyond simply food, water, and shelter, AHHS provides vaccinations, medical treatment, and much more to these animals that need us so greatly.
As a “Paw Protector” you will pledge to make a monthly donation to Almost Home each month in 2012. This monthly donation can be arranged automatically with your bank or Almost Home staff can help you arrange payments. While we have held information sessions regarding Almost Home’s services and programs, it is not necessary to attend an information session to take part in this important program. Simply arrange for an automatic monthly donation to benefit AHHS and know that your donation will be helping provide sanctuary for the homeless pets of your community.
What does your funding as a Paw Protector benefit?
Every homeless pet adopted from AHHS is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and sometimes treated for various injuries and illness. We treat many of the animals in our care for upper respiratory infections, kennel cough, and various other problems throughout the year. Our supporters ensure that we have the funds necessary to purchase medication, vaccinations, and provide treatment for injury.
In addition to basic medical care, we also do many surgeries on-site in our surgery suite. Thanks to the generosity of a supporter we are able to perform many different types of surgeries in our own building which saves money and lessens stress on our homeless pets. AHHS partners with a local veterinarian, as well as, Purdue University to make the most of our surgery facility.
The average length of stay for dogs in our facility is 26 days. A cat on average is with AHHS for 63 days before finding a forever home, and sometimes much longer. Simply caring for these pets on a daily basis is a large undertaking and requires a large amount of supplies like cleaning solution, cat litter, and laundry detergent.
Each year AHHS provides programs to hundreds of local children and adults about the importance of spaying and neutering, pet overpopulation, and the services provided by humane organizations.
Reuniting Pets With Owners
More than 300 lost pets were reunited with owners last year. Not only does Almost Home reunite those pets that are lost, it microchips each one to help ensure the pet is returned home if it is lost again. AHHS also offers microchipping to the public.
Programs for Low-Income Pet Owners
New in 2012 Almost Home began its Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to assist low-income pet owners. AHHS also holds an annual vaccine clinic, which provides vaccinations and microchips at a reduced cost for local pet owners. In addition, Almost Home provides pet food free of charge for individuals receiving public assistance. Pet owners are able to come in every other month and receive a pet food donation if they are unable to provide for their pets. The goal of these programs is to help pets stay with their owners and also reduce the local overpopulation problem.