DoveLewis saves lives everyday. That’s not news to you. The tight economy is affecting non-profits. That isn’t news either. But here is something that may be news to you as a supporter of DoveLewis: our life-saving donor-funded community programs are feeling the pinch.
The Stray Animal & Wildlife program never turns away an injured stray, but the guidelines for treatment depends on prudent use of funds. The Charlie Fund for Abused Animals provides abused and neglected animals with the care they need. This fund is used in emergencies, often for animals who are near death.
The following quote is from a family who’s pet is alive and healthy today due to Stray Animal benefits:
“I had a pretty rough day on the day I went to DoveLewis. My dog was hurt and taken to DoveLewis for life-saving care. Treatment for my dog was given by DoveLewis who then located me. Thank you for taking care of my baby and making her better.”
Please help us recharge our Stray Animal & Wildlife program so that we can help our community meet the needs of all of the animals that need our care. No other emergency animal hospital in this community is a nonprofit that relies on its donors like DoveLewis. Our philanthropically-supported services make us different and vital to Portland’s animal-loving community.
As a DoveLewis supporter and animal lover, we are counting on you.
Your donations make our Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund work.
Nimue, a cattle dog, escaped from her backyward. She had been outside for less than an hour when her owners got the phone call from DoveLewis. Nimue had been found hurt running down the freeway. When her owners rushed to DoveLewis, they found her already receiving excellent emergency care thanks to our Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.
Because of your support we were able to help over 10,200 furry family members in our community. We hope that you will support us in the future so that we can continue to do what we do best: provide exceptional emergency care to the furry family members in our community.
Thank you for your loyal support of the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund. Without donors like you, every year more than one thousand injured stray and wild animals would have nowhere to turn for emergency stabilizing care.
DoveLewis has been treating injured stray and wild animals for more than two decades. We are proud to be the only veterinary hospital that never turns an injured stray or wild animal away. We need your help to continue our mission.
We contract with county animal shelters in Oregon and Washington as well as with the Audubon Society to treat any injured stray or wild animal. No one else but DoveLewis does this. Over the past year, from Multnomah County alone, DoveLewis has seen a 15% increase in the number of our stray and wildlife patients. The Stray Animal & Wildlife Program relies on donations to help injured, wayward animals. DoveLewis spends more than $200,000 a year on medical care for them. Donations don’t fully cover those costs. More animals need the program now, and that means we need more help. We don’t want a lack of money to force us to limit treatment for the injured wildlife and stray animals who come through our doors.
Please help us help them. Your $«CnLrgGf_1_Amount» donation will give us the ability to keep this program working for every injured stray, every injured wild animal who comes to us for help.
On behalf of our medical staff and the animals, we thank you.
Hundreds of injured strays, lost pets and hurt wild animals come to DoveLewis from county shelters, Good Samaritan citizens, police officers, and firefighters each year. We also regularly care for injured wildlife when the Audubon Society is closed in the evening. (Audubon Society is open 7 days a week from 9:00AM to 5:00PM)We try to find every injured stray’s owner by taking a snapshot of the animal, and posting it on our Lost & Found Pet Database. This database is the most comprehensive place to look for a lost pet in the Portland area.It is not uncommon for the cost of emergency treatment for lost, stray, and wild animals to rise above $200,000 every year. DoveLewis works with all county shelters, and complies with their protocols regarding stray animals. We receive minimal reimbursement for emergency stray care from the surrounding counties animal control agencies. That reimbursement comes only for animals which county agents bring in themselves. Good Samaritans are asked to make a donation for the care of the animal they have rescued, but the expense is often much greater than the contribution. DoveLewis also treats injured wildlife, a cost that is unfortunately not reimbursed by anyone. Care for wildlife and the remainder of the expenses for stray and lost animal care is covered through the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.
As 2011 is well underway, we have some amazing DoveLewis patient numbers to share with you. In 2010, we saw a total of 17,094 animals at DoveLewis which included 10,685 dogs, 5,619 cats and 790 other animals such as rabbits, squirrels, pet rats, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, mice, gerbils and chinchillas, and pet chickens. Last year, we also had an injured beaver and an injured blue heron who spent a night at DoveLewis. We are also very proud that our work has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of Oregon’s most admired non-profits five years in a row (2006-2010)! Please review our annual report (enclosed) for more detail about our hospital and community programs.
Again, thanks so much for your wonderful ongoing support that makes such a difference to the animals being seen and treated here. We hope you have a wonderful 2011. If you have not had the opportunity to take a tour, we would love to take you behind the scenes and host a tour for you at your convenience.
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