Jun 11, 2019

Second Quarter 2019 Report - Sugar's Gift, Inc.

Myles, such a loved boy for 14 years
Myles, such a loved boy for 14 years

Greetings to our wonderful Supporters!  We are off to an exciting start for 2019 and we have so much news to share with you!  I still have a hard time saying we are “happy” to share what we do because it is such a sad topic….but no matter the emotions involved, we are very privileged to help you and your Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge at home.  Now, let’s get to it….

As a lot of you know, 2019 is a year for getting recurring donations. We are not campaigning for much beyond that.  For those of you who don’t know, if you give us a monthly donation for 4 consecutive months, GlobalGiving will match that 100% up to $200/month.  But it must be a recurring, or monthly match that you choose, not a one-time donation. Many of you have done that for us: Lisa, Lynn Jim, Myrna, Monica, Cindy, Julissa, Tom and Faye, Gayle, Paulette, Deb, Patricia and about 8 anonymous donors have all begun to help us with the matching donations.  It really means that we can help twice the Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We love you!

And California, here we come!  We are working with a veterinary practice, Pawsh Place Veterinary Center and Boutique in Vacaville, CA, thanks to Kelly E who is the wonderful person who called and asked us to expand to her area. Kelly will be our Director of West Coast Operations and she will be a busy gal soon.  We plan to go to CA to meet all of the people and parties we will work with in September, and we will be having a terrific fundraising event, too.  Stay tuned for more about that in the next couple of months.

Our first home euthanasia in CA occurred last night to help Molly C cross the Rainbow Bridge from home.   Molly will alwasy hold a special place in our hearts.  She was our Bridge to CA.:)

We will also be traveling to see Patty D in the Santa Barbara area and connecting with some referrals in Los Angeles during that CA trip.  We are very excited and are thankful for Eva W and her connections and Deb S for hers in that area.

Now for the latest report for the Little Angels whom we have helped this year since our last report to you.  98% of your donations are used for our mission.  We keep overhead extremely low and get as much donated to us as we can to keep that 98% figure intact.   

As we always do, we like to state our mission here and the reasons you wonderful donors have donated your hard-earned money to us.:

The mission of Sugar’s Gift™ Inc. is to provide hospice, euthanasia and end-of-life veterinary services for terminally ill pets in their own homes.  This allows them a relaxed, peaceful setting, where they have lived and been loved, to cross over the Rainbow Bridge with dignity.  Our services overcome conditions that could be due to the pet’s inability to be moved or treated at a facility, or due to the owner’s inability to leave the home.   We also help those Little Angels whose pet owners can afford veterinary care but prefer to donate to an organization who can help their babies cross the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace. 

Our 10-year old Yorkie, Sugar, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. We made sure she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.  Sugar’s Gift to your Little Angel is to allow them the same privilege:  Sugar is helping them cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home, with the help from others who have donated funds to make that happen.  Every Little Angel should be able to spend their last moments in the place they are most comfortable – at home. 

We also provide education to pet owners in a workshop setting to help them understand the benefits of Pet Trusts in their Estate Planning Documents.  It is our intention to give them the information they need to recognize how impactful their written last wishes can be to the future of their beloved pet - either positively or negatively.

Sugar’s Gift™ is the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in the country whose mission is to help terminally ill pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.

Dr. Wendy E is our primary vet for Sugar’s Gift.  The reason for that is partially because she is reachable when we need her and partially because she covers the entire Sarasota/Manatee areas…and mostly because she is just the best veterinarian I have met – and that is saying a lot with all my veterinary background.  She is smart, compassionate and really cares about all of the animals she treats.  We love Dr. Wendy E and her 2 assistants, Brooke and Kandy!

Carrying on from our last report through part of March through today, we have helped the following Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home – most of them are listed here. Some pet parents asked if we wait a little bit because they are really taking this hard and they want their Angels included in the next report.

  • Snowbelle– Snowbelle stayed with her mom as long as she could.  She thought she was ready last year around the holidays, but she decided it wasn’t time yet.  Mom finally had to let her go at the end of March.
  • Sophie– what a sweet, big girl she was. Sadly, her time came very quickly and unexpectedly and everyone misses her, especially Kitty.
  • Zoey was still such a young baby, but cancer just wouldn’t leave her alone.  She was only 3-1/2, but she was loved so much by her family.
  • One-I– another really young baby, she was born with a lot of problems.  That didn’t keep mom and dad from trying to keep her healthy.  But, finally, it was just too much for this little kitty and she crossed the Bridge.
  • Simon– Simon’s mom is still so overcome with his passing.  He was 18 and still seemed like he wanted to try to stay with her…but eventually, his mom did was right for him when he was ready…cross the Bridge peacefully at home.
  • Myles – Oh, sweet Myles, your mom and dad miss you so awfully much.  Myles just didn’t want to leave.  He tried and tried to stay longer with them, but again, all of the health problems at 14 just overtook him and we helped him pass peacefully.
  • Marshmellowwas just that – fluffy and sweet.  Her family is very distraught and their house is empty.  Mom is going to help Sugar’s Gift by giving back and helping more Little Angels.
  • Gracie was such a sweet girl until she just couldn’t make it any longer.  Her family really misses her and she was so loved.  I recently spent some time with them when we delivered her ashes, and the stories they told….
  • Layni, the Yorkie, is now at peace at the Bridge after 16 years.  Her mom is really sad at her passing – she was so loved and spoiled.
  • Nalu’sMom really tried hard to keep her healthy for the last month or so.  Nalu was really doing well and then suddenly she had a turn for the worst and she wasn’t with us any longer.  Sweet Nalu, the kitty, was so strong willed that she stayed with mom as long as she could.
  • Boo BooGuernsey has a beautiful story. Her mom had cancer and she rescued Boo Boo during that time….Boo Boo was the one who kept her going.  Now, little Boo Boo had cancer and mom did everything possible to keep her with them, but she was 13 and she was just tired.  Mom and dad really miss her.
  • Rusty’smom had her for 17 years and he is now to the point where he needs to cross the Bridge.  Rest now, sweet Rusty.

For those we have helped cross the Rainbow Bridge, please remember to write a little story of your baby’s life – how you got him/her, his or her life when they were healthy and strong, and then how he or she was near the end of his or her life, and how Sugar’s Gift helped you and your Little Angel.  This is a hard exercise for you to do; however, from everyone who has written their story, they have told me it is the best therapy you can have after your baby is gone.  Memories are what you carry in your heart now, and he or she will stay there in your heart until you meet again at the Bridge….

We’ve been busy using your generous donations. As you know, our goal is to help one pet per day cross over the Rainbow Bridge with comfort, dignity and peace. It costs us approximately $1,000 to help one pet. We expect that once our presence is known, we will need to fund one pet per day in each area of service. By the end of 2020, we hope to be not only in the Sarasota/Bradenton region, but also in all of FL and the Bay Area of CA,  and part of Southern CA.  Then, by the end of year 2022, we want to be nationwide.  A lofty goal, yes.  But, we’ll make it with your help!

And, don’t forget to contact us about Pet Trusts! We can help in several ways.  Your Angels need to be included in your estate planning.  A great solution is to establish a Pet Trust that spells out what you want to happen with your furry or feathered loved one after you pass away. You can then determine who will care for your pet, stipulate the type and frequency of veterinary care your pet will receive, and set standards and provide funds for their daily care and expenses. A Pet Trust might be the perfect way to ensure your love for your pet lasts for its lifetime, not just yours.

Please don't assume your loved ones or others you "verbally" have an agreement with will take your babies and care for them as you wish. Unfortunately, when someone passes away, there is over a 50% chance your Little Angels will be surrendered to a shelter. And, the horrible statistics of shelter life for pets is this: 50% of the animals surrendered to shelters EVERY YEAR are euthanized. DON'T let your babies be included in those statistics!!

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Thank you, again, for your support for Sugar's Gift - but, more importantly, thank you for helping all the angels who really need your funding to help them cross the Rainbow Bridge with comfort, dignity and peace.  Again, please feel free to share our information with your family and friends, or anyone who loves their babies as much as we do.

Sweet Sophie with her best friend, Kitty
Sweet Sophie with her best friend, Kitty
Java, the most loved poodle in the world!
Java, the most loved poodle in the world!
Lennie, so beautiful, I had to share again
Lennie, so beautiful, I had to share again
Bieber in a birthday hat, the second one we helped
Bieber in a birthday hat, the second one we helped
Starboard, the first baby we helped
Starboard, the first baby we helped

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Mar 19, 2019

First Quarter 2019 Report - Sugar's Gift, Inc.

Beautiful Lennie in healthier days....
Beautiful Lennie in healthier days....

Hello to our amazing donors! We hope your 2019 is excellent so far. We, at Sugar’s Gift™, have a lot to report to you for this quarter. I always have mixed feelings about saying we are becoming very busy helping all those Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home. I am so glad we can help them and their owners, but it is also so sad to think of the number of Little Angels who are crossing the Rainbow Bridge. I suppose that is the nature of our organization, though.

First, we thank all of you for your generous donations for 2019 so far!  Many of you are helping us with the 100% matching funds we will receive for monthly (recurring) donations for 2019 and we appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.  Abby, Lisa, Lynn Jim, Myrna, Monica, Cindy and about 6 anonymous donors have all begun to help us with the matching donations.  As long as you give 4 donations in a row through monthly donations, those will qualify for a 100% match up to $200 per month.  It really means that we can help twice the Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

As of today, we are now in Vacaville, CA and are expanding into the Bay Area in CA, as well!  Stay tuned for more information and details on events we are planning in Florida and California this year!  Welcome Kelly E to our organization in our West Coast Office.  We are also looking at expanding into Austin, TX soon.

Now for the latest report for the Little Angels whom we have helped this year so far so you can see how your donations are being used. Remember 98% of your donations go directly to our mission.  Our overhead is kept very small intentionally to allow your donations to go directly toward the costs of helping the Little Angels.

As we always do, we like to state our mission here and the reasons you wonderful donors have donated your hard-earned money to us.:

Sugar’s Gift, Inc.:  Our mission is to provide hospice, euthanasia and end-of-life veterinary services for terminally ill pets in their own homes.  This allows them a comfortable, peaceful setting, where they have lived and been loved, to cross over the Rainbow Bridge with dignity.  Our services overcome conditions that could be due to the pet’s inability to be moved or treated at a facility, or due to the owner’s inability to leave the home.   Our services also include those individuals who can afford veterinary care but prefer to donate to an organization that can help their pets cross the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.

Our 10-year old Yorkie, Sugar, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. We made sure she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace. Sugar’s Gift to your Little Angel is to allow them the same privilege: Sugar is helping them cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home, with the help from others who have donated funds to make that happen. Every Little Angel should be able to spend their last moments in the place they are most comfortable – at home.

SUGAR’S GIFT, INC. is the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in the country whose mission is to help terminally ill pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.

I am going to include all of those babies we have helped since December 2018, when we helped 3 babies.  However, in February and March of 2019 alone, we have helped over 17 babies cross the Rainbow Bridge from home and we have several more to help this coming week.   As I said in my initial paragraph, we are becoming very busy, and we are so happy we can help the babies and their owners.  We also have more Little Angels scheduled this coming week, and those babies will be detailed in our next report….

We have a new veterinarian who is helping us with most of our Rainbow Crossings.  Her name is Dr. Wendy and she is amazing.  Some of you have met her, and I know you will agree.  Her compassion is unparalleled, and her mission is all about the babies.  We love Dr. Wendy and her 2 assistants, Brooke and Kandy!

In December, we helped Katchka, who was suddenly ill, and her family has 5 more babies (4 pups and a kittie) and has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known.  We helped Kahlua, who was a beautiful girl who was loved so much by her family. RIP, Kahlua baby.

We also helped Wiley in December, who was truly a member of the family.  Wiley helped with foster children, students….just everyone loved Wiley and we were honored to help him cross the Bridge.

In February and March of 2019, we have helped the following Little Angels cross the Bridge….

  • Shamus and Maxwell – both of these babies grew up together and had to cross the Bridge together because of their health problems. RIP both Maxwell and Shamus. Both of your mommies miss you terribly.
  • Daisy – she was the apple of her Mom’s eye. Daisy, RIP at the Bridge with my Sugar Bear and we all meet again….
  • Bella – tragically, Bella’s Mom and Dad not only lost their sweet Bella when we helped her cross the Bridge, but they also lost little Ewok only a few days before we helped Bella cross over. What a sad time for Bella’s family.
  • Lennie – Lennie was such a major part of their family.  His Mom is one of our true angels and is paying it forward with a GlobalGiving match to help more babies with very generous donations.  Thank you, Lennie’s Mom….
  • Kedi – what a treasure to her family - she is sorely missed.  Her Dad wrote a wonderful testimonial which I have posted on our website.  He is very instrumental in others finding us and we have helped more babies since his testimonial was posted on Next Door.  Kedi’s family is paying it forward at GlobalGiving for the match to help more babies.
  • Chaco – what a wonderful big baby! He is at the Rainbow Bridge with more than 1,200 kittles his Mom has rescued over the years….
  • Red – he was in so much pain, and he is now at peace because we could help him.  What a beautiful boy….
  • Sonja – Another big sweet baby that will be missed by his family. We are so sorry for your loss.
  • Jordan – what a terrific family and they have saved so many babies. Jordan has joined all his other brothers and sister at the Bridge….
  • Henry – we helped all 140 lbs of Henry cross the Bridge. His family is distraught and are searching now for a new Mastiff puppy to give all that love to and, believe me, they will. I was honored to be with the family when Henry crossed over.
  • Kitty – little Kitty was everything to her Mom and we were privileged to help Kitty cross the Bridge from home.
  • Xia – little 10 mo old Xia had so many health problems, and we are sorry she had so much at such a young age.
  • Java – This little poodle was the most loved dog and his Mom and Dad are so sad at his passing.  They are angels to us and donating to help others. They are not only helping us with a match on GlobalGiving, but they are also donating their stroller for another Little Angel who needs it.
  • Sweetheart – when Sweethearts Mom and Dad passed away, their son took her and gave her a wonderful life until it was time to cross the Bridge.  Thank you for loving her.
  • Bella – what a sweet little 15-yr old Yorkie.  Bella had some health problems that prevented her from staying with the family that loved her so very much.  We are thankful that you gave her a wonderful home and so much love for so long,
  • Hershey – such a wonderful little guy was just not himself anymore at age 18.  We are helping him across the Bridge this week.
  • Poppy in MI - by supplying a beautiful urn and a Rainbow Bridge frame, as his Mom is a friend of one of our pet owners in Florida.  His passing was very unexpected…. 

So, we’ve been busy using your generous donations. As you know, our goal is to help one pet per day cross over the Rainbow Bridge with comfort, dignity and peace. It costs us approximately $1,000 to help one pet. We expect that once our presence is known, we will need to fund one pet per day each in each area of service. By the end of 2020, we hope to be not only in the Sarasota/Bradenton region, but also in all of FL, as well as the Bay Area of CA and perhaps, the Austin, TX area. Then, by the end of year 2022, we want to be nationwide. 

And, don’t forget to contact us about Pet Trusts! We can help in several ways. Your Angels need to be included in your estate planning….

If you are not on our email list for our newsletters, please let us know if you would like to be added.

Thank you, again, for your support for Sugar's Gift - but, more importantly, thank you for helping all the angels who really need your funding to help them cross the Rainbow Bridge with comfort, dignity and peace.  Again, please feel free to share our information with your family and friends, or anyone who loves their babies as much as we do.

Java was so happy with his Mom and Dad
Java was so happy with his Mom and Dad
Bella sitting and posing - looking beautiful!
Bella sitting and posing - looking beautiful!
Kedi, sitting and looking pretty for the camera!
Kedi, sitting and looking pretty for the camera!
Henry with his heart-shaped leaf on his day....
Henry with his heart-shaped leaf on his day....
Chaco, even beautiful while sleeping....
Chaco, even beautiful while sleeping....

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Feb 12, 2019

Recurring Donations Matched at 100% for 2019!

Sugar and Nikki
Sugar and Nikki

Hello wonderful donors! Our next report about our Little Angels is coming soon.  We have been very busy this year, and just this weekend we received calls about 5 babies we are going to help.  Your donations are going to a very good cause, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

But, this is a special report.  I need to ask for a favor…..yes, I hate to ask, but it means a lot to us.  This isn’t a normal “ask” for donations.  It is a favor for those of you who donate to us each year, and for those of you who want to maximize your gift to us for 2019. 

For the entire year of 2019 we just found out that ALL recurring donations will be matched at 100% up to $200 per month, as long as you contribute for a minumum of 4 payments.  So, if you give monthly, we get twice as much, and we can help twice as many Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home!

I am so excited!  So, what that means is that if you plan to donate $800 to us this year, if you spread that out over 4 payments at $200 each, we will get your $800 plus another $800 as a match!  Yes, 100% matched!  But the most they will match is $200 per month, so keep that in mind…..

So, I am asking, no I am begging, that if you are planning to donate anyway, please take advantage of this generous match to help us twice as much as you give to us.  If you give $10 per month, it becomes $20 to us.  If you give $20 per month, it becomes $40 to us. If you give $100 per month, it becomes $200 to us.  If you give $200 per month, that becomes $400 to us – as long as you give for 4 months in a row during 2019.

We have 5 people already who are helping us with new recurring donations:  Lisa, Lynn, Abby and 2 Anonymous donors are all taking advantage of the match, and we don’t have the words to thank them.  In fact, 3 of them are donating $200 per month through the end of 2019!  I can’t tell you how much that means to me!

Please spread the word to let others know.  I didn’t realize this last month, or you would have heard from me before now.  But, if you would, please get started in February and help us help twice as many angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home with your generous donations.

I want you to know I am also sending this information out via emails, so you may get 2 of these notices…..but, then again, we are getting double donations, so it makes sense for you to get 2 notices, doesn’t it?  (sorry, had to interject that humor here)

You are all wonderful for giving in the past, and we love you no matter what.  But, if you want to help us in 2019 as much as you can, this is the best way we know.  If you want to talk about it or have questions, please call/email/text me. You know where to find me!

I am putting our mission below in case you want to forward this to others to help us spread the word: 

The mission of Sugar’s Gift™ Inc. is to provide hospice, euthanasia and end-of-life veterinary services for terminally ill pets in their own homes.  This allows them a relaxed, peaceful setting, where they have lived and been loved, to cross over the Rainbow Bridge with dignity.  Our services overcome conditions that could be due to the pet’s inability to be moved or treated at a facility, or due to the owner’s inability to leave the home.   We also help those Little Angels whose pet owners can afford veterinary care but prefer to donate to an organization who can help their babies cross the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.

Our 10-year old Yorkie, Sugar, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. We made sure she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace.  Sugar’s Gift to your Little Angel is to allow them the same privilege:  Sugar is helping them cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home, with the help from others who have donated funds to make that happen.  Every Little Angel should be able to spend their last moments in the place they are most comfortable – at home.

Sugar’s Gift™ is the onlynon-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in the country whose mission is to help terminally ill pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home with comfort, dignity and peace. 

Everyone hug your babies from us, and thank you all for helping Sugar’s Gift fulfill Sugar’s promises to all those Little Angels we have helped or will help in the future.

Ken and his Spice Girl
Ken and his Spice Girl
Sugar Always Waited for Nikki....
Sugar Always Waited for Nikki....
Nikki and Sugar - Love
Nikki and Sugar - Love
Ken and his Little Girl, Sugar
Ken and his Little Girl, Sugar
Sugar, my favorite picture
Sugar, my favorite picture

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