Yeees, we did it! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Thanks to you, 150 rescued animals in Cartagena are eating today bigger and healthier portions. Certainly they must think some angels came down and helped them. Not entirely wrong…
Indeed, it is simply amazing what a couple of clicks can achieve, isn’t it? We have reached and exceeded our fundraising goal in just two months! We finished with USD$7,414 that will help us feed all our rescued animals for one year. I can only say that 158 souls from around the world came together as donors for a noble cause. I personally know many of these donors, some of whom I met during the project. Other were anonymous donors. And others were friends of friends. We got donations from as far as New Zeeland, London, Brussels, Paris, Houston, Lima, and Washington, D.C. I just hope all of you can read this message full of love and gratitude.
The whole process from the beginning of the project until the purchase of food has been wonderful, but of course it’s the sentiment behind every donation that means the most to us. We would also like to thank Global Giving for the great opportunity! In over 16 years of work, this was our first fundraising through internet (yes, we are not exactly very modern) but we received tremendous support and it turned out just perfect.
Here is a little update since the last report:
It is important for you to know that although we paid all the food, we will be receiving it in parts during the 12 months, as we have no space to keep it and we must also prevent damage or expires. Do not hesitate to ask anything you want about the project or even comment (there’s a space below) if you like to share something with us. We’ll be more than happy to read you. We love feedback!
By August we expect to receive the second disbursement and finally secure a full year of food. We are so excited!
All said, so, what now?
One of our most urgent needs right now is derived from the weather. In Colombia, the winter seasons are terrible for most people, and animals are affected too. We have done everything in our hands to keep them safe, but the rain and wind are very heavy. In addition, we are located in a house that floods and you can imagine the rest... To this end, we are launching a new project to buy pet houses as well as to install an awning in our shelter. We invite you to read this new project that will continue to help rescued animals http://goo.gl/gZCwNq Please spread the word and consider becoming a permanent donor through GlobalGiving!
A little story before I go. During the project, several people were saying they wanted to donate, but could only give $10 or $15 dollars. I told them that $10 can feed 50 rescued dogs for 1 day. 50? Yes, it seems incredible? Well…many times, we can’t imagine all the great changes we can generate by small initiatives. In other words, "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire". You have saved 150 lives and at least 50 new more that we can help because of your donations. What could be better than that?
As I can’t express in words all our gratitude for you, I hope these photos make you smile and feel proud of what you helped accomplish to improve the world. I also hope that all great things you have done for these rescued animals return to you in blessings multiplied by 1000000!
Smiles really can cross borders. Big hug from Colombia!
If someone had told me two months ago that in less than 20 days we would raise $5,000 for our animals, I would have said: you are crazy! Even now it still seems unbelievable, but I'm happy to announce to all of you that our project has raised $6,278, which means almost 300 days of fully secured food, WOW! Just two words: THANK YOU.
Last April 19 FRAD turned 16 years rescuing abandoned animals in Cartagena, Colombia. I can tell you the work has been definitely hard, but the reward of saving lives, is, as you can imagine, beyond imagination! In these years we have rescued, recovered and given in adoption more than 2,000 dogs and cats, we have spayed and neutered more than 3,000 and we have helped over 6,000 in some way or another.
In this first report, I want you to meet Hope, a three years old dog who was hit by a car in Cartagena in 2012. No one really seemed to care. People just walked beside her and did nothing to help her. She suffered a severe infection throughout all the body, losing like 90% of all her hair. Fortunately, one of our volunteers could pick her up until she reached FRAD to recover. Today, her hair has grown, although not all over her body, but I can tell you she is fully healthy and has given free rein to her personality! Look her recovery at the end of this report.
The animals we rescue have stories just like this one, but we are very happy every time we help them and change their lives forever!
I'm quite sure that if any of our animals could use a computer, it would have taken it from me to thank each one of you! That’s ok, they, and all FRAD team, say THANK YOU so much for your tremendous support!
Always remember, we all have different interests, jobs, friends and family. They only have you.
In April we met our goal of securing a permanent spot in Global Giving. We are hopefully that this will translate in an ongoing flow of funding. We also expect animal lovers and potential supporters from around the world to learn about our activities in Cartagena.
At the time of this report we are waiting to receive the amounts raised in April from Global Giving. We expect to invest them in food and supplies for our 120 dogs, cats, turtles and donkeys. We will share with you details on how the monies raised were invested in upcoming reports.
Hopefully, very soon we will reach our goal of $7000, and for 1 year 120 rescued animals won’t have to worry about food. We could then focus in rescuing more animals. Please keep helping us by spreading the word about FRAD and consider becoming a permanent donor through Global Giving. See you next month!
Big hug from Colombia!
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