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Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home

by Sugar's Gift, Inc.
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home
Mitzi, such a beautiful Angel
Mitzi, such a beautiful Angel

IT IS HERE!  GIVING TUESDAY IS TODAY!  WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!

GlobalGiving has allocated up to $500,000 in matching funds, which is only available for TODAY ONLY….and the clock is TICKING . . . .and we are in a contest for those matching funds…..help us WIN!

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR SUGAR’S GIFT™?

Every gift we receive from you and all others TODAY will help us grab more of the MATCHING FUNDS available - today ONLY. All donations for any amount up to $1,000 per donor will count towards getting us our portion of the matching funds!  Plus, there are BONUSES for organizations who reach certain levels. We NEED all of it!  Our goal is to reach $10,000 TODAY – so please HELP US by telling your family, your friends, your networks on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., to PLEASE donate to Sugar’s Gift TODAY by donating through our Global Giving site. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THIS EMAIL!

IF THOSE MATCHING FUNDS AREN’T ENOUGH……

GlobalGiving is still matching your first Monthly Donation (as long as you commit to a minimum of 4 consecutive months) by 100% up to $200!   Click here to go to the Monthly Donation Tab Page.   Just think of how many families and pets you’ll be helping!  We’re incredibly grateful for all the people who have done that already, and we thank you for your generosity!  For those anonymous donors, we can’t thank you enough, either. Your contributions will help ensure that we can continue our mission to help as may Beautiful Souls cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, in their peaceful and loving environment. If you have made a contribution in the past, now is time to consider an annual Gift to honor your beloved pet at the Rainbow Bridge.

OUR MISSION – WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

We at Sugar's Gift™ do not charge for any of our services to help your terminally ill baby.  Why?  Our mission from the beginning has been all about the Little Ones, not about how much money someone has.  We don't charge you on a sliding scale.  We don't charge you based on your income.  We believe this:  Every one of you who has a terminally ill pet has something in common with all of us:  the love for our pets, our companions, our Little Angels and the need to have them pass in the most comfortable surroundings.  That is something sacred to us.  We share that love and respect you for that love, as well.  That is why we do not charge you for our services.  It is the last Gift you can give your baby, and it is Sugar's Gift to both of you.

YES, WE ARE GROWING!

We now have Five Active Sugar’s Gift™PawPrints nationwide!

  1. Sarasota/Manatee Counties FL
  2. Ft. Collins, CO and partnering with Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching School with Argus Institute
  3. Jupiter, FL and Palm Beach County
  4. Las Vegas, NV and Clark County
  5. Vacaville, CA and Solano County

And… Our Network is slated to grow even more in 2020. We’ll be branching out to these other great cities in the coming year!

Sugar’s Gift™ NEW PawPrints on the Horizon:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Dallas, TX
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. UC Davis Veterinary School, CA – is interested and we are discussing options to work together in the coming year. 
  8. Other chapters will naturally expand through the Veterinary College networks throughout the country and several are committing to help us with the cause!

So, when we say every dollar counts…..EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

OUR PET OWNERS, OUR MESSAGE….

All across the country when we share what Sugar’s Gift™ is all about, no one ever mentions the word bittersweet. Most people describe our services as, “Bringing lasting peace to pets and their owners after a life full of love.”  We offer a life-changing experience...our services extend far beyond the time and scope of the services we provide for you and your pet.  We are here as a resource, an ear or a shoulder to cry on, an organization that will always be here for you and your furbabies. Some of our pet owners have described our client care service as unsurpassed. Read some of our testimonials here.  

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

All of our followers on Facebook have been working overtime!  We wanted 1,200 Likes by 11/6, and ended up with 1,150 - we almost made it.  But, since then, all of our followers have been lighting up the internet and we are now at 1,233!  We want to build even more Facebook Likes: www.facebook.com/sugarsgift  (We have a goal of 1,500 likes by the end of 2019)  We’ll make sure you’re the first to know all the good news we have for you.  And, Kelly E has been working overtime, too, on our Instagram page and posting through the night. Thank you, Kelly!  www.instagram.com/sugarsgift.

WHAT WE NEED NOW FROM YOU

  1. We need you to help us reach $10,000 by midnight tonight!  We’ve been busy making great use of your generous donations, but we seriously need more. Please tell others about us. 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 have a lofty goal on this campaign FOR TODAY, GIVING TUESDAY, OF $10,000.  With that, not only can we get matching funds, but we can get bonus money!  Now, that doesn't all have to be in large chunks! Every amount matters!  Small or large, please click and help us with our expansion. With $10,000, we can help 10 pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home. Again, if you know of corporations that may be able to help us, please let us know, or have them call us.  We need help, we need you, and we can do this.....together!  Plus, we could get a nice match from GlobalGiving which will make those dollars stretch even further.  If you would like your gift restricted to a certain location, just let us know and we’ll set it aside for those babies, specifically.
  2. If you work for or with a Corporation or Foundation, let us know.  We would love to talk with them to form a partnership and help the Little Angels together.  It would also help to know if they match employees' donations. (We are happy to speak with your Human Resources Department, if you would like us to inquire about this for you)
  3. We are still in the running for a large grant of $40,000 from the Atlantic and Allstate – please  click this link to nominate us!  The more nominations, the more likely we are to be considered.  Thank you, Angela D and Michelle S for all your hard work on this.  The deadline to nominate us is December 10.  Thanks Cindy S for the email to let us know these funds are available! http://links.e.theatlantic.com/ctt?kn=6&ms=MjI0NTAwMjIS1...&r=NTk1OTQ5MDYwNTgxS0&b=0&j=MTYyMTIzMjU2NgS2&mt=1&rt=0
  4. Angela D and JoCarole Hare also raising money for us on Facebook who is giving away $7,000,000 in matching funds – thank you for your hard work on that, too!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are looking for Volunteers – our needs are growing, so please complete the Volunteer form on the website if you have a special skillset or have extra time on your hands.  Our website has a few positions listed and we certainly have a need for various Administration positions, Website Manager, Social Media Team Members, Event Planners, and many more.  And, if you just want to join us but don’t have anything in particular in mind, that is OK, too!  Remember, though…..all positions are Volunteer, not paid.  That is one reason our overhead rate is at 2% currently, and our goal is not to let it increase over 5%.  We are very cognizant of our costs.  We want your dollars to go to our mission, not our overhead expenses.

REMEMBER….

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. 

Please give generously.....monthly, annually, whatever suits your budget.  All the other Little Angels need us....and we need you.  Thank you.

We apologize, in advance, if you receive a duplicate of this report.  We are sending this through our email server, too, so you may get 2 of the same reports.  Just simply forward one to someone  you feel would like to read it!  Thank you.

Kitty, the Pittie, what a good girl....
Kitty, the Pittie, what a good girl....
Taz, what a good sweet Angel at the Bridge
Taz, what a good sweet Angel at the Bridge
Marley, whose Mom is missing her....
Marley, whose Mom is missing her....
Zip was a very beautiful baby, now at the Bridge
Zip was a very beautiful baby, now at the Bridge
Sherman, being festive for the holidays!
Sherman, being festive for the holidays!

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Gizmo - what a cutie!  We
Gizmo - what a cutie! We've all seen that look...

Please Mark Your Calendar For “Giving Tuesday,” December 3, 2019

GlobalGiving has allocated up to $500,000 in matching funds, which is only available for that 24-hour period!  Please Save the Date!

     WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR SUGAR’S GIFT™?

It means that for every gift we receive on Tuesday, December 3rdYOUR GENEROUS DONATION will be INCREASED by helping us get grab more of those available matching funds. All donations for any amount up to $1,000 per donor will count towards getting us our portion of the matching funds!  Plus, there are BONUSES for organizations who reach certain levels. We NEED all of it!  Our goal is to reach $10,000 on Giving Tuesday – so please HELP US, by telling all your family and friends in your Network on Facebook or any other social media venues to PLEASE donate to Sugar’s Gift on December 3rd by donating through our GlobalGiving site. CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

We’re Growing in leaps and bounds!

We’ve got so much Great News to share about Sugar’s Gift ™ and we’ve been leaving Sugar’s Paw Prints all across the country in the last two months!

The Sugar’s Gift™ trip to TX, AZ, CA NV and CO (and all states in between!), took many weeks to complete, but we accomplished even more than we ever dreamed possible, since the beginning of September. 

We now have Five Active Sugar’s Gift™PawPrints nationwide!

  1. Sarasota/Manatee Counties FL
  2. Ft. Collins, CO and partnering with Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching School with Argus Foundation
  3. Jupiter, FL and Palm Beach County
  4. Las Vegas, NV and Clark County
  5. Vacaville, CA and Solano County

And… Our Network is slated to grow even more in 2020. We’ll be branching out to these other great cities in the coming year!

Sugar’s Gift™ NEW PawPrints on the Horizon:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Dallas, TX
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. UC Davis Veterinary School, CA – is interested and we are discussing options to work together in the coming year. 
  8. Other chapters will naturally expand through the Veterinary College networks throughout the country and several are committing to help us with the cause!

And, that is great news because we want to give you some terrific updates on Sugar’s Gift™ that have happened recently.  We are going to need more help from you, your friends and other supporters to whom you can spread the word.  When we say every dollar counts…..EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

     A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Please welcome Yi Fei (pronounced Yee – Fay).  In order to assist some of our pet owners through what we all know is a very difficult time, Yi Fei will be here to support you with Grief Counseling.  She will be working directly with Chava and Melissa P. in Las Vegas, and is committed to supporting all of the pet owners in any of our locations around the country, to help them to help their pets gracefully transition.  Her devotion to your pet’s needs is an amazing gift she is so generous to share. 

A Big Thank You to Arlene K. for her introduction to Dr. Rodney P. at Colorado State University, and his introduction to Gail B. at the Argus Institute at CSU.  Argus' mission is  "Honoring the human-animal bond by providing compassionate support and advocacy for people who care for animals."  Their services, along with their student-run Pet Hospice Program is a natural tie-in with Sugar's Gift™.  What wonderful services we can provide together to the pet owners and their Little Angels in CO!  And, Gail's and Dr. Page's introductions to Dr. Kathy C. who is such a wonderful vet and has some really innovative ideas for pets, the pet owners and the end-of-life process. What an exciting opportunity for all of us and a terrific area for us to be in!

We can never thank Kelly E.  enough for all she’s doing for the cause.  Even amidst the power outages and the wildfires plaguing California, she is still spreading the word and looking for funding, new vets and volunteers to help us.  

And, back in Bradenton, thank you to Gayle W., Deb S., and Andi B., all of whom are working so hard to give us the infrastructure, becoming ambassadors and helping with our marketing…what true Angels to us! And, then there is Eva W. who spreads the word and hands out brochures everywhere she goes, in addition to making introductions for us all over the world, including to Alden H. in LA who is working hard to get our message out to his network.  Kristina E. is always helping with marketing website, brochure suggestions and she'll be instrumental in the book we are compiling with your babies' stories.  Please don't forget to write the story of your sweet Little Angel whom we helped cross the Bridge....

We’ve got so much good news to share and can’t wait to tell you more about all the amazing people we’ve encountered on our journey and the roles that they’ll all be playing in the future.

     NEW VETERINARIANS AND COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

Be sure to welcome our newest veterinarian in Jupiter, FL. Dr. Dack, and his office Manager, Darla at the Animal Health Clinic.  A great big thank you for your service and for joining the Sugar’s Gift™ family.  Susan S. in Jupiter will be our point person as we get everything in place for a full-service location.  We also have a new crematory out of Miami for the East Coast – The Pet Loss Center and Alyssa S. have made us very welcome.

And, where would we be in Bradenton/Sarasota without our special Dr. Wendy E.?  She is always our go-to vet and will drop,everything (it seems) to help our Little Angels.  We couldn't do or without her and her great staff, Brooke and Tracy!

We also met some wonderful people at the Community Foundations in our new service areas.  We want to give a big Thank You to the Solano Community Foundation in Northern CA for embracing us with open arms, literally, when we visited them last month. They helped pave the way to reach Nevada Community Foundation, and we are grateful for their help in attaining grants and additional funding.  We haven’t been to a few of the Community Foundations in the areas where we began in October, but we will be in contact with them in the next month.  

OUR PET OWNERS, OUR MESSAGE…AND MORE MATCHING FUNDS!

Our new website is getting a Face Lift at the moment, but in a few months we’ll be launching some new programs that will benefit everyone.. so stay tuned!

All across the country when we shared what Sugar’s Gift™ is all about, no one ever mentioned the word bittersweet. Most people described our services as, “Bringing lasting peace to pets and their owners after a life full of love.”  We offer a life-changing experience...our services extend far beyond the time and scope of the services we provide for you and your pet.  We are here as a resource, an ear or a shoulder to cry on, an organization that will always be here for you and your furbabies. Some of our pet owners have described our client care service as unsurpassed. Read some of our testimonials here.  

And if that’s not exciting enough, Global Giving is still matching your Monthly Donations (as long as you commit to a minimum of 4 consecutive months) by 100% for up to $200 per month!   Click here to go to the Monthly Donation Tab Page.   Just think of how many families and pets you’ll be helping!  We’re incredibly grateful for all the people who have done that already, and we thank you for your generosity!  For those anonymous donors, we can’t thank you enough. Your contributions will help ensure that we can continue our mission to help as may Beautiful Souls cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, in their peaceful and loving environment. If you have made a contribution in the past, now is time to consider an annual Gift to honor your beloved pet at the Rainbow Bridge.

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

We want to build our Facebook Likes: www.facebook.com/sugarsgift.  We have a goal of 1,500 likes by the end of 2019. We’ll make sure you’re the first to know all the good news we have for you.  And, although we aren’t as up on Instagram, we are looking for volunteers to help with that because we need to build our followers there, so please follow us and spread the word.  Please contact us if you can provide any service to help with our cause. www.instagram.com/sugarsgift.

     OUR MISSION – WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

We at Sugar's Gift™ do not charge for any of our services to help your terminally ill baby.  Why?  Our mission from the beginning has been all about the Little Ones, not about how much money someone has.  We don't charge you on a sliding scale.  We don't charge you based on your income.  We believe this:  Every one of you who has a terminally ill pet has something in common with all of us:  the love for our pets, our companions, our Little Angels and the need to have them pass in the most comfortable surroundings.  That is something sacred to us.  We share that love and respect you for that love, as well.  That is why we do not charge you for our services.  It is the last Gift you can give your baby, and it is Sugar's Gift to both of you.

     USING YOUR DONATIONS WISELY

Since our last report, we have helped a lot of Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity, from home.  Click here to see some of their BEAUTIFUL stories.  Often, it takes time to come around to be able to celebrate the life of our beloved pets, so we honor the families that wish to postpone posting the tributes and the stories, but we continue to encourage you to share these tributes to and with the ones we love. We honor your choices and will work within your timeframe.  Our overhead rate is at 2% currently, and our goal is not to let it increase over 5%.  If you provide services or products and wish to donate those as a charitable donation, call us and we can discuss your options.

For those of you whose pet we’ve already helped cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, we’d love to have a story about your baby’s life. We’d love to know how you found them, their happy times with you, what they were like, and how Sugar’s Gift™ helped you and your Little Angel at your time of need.  It may seem difficult to put it into words, but most everyone who’s done so already, has shared how great it was to keep those memories alive and the therapeutic effect it had on them and their families. Memories are what we carry in our hearts today, and your little loves live right there until we meet them at the Bridge again….

     WHAT WE NEED NOW FROM YOU

We’ve been busy making great use of your generous donations, but we seriously need more. Please tell others about us. 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 have a lofty goal on this campaign FOR GIVING TUESDAY OF $10,000.  With that, not only can we get matching funds, but we can get bonus money!  Now, that doesn't all have to be in large chunks! Every amount matters!  Small or large, please click and help us with our expansion. With $10,000, we can help 10 pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home. Again, if you know of corporations that may be able to help us, please let us know, or have them call us.  We need help, we need you, and we can do this.....together!  Plus, we could get a nice match from Global Giving which will make those dollars stretch even further.  If you would like your gift restricted to a certain location, just let us know and we’ll set it aside for those babies, specifically.  SO SAVE THE DATE.....DEC 3RD!

If you work for or with a Corporation or Foundation, let us know.  We would love to talk with them to form a partnership and help the Little Angels together.  It would also help to know if they match employees' donations. (We are happy to speak with your Human Resources Department, if you would like us to inquire about this for you?

     REMEMBER….

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. 

Please give generously.....monthly, annually, whatever suits your budget.  All the other Little Angels need us....and we need you.  Thank you.

We apologize, in advance, if you receive a duplicate of this report.  We are sending this through our email server, too, so you may get 2 of the same reports.  Just simply forward one to someone  you feel would like to read it!  Thank you.

Snickers had a wonderful long life with his family
Snickers had a wonderful long life with his family
Doebee, what a beautiful sweet Angel...
Doebee, what a beautiful sweet Angel...
How majestic Joey is...king of the house!
How majestic Joey is...king of the house!
Rayden, the Coolest Dog you
Rayden, the Coolest Dog you'll ever meet....
Casey, with her beautiful smile, greeting us...
Casey, with her beautiful smile, greeting us...

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Brutus - most handsome reindeer we
Brutus - most handsome reindeer we've ever seen!

Sugar'sGift™ is Growing Nationally, and we couldn’t be more excited!  

Here in Florida, we’ve been described as an organization filled with Bittersweet emotions, but we prefer to describe it as an organization that brings peace and comfort to pets and their loving owners by to assisting with end of life needs for a memorable, loving good-bye.  We offer a life-changing experience...our services extend far beyond the time and scope of the services we provide for you and your pet.  We are here as a resource, an ear or a shoulder to cry on, an organization that will always be here for you and your furbabies. Some of our pet owners have described our client care service as unsurpassed. Read some of our testimonials here.

As with any charity, the more we grow, the call for funding is always a challenge. TheGreat News is that we’re continuing to receive help from some truly amazing pet lovers, veterinarians and now… from Global Giving! 

GLOBALGIVING HAS GIVEN US THE GREEN LIGHT!

In addition to our expansion across the country, GlobalGiving just announced a Matching Campaign Day, which is happening Next week, so MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! From Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 16, 2019, this incredible organization has pledged to match YOUR donations, (with varying percentages, depending on the final donation amount) and we’ll be able to help even more Little Angels and their families to utilize our services. The matching dollars may not last all week, so please donate early!  
Donate here!

And if that’s not exciting enough, GlobalGiving will match your Recurring Donations (as long as you commit to a minimum of 4 consecutive months) by 100% for up to $200 per month!  Click here to donate to the recurring fund.  (be sure to click the tab for "Monthly" not "Annually")  Just think of how many families and pets you’ll be helping!  We’re incredibly grateful for all the people who have done that already, and we thank you for your generosity!  We even have you listed on our Sugar & Spice Wall of Fame, which is coming on our revised website very soon.  For those anonymous donors, we can’t thank you enough. Your contributions will help ensure that we can continue our mission to help as may Beautiful Souls cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, in their peaceful and loving environment. If you have made a contribution in the past, now is time to consider an annual Gift to honor your beloved pet at the Rainbow Bridge.

NATIONWIDE EXPANSION!  SUGAR’S GIFT ™ WILL BE COMING TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU….

SUGAR’S GIFT™ IS DESTINED TO BE EVERYWHERE! We already have interest from Veterinarian Offices in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Wisconsin New Jersey and even New York! For those of you who are residents there, please help us spread the word about all the good that we’re doing to help these families in need and round up some volunteers!  Please share and be sure to “LIKE” our Facebook page and ask others to do the same.  We’ll make sure you’re the first to know all the good news we have for you.

CURRENT LOCATIONS:  FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA

We’ve expanded into California!

We are honored to announce that our Little Angels at the Bridge are watching over us and have taken us to a new location!  The newest Sugar’s Gift "Wing" is in northern California, in the Bay area and Solano County. We’ve teamed up with an absolutely incredible veterinary practice: Pawsh Place Veterinary Center and Boutique in Vacaville, CA. 

Dr. Celina H and Dr. Sharon C  are our primary vets in the Vacaville, CA area.  Their practice is top notch and their Marketing Director, Darci C, is working diligently in getting the word out in that region.  Darci is a powerhouse, is now serving on our Board of Directors and we couldn’t be happier about her whole hearted commitment to our cause.

Our Director of West Coast Operations is Kelly E. Kelly will be handling the business affairs of the chapter out there and she comes with a world of knowledge and expertise with Animals and with Non-Profits.

We’ll be traveling there in September by train and stay for three weeks, to arrange fundraisers and events all over the state.  It’s going to be a very busy time, but we expect to network with everyone interested in Sugar’s Gift from Napa, Sonoma Valley, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and even Los Angeles!  Yes.. We’ve found interest all up and down the west coast for the work that we do.

Here in Florida, we rely upon the generosity and good work of Dr. Wendy E in Lakewood Ranch, FL (her clinic is almost built - but don't worry....she is staying mobile, too!). She is our primary vet for Sugar’s Gift™ in the Sarasota/Manatee County area, and she is so committed to our mission that she has also agreed to sit on our Board of Directors.  Dr. Wendy E is by far, one of  the best veterinarians we have worked with and that holds a lot of weight!  She is smart, compassionate and really cares about all of the animals she treats.  We love Dr. Wendy and rely on the expertise of her wonderful assistants, Brooke, Tracy and Kandy!

OUR MISSION – WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

We at Sugar's Gift™ do not charge for any of our services to help your terminally ill baby.  Why?  Our mission from the beginning has been all about the Little Ones, not about how much money someone has.  We don't charge you on a sliding scale.  We don't charge you based on your income.  We believe this:  Every one of you who has a terminally ill pet has something in common with all of us:  the love for our pets, our companions, our Little Angels and the need to have them pass in the most comfortable surroundings.  That is something sacred to us.  We share that love and respect you for that love, as well.  That is why we do not charge you for our services.  It is the last Gift you can give your baby, and it is Sugar's Gift to both of you.

USING YOUR DONATIONS WISELY

Since our last report, we have helped a lot of Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity, from home.  Click here to see some of their BEAUTIFUL stories.  Often, it takes time to come around to be able to celebrate the life of our beloved pets, so we honor the families that wish to postpone posting the tributes and the stories, but we continue to encourage you to share these tributes to and with the ones we love. We honor your choices and will work within your timeframe.  Our overhead rate is at 2% currently, and our goal is not to let it increase over 5%.  If you provide services or products and wish to donate those as a charitable donation, call us and we can discuss your options.

For those of you whose pet we’ve already helped cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, please be sure to write a story about your baby’s life. We’d love to know how you found them, their happy times with you, what they were like, and how Sugar’s Gift™ helped you and your Little Angel at your time of need.  It may seem difficult to put it into words, but most everyone who’s done so already, has shared how great it was to keep those memories alive and the therapeutic effect it had on them and their families. Memories are what we carry in our hearts today, and your little loves live right there until we meet them at the Bridge again….

WHAT WE NEED NOW FROM YOU

We’ve been busy making great use of your generous donations, but we seriously need more. Please tell others about us. 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 have a lofty goal on this campaign - $10,000. Now, that doesn't all have to be in large chunks! Every amount matters!  Small or large, please click and help us with our expansion. With $10,000, we can help 10 pets cross over the Rainbow Bridge from home. Again, if you know of corporations that may be able to help us, please let us know, or have them call us.  We need help, we need you, and we can do this.....together!

If you work for or with a Corporation or Foundation, let us know.  We would love to talk with them to form a partnership and help the Little Angels together.  It would also help to know if they match employees' donations. (We are happy to speak with your Human Resources Department, if you would like us to inquire about this for you?

REMEMBER….

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. 

Please give generously.....monthly, annually, whatever suits your budget.  All the other Little Angels need us....and we need you,  Thank you. 

We apologize, in advance, if you receive a duplicate of this report.  We are sending this through our email server, too, so you may get 2 of the same reports.  Just simply forward one to someone  you feel would like to read it!  Thank you.

Wilson at the Driving Range....
Wilson at the Driving Range....
Beautiful Calypso posing for the camera!
Beautiful Calypso posing for the camera!
Sweet Brady, such a handsome man....
Sweet Brady, such a handsome man....
Cooper, such a big, beautiful Baby!
Cooper, such a big, beautiful Baby!
Friday smothered in his Mom
Friday smothered in his Mom's kisses....

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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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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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Sugar's Gift, Inc.

Location: Bradenton, FL - USA
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Nicolina Stewart
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