Helping Our Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge at Home

by Sugar's Gift, Inc. Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
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
Nikki Bringing Sugar Home After Surgery
Nikki Bringing Sugar Home After Surgery

Happy New Year to our wonderful supporters and donors!  This is not a solicitation, nor a fundraising drive, nor a plea for matching funds donations….

Rather, this is a great big virtual hug and a giant THANK YOU for all your support during 2018 for Sugar's Gift.  We were more successful this year than any other, thanks to your generosity and kindness….and belief in our mission.  2019 will be another break-out year, so stay tuned!

As always, to those of you and others who lost their Little Angels in 2018 (or before), remember when you are sad:

  1. They live in your heart forever.  That thump, thump, thump that you have deep in your heart sometimes is just our babies’ tails wagging hard, telling us they are still with us.  You may feel sad, anxious, tearful, and that thumping gets extra loud.  But they are right there with us, telling us they love us, and they will always be there for us, just as we were always there for them.
  2. Look at pictures you have taken of your Little Angels.  It can seem painful sometimes, but the tears we shed are also happy tears to see their bright, shining faces once again.  We can remember good times, how much seeing those tails wagging when we walked in the door brightened up the whole day and how much those kisses in the morning, through the day and at night meant to us.  And, yes, we wish we could feel those again.  But we will.
  3. Think of them now, at the Rainbow Bridge with all of the other Little Angels, waiting for that special person – YOU – while they play again, healthy, happy, running and jumping.  But, yes, they are sad, too, because they miss you so much.  But they are waiting for you.
  4. Don’t dwell on the sad times at the end of their lives when they were not themselves any longer. Instead, know that you did everything you could to help them and keep them healthy for as long as you could. If you feel you kept them around just a little too long, think of it like this:  As much as your baby loved you, he or she knew that you also needed to have their Rainbow Crossing stretched out a little bit since you weren’t ready for them to go yet.  They knew that.  They loved you no matter what.
  5. Last, we all second guess ourselves and say, “Did I do the right thing?”  Let me reassure you and tell you that YES – you did the right thing.  Please don’t live your life thinking that you should have waited…maybe this is just a “glitch” and she’ll come around….what if she isn’t as bad as I think….etc. None of wants to think that our babies have a journey to the Bridge.  That is the hardest part of having a Little Angel.  You did the right thing.  Your baby relied on you to make those decisions for him or her, and they trusted you to the end of their life.  You knew it was time.  So, Yes, you did the right thing.

To all of you, go hug those babies of yours and give them one extra one from us!  Have a wonderful, safe, peaceful, prosperous 2019….and we’ll talk with you next year!

Woof Woof!

Ken and his Little Girl
Ken and his Little Girl
Sugar in Healthier Times
Sugar in Healthier Times
Nikki holding her Sugar Bear
Nikki holding her Sugar Bear
Nikki and Sugar when Sugar was so sick
Nikki and Sugar when Sugar was so sick
Sugar Waiting for Nikki....
Sugar Waiting for Nikki....

Links:

Abby
Abby's Lucy whom we helped. Mommy misses you....

Hello Wonderful Donors!  This is not an email to bug those of you who have generously contributed to our success during 2018.  We thank each and every one of you, as always, with all our hearts.   

This is simply a reminder to each of you who still need tax deductible contributions before the end of the year, that Giving Tuesday with GlobalGiving is most likely Sugar’s GIft™’s last opportunity before the year end for matching funds in a fundraising drive.  For Giving Tuesday, GlobalGiving has approximately $150,000 in matching funds available to the non-profit partners who raise funds that day.  In case you don’t know the date, for this year Giving Tuesday is tomorrow, November 27, 2018 (that was facetious because you are no doubt being inundated with pleas for help).   

We also want to give you our latest report for Little Angels whom we have helped Cross the Rainbow Bridge from Home – we couldn’t have helped them without you and your donations.  Remember that 100% of your donations go toward helping our Angels.  We still send our thoughts to these pet owners, even those pet owners whom we have helped starting in 2016, hoping you are dealing with your grief in your own way.  No one can tell you how, or for how long, to grieve.  

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

Sugar’s GIft™’s 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.   We also help those Little Angels whose pet owners can afford veterinary care but prefer to donate to an organization that 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 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.

We have helped several Angels recently and each has been so special to us.  

First was Sue’s Savannah, a Ridgeback/Shepherd mix.  Tragically for Sue, she lost her Isabel only a couple of months earlier after a routine visit to her vet for shots.  Sue needs extra hugs, and, fortunately, she still has Ellie at home to comfort her, as well as 2 kitties. Dr. Robin helped Savannah cross the Rainbow Bridge from home.  Thank you, Dr. Robin – you are wonderful!  One extra special thing that came out of us helping Savannah and Sue is Sue’s friendship with Nikki.  Sue is also the creator of Sugar’s GIft™’s new logo!  She is also on our Board of Directors and is our (our favorite title) Goddess of Creation.

Penny needed Sugar's Gift™'s help crossing the Rainbow Bridge from home, as her mom Janet and Janet’s grandchildren Hannah and CJ witnessed the decline in her health.  Penny was an Angel Janet had with her late husband Bill, so it was especially difficult to lose sweet Penny.  We are fortunate Dr. Robin was able to help Penny.  Nikki met with Penny’s family recently, and they told stories of Penny’s youth and is was wonderful celebrating her life.  Penny was almost 19 years old and had a wonderful life.

The most recent Rainbow Crossing was for Abby’s girl, Lucy.  Abby had tried many things to help prolong Lucy’s life after a diagnosis of cancer earlier in 2018.  But that darned old cancer wouldn’t be stopped, and it is so tragic.  Lucy was the sweetest big baby girl.  Dr. Carmen helped us with Lucy’s crossing and Nikki went as well, as Abby is a close friend, following their conversations when Abby first found Sugar’s GIft™.  Abby is an angel to us – she is helping Nikki with her speech and cognition and if we had found her when Nikki first had her TBI, Nikki would be much farther along – that is Abby’s work, a speech pathologist, and a darned good one, we must say.

And, Sugar's Gift™ was contacted by Jeannisse to help with Gage’s aftercare.  We weren’t able help Gage cross the Bridge, but Jeannisse did find us when she needed help with his private cremation.  We were honored to help, and Gage is now back home with his Mom and his brother.

We have another family we are working with who will most likely be in our next report to you – unfortunately, their baby needs our help, but fortunately we are here to help when they need us.

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.  By the end of 2020, we hope to be not only in the Sarasota/Bradenton region, but in all of Florida. Then, by the end of year 2022, we want to be nationwide. We have already received requests from San Francisco, Indiana, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Kansas City, Austin, TX, Indiana, Miami and the Florida Panhandle to rollout to their cities as we can, which we hope to do starting in 2019 and 2020.  We have already helped people in Northern Florida and other areas of the country upon request.

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….

Thank you, again, for your support for Sugar's GIft™ - but, more importantly, thank you for helping all the Little Angels who really need your funding to help them cross the Rainbow Bridge from home 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.

For your convenience, you can copy and paste this link to share our GlobalGiving website with others: 

 https://goto.gg/24357

Until We Meet Again…..™

Bieber Adams in his Birthday Hat (we love this)
Bieber Adams in his Birthday Hat (we love this)
Sadie Owens in her healthier, hunting days!
Sadie Owens in her healthier, hunting days!
Maxwell and Bandit Solomon - Cindy
Maxwell and Bandit Solomon - Cindy's Boys
Our Spice in happy days - we miss you so much....
Our Spice in happy days - we miss you so much....

Links:

We Made The Top Ten at #6!
We Made The Top Ten at #6!

WE DID IT!   This year, one of our goals was to make the 2018 Top Ten Non-Profits Committed to Impact with Global Giving.  We worked very hard on training and learning tools, plus we worked long hours to try to make that goal a reality.  Today the winners are being announced and….. WE MADE THE TOP TEN!  WE ARE #6- out of thousands of organizations who competed for this special honor.  We are so excited for what this means to us. We will receive a very nice monetary award, and it also means we can potentially have some contact or exposure to some of the corporations that support Global Giving.  That could turn the corner for us and we are so appreciative of all the wonderful things Global Giving has given us so far.  This is just an incredible accomplishment.  We’ve been on pins and needles since the competition and all of our work was being evaluated a couple of months ago.  This is a real dream come true!  We will use this opportunity to take Sugar’s Gift to the next level, so stay tuned and watch this space…..

Global Giving will rotate the winners on their website, so you may see us pop up on the site when you visit.  Nikki is just on cloud 9 right now and this means so much.  Thank you Global Giving for such a gift for Nikki and for Sugar’s Gift!

Here are the links to Sugar's Gift™'s Top 10 Winner's Page and the general Top Ten Page:

https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-nonprofits-2018/

https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-sugars-gift/

Remember that 100% of your donations go to helping our babies – yes, 100%.  Every dollar counts – and as we always say…..they all add up!  Any amount helps because we are becoming a go-to for pet owners who what their babies to be at home where they are comfortable in their last moments, instead of being at a vet’s office where it can be very scary. We know you all help in every way you can and spreading the word about is really helps.  Word of mouth and internet searches are the most popular way people find us.  So, please, spread the word to help us get more donations.  The busier we become, the more funds we need to help the Little Angels.  And, thank you for trusting us with your funds because we know you have many options for your charitable giving, and we thank you a million times for choosing to give some to us.   We keep our costs low so every dollar we receive in charitable donations goes to helping the Little Angels cross the Rainbow Bridge from home. 

We like to state our mission here and the reasons you wonderful donors have donated your hard-earned money to us.  It has changed a little because we are receiving a lot of calls from pet owners who simply want what we wanted for Sugar:  to have their babies cross the Bridge from home instead of being at a vet’s office. We are grateful for this new set of pets and owners we have helped, as they are willing to donate to us to ensure their Angels are at peace and comfortable in those last moments:

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.

You will receive a report shortly about all the Little Angels we have helped recently, but we wanted to share this announcement with you on the day it is being broadcast.  We couldn’t do any of this without your help, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Please help us spread the word about Sugar’s Gift and this major accomplishment – a real milestone in our overall plan!

                                             And, please take a look at our new logo….

Credit to Sue Young, owner of Left Field Creations, LLC, who is now our Director of Creative Concepts and Digital Media, or the "Goddess of Creation" as we prefer to call her....We helped Sue's baby, Savannah, cross the Rainbow Bridge from home in September.  The stars aligned and she is on our Board and helping with anything digital and creative now.  We are fortunate to have her at Sugar's Gift™. Look for more new digital creations for us soon....  by Sue Young....Thank you, Sue!

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                                                           Until We Meet Again…..™

Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby
Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby's life-RIP
Maxwell and Bandit Solomon...and a new friend
Maxwell and Bandit Solomon...and a new friend
Bieber Adams in his Birthday Hat
Bieber Adams in his Birthday Hat
Nikki Holding Sugar Close
Nikki Holding Sugar Close
New Logo by Sue Young at Left Field Creations, LLC
New Logo by Sue Young at Left Field Creations, LLC

Links:

Sweet Angus Davidson-RIP. He crossed 7/3/18.
Sweet Angus Davidson-RIP. He crossed 7/3/18.

TODAY'S THE DAY!  WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE MATCHING FUNDS FOR YOUR DONATIONS TODAY THROUGH 9AM TOMORROW! 

This reports is the same one you received yesterday.....it is just a reminder!

Most of the time, we have very little notice about matching funds events; however, we found out about this one a little early!  You will get 2 more of these notices from me - on Tuesday, September 11 and then again the morning of Wednesday, September 12.  So,  I apologize in advance for being a pest.  You are all wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for Sugar's Gift over the last couple of years....as a full partner at Global Giving, we are eligible to receive a share of $50,000 in matching funds, as well as matches on new monthly, recurring donations.  Please share this with everyone you know......
 
You have heard from us many times over the past couple of years about our non-profit, Sugar’s Gift, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (meaning that donations are tax-deductible).  To remind you, our mission at Sugar's Gift is to provide home euthanasia for pets who are at life’s end and cannot be moved, or their owner is homebound and cannot easily transport their pets to a veterinarian....but why make their last moments with you anywhere except their home where they have lived and have been loved?  Sugar's Gift makes that possible. And, very importantly, we are the ONLY non-profit in the whole country who does what we do. 
  
Any amount you can contribute to us on September 12 would be appreciated beyond belief!  Your donations will allow us to receive a proportional match for every donation.  To make your giving easier, consider a few dollars each month as a recurring donation to Sugar's Gift - we will receive matches for those donations, too. Our Global Giving website takes PayPal or credit cards and you can designate the amount you want to give, and decide whether you want to give a lump sum or give monthly. And, remember any donation to Sugar's Gift is tax deductible, for individuals and for businesses (businesses usually get a dollar for dollar deduction - so keep this in mind!)....donating to Sugar's Gift is a win-win for both of us!
 
Many of you have given to us in the past, and we love every one of you!  Every dollar counts and 100% of your donations go toward our mission.  It costs us nearly $1,000 each time we help a sweet angel cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, so your help is really needed.  We have helped over 20 babies during the last 2 years, and our goal is to help 1 angel each day.  We need your donations to meet that goal.  Donations from wonderful, generous people like you are the only way we can be successful.
 
We are still getting requests from other states to find veterinarians there in order for Sugar's Gift to be more than "local." More than ever, our plans to branch out are starting to fall into place. That means we need your help more than ever for this campaign drive!  With every dollar received, I can't help but cry.  Your donations reaffirm my goal in life now.....to make Sugar's Gift self-sustaining and give us the ability to help as many angels as possible.
 
We are so excited about lots of things for Sugar's Gift later this year and in 2019....more news to come as we can share it with you. Thank you so much – again, please share this with everyone you know.  The more people hear about this, the better chance of receiving matching donations for this fundraiser on September 12, through 9 am on September 13.  You probably noticed we have an updated logo, new colors and just wait until you hear what is coming next.....stay tuned!

Angel Sadie Owens - Mommy misses you so much...RIP
Angel Sadie Owens - Mommy misses you so much...RIP
Biscuit Mitchels-one of the first angels we helped
Biscuit Mitchels-one of the first angels we helped
Angel Bieber Adams during his happy life - RIP
Angel Bieber Adams during his happy life - RIP
The Solomon Boys who both crossed in 2017-RIP
The Solomon Boys who both crossed in 2017-RIP
Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby
Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby's life-RIP

Links:

Sweet Angus Davidson-RIP.  He crossed 7/3/18.
Sweet Angus Davidson-RIP. He crossed 7/3/18.

We are sending this to you today to give you a heads up about a matching campaign tomorrow, September 12 - you will also get a reminder tomorrow.....please don't get angry at us for being pests!

Most of the time, we have very little notice about matching funds events; however, we found out about this one a little early!  You will get 2 more of these notices from me - on Tuesday, September 11 and then again the morning of Wednesday, September 12.  So,  I apologize in advance for being a pest.  You are all wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for Sugar's Gift over the last couple of years....as a full partner at GlobalGiving, we are eligible to receive a share of $50,000 in matching funds, as well as matches on new monthly, recurring donations.  Please share this with everyone you know......
 
You have heard from us many times over the past couple of years about our non-profit, Sugar’s Gift, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (meaning that donations are tax-deductible).  To remind you, our mission at Sugar's Gift is to provide home euthanasia for pets who are at life’s end and cannot be moved, or their owner is homebound and cannot easily transport their pets to a veterinarian....but why make their last moments with you anywhere except their home where they have lived and have been loved?  Sugar's Gift makes that possible. And, very importantly, we are the ONLY non-profit in the whole country who does what we do. 
  
Any amount you can contribute to us on September 12 would be appreciated beyond belief!  Your donations will allow us to receive a proportional match for every donation.  To make your giving easier, consider a few dollars each month as a recurring donation to Sugar's Gift - we will receive matches for those donations, too. Our GlobalGiving website takes PayPal or credit cards and you can designate the amount you want to give, and decide whether you want to give a lump sum or give monthly. And, remember any donation to Sugar's Gift is tax deductible, for individuals and for businesses (businesses usually get a dollar for dollar deduction - so keep this in mind!)....donating to Sugar's Gift is a win-win for both of us!

All of you have given to us in the past, and we love every one of you!  Every dollar counts and 100% of your donations go toward our mission.  It costs us nearly $1,000 each time we help a sweet angel cross the Rainbow Bridge from home, so your help is really needed.  We have helped over 20 babies during the last 2 years, and our goal is to help 1 angel each day.  We need your donations to meet that goal.  Donations from wonderful, generous people like you are the only way we can be successful.
 
We are still getting requests from other states to find veterinarians there in order for Sugar's Gift to be more than "local." More than ever, our plans to branch out are starting to fall into place. That means we need your help more than ever for this campaign drive!  With every dollar received, I can't help but cry.  Your donations reaffirm my goal in life now.....to make Sugar's Gift self-sustaining and give us the ability to help as many angels as possible.
 
We are so excited about lots of things for Sugar's Gift later this year and in 2019....more news to come as we can share it with you. Thank you so much – again, please share this with everyone you know.  The more people hear about this, the better chance of receiving matching donations for this fundraiser on September 12, through 9 am on September 13.  You probably noticed we have an updated logo, new colors and just wait until you hear what is coming next.....stay tuned!

Angel Sadie Owens - Mommy misses you so much...RIP
Angel Sadie Owens - Mommy misses you so much...RIP
Biscuit Mitchels-one of the first angels we helped
Biscuit Mitchels-one of the first angels we helped
Angel Bieber Adams during his happy life - RIP
Angel Bieber Adams during his happy life - RIP
The Solomon Boys who both crossed in 2017-RIP
The Solomon Boys who both crossed in 2017-RIP
Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby
Nikki and Sugar at the end of our baby's life-RIP

Links:

 

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Sugar's Gift, Inc.

Location: Bradenton, FL - USA
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Nicolina Stewart
Bradenton, FL United States
$15,600 raised of $365,000 goal
 
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