Below is the contents of the weekly Adoptions & Newsletter email sent out on 9/15/11.
Hello, fellow Friends of BCAS volunteers!
- Volunteer hours: 364.75 (-17% from July)
- Volunteer visits: 223 (-13% from July)
- Total volunteer participation: 31%
Note: Our cat socialization program was temporarily suspended as of 8/18/11 which had a negative impact on our stats.
Giant thanks to the following volunteers:
- Betty Konrad for 19 visits in August walking dogs through the rain drops. A couple of her favorite doggies got adopted or went to a rescue.
- Tammy Grant for stepping up to the plate as a leader for our program. Tammy has been doing a great job conducting our orientation classes (giving Penny a much-needed break)!! She also puts in an enormous amount of time at the shelter walking dogs... big, strong dogs who almost outweigh her. And there's more, she spends countless hours helping manage our Facebook page. Her passion and compassion for the animals is contagious :o)
Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
• LOVELY DAY FOR A WALK: September 10, 2011 was a doozy of a dog day! Believe it or not every single dog in the adoptable sections was walked... amazing! The following volunteers walked dogs and/or took their picture last Saturday: Brian Walsh, Terry Walsh, Mary Porter, Jean Stone, Carol Ingham, Jane Pratt, Cindy Kossove, Tammy Grant, Kristin Graf, Nick Pantelides, Jordan Lee. Thanks, everybody!
• DO VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Gracie is a beautiful dog, but was always trying to hide in the corner of her kennel. A few weekends ago a family read our volunteer notes written on Gracie's orange sheet. Those notes prompted the family to take a closer look at her, and Gracie ended up becoming the newest member of their happy home! Without those notes, who's to say what might have happened (or not)? Oh yes, we make a difference!
Please spare a moment to read the following announcements:
• DOG HANDLING CLASS: Animal Advocate John will be holding his next Yellow Dog Handling Class on Thursday, September 22nd at 6 PM. Volunteers, come learn about handling potentially difficult dogs, and become approved to walk Yellow-rated shelter dogs!
• BRING YOUR DOG OUT FOR SOME FUN: Friends of BCAS will be set up at the 6th Annual Burlington County Pet Expo (by the library main branch on Oct. 1st). We'll be showing our own personal adopted animals this time around, so let our organizer Barbara ( email@example.com ) know if you and your pet can come out even for an hour to sit with us and show the world how great an adopted pet can be! We also need people to come to help set up (10:30 AM) and pack up (4 PM).
• HELP OUR FEATURED ANIMALS: Donations are needed for our Dog/Cat of the Month program. Our program began June 2011 and so far we have successfully had three very long resident animals get adopted. This program is only possible through donations. Please ask family, friends and co-workers to help sponsor an animal. We need dog/cat treats, toys, $10-$20 gift cards, etc. to help entice adopters to consider our dog/cat. If you find you don't have time to visit the shelter to walk dogs or play with cats, please help us by making or soliciting donations. Ask your groomer, dog trainer, vet if they would be willing to donate or discount their services for our dog/cat of the month. This program is saving lives and you can be a part of it!
• MORE FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!!!: The shelter is once again completely full of both cats and dogs, and desperately needs relief. The shelter cannot possibly continue to take in new animals without moving the existing ones, and unfortunately this means cats' and dogs' lives are put on the line. The need for fosters is IMMEDIATE, so please contact BCAA at firstname.lastname@example.org to open your home to one of our shelter's at-risk animals today!
• CALLING ALL DOG-WALKERS: Penny will be on vacation for the next two weeks, so please try and help pick up the dog-walking slack her absence will leave. Try to walk one or two extra dogs when you come to the shelter, especially those dogs in the back/yellow section.
• SURVEY RAFFLE WINNER: Our fellow volunteer Dave Borek was the lucky winner of our survey raffle and will get a free Friends of BCAS t-shirt! Thanks for volunteering, Dave! The results of the volunteer survey are being analyzed and we'll share our findings in a few weeks.
• • • ADOPT US!!! -- Aren't we so adorable? • • •
Please spread the word about these awesome adoptable pets who've been at our shelter for a long time!
C-40394 Puddy / C-40216 Adrianna / D-40360 Tweeter / D-40361 Jada
See our blog for more info about these cuties:
...Thank you! And now, without further ado...
Just some of the wonderful animals adopted this week:
Just some of the wonderful animals adopted this week:
Special Critter Mention: Bunny 43794 (rescued!)
Our kitties have had it pretty rough recently with overcrowding, disease, and a lull in adoptions, but at least...
One of our two featured Cats of the Month has found his forever home!!!
Congratulations, C-40753 Jay!
Several of our favorite doggies got rescued last-minute recently in the face of severe overcrowding and are now in foster homes!
D-40987 Wise Guy (rescued by BCAA), D-41119 Tonka (BCAA), D-42103 Jessica, D-42425 Dale (BCAA)
D-43450 Desi, D-43464 Jasper, D-43528 Abu (rescued by Sad Eyes Animal Welfare Society), D-43535 Jake
D-43551 Frank, D-43601 Ariel, D-43643 Daisy, D-43661 Howard
D-43670 Ozzy (BCAA), D-43673 Snickers (BCAA), D-43697 Frazier, D-43773 Bella
D-43778 Luna, D-43928 Mingling, D-43952 Sandy
We are the volunteers of the Burlington County Animal Shelter. We do our best to make sure our shelter's animals are happy and ready for adoption.
We love new volunteers, and so do the shelter kitties and doggies! Learn more about us here: http://fobcas.blogspot.com