Help Needed for Senior and Medical Needs Animals
The Greener Side Haven, Inc. is a relatively small animal sanctuary. We specialize in seniors and medically needy domestic animals. We currently have 38 babies in our Forever Foster programs. Our basic Forever Foster Program pays for all the medical, grooming, supplement and miscellaneous needs of the animals in our foster family’s home. While our Seniors Helping Seniors Forever Foster Program pays for all of those expenses plus food, bedding, toys, and anything else the animal should need. The difference being that the foster must be a senior citizen and the companion must either be a senior animal and/or one with medical needs. With this program, we can provide companionship to those that may not be able to afford any and to those worried about what will happen to their pets if they can no longer take care of them. In both programs, the animal still belongs to The Greener Side Haven, Inc. and when the time comes that the foster can no longer take care of the companion, it comes right back to us.
The pandemic has affected all of our donation sources. We have had to cancel our two largest fundraisers for the year. The events of other organizations that we attend have been canceled too. Our steady donors have lost their jobs or are working limited hours and no longer have the ability to help us. We used to receive about $200 a month from various donation jars in businesses, but that has dwindled to almost nothing. Unfortunately, we offer specialized programs and have no paid employees so we did not fit into the guidelines for receiving any government help. We are only asking for funds for the basic necessities for our senior and medically challenged animals. Costs run about $450 a month for food and $225 for medications – $8,100 for the year. Our small reserve is shrinking fast. We are looking into virtual fundraising, but we are still learning. Any help would be tremendously appreciated.
Funds would be used for basic essential care (food and medication) for our senior and medically needy animals. At this time, we have 24 dogs, 10 cats, 3 birds and a pig in foster care. The amount requested would cover their essential care for a year. Hopefully by that time, there should be some semblance of normalcy. Any other donations received can then be used for other care such as veterinary visits, grooming, bedding, toys, treats and cleaning supplies. We have separated these out because if people can donate, they tend to give us used items or ones they received and can not use themselves.
Our programs are helping senior citizens sheltered in place alone during this crisis too. At least they have animal companionship without carrying the financial burden. If their animal needs anything and they can not go out, we will bring it to them. Same goes for the senior forever foster themselves.