Fostering Can Help Shelters During COVID-19

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Like everything else Animal Shelters & Rescues are feeling the effects of the events unfolding. Donations are down & in some places, volunteer visits are restricted.

Donations are always needed, especially now but what would be even more beneficial is adopting or fostering an animal. One less mouth to feed can reduce the financial stress at a shelter or rescue. There are many animals, not just cats & dogs in shelters. Rats, bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs & birds just to name a few.

Consider your neighbors too. Can you foster a pet if their human is hospitalized?

Of course with fostering there is always the risk of becoming a ‘foster failure’. That’s when you fall hopelessly in love with your foster & fully adopt a new best furiend. How horrible. BOL!!!

I encourage anyone who could possibly provide a home for an animal, any animal to do so during these troubling times. It can be a wonderful experience having a four legged companion, one that will enrich your lives.

If you already have a full home, consider making a donation to your local shelter. See if you can volunteer too. Make a call, see how you can help.

I would also ask at this time for you to consider making a donation to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. They are seeing a rising number of requests for financial help as more humans are laid off work. The epilepsy monster doesn’t take a break & AED’s (anti epilepsy drugs) are costly.

Remember, we are all in this together.

Stay home if you’ve been told too.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia

In Times Like These

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’m sure no matter where you are, COVID-19 is either affecting your life or soon will be. People are being told to stay home, which has many scrambling for supplies. Many businesses will be shutting down for a time.

Shelters & rescues may have to suspend adoptions but they still have to care for the animals in their care, which means they still need financial help. I know you must take care of you & your family first. Just don’t forget that animal rescues & shelters still rely on your support.

If you have a neighbor who is elderly or has a compromised immune system & they have a pet, reach out to them. They are the ones most at risk, so maybe you could help them with pet supplies & shopping. In short, be a good neighbor.

Another thing that is very important, especially for those with epilepsy is that you have enough medication on hand to get through this crisis. Don’t put off ordering meds if you think you are low. I understand that most AEDs (anti seizure medications) are controlled substances which means you can only get so much at a time. It may be wise to consult with your vet & pharmacist.  My huMom had this conversation with our clinic just this morning.

Most important, is stay calm. Be kind, practice compassion. Reach out & help if & when you can.

CEO Olivia

 

No One Should Have To Lose a Beloved Family member because of the Cost of Fighting Epilepsy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As I mentioned last week, my huMom & I are always sniffing out information & making connections on the inter webs. We follow several pages & groups that are about Canine Epilepsy.

One topic that almost never comes up is how expensive living with canine epilepsy can be. There is a lot of social stigma about discussing finances & people who are just scraping by are often too embarrassed to discuss their situation.

Many good dogs, myself included must take a cocktail of medications every day. Each one of them is costly. Some epilepsy medications are only available through a compound pharmacy which increases the cost even more. Then there is the added cost of prescription fees. On top of that annual blood work (mine are due this month) is mandatory to monitor the health of Liver & Kidneys. Both organs can be stressed by AEDs (anti epileptic medication).

For some canine epi warriors, emergency runs to an animal hospital happen as well, which can also result in a huge medical bill.

It’s for these reasons we support the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. Their mandate is simple; to offer financial assistance to those who have an epileptic companion animal & are struggling financially. As I’ve stated in previous posts, Rick Selwood, founder & director of the foundation believes no one should have to lose a beloved family member because of the cost of fighting epilepsy.

With this being, “the season of giving”, I’m asking everyone who is able, to make a holiday donation to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. I’m sure it will make you feel absolutely pawsome to know you’ll be helping to keep a family together or helping a lonely senior from being completely alone.

You could start by entering my silent auction. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month & this year I’m observing it by raising money for the Wally Foundation by auctioning off some wooftastic items. All the details are pinned to the top of my Facebook page, “Oh, the life of Olivia“.

If you’d like to simply make a cash donation, you can do it through PayPal.

rselwood1@verizon.net

Many  nose nudges ❤  from me to everyone who pawticipates.

*Please note that I am not a recipient of the Wally Foundation.

CEO Olivia