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

Emotional Support and Epilepsy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve had a rough few days. The epi monster keeps lurking around the house despite our efforts to chase it off.

Fighting the monster is very draining both on me & my huMom. It takes 24 hour vigilance on her part which often means huMom gets a jolt of anxiety induced adrenaline every time I make a noise. Is the monster back? It also can mean little or no sleep for several days. I’m often attacked while sleeping; most often in the early hours of the morning.

During times like these, my huMom has to be focused & be mindful but that doesn’t mean she’s not emotionally affected.

It may be days after an event before my huMom can take a breath & process her emotions. Fear, anger & a feeling of helplessness all come out. Thankfully she has her journal/book of #*@!! where she writes all the things she doesn’t want out in our universe.  Most importantly she has her humans to talk to. Not just her close furriends but also those in inter-webs who also live with canine epilepsy. Those peeps can especially relate to the fight we are in. It’s through these connections that huMom finds the strength to prepare for our next round, when ever it may be.

If you live with an epileptic dog or cat, or any animal with special needs, you need to remember self care. Talk to someone about your anxieties. Rant & rage if you must. Write, scribble, doodle or copy & paste images in your journal. But what I want to emphasize most is that you are not alone. Having emotional support is very important & there is lots of it out there. Reach out.

CEO Olivia

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A Thank You To All The Caregivers

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. To wrap up November Epilepsy Awareness Month I want to bark out about our pawsome human caregivers.

It’s not easy caring for an epi warrior. It requires devotion, patience & a huge heart. Strict regimes must be followed for medications. Your life has to be adjusted. You must be prepared for an event at any time, knowing your companion needs you often sacrificing you social, physical & economical comforts. That’s true unconditional love.

I have much love & respect to all those who live with epilepsy. Your devotion & strength is so very much appreciated by us four legged epi warriors. On behalf of all warriors, I bark out a huge, “Thank you” & a nose nudge .

I also want to bark out a thank you to all the wooftastic vets & neurologists who help us in our fight against the monster.

If you live with epilepsy, you are not alone. There are many support groups that can be found on the vast inter webs. An abundance of information is out there & so many compassionate people that are fighting the same fight to connect with. Reach out. We are stronger when we stand together.

CEO Olivia

Be sure to sniff out my silent auction for the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. Only 3 days left!