2019: Our Mission Reestablished

Greetings to all,

We started out the New Year with a bang, bringing in our family of puppies and mother dog on January 1st, and since then, we’ve been running at full speed to keep up with the progress we’re making. Spring is on the way and we are ready for the warm weather and longer days to come. Our biggest project, the rescue building is making steady progress to becoming a reality, all the animals are happy and healthy, and we are beyond grateful for the continuous support we receive.

With all that has been happening, I have neglected to post our 2018 animal and finance statistics.
The following numbers are the breakdown for the entire year of 2018 – January to December.

Total expenses of 2018: $8,893.57

Total revenue of 2018: $9,195.50

5 Dogs were Adopted.
3 Cats were Adopted.
2 Dogs Surrendered and Returned.
2 Dogs Assisted w/ Rescue.
3 Dogs Passed Away.
11 Dogs currently in Sanctuary.
2 Cats currently in Sanctuary.
3 Dogs currently still Available for Adoption.
For our first year as being official, we’d like to say WOOHOO!!!!! for all that we’ve accomplished. The numbers aren’t huge, but they’re meaningful. We helped rescue, rehabilitate, adopted out and assisted with 31 animals in the year 2018. Here’s hoping we can raise that number even more for this year!

What’s to come for 2019?

So far this year, we have had much happiness and some sadness. From our New Years rescue in Riverside, 2 of the puppies have found wonderful homes, while unfortunately, one passed away from an internal illness. Mother dog to the puppies has an adoption application pending for her. And we still have our resident adoptables; Rex, Smitty & Patches.

As for the organization itself, I’d like to explain our goals and ideas a little more depth.

Our first year was amazing, an extreme learning experience (which, the learning won’t ever stop) and incredibly hectic. I do feel that in our attempts to become recognized and supported by our surrounding communities, we allowed our mission statement to become blurred. We’ve done some great things so far, but our current task as a Board of Directors, is to become more focused on what is essential to the mission of this non-profit.

The “short term”, daily goal of the rescue is.. we are a SENIOR and SPECIAL NEEDS animal rescue. Our focus is on rescuing, rehabilitating and (if possible) adopting out senior and special needs animals.
*Right now we are only set up for dogs, but in the future, we want to be able to be a place for all animals to come to. More on that in the future…*

Rescuing our family of mom and puppies has shown us as an organization, that we are not set up for young, high energy animals that need enrichment, socialization and a lot more time than we can possibly give right now. The experience of rescuing these animals has been an amazing one, and there are no words to explain our pride in saving their lives.
Despite that, the sacrifices we’ve made as an organization and as the individuals caring for these animals, has been many and if we are to continue with strength and fervor in rescuing more animals, we must acknowledge what we can and cannot do.
We cannot rescue and adopt out young animals. It takes too much work for 4 young ladies, all working full time and juggling these 16 animals we have with the rescue, which are all spread out in our homes that go from the Eastern Sierras to the Central Coast to the Bay Area.

In summary, we are coming back around to face our goals head on, with a clear vision of what we do. We rescue senior and special needs dogs currently.
Myself, as the rescue Chair, focuses on the caring of the animals on the rescue property in the Eastern Sierras, our social media accounts, the communication with our supporters and our expansion with other organizations.
Rebekah M. is our Education Director, who is focusing on how we influence and inspire other people to join the cause in adopting, rescuing, fostering and placing importance on Spay & Neuter programs through out all of our communities. Rebekah is our Bay Area foster and contact.
Zoe F. is our Foster Director, working with our current fosters and shoring up our Foster Program so that we can attain more wonderful people who will help us save more lives. Fostering is a HUGE part of the rescue community, and we couldn’t have the number we do without people who offer their home to animals in need. Please reach out if you are available to help us with taking in animals short or long term. It is with your support that we are able to expand our capabilities.
Shayla D. is our Fundraising Director, making sure we are financially stable to continue on. At this time, we are receiving NO grants from any Federal entity or any large corporation, so everything we do is because of individual donations and out of the pockets of us Board Members. We are currently working towards receiving grants, but in the meantime, please don’t forget us when you are able to give back. Facebook Fundraisers for your Birthday are a HUGE way to help us, shopping on Amazon Smile – http://www.smile.amazon.com – with us as your charity of choice, and $5 Fridays are just a few small ways to help us keep going. Shayla and Zoe both work together in maintaining our SLO county foster animals.

With these roles and our short term goal established, this allows us to look ahead long term in what we mean to accomplish years down the line. Not only do we rescue senior and special needs animals, we are working towards being a key player in turning California into a No Kill State. Even if it takes one city, one county at a time, this is the long term goal we work towards every day.

All of that being said, we thank every individual who has helped us reach this point. There is so much to be grateful for because of so many generous people.Because of all of you, our rescue building will be arriving at the end of March. We’ve put up with some terrible weather that has pushed things back a bit, but we’re still moving forward. Once the building is delivered, our next step is putting in solar for the electricity to the building. Water, insulation, and general carpentry are to come shortly afterwards. Our goal is to be done by September 2019, and have all of our animals in one place – here at the Eastern Sierra property. Please help us reach this goal with your continued financial support!

Thank you to so many people who help us each and every day… we appreciate you more than words can say.
Charlotte Meade and Meade Canine Rescue, Olivia M., Eastern Sierra Dog Rescue, Sue H., Nancy E. and the Small Dog Crew in Oakland, Vista Rescue, Gunter’s Legacy Animal Rescue & Leti L., Roger, Rich E., Carol C. and Dan C., Tarah and Cassidy, Kent and Xerxes, Sharon and Kent and the whole Sexton Family, Julia V., Embree M., Sara S., Karen M., Kristen P., the whole Helms & Todorovic family, Dr. Sexton and Cassandra from Sierra Vet Clinic – we’d be lost without you – Casey L., Paul and Connie C., Tamara W., Heleen W., and the whole RHC crew, Kelsey H. & Jesse D., and everyone who shares our posts, donates whatever they can and supports our cause. We love and appreciate you immensely.

Thank you for everything! Stay tuned for much more to come.

Alexandrea-Silver, Chair
Vicki’s Village Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

*featured image is of Vicki*