The Issue: Euthanasia of Cats and Dogs in Shelters
Shelters across the country euthanize 5 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats if they are sick or have not been adopted, simply due to lack of resources, according to data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many of these pets have treatable medical conditions and injuries that could be cured or managed with the right medical supplies.
The Campaign: Funding Medical Supplies for Animals
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) can fill its emergency medical fund for two weeks. When Sarasota County Animal Services picks up sick or injured animals off the street, the ARC emergency medical fund supplements the transportation, treatments, medicine, and supplies to provide medical care to the animals. Each month, the medical fund helps save about 30 animals. Each additional $500 raised will fund the medical-care pool for another two weeks.
Animal Rescue Coalition
In 1999, Ira Barsky and Ed Sarbey formed a coalition of animal-welfare supporters to combat the euthanizing of adoptable pets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. They founded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) and purchased a mobile spay or neuter clinic to help reduce pet overpopulation. Since 2002, the organization has sterilized more than 32,000 cats and dogs, primarily offering its services to low-income families that could not otherwise afford the procedure. Additionally, ARC's emergency medical fund supplements this no-kill approach by paying for the medical supplies and medicines needed by sick or injured animals picked up by Sarasota County Animal Services. Drs. Nan Rosenberry and David Smith then provide complementary treatment for any animals brought into Bay Road Animal Hospital. ARC also sponsors a feral cat program and an adoption effort to ensure cats and dogs enter permanent and loving homes.
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