Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Parvo Puppies - Please, please donate $5

Dear Animal Lovers,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to you all today. I will spare you all of the tragic details but long story short, we have been hit by a devastating wave of parvo. We pulled several puppies trying to save them from being euthanized and now several of them have ended up at the vet fighting for their lives while we struggle to pay for their care.

Luke ended up at the vet with parvo over a week and a half ago, but luckily he recovered fully! His poor little sister Lila then came down with it and has been heroically battling the virus for over a week and a half and is still at the vet. She has lost so much weight but she continues to wag her tail and get up to greet you and she appears to really want to live. She refuses to give up so we have refused to give up on her. As if these two cases were not enough to put us in a state of financial distress, we had another puppy come down with parvo yesterday. Cole has actually already been seen by an adopter who wants to take him home if he can recover. It is one of those puppy miracle stories where he was found on the side of the road in horrible shape, brought to us, and somehow out of all the black lab mix puppies in the world, a wonderful home chose him! We don't feel like his luck has run out so he is now at the vet also diligently fighting to survive.

We decided after a long discussion yesterday that we would have to send out an email asking for financial help. After deliberating with each other yesterday over what care we could actually afford to give Cole we became very distressed that our decisions on whether a puppy should get the chance to live or be put to sleep should have to be based on finances. For those of you not familiar with parvo, it is a terribly nasty and highly contagious disease that claims the lives of puppies all throughout the U.S. When treated there is a high chance the puppy can recover but care for one sick puppy can range anywhere between $600 and $1,000 depending on the length of time the individual puppy needs to hit a turning point.

What is more, the situation is even more urgent. There are still a handful of puppies from that group that could come down with it still. In our current situation, if this happens, we no longer have the option to treat them because there is absolutely NO money left. Sweet and loving puppies do not deserve to spend their first weeks of life in a kennel only to be put to sleep because of a treatable sickness. They should be able to live and enjoy life with their forever family one day and all we are asking is that you help us give them that chance.

We know that times are tough right now and we understand that substantial donations are not an option for most people at this point in time. We want you to know that in our minds $5 is a substantial donation. If everyone on this list sent just $5 then we would be in much better shape and our puppies could be treated.

You may mail donations to P.O. Box 241
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Or paypal a donation by hitting the donate button on our home page of our main website.

If you would like to hold a fundraiser for NMAR, no matter how small, we will be glad to attend with materials and adoptable dogs. Summer is a great time to make an excuse to have a party!

We cannot thank you all enough for all of the support, generosity, kindness, and compassion you have shown the dogs of NMAR over the past eight years. We know that you are doing it for the dogs but we just wanted to let you know that your help has touched our hearts and without encouragement from wonderful people like you who are willing to help, we would have given up hope long ago. You all have saved the lives of the 2,000 dogs that we have been lucky enough to help!

Thank you so much,

Beth, Kayla, Terry, and all of the dogs at NMAR

P.S. If you have adopted from us and are having a wonderful life with your dog, please send us happy pictures and good news! Nothing keeps us going like seeing the smiles on our adopters faces and those goofy smiles on the faces of our dogs!


NMAR, helping to end pet overpopulation, abandonment, and neglect.

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