Each year, beginning on Valentine’s Day, a group of family foundations, businesses, and generous individuals comes together to build a Fund of Love. Their donations stand ready to be matched during our spring fundraiser: Double the Gold Challenge.
Fund of Love and Double the Gold Challenge donations provide a large percentage of the funds needed to cover our medical expenses each year. They also help us support over 80 dogs with ongoing care in permanent foster or sanctuary with us at Homeward Bound.
In 2022, the impact of the pandemic was felt fully by dogs left at shelters, surrendered, or abandoned as people resumed their lives or fell on hard times. The calls for help never ended. We supported whoever we could, regardless of breed. But most surprising was the number of Goldens. They came from everywhere. Goldens and Golden mixes are always our priority in keeping with our mission. Add to that our teaming effort with other partners to rescue and save more than 100 dogs from an Ohio puppy mill.
Veterinary expenses exceeded $418,000 – half our total expense. With your support, we were able to provide each dog with the care it needed, including ear surgeries, tumor removals, heartworm disease treatment, dozens of spays and neuters, numerous orthopedic and miscellaneous surgeries, and countless treatments for various infections and illnesses.
Thanks to you, we were able to rise to the challenge. So far, 2023 is ahead of 2022 intakes. On top of that, our medical expenses will rise with the retirement of our beloved Dr. Codde and her donated and discounted services. We are asking for your help once again so we can continue our vital rescue efforts.