The Network for Good grant contest is officially over and even though A Place to Bark didn't win the $50,000 grant, we are still winners!!!!
I just got off the phone with Bernie, she is 180 miles away from Chicago with her 41 dogs and 1 kitten all on their way to new homes and we were talking about how much GOOD has come from this!!! This has been amazing!! We have made new friends, we raised over $42,000!!!!!! and we have a matching grant of $35,000 from the Zoline foundation!! So we have raised $77,000. WOWZA!! and all because of each and everyone of you!!!
We truly felt everyone's support for this cause and it is so touching to see everyone rallying behind Bernie's effort to save the lives of these animals. Together person by person, we did what we thought we couldn't do. This has been an incredible experience and it brings me to tears. Not because we didn't "win" because when you think about it -- we did win!! Each and everyone of you made this fund raiser drive a SUCCESS!!!! We raised a total of $77,000 because of YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Bernie says she will still be able to build a shelter with the money raised. It will have to be a smaller shelter but it will still happen. We can all follow the progress on her blog here!
What happens now?
Now Network for Good will audit all the donations from the badges to strip off the duplicate donors to get to the "real" results of individual donors. In 30 days they will notify the official winners. Could A Place to Bark still win? In theory we could if one of the other badges had many duplicate donors. A Place to Bark will still receive $1,000 from Network for Good for placing in the top 8, so that is wonderful!! All the final contest details are on this page here from Parade Magazine who sponsored the challenge.
Bernie's husband Jeff is furiously inputting all of the donor's information into a database, it is taking some time because we have so many donors (yay!!!!) as soon as the database is built we will select the winners of the donation gifts and artwork. not to worry! We will keep you updated here!! We will do this as soon as possible!!
have healed a wound, have taken on a challenge, have created something beautiful,
and have enjoyed breathing the air of existence.
Every moment you make a difference.
-Random Acts of Kindness
All day, my phone has been ringing off the hook, I have been checking my computer, bringing dogs to the vet, picking up dogs from my fosters, getting everything ready to transport and now I am going to try to get a few hours of shut eye..
I am not sure how this contest is going to pan out, but please don't give up:)
We still have time to spread the word..
I believe in meant to be things, so even if we don't get the prize money I'm pretty confident we'll figure something else out..
My heart is telling me that this is the year the shelter will be built..
You all have amazed me, this contest has amazed me!!!
If anything has come out of this, it has shown me the power of a cause.
That people are passionate about life, animals, causes and friendships.
If we don't win, I have won, no matter what. These moments will be forever remembered.
This contest has brought together the rescues that have been competing, for the better.
I have made friends with "Saving Georgia Dogs" and that is a wonderful thing for the animals!!!
My heart is so full of joy, I cannot even begin to put into words my amazement in all of you..
The networking, the outpour of support and the wonderful, wonderful people who make a difference in this life..
It kinda feel like David and Goliath:) We have done amazing, just being a tiny rescue, composed of Jeff, Terry & I.
In dog news: I took 12 dogs out of the shelter yesterday and 3 today, they won't be ready to go till the end of February, but gosh are they every precious!! Will post pictures when I get back..
Need some sleep, I have to get up in just a few hours..
Then on the road with all the doggies and one kitten:) 8-10 hours depending how many times they have to go potty..
I just want to put this out there, since I know all the other charities are checking out each other..
I wish you all the BEST!!! And may the powers that be, support all the good deeds, each and every charity does...
With MUCH LOVE!!!
Bernie is running around like crazy today with dogs at the vet. I wanted to post this direct link to donate. We have gotten some emails that the donation badge is not showing up. If you don't see the badge, please CLICK HERE TO DONATE VIA DIRECT LINK!!!!
thank you everyone SO MUCH!! this is a nail biter!!!! Only 23 hours to go!!!!
EDIT 6:30pm: just another quick update to answer a question.
"I'm confused, the Parade website for the challenge says the top eight charities will win $50,000 each."
yes it is confusing! We read further into the fine print and it says the top 4 USA and then the top 4 International badges (for a total of 8) since A Place to Bark is in the USA category we will need to be in the top 4. Believe me! we wish it was the top 8! then we would be able to sleep tonight :)
Whether a few on the Porch of a Crossroads store
Or Massed Thousands in a Great Stadium
"Is the Possessor of a Potentially Immeasurable Influence on the Future"
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
THE RACE IS ON!!!!
ONLY 1 1/2 DAYS LEFT!!!
Ohhhh, we knew this was coming...
The other charities have stepped it up and if we don't continue to get others to donate, we are going to fall to the back.
They are really gaining steadily..
We need to stay in the top 4 in order to win the grant money and we are close to being moved out of the 2nd place spot, if we are not careful.
Just click HERE to check our placement status.
PLEASE, PLEASE, Spread the word...
I know so, so many of you are out there accosting everyone you know to donate:)
We appreciate your efforts, more than you will ever know!!!
If you are having problems getting the badge to appear, one of two things may be going on..
You may not be waiting long enough, it takes time for the badge to load or you have not enabled your pop ups to show.
Please don't give up on donating if this is the case.
Shoot me an e-mail at: email@example.com either Claudine or I will help you!!
If it weren't for all of you, my new friends and all of my old dear friends, we would not have gotten this far..
I am grateful in so many ways for this contest and the uniting of people who love animals!!!
It has taught me so much and again, I say that all these charities are Important!!
It is very sad we can't all get the prize money, but I truly believe the bottom line is, that we all have won, finding friends in perfect strangers, all believing in making a difference!!!
Now that is a true prize!!
I really need to say a special "Thank You" to Claudine and Tim..
Without your amazing dedication to the animals and your constant support of this cause, I would never have done as well as I have..
Please everyone, I am not minimizing all that you all have done, please don't take this post that way.
I just want you to know that these two people have made such an incredible difference in my life with their support.
I will forever cherish you all for your selfless acts!!!
I will have many more "Thank Yous" to come.. Just need time to write and post pictures.
I'm just getting done with my duties and have a 5:30a.m. wake up call to get my chores done, before the vet and my fosters get here at 7:00a.m.
The video you are about to see Claudine made for "A Place To Bark" to just make a visual point that we do our very best, to find a better life for the animals we rescue.
WATCH VIDEO HERE
I love the music, it makes me think of my twenties..
I was inspired by a YouTube video post on Zak's channel, went back and couldn't find the video poster.
It was the coolest rescue, adopt video!!
Here is just another little clip of some of the animals here..
Unfortunately, they are outside. We just have too many inside right now:(
This is why I so desperately want a shelter, not to mention having a home that I don't have to constantly burn candles and incense would be nice. (((giggle)))
Only a few more days and I'll be on the road with my van full of dogs and they'll be off to new lives.
WATCH THIS VIDEO HERE!
"Pokey" the HUGE Great Pyrenees mix in the video has a huge crush on Jennifer Perkins:)
Off to age another day..
Keep spreading the word!! It will be over soon...
I can't wait, I've been stressed for days:)
more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is so much suffering and pain.
Then suddenly, the spirit wil emerge through the lives of
ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways."
4 MORE DAYS!!!
We still have 4 more days!!!
Just another visual, a wonderful moment, in my memory..
These wonderful dogs , a whole family taken from the pound, the mom had 3 legs, all now live in Chicago and some of the siblings have been reunited, the owners meet with their dogs at the beach during the summer:)
Yes, a dog beach in Chicago!! Too cool..
This time next week, the contest will be over.
PLEASE, please, keep spreading the word!!!
This video below was taken at one of my foster homes. Pam and Tom are my heroes:)
Sorry, for the disappearance..
Lots of pups, but still that is a ton of animals.
As of this posting A Place to Bark is in second place for the Network for Good grant of $50,000!! yay!!! Bernie is SO grateful for the outpouring of support from EACH and EVERYONE of you!!! We couldn't do this without spreading the word and helping to get everyone you know to donate $10. One $10 donation per person is all it takes!
Keep tabs on A Place to Bark's badge progress here. Thank you to everyone helping to support Bernie in saving the lives of all the animals! She saved over 500 dogs and kitties last year alone. Imagine how much she can do with the backing of a wonderful grant!
How to Donate:
here's the badge to donate from:
(to post this badge to your blog click the "share tab" to get the code)
Bernie's internet access is down - She has a really busy day, she picked up 9 puppies from animal control. There are 4 jack russell babies, 2 mixed breeds, and 3 boxer hound mixes. Cute photos coming soon. Bernie is overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity from each and every one of you!!! thank you so much for all of your help in spreading the word! We are already planning how we will paint and arty up the new shelter.
We can make this happen!!!
More tomorrow when she has internet access again!!!
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
UNBELIEVABLE!!! We are now in the Top Five, as of this post!!!!
But the heat is on, the other badges are aware of us and we have to keep asking, begging and trying to get everyone to donate ten dollars.
It has only been 6 days and look at how far we have gotten..
We need to be one of the top four to win the fifty thousand dollars.
We are sooo very close, but can't get too self assured or slow down, anything can happen at this point.....
I really hate to plead, but truly if you have ever thought about donating, now is the time to do it..
Just think, if you donate and we win, every time you read my blog, you can say to yourself...
It is because of me, because I took the time, to spread the word, to donate, that this shelter was built and that these animals were saved and are alive.
I can't do this alone, I need my friends and all animal lovers to take a part in helping me, help the animals that can't.
So please ask, your brother, sister, friends, family members, your vet, postman or a perfect stranger you see with a pet:)
Most love animals and this is for them..
I've learned to swallow my pride and ask for help.. A very hard thing to do sometimes, but it is all for the greater good!!
This Badge does take PayPal:)
It makes me sad that we have to compete for this money.
All the charities that are trying to win are ALL very important.
No one of us, is any better than the next and I wish in a perfect world, we could all support the charities we love.
I really try not to write too much about all the bad things, that I see, that happen to the animals down here..
Most who read my blog, can't handle to hear about it, just know that they are awful!!! I have seen most first hand.
Gas chambers, puppy mills, shootings, starvation, abuse, you get the horrid picture:(
I try to focus on all great things we do, the fabulous dedicated rescue people I know and network with, the wonderful program we have started and continue to grow with the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago, over the past 2 years. Did you know, we are the only out of state program they take from:)
It is because we do our very best and send them only healthy animals.
Because we quarantine and fully vet our animals, it provides a win/win situation for the humane society and the new pet owners.
We also have qualified for other programs with Humane Societies elsewhere, that have successful spay and neuter programs, so if we get the money we can take in more numbers..
Not to mention all the great private adoptions we do and the dogs that go to the pure bred rescues we network with!!
Speaking of private adoptions, I just got an e-mail that Lexi is on her dad, Ben's blog with pics of her.. Southern dog, playing in the snow!! Too cute:)
Ben and Jessica adopted Lexi and make cool Recycled Skateboard Furniture.
One of the many great things that could happen if we get the shelter is, we can apply to be in the Rescue Waggin program, sponsored by Pet Smart Charities, so that I wouldn't have to drive so much:)
They would come and pick up the animals from our place!!
Also, I have been dreaming of starting a program that would take in litters of puppies and offer the have the mom's fixed with no costs to the owners.
It just isn't fair to the critters that are born into the world, so we have to be proactive to help stop the needless killing...
All in the future, a dream that may not be too far away..
Hope leads us.. Belief gets us there..
I have become obsessive/compulsive, checking the badge every 5 minutes, as have Claudine and my friend Patsy, who is the donor from the "Zoline Foundation" also..
We are all very excited to have gotten this far and no matter what, will count our blessings, even if we don't win the money.
All we can do is, do our best!!
If you too, have developed this disorder, sorry.. Maybe an epidemic has been created by the excitement, if you want to catch it too, watch the badges HERE!!
I talked with my friend Traci tonite and she is going to donate a piece of art, one signed book and her DVD Video to our drawing pot. YEAH!! I'm hoping we can do the drawing at CHA when we are all together via a you tube video, so you can be in on it:)
So to Tim, Claudine, Traci and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!
I know by the time this contest is over, you will get sick of hearing me say it, but I truly mean it!!
By spreading the word, the awareness, the love, the good energy and vibes, life gets better for the animals in need..
We took in two new ones today, a little female Beagle, from a cruelty case in our county (who wouldn't sit still for a pic) and a REALLY friendly Chocolate Lab/mix.
Here is his pic from the pound, I will try to post a new pic tomorrow, here at the house.
This sweet girl below came from the Rutherford County PAWS
and is doing GREAT!! She was unsocialized when she left the pound and just really terrified.
Judge for yourself, a picture says a thousand words!!
If I didn't take her, she most probably would have been put to sleep.
A story that is told much too often at shelters everywhere..
Needless killing of innocent lives:(
Still at my vet's office the Critter Clinic, getting over kennel cough. We have newborns here and didn't want to subject them to getting sick.
Everyone there has been working with her and she gave me this smile today...
Thank youPeggy and Mary Ruth for getting her to me!!! She is a doll!!
Let our light shine!!!!
We have only 17 more days to make this miracle happen!!!
(The photo posted at the top of the blog is one of my favorites.. It was taken earlier this year when it was warmer:)
The needs are great and none of us, including me, ever do great things.
But we can do small things, with great love and together we can do something wonderful."
WOW!!! I am amazed and so, so very, very, grateful..
The efforts put forth and the friendships that are pulling together to help the animals make me speechless.
All right, you know I always have something to say, but it has made me take time and really think about the future.
Please take a peek, we are in the Top Ten Badges!!! Zowie!!!
But we have to keep going, working hard,spreading the word and getting everyone to donate $10.00.
We need to be in the top 4, I'm truly convinced we can do this!!
One person can make a difference and each and every one of us is one person, who by coming together and connecting, can in essence, make a change in the world. The quote I posted today, spoke so strongly to me, I hope you enjoy it.
Tim and Claudine have been exhausting every effort to help me and I am forever greatful..
Please check out Tim's blog and see the beautiful piece of artwork he has created and is donating to our cause.
I will also follow suit, in an effort to show you how much I appreciate your support, by donating 5 of my original ATCs that were published in my Artist Trading Card Workshop Book and 5 signed copies of the book.
Everyone who has donated will be entered into a drawing, and I will draw 5 winners, who will receive a signed book and an original published ATC.
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WHEN YOU DONATE, SO I CAN CONTACT YOU, ABOUT YOUR GIFT:)
Thank you all, so very, very, much!!! YOU ALL ROCK!!!
WE ONLY HAVE 19 MORE DAYS AND ARE THREE WEEKS BEHIND, so we have to keep the faith and continue to get others to donate.
I have been traveling this journey of animal rescue for 8 years now and never thought or planned that I would have a chance of making a difference or even rescuing the amount of animals that we have.
But we have and will continue to do so, for as long as we can!!
Funny how life has it's own ideas on what it wants each person to do and I guess this is what I'm going to be doing for a long time to come..
I am going to need an industrial strength pooper scooper!!
Maybe Michael will make me poop can shrine for Christmas:)
Please take note donations can be made by Pay Pal, but in order for them to count in the contest you need to make them thru the "America's Giving Challenge Badge"
In other news: Chi-Chi is doing wonderful in her new home.
Here is a pic we took when we met Miz Bella and her kids in Chatanooga. They were darling and loved Chi-Chi. Chi-Chi's leg is a bit crippled, we fixed it the best we could. It was broken in several places. But it sure doesn't stop her.. She is like the energizer bunny!!
Otter came along for the ride, he loves to go for a car ride and will always try to go..
Lets all say a prayer and BELIEVE that this will happen!!!
Love and LIght to you ALL!!!
Again & Again & Again...
I was just going thru my e-mail and found "Take the Challenge. Change the World".
Six Degrees has partnered with the Case Foundation to invite you to take America's Giving Challenge sponsored by Parade.
It's your chance to get $50,000 for your favorite charity.
How It Works:
The four charity badges with the most unique donations through America's Giving Challenge will get $50,000 for their cause.
America's Giving Challenge runs until January 31st.
WOW!!! Now we do have a Six Degrees badge that we posted last year, and thru that badge, we raised$4,006.00 for "2007".
Now as always I'm behind, they started this contest 3 weeks ago..
But.. I truly, truly, believe in my heart we can do this!!
I just need your help.
In order to win the grant we need to have the most amount of donors, not necessarily the amount of money donated.
The donors will be counted and the amount donated has to be a minimum of ten dollars to qualify.
On a daily basis I know we have over 150 readers, so please if you can donate.
If you are an animals lover and support my efforts, I am asking for your help.
This could make things happen to build a modest shelter, but a much needed one.
I have a youtube video of our place if you haven't seen it.
We are all outdoor and need a building to make things really nice for these animals in need.
Many of the dogs I do keep in my home in the winter.
So if we get this grant, you could watch the shelter being built via this blog.
The other bonus to donating to the badge:
We have created a new badge for "2008" All donations made to my Six Degrees Badge, powered by Network for Good, will be matched by the "Zoline Foundation" up to $25,000.00.
I decided to do it that way so we could all watch. All donations up to June 1st will be counted for the matching donation.
If we all work together, not only could we have a chance to win, but also, the money donated will be matched:)
So your money donated will be double in reality.
I have had to work really hard and prove myself to my animal welfare agencies and my foundations to keep this program going and growing and all the work is paying off.
Now to help, you will have to register with Network for Good to donate.
I know it can be a hassle, but the best thing about it is, you get a receipt for your donation immediately, they keep my bookkeeping accurate and you can also donate to other charities, tons to choose from and track your donations!!
So lots of good comes from this..
We are powerful individuals, as animal lovers and artists!!! We can make a difference together!!!
Help me spread the word via your blogs and groups...
Please post the new badge if would be so kind, I will be deactivating the old one.
Tomorrow I will be on the road taking "Chi-Chi" to her new family. My friend "Bella" is meeting me half way, in Chatanooga.
Will take pics Chi-Chi with her new kids, Zoe, Micah & Zane.
I still have to post about my fabulous kids that have been helping the rescued animals, amazing kids!!!
Got back from transporting last Saturday and have been working on the Art Auction. We also have some new faces...
Here are two of the three pups that we took in: Sherman, Lee & Grant are Lab/Hound mixes. All males, approximately 4-6 months of age. They are being treated for ear infections and Lee has mange. All being treated and on the mend.
Love people and full of puppy energy!!
This is one of the four puppies born on New Years day. I haven't named them yet, so if you have any ideas, there are 2 girls and 2 boys. Beagle/Boston Terrier mixes. We were at the vet's office having their dew claws done, when we took this picture.
"Sparky" is a very, very, sweet boy, and a bit shy!!! 5 years old and loves kids!!! He is a long hair Daschund. About 12 pounds.
We are having his teeth cleaned and he is being groomed. Will pick him up from the vet's office on Saturday.
It the shelter is meant to be built, then events will happen as they should:)
One day at a time..
Thank you all for reading & believing!!