A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
30 days & A Small Miracle Needed: 20K Matching Grant
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." ~Edward Everett Hale

Photo Credit: Joe Frazz photography

“A Place To Bark” is in need of your help!

Due to record numbers of homeless pets & lack of donations we may be forced to close our doors at the end of July. The “Zoline Foundation” has given us a 20k matching grant, 7/1 – 8/1, 2011, to help us keep our program open, to continue helping animals in need.

Please donate, even the smallest of donations makes a huge difference. Spread the word, via the social networks, "Facebook", "Twitter" & Your Blogs. Together WE CAN make a difference. Recurrent donations are what keep our program alive! 10 or 20 dollars a month, helps to make all the difference in the world.

With the economic challenges these days, there are more pets in need, than ever before. We seriously get hundreds of pleas for help monthly. It breaks my heart to think we may have to close.

In “2010” we rescued & placed 705 animals on a shoestring budget. In the past 5 years over 2,500 hundred were saved by "A Place To Bark" This certificate of recognition was given to us earlier this year by our county commissioners.

Can you imagine, if we were properly funded, how many more we could save? Our program is very successful, with 6 shelters waiting to take animals from our program. Unfortunately, it comes down to dollars. Sad, the reality of it all. That it is cheaper to euthanize than to rescue. In most animal control facilities here in the south, it is a 98% euthanasia rate. Can you imagine? Those numbers are staggering. Most of the beautiful faces you see on my blog, facebook, twitter, etc, would have all been put to sleep needlessly. My mind races daily with the ways of the world. How is it that society has become so cold? That life is measured by dollars… We Need To Change the practices of this world & Change will only occur, if people care enough to work together, by the masses. The sheer numbers of loving caring, hearts, CAN CHANGE THIS WORLD! “A Revolution For Life” needs to become a global mantra.

This program has grown beyond anything I could have ever dreamed, 12 years ago. Happy that I’ve been Blessed to save so many. It has come at a cost though. The cost being, that I know, all these precious lives can be saved! Thru hard work, long drives, networking and dollars. I’ve waged a war with my own money that began this rescue, to prove a point. That life does not have to put to sleep needlessly. After going thru most of my own personal dollars & family inheritance, it became painfully clear I needed to lead with my business head & not my heart. Even with the biggest of hearts, Love will not pay the utility bills, food, veterinary, fuel, van rentals, boarding, grooming, etc.

So the last few months have been, looking at the best way to restructure "A Place To Bark" to be viable & sustainable thru buisness practices. A new board is being put into place as I speak, all seasoned business people who love animals. We have connected with many big businesses that will give back, so it’s just a matter of time till we have this all figured out. But in the meantime, we have lives to save…

Won’t you help us continue on and donate? I’ve always been terrible at asking for help, but we have come too far to just give up. So I'm asking now, we need your help!

If for some reason we can’t raise our operations costs for this year, I will never give up! My life is one dedicated to the cause of helping animals in need, so I may have to slow down to catch up so to speak or change directions. But I will NEVER, EVER, give up…. Did I mention I wouldn't give up? I won't ever :)

These faces will tell you why I'm so driven... This was a delivery brought to me by the Sheriff's Dept on the day they were to be euthanized. Look into those precious faces, I laughed so hard, I cried when I saw them... ALIVE & Smiling right back at me as if they knew, they were safe. All dogs have been placed into loving homes.

Be A Part Of Something Great... SAVING LIVES!!! #aplacetobark Rescue/ Adopt / Educate

Please spread the word about our campaign.
A donation of any amount can help us save LIVES!
It's up to us to make a difference in this world!!!
The Power of ONE + One= The power of EVERYONE!!!

If you need to donate via Paypal, the email to be used is: aplacetobark@aol.com

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Just donated 20 and shared on fb. Keep up the good work!
Just donated 25 via paypal and would like to donate 10% of all third quarter sales. Website is artagainonline.com. Will spread the word!
Today is my cat's birthday and I donated in her honor!
I have a new online Pet Supplies Store that donates 10% of all sales to Animal Rescue. If you would like a link that will desginate 10% of the sales it generates to your organization let me know and I will send it to you.
I know that every little bit helps.
count me in! let me know if theres anything i can do to help.
My life is one dedicated to the cause of helping animals in need.
Definitely agree with what you stated. Your explanation was certainly the easiest to understand.
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