A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Monday, December 19, 2011
Articles about "A Place To Bark"
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan Proverb

Because of you, who donate & believe in a vision of a no kill nation, "A Place To Bark" has been Blessed to save over 2,500 homeless pets in the past 5 years. Thank You so very much!!!
Our model program, is where each entity does their part, to further animals along the adoption process. We rescue animals in need, from high kill shelters, puppymills & cruelty cases.
By being a full time foster & rehabilitation program we take them in, get them well, provide full veterinary care & any rehabilitation needed.
It is then a win/win situation for the homeless pets & the people who adopt them!
Working together is the answer!
We are their safety net, if for any reason the animals does not shelter well, they are always welcome back into our program, for as long as they need to be here.
Our partnering shelters have the means to showcase, screen, spay/neuter & adopt the animals out in large numbers. So we do our part on the front end & they do their part on the back end!

Thank you"Adopt A Pet" for the mention about "A Place To Bark" in their newsletter!
Their dedication to finding a homes for animals in need is Amazing!!!

Wonderful article done by "The Humane Society Of The United States" in their Sheltering Magazine pages 14-15, about our rescue efforts, titled "Travels With Bernie" .
We've been getting some great press, but that won't keep our doors open.
We need recurrent donations to continue on.
For as little as $10.00 monthly, you can help save the life of a homeless pet in need & if in Chicago or Florida can adopt one of our rescues, from our partnering shelters.

This Holiday Season, keep love in your hearts and support rescue efforts!
The animals cannot help themselves & depend on us to care for their well being.
Help "A Place To Bark" continue saving homeless pets everyday by donating HERE

"Travels With Bernie"

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" ~John Wooden

Please accept my apology for not posting sooner...
I've been working double duty, between my art world & my rescue world.
This has been the hardest year ever, keeping the rescue open.
After 11 years of doing rescue, I almost had to close the program, earlier this year.

The economy has been so bad, people are surrendering their pets because they can't afford to keep them. People aren't adopting because they can't afford a pet and people aren't donating because they don't have the disposable income to do so.
Not to mention rescues are closing like you've never seen because of lack of donations & funding.
So it's become a very difficult situation all around, with homeless pets being put to sleep at greater numbers.

"A Place To Bark" is not out of the woods yet, but we are working hard on restructuring by partnering with businesses, who would actively fund the rescue & also creating residual income giving back.
The program has been so successful at saving lives, it's grown beyond what I ever envisioned it to be. But along with that has been growing pains. Baptism by fire so to speak, in learning what works & what doesn't as far as generating enough money to save the animals in need.
The operational costs, transport, gas, food, veterinary care, becomes very expensive. But Life shouldn't have a price tag attached to it...

Thanks to "Chase Community Giving" giving us a grant we will be able to get a grant writer & cover some basic operational costs.
We still have alot of catching up to do, with outstanding bills, that have grown due to lack of donations. I have Faith, everything will work out and the program will continue to grow.
The grant money won't arrive for 8-10 weeks I've been notified by the grant giver.

Please donate this holiday season so that we are able to continue saving homeless pets from needless death at our local animal controls.
Life is precious and should not be disposable. Together we can change things...
So in the next few months the website will be overhauled, many changes on the horizon...
Stay tuned & Thank You for visiting, donating & loving your pets....
Till there are no more homeless pets, we are "A Place To Bark"

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