Letter to the Editor

Animal Rescue Foundation has been in Milledgeville since 1983, and in that time we have worked tirelessly to help the homeless dogs and cats of Baldwin County find loving homes. We have been very blessed by our village in that time, and because of you we have been able to continue our mission for the last 37 years. Our rescue exists almost totally on donations, as we do not receive any taxpayer dollars to help fund what we do. We do not euthanize for space, and because of that, we have dogs and cats that have been with us for several years. We work closely with Baldwin County Animal Services and take in animals from our community. 

We are coming to our community to ask for your help. Due, most likely, to COVID-19, we have experienced a drastic drop in donations recently. Donations keep us going. Because we have a shelter, we have a large amount of overhead. We must pay utility bills, staff to care for our animals, licensing fees, insurance, and veterinary bills. Our adoption fees only cover the basic spay/neuter surgery and vaccines. If an animal gets sick, requires additional care, or has heartworms, donations cover that. In the hottest summer months, our electricity bill can run upwards of $700. We normally do constant fundraisers to help supplement these donations, but we simply cannot do our normal big fundraisers, for obvious reasons. We have had to cancel our biggest fundraiser of the year, our golf tournament, because of COVID-19. Deep Roots is another large fundraiser where we sell shirts at our booth and it has been cancelled as well. To compound our financial woes further, we are in need of a new roof. 

Dogs and cats are often dumped on our property. Just last weekend, we came in to find two kittens that still had their umbilical cords attached. They will require round the clock care, and of course specialized food. We step up for these babies again and again, but we know that we would not be here if it weren’t for your support. 

We need your help. If we are to continue to help the homeless cats and dogs of Baldwin County, we need donations. We have cut as much as we can from our budget, but we cannot cut any more. Our animals must have care, veterinary attention, and a safe, comfortable place to live while they are waiting for their forever homes. Those things are non negotiable for us and we simply must find a way to make it happen. Please help us continue our mission! We know that many are hurting in the uncertainty of our current times, so we have thought deeply about asking our community for any more. We simply don’t have a choice. If you have thought about adopting, head over to animalrescuefoundation.org and check out our available pets. If you have a few dollars to spare, you can donate via PayPal on our website or mail donations to PO Box 1032, Milledgeville, Ga. 31059. Follow our Facebook page to see what your support is doing, find out about our mini fundraisers, and see our adoptable pets. 

Finally, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years! We would not have made it this far if it weren’t for you. We know that our work is made possible by those of you that love animals as much as we do. 

Allene Veazey

Board of Directors

Animal Rescue Foundation 

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