Furry Friends Feature: How to Double the Impact of Saving Lives on Giving Tuesday

The countdown to Giving Tuesday has begun to support the more than 300 homeless dogs, cats and other pets at The Heritage Humane Society. This global day of giving takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so this year it will be on November 29. For this year, a generous group of donors is also ready to match every dollar donated.

What is Gift Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global movement. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea for a day that encourages people to do good. It could be volunteering or a donation to a favorite cause, like The Heritage Humane Society.

This global giving event brings together individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities for the benefit of the common good. Harness the collective power of a unique combination of partners to transform the way people think, talk and participate in giving season. Giving Tuesday inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities and give back to the charities and causes they believe in in better and smarter ways.

“For many, this time of year brings the colors of the season, festive gatherings and lots of gifts. As a non-profit organization, Giving Tuesday is a vital part of our holiday season because all of the homeless pets here at The Heritage Humane Society need food, shelter and basic care to help them find their forever home,” shares Kimberly Laska. , Executive Director of The Heritage Humane Society.

Help win the corresponding gift

This year, The Heritage Humane Society is asking the community to consider making a donation on Giving Tuesday so it can go twice as far. The Jimmy Maloney Foundation and other generous donors are offering a matching gift of $15,000. The Jimmy Maloney Foundation was founded by Kim Maloney in honor of her late husband Jimmy Maloney, the founder of Williamsburg Pottery. They have been the generous giving partners of The Heritage Humane Society for the past four years. This means that for every dollar donated, the life-saving impact on the lives of homeless pets is matched and doubled.

To join the journey, Giving Tuesday gifts can be done four different ways and only on November 29:

  • Online. donate online
  • In person. Stop by the Adoption Center to donate in person between 8:30 am and 5 pm
  • Mail. Complete the Giving Tuesday donation form and mail payment to 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185.
  • To call. Call the Adoption Center, which can take payments over the phone between 8:30 am and 5 pm 757-221-0150 ext.0.

How is a donation that saves lives?

Heritage Humane Society operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. By 2022, the number of shelter pets has been higher than in recent years. To date, 1,603 pets have received care, including 162 transferred from other shelters and rescues. There have been 1,207 adoptions this year, dwarfing the adoption total for 2021.

It takes $3,000 per day to operate The Heritage Humane Society Adoption Center. For better understanding, the shelter provides examples of how donations are needed for the daily care of their homeless pets:

  • $25: Provides one set of vaccinations for one pet upon arrival at the shelter
  • $50 – Provides enrichment activities for all pets for one week
  • $100 – Covers the costs of spaying/neutering a pet prior to adoption
  • $250 – Food sponsorship for most sheltered pets for one week
  • $350: sponsors the cost of a pet from admission to adoption
  • $500 – Provides urgent veterinary care for an emergency admission

Dora and Grandma are just two of the shelter’s current pets hoping to find their forever homes in the coming days.

• Meet Dora. Say hello to Dora the explorer. He is a 2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She was found as a stray living in the woods and evaded capture for nearly a month. The shelter team isn’t sure how long she spent living without human companionship, and when she arrived at The Heritage Humane Society, it was clear that Dora hadn’t been around people for a long time. She has made incredible progress with the shelter staff and she has some people that she has really learned to trust. Her biggest requirement is that her new family must have another confident dog to help teach her the ropes. Dora is at her best when she can follow another dog’s example. Dora is ready to pack her backpack and go on a fun new adventure with her perfect family.

• Meet Grandma. This 15-year-old feisty cat with fur as white as snow is looking for a home. Grandma reportedly lived her entire life as an indoor-outdoor cat, but as he grows in age, he seeks a nurturing home. This lady doesn’t want snuggling or cat toys. Grandma wants a soft place to lie down, and some peace and quiet. Her ears are a little crooked from her past experience, but she makes them much better at ignoring you. Grandma’s blood work showed that she has hyperthyroidism and is currently receiving twice daily thyroid medication. If he thinks he can give Grandma a quiet place to rest for the rest of her days, he’ll come visit her.

For more information, visit HeritageHumane.org or call 757-221-0150.

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