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The Consequences of Coronavirus
While many shelters and rescues saw a boom in adoptions in response to the stay-at-home orders from COVID-19, the continuing job losses are beginning to point to a new threat for companion pets, being given up due to financial hardships. According to the ASPCA, the number of pets living in poverty could include more than 24.4 million dogs, cats, horses and other animals!
How You Can Support Local Efforts
Donations are always welcomed at local shelters and rescues to support their ongoing efforts in rescuing, caring and rehoming pets. But what if you are financially struggling? You can still help in easy and creative ways, just keep reading!
1. Volunteer Your Time and Skills
Most non-profit organizations never have enough staff. By volunteering your time, you can help:
- Feed, groom and walk the dogs and play with the kitties.
- Clean kennels.
- Transport pets.
Do you have professional skills you can donate?
Are you a dog trainer? Help train homeless dogs the basic commands to make their adoption easier.
Creative and technical skills are always in high demand!
Know your way around an office? There are a variety of things you can do to help including mailings, event planning, newsletters, blogs, data entry and more!
Offer your handyman skills for shelter repairs or new additions.
Legal advice is always priceless.
2. Organize and Maximize!
A proverb from the 1300s said “many hands make light work” and it is still true today!
- Organize your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to help a local shelter or rescue.
- Have a (virtual) fundraiser, adoption event, bake sale or raffle!
- Collect pet supplies, toys, blankets (and more).
- Ask local businesses to support your efforts with supplies, donations or even a company match of community donations.
3. Room in Your Heart and Home?
Foster a homeless pet! Who knows, you might become a foster-fail and open TWO spots for another homeless animal!
4. Spend for Homeless Pets
When shopping for your own pet, buy an extra and donate it to a local organization! Things like cleaning supplies, dog and cat food and treats, collars, leashes and harnesses and even office supplies are priceless!
- Support organizations that give back on purchases. For example, the next time you need to purchase dog food or natural dog treats, buy from our High Hopes for Pets online store. Not only will your dog enjoy our premium, nutritious food and grain-free dog treats, but your purchase will also help us help more homeless pets!
- Thanks to pet lovers like you, we have been able to:
- Provide 80 grants to local shelters and rescues.
- Donate almost 50,000 pounds of food.
- Help over 300 dogs and cats get adopted!
5. Be Social!
From the comfort (and safety) of your couch, phone or tablet, help spread the word about pets looking for a new home. Remember, Sharing Is Caring!
No matter where you live, please remember our homeless pets and use the tips in this post to help them! Always call the shelter or rescue you want to help and see what they need first!
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society in Fort Walton Beach, Florida won the second High Hopes’ Valentine’s Day grant. They plan to use the funds to help with spaying and neutering. We received over 5,000 nominations from over 50 states! THANK YOU for your passion and stay tuned for more giving !
Adopt A Stray Rescue in Alexander, Arkansas won one of two High Hopes’ Valentine’s Day grants. They plan to use the funds for fencing. We received over 5,000 nominations from over 50 states! THANK YOU for your passion and stay tuned for more giving !
It’s the month of love and we’ve got you covered with Valentine’s Day treats for your favorite four-legged best friend!
In a recent survey commissioned by High Hopes® for Pets with more than 1,200 American dog owners, we discovered that nearly 47% of dog owners said, “one of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their dog is to make or buy a special doggy treat for them to enjoy.”
What’s One of the Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Dog?
Making or Buying Them a Special Treat, Survey of
Dog Owners Finds
From cupcakes you can bake AND decorate on your own to all-natural, delicious ready-to-eat treats, High Hopes® for Pets has got the best treats for your furry friends! Answer those sad puppy eyes with their own healthy treats you can feel great about giving to your beloved pet.
Try our easy cupcake kits! With the purchase of each kit (for you or for a dog lover you know), you will also give back to homeless pets!
Our Dog Cupcake Easy-Bake Kits make GREAT Valentine’s Day Gifts for the dog lovers in your life!
The High Hopes® Doggie Cupcake Kits
Each kit contains everything you need to make nutritious, bite-sized treats for your favorite dog including reusable, silicone baking cups, mix, frosting along with decorating and party tips! Just add milk or water, mix and bake for 10 minutes! Guaranteed to make your dog’s tail wag with joy! Make a lot in advance and freeze them too so you always have plenty on hand for every occasion!
Like all our treats, our cupcake kits use only all-natural ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Happy dogs and happy K9 tummies are guaranteed!
So, bake some fresh cupcakes for your canines (and the dogs you know) this Valentine’s Day! Not only will you feel great about offering healthy and nutritious treats, but you will also be giving back to homeless shelter and rescue dogs with every Cupcake Kit or Refill Mix purchased! (High Hopes® for Pets donates 15% of profits to organizations dedicated to ending pet homelessness.)
Or try our Dog Birthday Cupcakes which makes 6 cupcakes!
Need some inspiration for decorating your High Hopes® Dog Cupcakes?
Need some inspiration for decorating your High Hopes® Dog Cupcakes?
Check out our Cupcake Decorating Tips here and
share YOUR ideas on our Facebook page!
Join Our Valentine’s Day Nominate-A-Shelter or Rescue for a Grant!
In addition, High Hopes® for Pets is awarding two $2,500 grants to animal shelters and rescues in honor of Valentine’s Day!
At our core, we celebrate people’s love of dogs – both their own dogs
and the many homeless ones in search of their forever homes,
said Paula Etchison, founder of High Hopes for Pets. To help spread
the puppy love this Valentine’s Day, we’re enlisting our devoted
customers and dog lovers everywhere to help us reward worthy
shelters by nominating them to win a grant to support their
efforts to end pet homelessness. Plus, nominators will get to show
their own pup some love with hugs and kisses they’ll really
appreciate, an all-natural High Hopes XOXO treat.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shelter or Rescue
a $2,500 Grant!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, High Hopes® for Pets is asking people to nominate their favorite community animal shelter or rescue!
High Hopes donated 425 lbs. of XOXO cookies to the The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago to benefit their pet pantry program. This program has served up 500,000 pet meals since the start of the pandemic. They also provide food and treats help people care for their pets and allows families and their pets to stay together.
Doggy parents surveyed by The Harris Poll on behalf of High Hopes® for Pets also named ‘doggy and me’ time and couch cuddles with a movie as other top ways to show their pups love
At our core, we celebrate people’s love of dogs – both their own dogs and the many homeless ones in search of their forever homes,” said Paula Etchison, founder of High Hopes for Pets. “To help spread the puppy love this Valentine’s Day, we’re enlisting our devoted customers and dog lovers everywhere to help us reward worthy shelters by nominating them to win a grant to support their efforts to end pet homelessness. Plus, nominators will get to show their own pup some love with hugs and kisses they’ll really appreciate, an all-natural High Hopes XOXO treat.
Congrats to Sherrif! He’s the lucky winner of Dress Up Your Pet Day! Sherrif and his Mom selected Pulaski County Animal Shelter to receive a $500 donation to help the homeless ones waiting for a new home, Sherrif’s case of High Hopes’ treats are on the way too. Thanks to everyone for participating, we LOVE to see all the doggie love, and thanks for supporting our mission of helping the homeless ones. Tail wags!
This year, the West Coast suffered a horrific and historic fire season. In September, CNN reported nearly 90 large wildfires scorching millions of acres and killing almost 3 dozen people. As of Election day, 4,100 firefighters continue to battle 22 active wildfires in just California.
The organizations that help in these natural disasters also faced huge challenges in trying to meet the overwhelming needs of all the displaced people and animals. For this reason, in October, the High Hopes for Pets Foundation awarded four animal welfare organizations in California and Oregon with monetary grants.
Who is the High Hopes for Pets Foundation?
The High Hopes for Pets Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization located in Chicago. The Foundation receives its funding from:
- The sale of High Hopes™ all-natural dog treats and food. Every day, High Hopes™ donates 3.5% from every sale (up to 15% of the company’s profits) to the Foundation; and
- Direct donations to the Foundation from pet lovers around the country
Since September 2011, the Foundation has awarded a total of 85 grants to deserving rescue and shelter organizations throughout the United States.
October Grants Recipients
Four organizations below received grants from the Foundation in October, including:
- Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, Winchester, Oregon
- Three Rivers Humane Society, Madras, Oregon
- Cooper’s Dream, San Rafael, California
- Siskiyou Spay Neuter Incentive Program, Yreka, California
Mission: To champion, promote and protect the human-animal bond through responsible pet ownership.
In 2001, Saving Grace was organized by a group of passionate people who knew the animals of Douglas County needed and deserved better care. Since then, Saving Grace has saved the lives of 30,600 animals.
With the Foundation’s grant, Saving Grace was able to provide temporary shelter for 55 evacuated pets and save 44 cats from a property that burned in the Archie Creek fire. To learn more, donate, adopt or volunteer, visit them at www.savinggrace.info.
Mission: Shelter animals deserve the best care possible.
One of their primary efforts includes outreach to the nearby Warm Springs Indian Reservation where tribal residents often find themselves overwhelmed with puppies. Recently, this led to an influx of 103 puppies.
The Foundation’s grant will be used to help spay/neuter 20 puppies, and better yet, prevent an estimated 120-160 more in the future. For more info, visit www.threerivershs.org.
Mission: To end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in the United States through increased public awareness, legal actions and rescuing dogs scheduled for euthanasia.
Providing volunteer-only foster homes to rescued dogs from California’s shelters and placing them in new, permanent homes throughout the Bay Area. To get involved, visit them at www.coppersdream.org.
Mission: Help end dog and cat overpopulation in Siskiyou County through education, support, and need-based financial assistance to pet owners.
The Siskiyou Spay Neuter Program (SNIP) is a non-profit, volunteer-only organizationformed in 2002.
Since then, SNIP has given out over $660,000+ in spay and neuter coupons and has helped facilitate the spay and neuter of over 25,000 pets in Siskiyou County. To learn more, visit www.siskiyousnip.org.
Local Shelter or Rescue Needing Financial Help?
Our next round of grants will go out in January 2021. To apply for a grant, click here at the HighHopesforPets.com/Foundation.
Buying all-natural and nutritious dog treats and foods from High Hopes for Pets are great for YOUR pup and ALSO helps other homeless pets in need from each purchase!
High Hopes® products were developed by a Pet Nutritionist with a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition and are made in the USA with the best ingredients to keep your dog
healthy and happy.
To donate or learn more, visit High Hopes for Pets.
The Siskiyou Spay Neuter Program (SNIP) is a non-profit volunteer only organization formed in 2002 to help end dog and cat overpopulation in Siskiyou County through education, support, and need-based financial assistance to pet owners. Since 2002, SNIP has given out over $660,000+ in spay and neuter coupons and has helped facilitate the spay and neuter of over 25,000 pets in Siskiyou County. To learn more, visit www.siskiyousnip.org.