We are honored to be included in an article written by Denise Carey-Costa for the Examiner.com about two dogs C.A.R.E. helped with Jake's Fund donations in Florida.
C.A.R.E. Dedicates Fund to Rescue Dog That Passed Away
Colorado Animal Rescue Express know as C.A.R.E was founded in June 2007 based on a passion for saving animal lives. Since its founding, Lisa Mendelsberg and Linda Fox have reported great successes in the rescuing of homeless and often abused and neglected pets. Successes include transporting 23, 000 dogs and cats to safety, donating veterinary funding for 2,900 homeless pets, spay and neuter of 9,000 pets, and contributions of $90, 000 to needy shelters and rescues. Quite a good record for a span of 7 years.
C.A.R.E was originally established to arrange and provide the transport of adoptable dogs and cats from Midwest shelters to Colorado rescue groups and adopters. As time went on they broadened their mission to include sponsoring the transport of other groups moving animals out of desperate situations in New Mexico, Utah Nebraska and Wyoming. This transport has been effective in reducing shelter euthanasia in rural, remote, under-funded and tribal locations. They have partnered with 100 Colorado licensed rescue groups to save animals in neighboring states.
One of the most poignant programs that C.A.R.E sponsors is “Jake’s Fund” named in honor of a three year old Yellow Lab who passed away during treatment for advanced Heartworm disease. In recognition of this courageous dog whose life was snuffed out too soon, C.A.R.E established “Jake’s Fund” which provides veterinary assistance for injured or sick pets which may otherwise be euthanized. On an average they contribute to the medical care of 45-50 animals a month.
Some recent hardship cases that have been helped by “Jake’s Fund” include Brutus a young Rottweiler puppy who had his frostbitten toes cut off by his breeder. Instead of seeking vet care for the maimed puppy he tried to sell him in a parking lot. Saved by a Good Samaritan and taken to a rescue Brutus had corrective surgery on his toes to relieve the pain and was fitted for 4 prostheses. Brutus is now learning how to walk on the prostheses and will soon be ready for a forever home.
Prophet is a 1 ½ year old Shepherd mix. He wandered up to a church in Homestead, Florida looking for help. He appeared to have an injury to his front left leg. Although the congregation fed him there was no room at the inn and Prophet was left to roam the streets. Another Good Samaritan stepped up to the plate and got Prophet off the streets and in a friend’s home temporarily. Thanks to vast networking and the kindness of strangers Prophet was transported to Orlando, Florida where he is receiving veterinary care for his fractured leg. As soon as C.A.R.E got the word on Prophet they contacted the person responsible for him and sent a generous check towards his vet care. Prophet is a kennel favorite and known as the dog who keeps smiling in the face of adversity. He understands a lot of people love and support him.
Charlie, a 5 month old Boxer mix suffered severely at the hands of a person or persons in Orlando, Florida. This little guy was burned and blinded in his left eye with battery acid or a similar chemical then left to die under a bridge. A passerby found him wandering around and picked him up. He was turned over to a local rescuer who rushed him to an emergency veterinarian who immediately cleaned his many injuries and placed him on pain pills to relieve his suffering. A plea went out to help this little pup pull through and C.A.R.E once again stepped up for Charlie sending money for his treatment.
Until humans learn to extend respect and compassion to all living things there will always be animals that need assist assistance. C.A.R.E makes every effort to help those that need it most.
To see the hundreds of animals that received treatment and a new life in Jake’s memory visit C.A.R.E’s website http://www.caretransport.org/home.html. You can also make a donation on the site to help with transport costs or specifically for Jake’s Fund.
The article below is from the Hays (KS) Daily News. We made the front page! Thanks, Rhonda, for sharing this with us.
Speedy Sander, right, and Gwenn Puetz, both volunteers with the Colorado Animal Rescue Express, are greeted by one of the dogs being transported to Denver for adoption on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 while on a stop in Hays.
Julie Merryman, left, and Gwenn Puetz, volunteers with the Colorado Animal Rescue Express, walk with brother Australian cattle dogs Peyton and Eli on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 while on a stop in Hays.
Joe Martin, a volunteer with the Colorado Animal Rescue Express, walks one of the dogs being transported to Denver for adoption on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 while on a stop in Hays.
Every Wednesday afternoon, local residents join together to contribute time and love to homeless pets.
Once a week, local volunteers meet to feed, water, walk and care for a few furry companions that make a pit stop in Hays.
"We get some really beautiful dogs," said Speedy Sander, a local volunteer. "They never ask for anything -- just love."
Colorado Animal Rescue Express was established in June 2007 and is responsible for transporting more than 23,000 homeless pets. Dogs and cats are taken in from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee and beyond.
The animals are provided with veterinarian care and transported to temporary, designated facilities in Denver until they are adopted by owners.
For example, golden retrievers are taken to Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue, and larger breeds are taken to Big Dogs Huge Paws. Depending on the breed, the network has a specific, approved rescue group or adoptive home in place just for them.
Linda Fox, Denver, was instrumental in establishing CARE in 2007 and has been transporting animals since. She is a main contributor in the success of the program. However, Fox believes residents in the Hays community deserve credit, too.
"We could not do this without the people in Hays. You guys have given us the best volunteers," Fox said. "Tom Cole organizes helpers, and they come every week -- rain or shine."
Tom Cole, volunteer coordinator for CARE, is one of the many local recruits who help.
"My wife and I started Smoky Hill Golden Retriever Rescue back in 1999," Cole said. "Between the two of us, we saved over 400 dogs."
Cole said he and his family have always been lovers of dogs.
"My mom helped start the Great Bend Humane Society back in the '50s, and my wife and I just followed in her footsteps," he said.
CARE takes pride in the fact its animals are always found a home, Cole said. Not one of them has been euthanized. The pets are taken from high-kill shelters in neighboring states so they are given a real chance at finding a family interested in adoption.
Many of the animals are adopted while they are actually in transport to Denver. Interested families can access information and photos of pets through CARE's website, www.caretransport.org. Visitors can adopt, donate and contribute through the website. The site also provides a background history of the program.
"We usually have anywhere from 25 to 50 pets that arrive in Hays every Wednesday," Cole said. "We are always looking for additional volunteers."
For community members who would like to take part in volunteering once-a-week care for the animals, or are interested in additional information regarding CARE in Hays, an email can be sent to volunteer coordinator Tom Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.