Our donations are used to rescue dogs and for the health and well-being of current and future rescue dogs. There is no such thing as too small of a donation, every penny is important for providing all the necessary support to these animals, saving dogs and keeping our rescue going! Monies received are applied to bills received by our rescue for shelter fees, boarding fees, transportation fees, vetting, micro-chipping, preventative medications, and any dogs that need medical treatments outside the scope of general vetting. Donations also help with items needed such as crates, bedding, toys, leashes, collars, and more. Passion 4 Paws is registered 502c3 non-profit organization. Our founder, Robin Shover, contributes $250 for every home she sells in her Real Estate business to the rescue! Sometimes people think rescuing dogs is free of charge, but it is quite the opposite.
1) Boarding costs: Often there is no place to keep a dog at first. In order to get a dog safe quickly, while a more permanent placement is found, boarding is the only option even though it is costly.
2) Transportation: The majority of our rescue dogs are transported primarily from South Carolina. Approximately every 2 weeks, a transport van makes the trek with a dozen or so dogs aboard, delivering them safely to their foster and/or adoptive homes here in Vermont. Transportation services cost approximately $100 per dog to cover the costs of gas and maintaining the transport vehicle.
3) Veterinary Care: Dogs often have immediate veterinary needs, or deferred maintenance. Often there are no vet records so all dogs must be fully vaccinated. All dogs are of course spayed or neutered. Often fecal tests and deworming is needed. Testing for Heartworm, and in areas where positive test results are common, rescue groups frequently need to treat the dogs for Heartworm. This involves expensive medicine and care. It is not uncommon to need to treat a dog for minor ear infections or urinary tract infections or allergies… all common ailments dogs can have. Kennel cough is a dog version of the common cold that many dogs in shelters and boarding kennels get. This is treated with antibiotics and a vet visit. Flea, heartworm, and tick prevention medicines are also needed.
4) Microchipping: We microchip all of our dogs upon rescue. A rice-sized chip is placed under their skin with a unique number on it that can be read by a scanner. Microchipping has been proven to greatly increase the chances of finding a lost pet.
5) Supplies: Dog food, leashes, collars, crates, toys, bedding, etc.
6) Unforeseen Medical Charges: Another aspect of rescue is that sometimes huge unexpected costs are involved when a dog in rescue becomes ill. A litter of puppies can contract parvo or even distemper. Dogs often get a common respiratory infection called kennel cough from shelters or boarding facilities which can become serious. Accidents can occur including dogs needing treatment for being hit by a car or orthopedic issues. These dogs can need a lot of financial resources to restore their health.