Featured Rescue Profile, October, 2015
Welcome to An Act of Dog’s newest monthly feature, Rescuing the Rescues! As you know, An Act of Dog works tirelessly to support rescue organizations across the country by infusing cash through the sale of Mark’s breathtaking artwork. We couldn’t do any of this, though, without the generosity of our donors.
Rescuing the Rescue will give you, our precious supporters, a chance to meet the organizations that are benefitting from your generosity and kindness. Whether you’ve been a longtime supporter, or are visiting our site for the first time, we want to introduce you to some of the selfless individuals and organizations that your purchases help keep afloat.
It is our pleasure, without further ado, to introduce you to our first featured rescue organization – Happy Endings Animal Rescue! (Interview by our awesome blog writer/volunteer, Erin McNamara Larrivee).
Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR) is located in Sublette County, Wyoming. Since 2007, they have worked with people across the county to help make sure those local animals, whether relinquished pets, or unclaimed strays, are placed in loving, joyful homes. Their six board members have each been involved with animal rescue efforts since before HEAR was founded, and have a great deal of experience balancing work, life, and volunteering. HEAR has recently begun sharing resources with the Town of Pinedale, WY.
HEAR uses both foster families and the Pinedale animal control facility. Like all small animal rescue operations, HEAR is resourceful and diverse in their community outreach and connections. Their small, dedicated team works diligently to balance rescue efforts and evaluations, social media outreach, community connections, and fundraising efforts.
“I enjoy volunteering because . . . There are no agendas,” says Susan Kramer, Board of Directors. “The only issue is that of the welfare of the animals in rescue, and what is best for them.”
Sublette County is the smallest populated county in the least populated state of the Union. The small town life is at times advantageous to rescues, where everyone knows each other, and animals tend to be adopted or recognized fairly quickly. The rural setting, however, has also limited HEAR’s fundraising and operational opportunities. Most of the involved board members and volunteers either work or own a business, so time is limited, and funding can get tight. Despite these hurdles, HEAR has had great success with their programs. “[Over the] last few years, we have adopted out 100 dogs and cats each year,” Susan said.
HEAR is now heading into their 9th year with just as much enthusiasm and energy as they had on day one! A 501(c)3 non-profit, HEAR gladly accepts funding and donations both locally and on a national scale. They can be reached online at www.hear-wyo.org, and additional contact and other information is available on their FAQ page. While you’re there, take a moment to reach out to Susan or the other members to inquire about upcoming events – you may even find yourself a new (furry) best friend!
An Act of Dog is proud to be able to support HEAR’s fundraising efforts. To make your contribution through our site, pick out your favorite print (or nightlight!) in our store, and treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful gift. As always, 100% of proceeds from all sales go directly to our 100 participating rescues from all 50 states. The gift is in the giving!