· Completion of $15,000 grant by the East Hill Foundation to provide a low cost spay and neuter program to low income Clark County households. This grant provided funding for 355 dogs and cats to be altered.
· Hosted 1st Annual Cruisin’ for Critters Motorcycle Charity Ride in order to raise funds to continue the low income spay and neuter program.
· Completed 36 transports to get animals from the Clark County Animal Shelter to forever homes or no-kill rescues. These transports resulted in 341 Clark County Shelter Animals being saved!
· Nearly tripled our foster home base through outreach using social media and networking. Approximately 16 families have applied and been approved as foster homes. This is a vital resource to reduce overcrowding at the shelter as well as getting animals out of the shelter that are very young, ill, injured or not responding well to the stress of being in a shelter environment.
· 65 Clark County Shelter animals adopted to local families via A Time To Live sponsored adoption events and A Time To Live’s foster program.
In 2014 A Time To Live, Inc. hopes to:
· Continue to provide medical assistance to the animals at the Clark County Animal Shelter
· Continue to provide low cost spay and neuter to Clark County residents, thus reducing intake at the Clark County Animal Shelter
· Increase shelter adoptions through promoting awareness and adoption events. Also continue to work with no-kill rescues to place animals that are not adopted locally through our foster program or shelter adoptions.
· Increase our volunteer and foster base through awareness and community involvement.
· Partner with other community organizations to meet shelter needs such as pet food, litter, bedding, and cleaning supplies. This will be done through fundraising or supply drives.
A Time To Live, Inc. is the lifeline for most animals at the Clark County Shelter. We are surprised at the number of people within the community that misunderstand and think the Clark County Shelter is a no-kill shelter. We are even more surprised at the number of people that have lived in Clark County their entire lives and have no idea where the shelter is located. Our number one goal has to be to raise awareness and educate. Through off site adoption events where volunteers promote shelter animals at events throughout the community we are able to connect with those that may otherwise never visit the shelter. Through social media we are able to stay in touch with our followers and supporters and immediately communicate needs. Adopters that visit the shelter must realize that time is not on our side and unless we act quickly animals may be euthanized to make room for new ones. Stray animals are held for 5 days to allow the possibility of an owner claiming them, owner surrender animals have no hold time and by law can immediately be euthanized. We do not want people to think that we are “taking” all the adoptable animals from the shelter. We are always happy to see an animal adopted locally. Our community can simply not support the number of adoptions needed to keep animals from being euthanized so we must reach out to others that can help us. We have developed relationships with several reputable rescues that save Clark County animals on a regular basis. These rescues are in areas with much more strict animal laws and therefore do not have the overpopulation issues that we have locally. There are many parts that make up A Time To Live, Inc., each member and volunteer can choose their “specialty” or what they like to help with most. The one thing we want people to understand about A Time To Live, Inc. is that we are all volunteers, we are not paid to do this. We donate thousands of hours each year to save every animal that enters the shelter. Every person, every minute and every penny is given and used with the best interest of the animals in our hearts.
Growing up, I always knew I that an animal related career was in my future. In high school I began volunteering at one of the local veterinary clinics, and eventually was offered a job. While working at the vet clinic I encountered a wide range of owners, some were good and others were a challenge to deal with. Day in and day out the flyers and phone calls about “Free Kittens” and “Free Puppies” would make my stomach turn because I knew that more than likely most of those animals would end up at the shelter, in a week when they couldn’t be given away or in a few months when they “got too big” or just weren’t cute enough anymore. These discouraging situations only reinforced my drive to get involved and make a difference. Through working at the vet clinic I met a lady named Dee. She, her husband and several other volunteers were in regularly bringing animals for checkups and health certificates. The more I ran in to this lady and we talked, our few short sentence conversations grew into lengthy discussions about our local shelter, the conditions, the over population, the community that had such a misconception of the shelter. It was apparent to me that this lady, shared my vision for what needed to be done. I was completely on board for this mission when she founded, A Time To Live, Inc. Six years of experience in a mixed practice vet clinic has certainly helped me in the rescue field. I feel completely comfortable fostering injured or sick animals. Now that I am a stay at home mom, this has allowed me to become even more involved with the behind the scenes part of the rescue world. Paperwork and fundraising are hugely time consuming but without those, we would not be able continue the work that we do. In this short time that I have been a part of A Time To Live, Inc. so much has been accomplished. We are confronting animal related problem at our shelter and in our community and offering solutions for those problems. To the animals, we are their ray of hope.
I have worked with the public in the field of education for 33 years. My experience includes working in the home and school environment with families to solve issues related to their child's development, education and needs. Finding solutions to family and children issues have been a constant challenge in my professional career. My personal belief is to confront the issue and look for a solution. My family and I moved to Winchester, KY in 1996. We visited our shelter for the first time in 2002. I was not prepared for the conditions at the shelter. We adopted one dog and a kitten. Then we went back the next day to adopt an adult cat. The sights, smells and sounds of the shelter never left me. The conditions needed change. Each time I looked into the eyes of our adopted animals, I knew that I had to do something. In 2003, I joined a local rescue group hoping to help the shelter. The group provided me with a network of animal lovers but their board did not allow members to work with the shelter. I knew there were problems at our shelter and so I left the group after a year and went to the shelter to help. For the next few years, my family and I worked with the shelter along with friends to save animals. We joined local networking groups to educate ourselves on best practices in animal rescue. We saved animals but knew that more could be saved if we organized. In 2011, we formed A Time To Live, Inc. to implement what we had learned. My days are filled with working with children, families and animals now. I have accepted the challenge of confronting the issues with both and finding solutions. The sights, sounds and smells at our shelter are changing. They are changing for the better for which I am very grateful.
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