To Our Valued Friends, Donors and Supporters,
I am writing to ask you to consider a mid-year contribution to our Annual Fund.
Your fully tax-deductible contribution of any amount would provide immediate and vital support for all of our organization’s operations. We ALL are receiving so very many of these appeals, increasing each year, from worthy non-profit causes and organizations. How to prioritize? A few dollars to each or a big sum to one and then, which one?! I’ve discovered that with the recent downfall and ensuing personal hardships, some kind people are sending $1-5 per cat pledges to those of us who Pull from the Shelter, as they can’t afford a big donation to anyone anymore. And on top of this situation, we have the (gulp!) election this Fall!
Any time a cat comes into our system, their initial vet cost varies between $100 -$1000
As you can see, the everyday needs of our animals rely on your generous contributions. We have been in operation for over two decades but this is only our 7th year of offering tax-deductions, since receiving our non-profit status from the IRS.
You can help us now by making an instant donation through PayPal.
Or you can send a check directly to:
All Sentient Beings, Inc.
Please include your email address if you send a check.
All Sentient Beings exists for the animals’ welfare and well-being. As an information/resource clearinghouse, we offer assistance to people no longer able to commit to the care of their beloved pets. A salient point in our mission is to educate and inform the public, especially in light of the current economic downturn. We offer advice on Pet Trusts and Advance Directives, so that pets aren’t left behind when their Person dies or becomes too ill to remain at home.By educating the public, we hope that these efforts will reap greater benefits in the near future.
With your support, will will continue our work of rescue and education, through lobbying and concerned activism, as well as by joining forces with larger, more established organizations. But the financial turbulence we are all experiencing, means we have to work harder to receive support for this work. Through it all, we remain committed to fulfilling our mission and thus come to you at this time. Please would you help us speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? Join us in trying to save the universe, one paw at a time! Your year-end gift will be an act of love for All Beings. Thank you for considering a gift to our Semi-Annual Fund.
Ms Gregg Mayer
This is our Facebook “cover boy” Jethro. He’s been in ICU for days after suffering multiple seizures. He should be coming home soon and we are optimistic that he will do well on anti-seizure meds. Please share and help if you can. We’ve set up a YouCaring page for him here: https://www.youcaring.com/jethro-471330 We will post updates on his progress there, on FaceBook and here.
Many thanks for spreading the word.
Back in early September, one of our wonderful volunteers saw a post about Chico online and fell in love with him. Can you blame her? Look at that smile! Gaze into those eyes! She was horrified to discover that he was on the “to be destroyed” list at NYC ACC, and had only hours to live. Our volunteer worked tirelessly round the clock to find Chico a home so that All Sentient Beings could get him pulled in time to save him. We were all thrilled when the perfect home materialized for him, and we were able to save Chico’s life! We thought we had facilitated a match made in heaven.
Our intrepid volunteer drove the handsome Chico (14 hrs round-trip from her out-of-state home – at her own expense) to his new adopter, a retired police officer who was absolutely in love with him. She did the home visit herself and was very impressed with the gentleman. He had adopted pit bulls before, was in love with the breed, and was very experienced dealing them. It had all the makings of another ASB “Happy Tail.”
And then it all went wrong
Unfortunately, the adopter called our volunteer a month later, fighting back tears, to report that – without first notifying ASB- he had already returned Chico directly to the ACC- reportedly because Chico had repeatedly displayed concerning aggressive behavior.
When NYC ACC subsequently re-listed Chico on the “to be destroyed” list, ASB was prepared to re-pull him, and did in fact submit a pull request to ACC. However, because of the behavioral issues that had been reported to us, we knew that we could not responsibly re-home Chico without his first undergoing careful assessment, observation, and possible intensive training. We began in earnest to find a solution that would save Chico’s life without possibly putting others at risk.
In the course of exploring the best option for Chico, ASB reached out to Pound Hounds, with the hope that he might eventually be reunited with his sister, Leah, whom Pound Hounds had pulled. Although the two could not be reunited at this time, it was decided that Pound Hounds had greater resources to address the specialized needs of pit bulls, and were better prepared to deal with behavioral issues such as those that Chico had reportedly exhibited. Pound Hounds and ASB agreed that it was in Chico’s best interest that Pound Hounds pull him, and arranged for any pledges ASB had collected on behalf of Chico to be transferred to Pound Hounds.
We were very pleased to have reached this arrangement, and believe it represents the best possible outcome for Chico. ASB is very grateful to Pound Hounds and to all those who worked so hard and donated the funds to help save Chico and insure him the best possible chance at a happy life.
This is where we get to the cautionary part of the “tail”: when word got out that Chico had been returned to the ACC a few (undoubtedly well-intentioned) folks became alarmed and jumped to the wrong conclusions. They assumed that ASB had been responsible for allowing Chico to be placed back at the ACC. We received hate-filled emails and some people even posted their accusations online and on social media. At some point the word got out that Chico was safe and sound at Pound Hounds, but it was erroneously reported that ASB had nothing to do with his placement there. This could not be farther from the truth, as the folks at Pound Hounds will confirm.
So ends our “tail” – with a word of caution for all of us who care about animals and want to really help them:
We are all on the same side here. At All Sentient Beings we have dedicated ourselves to rescuing as many animals as possible and work tirelessly to place them into loving, fur-ever homes. Please rest assured – if we are aware that one of our animals is in danger, we take action immediately. If we are not aware and someone informs us (via phone or email), we will be very grateful for the intervention and we will take action immediately.
Assuming the worse, becoming belligerent or publicly posting accusatory comments on social media or the internet is not going to help the animals, nor our efforts to save them. We need to work together in good faith in order to do what is best for these vulnerable creatures.
We appreciate your understanding, and so does Chico, who (as of this posting) can now be found – safe and sound – here at Pound Hounds, to whom we are very grateful.
Catster has a very helpful article with tips on socializing a shy cat:
Have you had this experience? You’re thrilled about your new cat, and you’re anxious to give her the loving forever-home and warm lap you know she’s been yearning for. But as soon as you open the carrier, she flees. For days, you see no sign of her, except maybe some food missing from the dish or some pee in the litter box. Or maybe you start looking under furniture and, in the farthest, darkest corner under your sofa, you see a pair of terrified golden-green eyes staring at you.
Read the rest here:
Check out our current adoptable pets list here:
Tiny Tim …. looking for his furever home.
Do you know what to do if you find a stray kitten (or kittens)? Care2.com has a great article with practical suggestions and instructions that you might want to keep handy to use and share:
Meet the beautiful cats and kittens of All Sentient Beings! Waiting for their fur-ever homes they are ready to meet you!
The meet ‘n’ greet will be on board the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals adoption van in front of the NY Veterinary Hospital.
The NY Veterinary Hospital is committed to making pet adoption and wellness a priority. Partnering with The Alliance and groups like ASB is one way they are making a difference in the lives of so many.
So come out and visit the 3 little kittens, some gorgeous ladies and gents and see how you can make a difference too!
DATE: Saturday July 19th
TIME: 11:OO AM -3:OO PM
LOCATION: NY Veterinary Hospital 150 East 74th St NY, NY
Group YOU!! – Partnering with The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Primavera is a young cat who was rescued from the shelter’s Death Row with a broken hind femur. We felt sorry for her and saved her life and paid for the surgery but have thus run totally out of funds to pay ourselves back after the operation. She needs 3 months of crate rest and we’ve had to share her care with other kind folks, all of us having a full house already!
We would be most grateful for any donations toward her care (tax-deductible, of course) and particularly want to thank you for sharing Primavera’s plight on your social media.
You can donate to us on PayPal or go on our site below:
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Ms. Gregg Mayer
This old guy hasn’t had it easy, but Patches finally found his furrever home! Adopter Janelle says, “Thank you so much for saving Patches. I feel very lucky to have such a great cat companion. Everyone who meets him comments on what a great cuddler he is, so I included some photographic evidence!”
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