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BrightSide 2015 Holiday Letter


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December 2015 Holiday Letter to Friends of BrightSide Animal Center of Redmond, Oregon

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BrightSide 2015 Holiday Letter

  1. 1. Kitten receiving oxygen Dear Friend, The holidays are upon us bringing family and (furry) friends together to celebrate the season. It’s also a busy time where it’s easy to get so caught up in our daily activities that we forget what is really important. We find ourselves rushing around for the perfect wrapping paper or finding last minute gifts and this pressure prevents us from remembering the very real stress of local animals waiting to find a family to call their own. Your gift to BrightSide Animal Center will help struggling local animals find forever homes throughout the year, not simply the holiday season. In September a small, brindle-colored, stray puppy was brought to BrightSide. As part of our safe stray routine the staff worms and vaccinates the animals for common diseases, such as distemper and Parvovirus because we never know what kind of preventative care the animals received prior to our shelter. Though Biscuit was vaccinated upon arrival he was already incubating the virus and began to show Parvo symptoms within 24 hours. Fortunately for Biscuit, BrightSide Animal Center has the puppy isolation ward and medical staff necessary to treat viruses like Parvo in dogs and Feline Influenza in cats. After two weeks of treatment, including intravenous fluids and antibiotics Biscuit recovered and this beautiful pup was adopted by a military veteran. BrightSide is here to help and the community knows it. A young man brought us a tiny 10 day-old kitten in a shoe box. We treated him for heat exposure with fluids and oxygen. After this initial care the kitten was stable enough to transfer to a foster volunteer for long-term recovery, and eventually find a loving family. BrightSide also helps keep families together. Through BrightSide’s emergency pet food pantry we distribute roughly 5,000 lbs. of critically needed pet food, biscuits, bedding, and cat litter annually to families struggling to keep the household intact and their pets remaining in their homes.
  2. 2. PO Box 1404, Redmond, OR 97756 a 501c3 not for profit BrightSide fosters nursing mothers and orphaned kittens and puppies, and many special needs animals who would never survive without the care and investment of time given by staff and volunteers allowing the animals to mature and find a loving homes. Every year BrightSide shelters more than 2,000 lost animalsof a variety of species so they can wait safely and comfortably for their owners when lost. Fifty percent of all strays are reclaimed by their owners. BrightSide provides low-cost microchipping ($20) which is critical in helping contact owners of lost pets. Your help is essentialto maintaining these services and helping BrightSide accomplish its goals to provide shelter and placement in forever homes and reduce animal homelessness. • $30 provides a week’s worth of kitten food • $50 supports testing four cats for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia virus) • $100 pays for a dog spay or neuter surgery • $300 supplies a month’s worth of cat litter Your BrightSide Animal Center donation can extend the holiday season for the animals in our community and provide the gift of care for them year-round. Happy Holidays and thank you for your support! Becky Stock Executive Director P.S. Making a donation to BrightSide Animal Centeris a great way to show friends, family members, co-workers and even clients that you are thinking about them during the holiday season, as well as sending a message that you are mindful of the needs of homeless dogs and cats in your community. Whether you make a donation instead of purchasing a traditional gift, this is a truly thoughtful opportunity to spread a message of cheer and charitable giving during this season.