Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Help Igor's Friends

The South Lake Animal League is the shelter that Jen and I adopted Igor from last July after Bucky died. Igor wants to help his friends at the South Lake Animal League be able to rescue more dogs and even cats. They need a little help to continue growing, any donation will help. Even a buck.

The South Lake Animal League was established in 1988 to help the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals of Lake County. Started on a non-existent budget by a small group of animal lovers committed to a no-kill policy, the organization soon became an important presence in the growing South Lake area. In the 22 years since the organization began, the League has placed more than 4,500 animals into loving homes.

The League is known statewide for its many unique and heart-warming success stories. Every animal that comes into the League's care receives the best routine and specialized veterinary care, is spayed or neutered, and microchipped. "In the League's long history there has not been a single case where an animal has been put to sleep as a result of being around too long," says League founder, Beth McCabe Priestley. "We remain as faithfully committed to our no-kill policy today as we were when we started."

Since its inception the League relied on a system of foster homes to handle the care, feeding, and socialization of the animals that come its way. While this system had certain advantages, it was always the League's goal to build a centralized permanent adoption center to meet the challenges of a growing Lake County population. On October 9, 2010 the doors to Phase One of A Haven Before A Home Adoption Center opened.

Because the organization receives no state or federal funding, the League relies on the continued support of the community. Many fundraising events have been held over the years such as the Waggin’ Tails Poker Run, Tails on the Trail Dog Walk, and the Arts & Craft Show held at the Lakeridge Winery each December. One of the League's most important sources of operating income is its Thrift Shop located in downtown Clermont.

Despite the remarkable growth and change over the past 22 years, the League has never lost sight of its original goal - to maintain a no kill policy as it helps the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in the community. With the opening of A Haven Before A Home Adoption Center, the organization is in an excellent position to meet its goal.

Operation Georgia Peach

The South Lake Animal League plans to continue rescue missions like Operation Georgia Peach in which we rescue cats and dogs from high kill areas and from facilities who use painful inhumane methods of killing unwanted pets.
We will always rescue locally as well but as we expand and our team grows, we have the ability to help even more of these pets with the least amount of hope.

To do this we truly need your support. None of this can happen without your help. The Animal League receives no government funding but relies completely on the generosity of people like you who care about the plight of these animals.

Please consider donating to the puppy quarantine area we are trying to obtain. We did a quick conversion of what was to be our kitten nursery so we could take in the pups from Operation Georgia Peach (see our photo album for the story). You can help us save so many more lives by donating even $1. That is far less then a cup of coffee!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

The Captain