For everyone who loves animals, this holiday season provides a meaningful way for individuals, families, and businesses to show that love in support of the ongoing work of Animal Services of Tallahassee, also known as Shelter at Thom Browne Park.
Welcoming 5,000 stray and unwanted animals each year—from puppies, kittens, dogs, and kittens to gerbils, rabbits, and even bearded dragons—providing medical care, shelter, and enrichment, while hopefully awaiting adoption and a new “fury” home.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with inflation and a potential recession, has posed myriad challenges for the shelter with the large and continuous influx of animals, straining the shelter’s staff and resources. This is where the Animal Shelter Foundation steps in.
The Animal Shelter Foundation (ASF) is an all-volunteer organization that supports animals in the care of Tallahassee Animal Services. Since its inception in 2007, ASF has supported and assisted more than 100,000 animals in our community through programs aimed at alleviating stress levels of animals while in the shelter and actively increasing adoptions.
ASF programs include kennel spaying, expert veterinary visits, canine companion specialists, heartworm treatment, dog manners and training classes, low-cost spay and neuter options, transfers and many more.
ASF is committed to helping the animals and families who care for pets in our community. The individuals and companies who collaborate with ASF make this possible.
All public donations will now be doubled—during the #ASF Giving Tuesday 2022 campaign for animals through November 29—and will go further, thanks to the generosity shown by our matching donors.
You can donate on the website, and mail a check to ASF, PO Box 13858, Tallahassee, FL. 32317 or visit Animal Shelter, 1125 Easterwood Drive, by Tom Brown Park on Giving Tuesday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Animal Shelter Foundation board members and volunteers will be available to accept checks or cash donations. All donations are tax deductible.
“Tuesday’s donation is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Lauren Perlman, ASF President. “We literally could not have done the work we do without the amazing support we receive from our donors and the larger community. The community has always stepped up to support our work and the animals TAS cares for over the years. Not only are we grateful, we know the animals as well.”
Last year alone, 1,033 animals were directly assisted by ASF programs, including Banshee and Apollo.
Banshee eye problem
12-year-old Banshee is a sweet, laid-back cat who arrived at the shelter as a stray in March. Banshee quickly became a favorite of the staff and volunteers to “cuddle”—sitting on her front paws, resting her head on shoulders, and cuddling. About two months into her stay at the shelter, the staff noticed she had developed chronic weeping eyes.
The Tallahassee Animal Services vets immediately began treating her eye. While the prescribed treatment worked at first, Banshee’s weepy eye returned – and worsened. When new and different treatments didn’t seem to help, the veterinary team reached out to the Animal Shelter Foundation to request financial assistance to see Banshee’s ophthalmologist to help evaluate the exact cause of her crying eye and prescribe treatment.
While waiting for her appointment with the optometrist, Bunchy is adopted, along with another cat, by Claire. Claire took the ASF up on her offer to help with Banshee’s (now Lucy’s) eye problem, which brought Lucy to their initial and subsequent follow-up appointments. Today, Lucy’s eye has returned to normal, and she is spending her final years happily hanging out with her cat sister, Ramona.
Apollo is hit by a car
Magnificent Apollo was rescued by a good Samaritan and brought to Tallahassee Animal Services after he was hit by a car. Apollo arrives at the sanctuary with his hind leg dangling and in pain. A thorough examination revealed a severely fractured femur that required major surgery to repair. Concerned shelter veterinarians and staff have reached out to the Animal Shelter Foundation (ASF) to request financial assistance with the Apollo surgery, which will be provided through a close partnership with DC veterinary professionals.
Without the surgery, Apollo’s leg would have to be amputated! Thanks to ASF donors, Apollo underwent specialized surgery to save his leg. Shortly after surgery and rehabilitation, Apollo was placed in foster care to recover from surgery while he waited for his forever home. A few weeks later, Apollo was transferred to a rescue organization where he was immediately adopted and resumed his happy life as a playful puppy.
ASF’s work is only possible through generous donations from people in our community. Giving Tuesday is one of the ASF’s largest fundraisers and the organization reaches out to the community to encourage donations and support.
Donations to the ASF help animals in a number of ways, including:
- Free spay/neuter vouchers (including rabies vaccinations)
- Treating heartworms for dogs
- Enriching shelter animals such as beds, scratching posts, leashes, play yards and toys to improve their time while waiting to be adopted
Learn more at Animalshelterfoundation.org.
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