Edit: For those who may be concerned about the legitimacy of the fundraiser and the Sanctuary, you can check the Sanctuary's verified charity facebook page, which has posted a link to this youcaring page.
On February 15th, 2017, Forever Dream Senior Dog Sanctuary experienced a truly heart breaking shock.
A trusted volunteer, and close friend of 30 years of the sanctuary's founder Verna Wilkins, silently slipped away from the sanctuary, and took the entirety of the sanctuary's funds with him.
Now the sanctuary, and the lives and wellmbeing of over 30 senior dogs with no other home to call their own, hang in the balance. Verna Wilkins, my friend and founder of the sanctuary, has reached out to the community in every way she can to help gather whatever resources are available to help keep the sanctuary running. But Verna's days are already filled with caring for the seniors in the sanctuary, and one person can only do so much.
So I'm here to ask for your help to keep this wonderful place running.
Verna Wilkins established Forever Dream Senior Dog Sanctuary to give a home to the many senior dogs in the Tryon, NC area that were sitting in shelters labeled as un-adoptable, due to their age or numerous health issues. These dogs were either surrenders from families who could no longer take care of them, or were abandoned and picked up by the shelter.
Verna has taken these dogs in and has given them a loving, caring environment to spend their final years in. Not only does she ensure all the dogs get the best in healthcare, but she also rehabilitates the dogs that had been abandoned for so long they had been labeled as 'feral'. These dogs were taken from cages in animal shelters and given a home, their days now filled with play time, proper vet visits, and all the love they could ever want. But now their lives, and the future of the sanctuary, are at risk.
Forever Dream Senior Dog Sanctuary has touched our community, and has done wonderful things for so many helpless animals. Now it is up to us to pay the kindness that has been done to our community forward, and help support Verna and her sanctuary through this truly troubling time.
Let's show the world that we won't let the selfish actions of one stop the good people are doing from continuing. Please donate to help save the sanctuary! Even just one dollar will help.
Here is what your donations will help fund:
- Monthly preventative veterinary care for each senior
- Special need veterinary care for seniors with chronic health issues
- Food - regular dry food and specialized. Some seniors require specialized diets, and others can only eat wet dog food because of missing teeth.
- Gas for trips to the vet and to gather donated supplies. Tryon, NC is a more rural area, and everything is relatively spread out. This requires a lot of driving back and forth to get necessary supplies and care.
- Maintenance, repairs, and overall care of the sanctuary grounds. 30 dogs can cause a lot of wear, and plenty of rain and wind make upkeep of the grounds a constant project. The outside play area, the surrounding fence, and indoor pool need occasional maintenance to ensure they remain safe for the seniors to use.
While the sanctuary lost far more than 5,000$ in charitable donations, I want to start off with a smaller, more reasonable goal that will help keep the lights on and basic care coming for the seniors in the near future.
Here is the Sanctuary's website, where you can donate directly if you are more comfortable with that: http://www.foreverdreamseniordogsanctuary.org/donateThe sanctuary is a 501(c)(3), IRS recognized, non-profit organization, so all of your donations are tax deductible!