Save the dogs of Harlan

For: Harlan County Animal Shelter
Organizer: Safe Hands Animal Rescue
$3,016
of $4,000 goal.
Raised by 65 donors
75% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Please help save the dogs at the Harlan County Animal Shelter!  Give them hope.  Give them a future.

Just over two weeks ago the Harlan County Animal Shelter got the devastating news that dogs in their shelter tested positive for distemper.  The reality is that in many shelter this would be an automatic death sentence for all shelter animal residents.  In this case, the county judge compassionately agreed to close the shelter doors and begin testing all dogs in the shelter in an effort to save any dogs that tested negative.  Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM, Phd, specialist in controlling infectious diseases in shelter environments, agreed to advise and assist in managing this outbreak.  A plan was put in place.  A plan that keeps hope for the dogs alive.

So far 84 dogs and puppies are apparently healthy and have passed at least one of two tests to clear them.  All blood titer testing was generously donated.  Idexx Labs has given us a discount on the distemper PCR testing but it is still $45 per dog.  Testing will cost over $3750 and the shelter is in a very rural area with a very low median household income.  The shelter staff and volunteers work very hard to provide and care for the dogs.  They have big hearts and work hard to provide for the dogs and to save them.  They need to keep their hope alive, their spirits up.

Please help the dogs and help the good people at the shelter so their work is not in vain.  Please give these dogs a chance at a future. 

$45 sponsors the cost of the test for one dog.  Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Testing must be completed and dogs moved out of the shelter by Friday, August 22nd. 

We also need rescue help to find safety for these dogs once they test negative.  If any rescues that have not pulled from the shelter before are interested in helping save these dogs once they are tested and are safe to send please email [email protected] for a Receiving Rescue application so we can get you approved to pull from the shelter!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 30, 2013

Posted on August 30, 2013

Thank you to everyone who donated so these dogs could have a second chance.  Over 50 dogs were able to be saved.  That's fifty dogs who's lives would have ended if not for all of you.  That's pretty powerful stuff right there.  We are making a final push to cover the costs of the testing!

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