2015: What a year.
We'd like to start out by saying thanks. Thanks to all the volunteers, supporters, fosters and adopters. Thanks to everyone that helped transport, manned our booth at an event, set up or took down at an event, donated items or crafts, did a home visit, processed an application, baked for our multiple bake sales, handed out flyers, donated a few bucks and the various other tasks that have helped keep our organization running. Because of you, we rescued 41 GSDs this year. So we say thanks, from the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of everyone involved in the Mit Liebe rescue group.
2015 was a challenge for saving dogs; lack of funding, foster homes, serious medical cases and a non-existent facility made it a real struggle to continue, but we survived - and saved a few dogs in the process. The infamous "dog flu" hit CACC in Chicago hard and state restrictions stopped us from rescuing many GSDs in Illinois. Unfortunately it also halted many other groups as well and many great dogs were put to sleep because of it. We also took in many "surrenders" this year. (What's going on? Why are people discarding their animals like old trash?) We also had a few pretty serious medical cases to deal with that drained any of our savings we were able to squirrel away.
Lewis kicked off the year with heart worm, Indy and Sadie had to spend a few weeks with our trainer, Loki had to be treated for many months for his mange, Sammie had her tail amputation issues, MoJo came to us with a leg issues that required surgery by a specialist, Buddy had broken toes that needed surgery and ongoing care until they were healed, and now Chester...our sweet little dwarf puppy with some pretty serious leg deformities that may require surgery to give him a pain-free life (more coming in the next newsletter on him once we have a update from the specialist). Not to mention all the others that have come to us with kennel cough or the ones that need to be kenneld at Liberty Canine Lodge because of lack of foster homes (they're so great to us, we can't thank them enough) or just the usual spay/neuter, vaccinate, heart worm test and micro-chipping all of our rescues receive. I'm not sure how anyone can get ahead in this world, let alone a non-profit.
For anyone that wonders where our money is spent, here it is. In 2015 we spent...
... $42,600 (not including additional costs associated with boarding or other misc. costs for our fundraisers or transport vehicle) and we only took in roughly $25,000 from adoptions, private donations and fundraising (we don't receive any government or state funding). The balance sheet isn't good, which is why most times we say we cannot help when we are contacted about dogs in California, Texas, or other far off lands and sometimes even close to home. We'd love to, but unfortunately we struggle helping the GSDs in our local areas.
- $21,000 in vet costs
- $20,000 in food & supplements (fosters & permanent residents)
- $1,600 in training
Alas, we will move forward and will continue to rescue, because that's what we do! When funding is available, dogs will be saved. When funding is not available, we beg for help to save the ones we can. So for that, we thank you. To everyone that continues to give and for everyone else that continues to support us one way or another, thank you. Because of you we were able to save 41 GSDs this year, something we're pretty proud of and quite certain a few of you are pretty thankful for. Despite our hurdles, 2015 was a successful year for Mit Liebe GSDR, because of you. Thank you.