2009 Recap

It's been a short four and a half years since The Queenie Foundation and I moved from Texas to Connecticut. In my effort to connect with the community, I table at events in Hartford County and beyond to inform people of what we do and hand out literature on various issues upon which the public can take action. The donation jar on the table rarely has more than $30 in it at the end of any given event. Our rescue in Texas is always busy; we run an average of 12 dogs in our system; you can read their profiles at petfinder.comadoptapet.compets911.com, and dogster.com for CT and TX. (We also courtesy post for other organizations and individuals; the animals' profiles show contact information.) The only reason we don't have more is because of lack of money and foster homes. All of our foster animals are fully vetted before they are available for adoption. This means they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for other issues, such as deworming, ear infections and the like. Most of our fosters need serious veterinary care such as treatment for injuries from being hit by a car. Soft tissue damage takes a long time to heal and requires care such as sonograms, which are several hundred dollars. Several dogs have needed surgery. We took in puppy mill dogs early in the year, who needed to be vetted, groomed, treated for heartworms and other health issues. Veterinary care is getting more expensive, as you may know, and it surprised me when our Vice President said we spent approximately $10,000 this year. I thought we spent more. About 80% of the money came out of our personal pockets since we didn’t receive enough in donations. In a tough economy, animals are at the bottom of the list and people don't think about what happens when they stop giving. Basically, more animals are abused, neglected and/or die. Can you imagine if we had only the municipal shelters to take care of homeless animals? Rescues and sanctuaries provide a service that is invaluable; literally millions more animals would die without the people who tirelessly endeavor to save and rehome companion horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, birds, farm animals and reptiles. It's only through your donations that the rescue community can save these animals in need. The Queenie Foundation is small, but it's not for lack of effort to expand and receive more donations so that we can help more dogs. We also need several more board members in Connecticut or Texas. We invite you to be active for animals as we move into 2010. And we also invite you to remember the small groups out here who struggle every day to make ends meet so that we can serve animals and make sure that they live a safe life. The national groups such as The Humane Society of the United States and North Shore Animal League have thousands of members who give frequently. And when a puppy mill or dog fighting ring bust goes down, the rescues take in the animals and the national organization gets all the donations. What's wrong with this picture? It's the small regional and local groups that really need your time and donations. When you put money aside to donate in the coming year, please remember the local groups. I thank you for your compassion and generosity. Enid Breakstone Founder and Executive Director