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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Home Van Pet Care Project News -- March 2016

From Elizabeth Howard, coordinator

Thanks!  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out for our annual Christmas party for the animals. Many individuals, groups and businesses made generous donations that allowed us to put together wonderful Christmas presents for the Dignity Village pets. The gift bags included special food, treats, and toys. Thanks to everyone who contributed their time to make the holidays a bit happier.

And more thanks...  We also want to thank Steve Belk, the Project Manager of Dignity Village, for helping us promote and enforce the rules for safe, ethical and humane treatment of pets at Dignity Village.

Puppy is one of the dogs at Dignity Village. We continue to be impressed by Puppy’s progress. Puppy’s owner walks him at least twice a day and is doing a good job teaching him to sit and walk nicely on the leash. Here he sits patiently by his food and shows us his big grin.

We are also impressed by the successful outcomes with spays and neuters in the past couple of months.  Owners are willing to sign their pets up at monthly clinics for an appointment at UFCVM or All Cats Healthcare.  Xena is just one example.  An appointment was made for her to be spayed the day after she arrived at Dignity Village.  Here she is almost a week later, doing great!
In other news, Lucy’s owners are leaving Dignity Village in a few months and there is a chance they cannot bring her with them. She is a beautiful dog with a sweet temperament, but needs some love and attention. We are hoping to find a rescue group who will take her in, but if you know anyone looking for a really nice dog, please let us know.

On a sadder note, little Maggi the pug had to be put to sleep last month.  We all mourn her loss.
We really do appreciate your donations of pet food.  You can see how happy Milo is with his bag of kibble!  When we are “out there,” whether it is Downtown or at Dignity Village or just stopping to leave a bag of food with someone sitting alone on a corner with a pet, we always know that we have given something directly to a person and animal in need.

Financial donations can be made by check payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., and mailed c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville FL 32604; or by PayPal on this blog. Pet food and other items can be dropped off at Sisset's Home and Patio, 3429 W. University Avenue in Gainesville, 352-224-5192.  For more information or to volunteer, call or text 352-246-2727.

Also, don't forget our Amazon Wish List!  Or designate Home Van Pet Care Project as your beneficiary on Amazon Smile.


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