Career Loss! Animal Rescue Needs Donations! Please Help!

Discussion in 'Pets and Animals' started by realtordanielle, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. realtordanielle

    realtordanielle Beach Lover

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    Hello to Everyone!:clap::welcome:This is really long and will require patience!
    My name is Danielle and for the past 10 years. I have always financed my animal rescue "Ruff Haus" personally through my career and picking up other jobs to help supplement. Due to my career loss and unemployment, I now find myself asking for help from the community and the surrounding area's. I know that times are tough for most of us but please know that it's really out of character for me to ask for help. I have never asked for any kind of donations in the past so this is very new for me and hard for me. I am just worried about keeping my rescue going and giving all of the animals the proper love and care they need. It's a long list but various people have and prefer to donate specific items. I will pick up all items personally. I am hoping for the following donations:

    Purina Dog Chow-15 dogs eat a 45lb bag every 4 days about 5-6 Large Bags a Month. Best Prices at Sams and Walmart, must be Purina Dog Chow Green Bag to avoid stomach issue's, number of dogs fluctuates up to 25 sometimes
    Purina Puppy Chow-no puppies right now but if donated, I will transfer to other local rescues. ie., Alaqua, AdoptADogmyway, and PawPaws.
    Milkbones-14lb box at Sam's is $9.00...Best Price and Qty
    -must be Milkbone Brand to avoid sensitive stomach issue's. Great for tarter and general snacks.
    Milkbone Brand Marro Bone Treat-red bag, best price at Walmart
    Cheweez Busy Bones-Burgandy and Clear Colored Wrapper 3pks and 2pks, rolled beef rawhide with stuff in the middle, excellent for tartar control and highly energetic pups
    Aluminum Bowls-small, medium, and large
    Aluminum Buckets for Water
    Raised Food Bowl Holders for medium to large bowls
    Dog Beds-mostly need large and extra large, small & medium can also work, Crate bed pads
    Blankets/Comforters-moving blankets work great, comforters, sheets, quilts, bathroom rugs/mats
    Large Dog Crates/Kennels/Pens-pet carriers, black wire cages, and if it all possible a highly heavy duty break through proof cage/kennel would be very helpful. The heavy duty break through proof cages are very expensive but I really need a minimum of one to start, ie., Proselect Empire Cage
    Towels-any size, good sized absorbent if possible
    Toys-prefer large ropes, squeaky balls, squeaky toys
    Collars & Leashes-prefer 6ft Nylon Leashes, Nylon Adjust Collars
    prefer Nylon Adjustable Harnesses because they are safer and easier for training
    Mats-rubber nonslip mats, ie., large thick black mats at Home Depot measuring around 3x3, usually used in garages, restaurants, good for standing on. I like to use them under the dog beds
    Twin Size Mattresses,
    X-Large Dog Doors from Home Depot
    Dog Ramps for loading and unloading to vehicles, tubs, etc.
    Vehicle Fence/Cage Barrier for large SUV's-need 2 or more
    Leather/Vinyl Ottomans-prefer large size, used as step for older
    arthritic animals and also can be used as bed. I like the leather/vinyl for
    comfort, last a long time, and are easy to clean....
    5 Gallon Buckets
    Grooming Supplies, Clippers, #10 Oster Blades,
    Plywood and Wood Fence Pickets/Panels
    Heavy Duty Long Water Hoses
    Household Interior Large Trash Cans and Exterior Lg Trash Cans, Heavy Duty Kitchen and Lawn Trash Bags,
    Commercial Mop Buckets, Mops and Mop Heads
    Commercial Brooms and Long Handled Dust Pans
    Poop Scoopers-prefer straight spade wood handled, rakes accepted of course, aluminum get slippery and tend to fatigue the hands
    Carpenter to build/convert two sets of stairs to have ramps
    for the elderly and arthritic seniors

    Please Call: Danielle Snyder (850) 865-9344 (lv message)
    with any questions or donations!

    **Monetary Donations** are also accepted and appreciated of course-all monies will go to vet care, vaccinations, spay& neuter, surgeries, heart worm treatments, baths and nail trims, dog food, and more.

    Donations can be made payable to Danielle Snyder and mailed to P.O. Box 2214, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 and/or put on account on my behalf at the Village Veterinarian by mail/person to/at 155 Stahlman Ave, Destin, FL 32541or called in via Credit Card to (850) 837-9261,
    File#98 Danielle Snyder.

    **I mostly handle dogs but I do get calls and assist with various other animals such as cats/kittens, horses, farm animals, and wild animals. Donations of Litter Boxes, Scoopers, Cat Litter, Purina Cat Food, Purina Kitten Food, Towels, Bowls, Collars, Pet Cat Carriers, Cat/Kitten Toys will also be used or transferred to other rescues where the need is most. Horse items such as good quality feeding hay, treats, bridles, saddles, blankets, feeding pans and containers, grooming supplies, etc and monetary donations. I will distribute overages and unneeded supplies and donations to Alaqua and other rescues in need.

    **Disclosure**: I have always financed my rescue myself so I have
    postponed getting incorporated non-for-profit. I have a friend in law who
    has offered to do it as a donation and I am just waiting for them to get it completed. Once the Incorporation is completed, I will be happy to mail and deliver receipts to all those who donate. Please provide me with your name, address, phone number, and email address when donating so I can mail you receipts and general thank you cards, etc...

    Please note that I have applied for jobs online ie., monster.com, careerbuilder, panamacityhelpwanted, hotjobs, snagajob, and several direct company sites. Only 2% of these job postings get offered to external applicants. Most companies hire internally or through referral/friends/family ("who you know") and only post the jobs to meet their HR requirements. I have also applied to at least 20 restaurants. I have an excellent resume starting with a B.B.A from UGA concentration in Business/Accounting/Finance/Real Estate and an outstanding work experience background. I am extremely in need of a
    server, preferably cocktail server position full time, prefer nights only 7 days a week, for the long term and I am wanting to get into restaurant management in the near future. I have applied at Bayou Bills for the reopening of the SRB location. If anyone can refer me to Bill and his management staff, I would be so appreciative. There are just so many job applicants that it has become hard to compete and even quite overwhelming for employers.
     
  2. ladyinspector

    ladyinspector Beach Comber

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    About that job hunt. I can tell you from experience that real estate agents are having some what of a hard time finding employment. The problem is alot of the employers that are hiring are throwing real estate agent applications in the trash they are assuming that when the market turns around you will go off and start selling real estate again.

    When my daughter interviewed for two different full-time job positions both employers said they had many real estate agents that applied and that they were not interested in hiring them do to them leaving when the market turns back around.

    If you truely plan to change careers make sure the employer knows it and believes it. Or just be honest and tell them you are apply for seasonal work. You may have to go in the door as a hostess first.
     
  3. wracso

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    I will definitely donate some food to your organization. Come on SOWAL!!
     
  4. realtordanielle

    realtordanielle Beach Lover

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    Job Hunting for RE Agents

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    You are so right about that. I learned from a couple of friends who have businesses to not put my real estate agent info on the applications or if I did, to just put that I was/am an administrative assistant or office manager. I do follow up on my applications by phone and in person. Some employers such as Bayou Bills just finally pulled the applicants yesterday and are suppose to start calling and interviewing any day now. I plan to just go back up there again. Other employers aren't hiring till March 1st. I have been in real estate for a long time and I always had a restaurant job at night and did my real estate during the day plus worked at a vet clinic. I moved away for a little while and since I have been back, it's been practically impossible to get a job. I don't plan to be seasonal. I have worked in restaurants for many years and I am hoping to make a career change into restaurant management. Real Estate has never been a stable career for me anyway even though I did have a couple of good years in 2004 and 2005. Well if you hear of anything job wise, please let me know. I plan to go back up to Bayou Bills tomorrow. Maybe I will get lucky!
    Thanks for your response!!!
     
  5. realtordanielle

    realtordanielle Beach Lover

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    Food Donation

    Thanks so much! Please just let me know when you are ready to and I will
    make arrangements to pick it up from you. I really appreciate the positive
    feedback I am getting. I was scared someone would get mad and criticize me.
    I just know I have always donated in the past to other rescues and charities so
    I thought it was time to let the community know that I am struggling with my rescue and could use some help. You can email me at realtordanielle@earthlink.net and/or call me 850-865-9344.
    Danielle
     
  6. SHELLY

    SHELLY SoWal Insider

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    Do you have a website?

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  7. ladyinspector

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    How far are you willing to drive for work?

    How far are you willing to drive for work?
     
  8. realtordanielle

    realtordanielle Beach Lover

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    How far will I drive for work? Any distance for the right job!

    I am willing to commute any distance for the right job position. If I get a great
    job offer with a good salary and benefits or even a high hourly wage, I don't mind
    commuting at all. I also don't mind working 60-80 hours a week and 7 days a week as long as I can support my household and not need a 2nd job. I would also be willing to relocate as soon as I could. I just want and need a full-time long term career position for the next 10-20 years. Thank you for your response to my ad. I would sincerely appreciate any suggestions or job leads you could send me. Thanks again and take care!

    Danielle
     
  9. wrobert

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    This probably needs to be moved to its own thread, but I just have to ask. How many of these dog/animal rescue groups have we got operating in Walton County in addition to the one we are all paying for with our tax dollars? Where in the world are these huge number of dogs being kept/housed?

    This is starting to indicate that we have this massive animal rescue problem going on that I guess I just never realized. Personally, I love them. I am raising a total of nine now, five of which were drop-offs. Not counting however many cats we have left. And it does get expensive. I know several families that have a half dozen or so dogs that were rescued.

    I guess I am saying this because we really need to try to address the root cause of what is becoming a very serious problem in this area.

    I wonder what the county is now spending on animal control and if this job could not be handled a lot cheaper by all of these volunteers?
     
  10. realtordanielle

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    Hi Shelly,

    I used to have a website for my real estate and it had a link to my dog rescue. I had to let it go last year due to having to re-prioritize my bills. I never actively utilized the dog rescue link. I get a lot of calls just from word of mouth and my general network of animal rescue friends. And I always just paid for it myself. I will have a new animal rescue website built in a couple of months. My websites were actually built for free. The main cost came in from godaddy.com to just make the website active, have several search domains, and most importantly a travel host and one more thing. It was costing $350 plus a year and not actively being used so it was easy to put it on the cancel list. I will let you know when I have one again. Thanks for your response!

    Danielle
     
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    What is a travel host?
     
  12. SHELLY

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    I have my own theory about the unwanted animal proliferation problem--I believe it is yet another consequence of the real estate feeding frenzy.

    After so many singles and families were given access to the "American Dream" of a single family home with a yard--the next logical step was a "dog for the kids" or a "cat to keep one company." With all the foreclosures and financial strain in the economy, it's pretty much a given that the pets will end up with the short straw.

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    THANK YOU !! SO GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE ELSE IS POSTING THIS QUESTION!!!!
    of course all animal rescue needs to be continued but until there is a shift in the general perception of animals being a form of entertainment and are disposable like other pieces of chattel the problem of so many homeless animals will never be manageable. When people run into financial issues do they just drop their children off on some neighborhood corner or leave them in their yards and move away?
     
  14. avalon

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    Ask for help

    Thank-you for the good work you are doing! Do not hesitate to ask for help. I would take more animals if I could get away with it. Strict HOA in my neighborhood and I already have five animals, three are rescues. So I am happy to help out since you can "haus" more than I. I will pick up some Purina for you at Wal- Mart.
     
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    I agree that these are important questions and the discussion should be moved to its own thread.

    We have several issues IMHO:

    1. A feral cat overpopulation
    2. Deliberate overbreeding for profit
    3. Animals that are not spayed and neutered
    4. Animals being sold to or adopted out to inappropriate homes
    5. Animal abuse and cruelty

    This list is endless!

    The good news. I believe, is that we have a network of amazing organizations and individuals that are willing to be part of the solution. That is hopeful.
     
  16. realtordanielle

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    Food Donation

    Hi Amy!

    Thank you! It's nice to know how many people are rescuing animals and how many are becoming more and more concerned. I have actually managed to
    outwit my HOA's where I lived in the past. I got away with having 15-20 dogs
    at all of my houses. I of course had privacy fencing. I kept them closely supervised when outside and kept the yard nicely maintained. I have also been lucky to have neighbors that were very busy working and they didn't spend alot of time in their back yards. One smart thing I have learned to do it introduce myself to my neighbors, tell them I have dogs and I will do my best to keep the noise level to a minimum. And that if for any reason they have any problems or complaints that I welcome them and will resolve whatever the issue is immediately. Well I could go on and on. I appreciate your response. Please just let me know when you are ready and I will come pick up the food.
    You can email me directly at realtordanielle@earthlink.net or call me at
    (850) 865-9344. Thanks again! Danielle
     
  17. freespirit

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    Are you a registered 501c-3? What are you doing to adopt out animals? Perhaps you can hook up with other local rescues and transfer animals out, get courtesy web listings, etc.



     
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    Sending a check today. Not enough to do much I realize! Keep smlin. A
     
  19. realtordanielle

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    Donations Needed

    Hi Amy,

    Thank you so much! Every little bit counts and I can make it go a long way.
    I am sincerely thankful for all the kindness and generosity of everyone on here
    and outside of sowal. I am also glad that this thread has brought so much
    attention to the animal control and welfare issue's in our area. Animal
    Rescues, Foster Homes, Shelters, all reach a maximum capacity very easily so realistically we really don't have enough rescues and shelters. I would do anything to get the financing to open up several "no kill" animal shelters along
    the panhandle. Hopefully one day soon! Thanks again! I will definitely be in touch! Take care and I will talk to you soon!

    Danielle
     
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    Animal Rescues/Fostering

    I am not registered but will be soon. I have worked independently for the past 20 years financing everything myself. By word of mouth and other
    avenues, I get calls or find about animals needing rescue. I go pick them up myself, take them to the vet for examining, spay/neuter if needed immeditely, vaccinate, provide medical care and adopt out by word of mouth. I have also
    adopted out through local vets and the Doggy Bag in the past. I am already working good friends at other local rescues as well as distant rescues. I help them out whenever they call me. I also do weekend work for a vet clinic to help minimize vet costs. I will get more active with the local rescues as well as my own as soon as I am financailly able. My career loss has been a huge impact on my capability. I have alot of permanent rescues as well so there are long term recurring costs. I have always been able to find a way to make it financially until recently. So the cost of running my rescue as well as my household pets has never been an issue. I realize I should have actively
    promoted my rescue through non for profit and I could have offset alot of the personal spending I have done. The job search for other careers and/or temporary work has been discouraging with alot of dead ends. Employers are overwhelmed with a huge increase in the number of applicants and resume's. I stay optimistic though!

    Thanks for your response!

    Danielle
     

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